by Fortitude Bali
October 2, 2019
Meet the Fittest Man in Indonesia otherwise known as Coach Riccardo Scomparin at the Fortitude gym where he naturally stands out due to his distinct Italian accent, height and warm personality. With a strong passion for coaching, Ricky is also an athlete at heart who won the Fittest Man in Indonesia title for the CrossFit Open 2018.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE THROUGHOUT THE CROSSFIT OPEN.
CrossFit Open 2018 was amazing! This year was my second time participating in the Open and I enjoyed it much more than the previous year because after a lot of training, all the movement and weights on the RX category were much more manageable for me and so I really got to go until the very end in every workout.
The biggest challenge for me was purely mental (and ring muscle-ups, but that’s another story for another day!) because I was always doing most of the workouts based on my personal judgement and a handful of people who watched but I had no one competing with me and so I could not tell whether my pace was too fast or too slow, if my score was good or bad and so on.
My other challenge was having to repeat a series of workouts that had caused me consecutive pain in several attempts, for the purpose of trying to find a better setup and enable smoother transitions plus fixing all the required details in order to achieve a better time or a few extra reps.
I have to say, my favourite moments was having the support of my girlfriend throughout every workout! She helped me to reset the rower, changed my shoes between 18.2a and 18.2b, and loaded my barbells during warmup. She also cheered for me all the time and helped me to get up when I was dead tired on the floor…that is the highlight of what I loved the most during this year’s CrossFit Open!
WHY DID YOU SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN?
…because that’s what any person who does CrossFit anticipates for the whole year! First of all, it’s a great opportunity to be part of something that you can be proud of – you can feel that the workouts are special and they get celebrated and treated differently from any other workout. The overall vibe is amazing and you can feel it in every box wherever you are in the world! It’s also a great test of fitness plus exposure that will empower you with a better idea of what you need to work on for the next season. Last but not least, it allows you to see how much you have progressed from the year before.
HOW DID YOU TRAIN TO EARN ‘THE FITTEST MAN IN INDONESIA’ TITLE?
I trained hard and I trained often! I have a coach in Italy who helps me all year long and create programs for me. We exchange feedbacks and work together to decide on what is the best for me to do. I usually workout once or twice a day, 5 times a week following a schedule where one day is active recovery (usually 1 hour of easy pace aerobic workout) and one day of full rest. The duration and frequency of my training will change in relation to what I’m working on at that moment (Example: Strength cycle, Gymnastic work, aerobic capacity and so on…).
To be honest, nutrition has always been one of my weaknesses as my Italian blood always takes me close to carbs a little too often but lately, I have decided to be much more diligent on that. I now have a diet plan that I follow by the gram and this means I spend more time in the kitchen to weight precisely every single thing that I eat and so far, the benefits of doing this is huge! Recovery is also really important, I try to sleep at least 8 hours every night and get 1-2 massages a week when I feel that my body needs it.
HOW HAS BECOMING ‘THE FITTEST MAN IN INDONESIA 2018’ AFFECTED YOUR LIFE?
It didn’t really affect my life that much to be honest and I wasn’t even expecting my life to change after that. However, sometimes it does happen that someone will write to me or drop in at the gym expressing interest of wanting to workout with me but that’s as far as it gets. Personally, I think this title is more of a good memory or a cool story to tell my kids someday!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS TRAINING TO BE THE NEXT FITTEST MAN/WOMAN IN INDONESIA?
Just train hard and enjoy your training! If you live what you do, at some point things will always work out for you.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO COMPETE AGAIN IN ANOTHER COMPETITION OR PERHAPS WORK TOWARDS GOING TO THE REGIONAL NEXT YEAR?
I’m going to participate at the next WOD of Jakarta in late September but after that I don’t have any plans other than the next Open, but I do hope that some other competitions will come up and if that happens, I’d like to do 2-3 more mini competitions before the next Open begins.
Of course, the goal now is to try and give it a shot to make it to the regionals but I’m well aware that there are plenty of strong guys around the world. It’s not going to be easy to get there but having a really big and ambitious goal makes it easier to train properly every day because it motivates me to try and achieve it!