Tyler Ellegard

Tyler grew up in Plymouth, MN, becoming an all around jock at a very young age. However the Minnesota winter pastime, ice hockey, quickly became his sport of choice.  He worked hard year round playing hockey with a variety of traveling teams throughout his youth, eventually earning him a varsity spot with one of Minnesota’s elite High School hockey programs, Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

Tyler’s senior season will always be most memorable in Minnesota State Hockey history. One of Tyler’s teammates, Jack Jablonski, became paralyzed after taking a hit from behind during a game. The team rallied around Jack and the unfortunate life altering accident and ended up winning the prestigious Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament that same season.  In retrospect, Tyler recognizes the hard work, dedication and resilience it took to bring the team together and fight through adversity. This sums up Tyler’s attitude toward training…it takes SISU!

Tyler currently attends the University of Minnesota where he is earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He was introduced to CrossFit by Jason Johnson, his former youth hockey strength and conditioning coach. Tyler is a gifted athlete and has discovered his love for the barbell. He is a tireless worker and strives to improve every day.

I CrossFit because…

“I love seeing improvements and I hate having weak areas and CrossFit is a sport that will show you your weaknesses. It’s a constant battle of improving on certain aspects and constantly trying to balance strength to stamina and conditioning to power. Also, I CrossFit because of the competition aspect. I grew up playing hockey and no longer having that sport, I missed competing against myself, and my friends. I loved being challenged and even beaten by my friends but even better, I enjoyed beating my friends and CrossFit has brought back that fun competition I love.”

I coach because…

“I coach because the reaction of someone who just did their first muscle up or their first HSPU or hearing that in two months, they have lost 15 pounds, is priceless. The smile that stretches from one ear to the other gives me the greatest sense of satisfaction because I had the opportunity to help them with something that they might not have been able to accomplish before.”

My secret Ninja exercise is…

Non-cardio movements (getting breaks between sets), like squats, snatches, cleans or anything gymnastics: pull-ups, HSPU, Handstand walk, muscle ups.

My not so secret sucky is…

Cardio…

My favorite cheat meal is…

Oreos, Taco Bell, and Jimmy Dean Breakfast Croissants 🙂

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