Ryan Wells

Ryan Wells

Director of Sports Performance
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Ryan attended Oregon City High School and was a three-year varsity letterman 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 in Portland. At Twist, Ryan worked mostly with advanced high school and collegiate athletes as well as multiple professional athletes and Olympians.

In October of 2012, Ryan teamed up with fellow Oregon City alum Matt Rogers and together they opened Therapeutic Associates Oregon City Physical Therapy in their hometown. In 2013, Ryan received his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Together, they have built a multi-disciplinary “hub” for the community with a focus on physical therapy, sports performance training and brought in other providers including massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, personal training, and athletic training.

Over the past 5 years Ryan has become a well-known strength coach in the Oregon City/West Linn communities. Over that time, he has worked as the strength & conditioning coach for the Oregon City HS boys basketball and baseball teams, the West Linn HS girls basketball team and the Gladstone football team. In his own facility, coach Wells has helped over 50 local athletes secure college scholarships. In addition, he has worked with professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, European Basketball League, ATP Tour, Nationwide Tour, MLS and the CFL.

Ryan has also been active in the Oregon City community having served 3-years on the board of directors for The Battle For The Bridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Coach Wells prides himself on “walking the walk” and trains himself in the same way he trains his athletes. He currently continues to play basketball, softball, volleyball and golf at a highly competitive level. Outside of sports, Ryan spends his free time with friends and family and in the northwest great outdoors.

Blog Posts written by Ryan Wells

Running Fast to Run Faster

Perhaps the biggest key to getting faster (often overlooked) is simply going out and running as fast as you can. This means sprints in which you accelerate at your maximum rate, perhaps reach top speed, rest, and repeat.

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MYTH: Lifting Heavy Will Just Make Me Look Bulky

A common misconception about heavy weight training, especially among women, is that lifting heavy weight will lead to a bulky looking physique. While it is true that lifting heavy will promote hypertrophy in muscles leading to a size increase, the idea that it leads to a "bulky" look is untrue.

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Proper Conditioning During the Pre-season

Fall sports are in full swing and the time for pre-season conditioning is coming to an end. However, I feel it’s a great time to discuss the proper way to run your pre-season conditioning program as a coach. I often see many mistakes during this time that still from somewhat of an “old school” mentality that there is a one size fits all approach to conditioning. This is not the case. Conditioning is sport specific. Conditioning is essentially training the energy systems of the body to provide sufficient energy to keep an athlete performing during competition.

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.