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Jan 19, 2019

Ryan Fischer’s (@ryanfisch) entire life has always been about fitness. At the age of 12 he was a world ranked BMX racer. In high-school he ran track at just about every distance, played lacrosse, and football at the varsity level since his freshman year. As Ryan grew up he got into skeleton and boblsed and qualified for the US Olympic Team Trials for both sports. Ryan has finished top 5 in the CrossFit Regionals for the past 3 years. Fischer even finished top 20 in the world in the CrossFit Open for the past 3 years also.

Fischer went from being homeless, couch surfing, stealing food at Whole Foods, and a stint as a male stripper, to becoming owner of the most successful gym in Orange County, CrossFit Chalk. He also created Chalk Online, a groundbreaking corporate wellness program.

Fischer always had a belief that life would work itself out if he kept working hard on his passions. In this episode of Barbell Shrugged Fischer discusses why people respond to false information, how flexible dieting won’t fix your shitty nutrition habits, why you need to stare down the fire and not back down, and, the big one, Ryan Fischer’s life story.




- Anders and Doug


Episode Breakdown:


⚡️0-10: False information

⚡️11-20: The easy way out with nutrition

⚡️21-30: Therapy animals, diets, 200 and pounds of shrimp

⚡️31-40: If there are no new conversations to be had, what’s next?

⚡️ 41-50: Core principles for life and “the new thing”

⚡️51-60: The power of connection

⚡️61-70: Ryan Fischer's story

⚡️71-80: Ryan gets teary eyed, stare down the fire and don’t back down

⚡️81-90: The stuff you never forget

⚡️91-100: Why following the hard road will lead you to fulfillment

⚡️101-110: What Ryan’s working on now



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Shrugged Collective is a network of fitness, health and performance shows that help people achieve their physical and mental health goals.  Usually in the gym, but outside as well. In 2012 they posted their first Barbell Shrugged podcast and have been putting out weekly free videos and podcasts ever since.

Along the way we've created successful online coaching programs including The Shrugged Strength Challenge, The Muscle Gain Challenge, FLIGHT, Barbell Shredded, and Barbell Bikini.

We're also dedicated to helping affiliate gym owners grow their businesses and better serve their members by providing owners tools and resources like the Barbell Business Podcast.

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