Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Director of Sports Performance

Ryan attended Oregon City High School and was a three-year varsity lettermen in basketball and baseball. He was an all-league selection in both sports and is the all-time leader in 3-pointers in a season (82) and 3-point percentage in a season (46.7%) at OCHS. He went on to attend Lewis & Clark College and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Economics. As a basketball player for Lewis & Clark, he was a four-year letter winner, a three-year starter, and was twice selected to the NWC All-Conference Team. He holds Lewis and Clark and Northwest Conference Records for 3-pointers made in a game (12) and season (99), and is second all time in a career (299).

In 2008, after a two-year stint in commercial real estate, he returned to Lewis & Clark as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball team. It was during this time he realized his passion for athletic performance training. After four years with the team, he continued on to work at TWIST Sport Conditioning Center and has worked with athletes of all ages and levels, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Gabe Miller. He is passionate about taking athletes to the next level in their sport. Ryan currently resides in Tigard and spends most of his free time on the golf course, basketball court, and softball field.

Blog Posts written by Ryan Wells

Keeping the Summer Grind Going - Or Starting After a Summer Off

As an athlete this summer you dad a couple of options when it came to training: you could spend the summer training hard for your next season or you could take the summer more lightly and use it to recover. Most people probably fell somewhere in between the two. Regardless of which approach you chose, fall is the time to continue making gains athletically or the time to start back up again!

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Off-Season Training – The Season to Grind

As the school year and spring athletic season comes to a close it is important for athletes to realize that it is time for off-season training. All sports have off-seasons. These periods are very important to athletes, as it is during the off-season an athlete has the best opportunity to improve. Goal setting during the off-season is paramount. Coaches should work with their athletes to develop off-season plans that maximize athletic improvement. An athlete should create a plan for what they want to accomplish physically as well as skill wise.

Behind the Scenes of a State Championship

Championships are often won in the off-season. Preparation for any season always begins when the last season ended. The West Linn football team won the state championship this year and their off-season preparation played a very significant role in that title run. Working with several of the teams key players I was able to see first hand why they were the dominant team in Oregon HS football this year – they committed to the grind.

Nutrition for Young Athletes: Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat

Nutrition is important at every age as it dictates what we physically become, literally. As a strength and conditioning coach, nutrition is a vital part of the equation when trying to help athletes improve. It is one of the “3 pillars” necessary to improve physically. These 3 pillars are training, sleeping and eating. Just like any tripod, if one of the legs is missing it all comes crashing down.

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Healthy Tips for '14

Great excerpt from Pat Flynn, a coach I follow. Good advice for those looking to get in shape in 2014! 14 Tips for A Strong(er), Healthier, and Happier 2014. Hope you use them, and get awesome results.

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Post-Workout Recovery

To improve performance, athletes train. This can consist of weightlifting, speed drills, plyometrics, cardiovascular exercise, or any combination of these. Training is essential to improving one’s physical performance. However, it is not during the actual training that the body improves. It is during the recovery following training that the body changes to become better at the tasks you forced it to do.