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      Athletes — firefighter

      Jared Astle: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Navy Veteran / Black Magic Training Owner

      Jared Astle: Crossfit Regional Athlete / Navy Veteran / Black Magic Training Owner

      “You will immediately taste and feel the difference, Tactical Recovery is the leanest and cleanest hands down the best post workout recovery protein in the industry”
      —Jared Astle


      Jared served in the US Navy for 6 years as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer and Crew-chief on an MH-60S. During this time he had completed four deployments spanning the breadth of the Middle East while performing a multitude of duties.

      Jared AstleAlways focused on health and fitness, Jared did “dabble” in a few Crossfit-type workouts while in the Navy—knowing Jared, this probably meant sub 3 fran & sub 2 grace—but it wasn’t until late 2013, during his final deployment, that Jared truly committed to the sport of fitness and began Crossfit.

      Post military and back in Houston soon after just starting Crossfit, Jared worked his way to qualifying as an individual in the 2014 Crossfit South Central Regional, where he placed 8th with the likes of Mike McGoldrick and Roy Gamboa.

      In 2015, Jared competed at Regionals as the top male athlete to finish the open on Team Eado, the box most notably known for games veteran athlete Jenn Jones who has since become Jenn Astle as Jared fell in love and swooped her up.  Currently Jared trains with Jenn as part of Contender Crossfit's Regional Team with their eyes at the 2017 Games in Madison. 

      Continuing to support the Crossfit community, Jenn & Jared are the proud creators behind the proven Black Magic Training (BMT) Crossfit Athlete programming. Their recent success programming for Bethany Branham as she won the South Central 2017 Crossfit Open has the Crossfit community at full attention and excited for whats to come.        

      Jared Astle, American GAINZ athlete

      Jared doesn’t just serve the Crossfit community; Along with this passion, Jared is a devout Christian and owner of Christian-based apparel company Fire Within based on the scripture from Jeremiah 20:9.

      “But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”


      “Jared truly embodies the core of the American Gainz brand. As a US Navy veteran and now serving the city of Houston as a firefighter it’s not hard to see that Jared’s heart is with helping others. His intensity as an athlete and coach continues to inspire the Crossfit community and we are proud to sponsor Jared Astle as an American GAINZ Athlete.”

      —American Gainz Nutrition

      Ryan Sester : Crossfit Athlete and Firefighter

      Ryan Sester : Crossfit Athlete and Firefighter

      Ryan Sester, American GAINZ Athlete
      At American GAINZ we pride ourselves in supporting developing athletes in achieving their goals. In the hunt for athletes that share our values, Ryan Sester’s passion around competitive fitness, performance nutrition, and patriotism acted as a light beacon all the way from Portland, Oregon. We are honored for him to join the American GAINZ family, home of the squad that gives back to the Crossfit community and honors our servicemen.

      Family, Faith, & Fitness pretty much sums it up for Ryan. As a competitive athlete, Ryan excelled in football, wrestling, & track and field as a teenager. Natural athleticism paired with a massive work ethic forged by countless hours dedicated to the family farm are the components as we see them that make Ryan a future force in the sport of fitness. Presently Ryan is on the road to becoming a firefighter to support his community while training competitively.

      Day to day Ryan has been training with Team Dragon Fire out of the Portland based affiliate in the Northwest Region. Preparing to add West Regional Team Dragon Fire victories to his resume this June at the Portland Expo Center, Ryan plans to make this the first of many seasons competing at a Crossfit Regional & Games level. Just shy of making the cut to compete as an individual in the 2017 Crossfit Open in a very competitive region, Ryan will no doubt train to his gaps during the 2017 training season and make a run in the 2018 Open.

      Some of Ryan’s most notable Crossfit Accolades include:

      • 2017 Crossfit Open – North West Region 30th 
      • Cascade Classic Pro Division Individual 2015, 2016 (7th Place 2016) 
      • Granite Games 2016 Pro Division Individual 
      • Snatch: 300#, Clean & Jerk 335#, Back Squat 480# 


      We are stoked to have Ryan in our corner supporting true performance nutrition. Having the pleasure to work with several farms across the states, we have more than the upmost respect for the values of the American families that live off the soil that makes up the greatest country on the planet. Truly excited to have Ryan join the team and looking forward to growing with him!

      ~ American Gainz Nutrition