November 2014 Athlete of the Month

November 2014: The Thinker

Work Smarter not harder…the motto of Brian Ratliff!

rat1 Meet Brian!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.) 

My name is Brian Ratliff (Rat) and I just turned 34 in November.  I graduated from Broadway High School in ’99 and graduated from Bridgewater College in ’03.  I currently have one four-legged daughter “Gracie” but I am adding another member to my family in June 🙂  I just recently started a new job as a realtor for Old Dominion Realty so if you want to buy or sell a house hit me up #freeadvertisement#
How long have you been doing crossfit?

I have been doing crossfit for about a year and a half
When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

The deadlift/box jump workout was pretty brutal in the open last year.  I’ve felt like I might actually die in just about every team competition I’ve done so far.  When I know someone else is counting on me, I work way harder than if I’m         doing the workout on my own.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Double unders are probably my favorite, but I also like muscle-ups, box jump-overs, and handstand push-ups. (I guess anything with a hyphen 🙂

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

No me gusta deadlifts or rowing or thrusters or snatches or absolutely anything that has to do with a kettle bell.

What are your goals?

This may be bad but I’m not a very goal-orientied person.  I don’t typically have certain numbers that I want to hit.  My main goal is to stay in shape.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

It’s fun and competitive.  I have played sports all my life.  Football, baseball, basketball, and golf in high school.  Football and track in college.  In the past 5 years I’ve played flag football, basketball, softball, golf, volleyball, and even  kickball competitively.  I have come to the realization that my skill level and ability isn’t what it used to be and crossfit allows me to still compete in a way thats not on the field or the court.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

My absolute favorite is fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, but it would probably be easier for me to list all the bad foods I don’t like.  My diet is definitely one of my crossfit flaws.  I eat like pooh.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

The people at the gym are the main thing that keeps me coming back.  I have created so many new friendships and even picked up a future wifey (Missi Moyer) since I joined.  I love the 5:45 class because on any given day, anyone has a chance to “win” the workout.  I know we are viewed as intimidating and maybe too competitive but come on in and try us out…..we are actually pretty nice people 🙂  I also like to come on Saturdays to see people I don’t get to see during the week.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

I still remember Nate telling me to stop dancing in front of my TV about 2 years ago when I was doing P90x.  I didn’t know much about the sport when I first started but fell in love right away.  I love the fact that the coaches all workout with us and that they are all good crossfitters.  I would find it hard to respect/listen to someone who just told you what to do if you never saw them in the same pain as you.  (Kinda like middle school gym class when the lazy/overweight teacher sits in a chair with a coke telling you to keep running around the track 🙂


A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

The Rat Man!  Its been pretty impressive watching you get better the past 18 months.  It typically starts with “hey, can you show me how to do x?” and a week later Rat is doing them better than the majority!  I feel like we say this every month but its hard not too…Brian is one of the most genuine people you will run into at Rocktown.  It doesn’t matter who you are he can find something to chat about with anyone.  One thing you have to appreciate about Brian is his sense of strategy…while most of us are thinking about doing things unbroken or how fast can we go Brian picks and plots his way through workouts, and definitely gives him an advantage whenever he goes to a competition.  Its also been a pleasure to watch him and Missi go from friends, to dating, to soon to be life partners.  You guys are a great compliment of each other and it has been awesome watching you both grow at the Rock, your influence on those around you always brightens the room.

You’re a great competitor, but a better friend, and I’m thankful you have made The Rock your home…congratulations buddy! -Nate