Athlete Profile: Tyler Searle

Many of you know Tyler as the head coach and in-house beast at Northwest CrossFit.  He was a competitor on Team NWCF at the 2010 CrossFit Games and is currently competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open.  You may have also seen him in a fluke loss to Anne in the Handstand Challenge Series, Part II (don’t get used to it, girls).  We were able to pull him away from his busy schedule and find out a little more about him and what he does when he’s not putting us through torturous WOD’s.

Good morning Mr. Searle.  Let’s start with your age, height, weight and athletic background: 24, 5’9″, 168#, Olympic Taekwondo.

How were you
introduced to CrossFit? Well, Northwest CrossFit started out as Taekwondo Revolution, and slowly evolved as (owner) Jake Platt got more into personal training and the fitness side of things versus the martial arts side. Pretty soon, classes were blowing up and I basically got thrown into a teaching position out of necessity. You can’t teach what you don’t know, so I started getting into the workouts and after a while got addicted (like most people do). On the teaching side, I taught some pretty sub par classes for a while, but through trial by fire I figured out what worked best for me and how to best explain the movements to others. And here we are today!

What is your favorite part about being head coach at NWCF?
This is very specific, but this is honestly my favorite thing: It’s the end of a WOD, and someone is coming in off the run. They have 5 seconds to get to the door to beat the next full minute (say they’re at 9:55 and they want to beat 10 minutes). Yelling the time at them from the door and watching those afterburners kick in as they sprint it out and make it in at 9:59 has got to be my favorite thing ever. In a broader sense, the community that CrossFit builds is great, and I appreciate it every time I’m at the gym and watch how good everyone feels and how well they all get along. You would be hard pressed to find such a great group of people anywhere else.

Funniest thing you’ve ever seen at the gym?
I think Darren’s reaction to Gil busting out a strict Muscle Up for the first time, before Darren was able to get a strict Muscle Up, has to be one of the greatest moments ever. It, of course, also inspired Darren’s first strict Muscle Up, which is why Gil is now a NWCF legend.

Shout out to GILLIUUUUUUUUS!!!

Favorite exercise: Muscle Ups and I get along quite nicely. The rings are fun to mess around on and I like to make up a bunch of different variations on the Muscle Up. I think we have some footage, if I’m not mistaken…

As a matter of fact, we do.  The slow-mo, climb-the-ladder, strict muscle up.

Favorite benchmark: “Nasty Girls”! Muscle Ups and Air Squats. What more can I say?

Least favorite benchmark:“Kelly”. Take Fran, add in five 400m runs and 20 minutes of work instead of 3 minutes of work, and you have Kelly. Worst feeling ever when I beat 20 minutes on that WOD.

We understand that you are a former state champion in Taekwondo.  Why weren’t you ever invited to the Kumite?
They were scared. They paid me off not to compete.

We heard you had a special system to cut weight for your fights.  Can you tell us about your formula?
Alright, again, this one comes with a disclaimer: I do not recommend this! The basics are as follows: Limit your caloric intake to a pack of fruit snacks and a Powerbar a day (it comes out to roughly 300 calories). Then, get yourself a copy of Dance Dance Revolution and a sweat suit. Wearing the sweat suit, play DDR on Workout mode for 6,000 calories a night. For those not keeping score, that’s 5,700 calories more than you ate all day. After you’re done, lay on the couch and watch the food network until you pass out. Wake up the next day and repeat!

Something that we don’t know about Tyler Searle:
I’m a big fan of trying weird foods. Blowfish, Guinea Pig, Cow Tongue, whatever you set in front of me. I once “enjoyed” the Filipino delicacy Balut. Don’t ask about that one.

That’s nasty bro.  Speaking of food, how many steaks have you eaten in one sitting at Greenlake Bar & Grill?
Normally I go with 3, but I made a New Year’s Resolution to eat 6, which I did, including the mountain of sweet potato fries that came with it. Kids, don’t try it at home.

What kind of dipping sauce do you like with your sweet potato fries?
Ketchup is the go-to condiment, but some good Metchup (Mustard+Ketchup) does the trick as well. And thanks to our good friend Gil I can now attest to the goodness of the sweet potato fry/guacamole combo.

Who would win in a fight: Lions or tigers?
Ligers. The best of both worlds. An unstoppable force.

That was a trick question, and you still got it right! Do you think it’s unfair that Detroit gets to have both of the fiercest cats known to man, or just a fair trade for having such a sucky city? Any advantage Detroit can get, more power to them. The team names obviously aren’t helping.

What is your most embarrassing sports story?
I once wound up in the Tulane University Emergency Room after the Taekwondo U.S. Open when a kick from Puerto Rico’s fighter landed…a little south. I spent the next month walking like a cowboy. Won the fight though!

Anne has called you out in a 100ft handstand walk race.  Are you up to the challenge? Let’s do it! Name the time and place, and bring the camera crews, because she’s getting smoked.

…And so the hammer has been dropped!  Keep an eye out for that handstand race between Tyler and Anne.  Also, stay up to date on Tyler’s trek through the 2011 CrossFit Games Open as well as the rest of the team at the NWCF team page!  Thanks for your time, Tyler.  Good luck in the second half of The Open!

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