Athlete Profile

Athlete: Thomas Hyland

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Southern California
Team Dogtown
DogTown CrossFit
190 lb


Filthy 5018:22
Fight Gone Bad422
Sprint 400m1:07
Run 5k23:00
Clean & Jerk315 lb
Snatch240 lb
Deadlift550 lb
Back Squat440 lb
Max Pull-ups72


Dusty is the co-owner and head gymnastics coach of DogTown CrossFit in Culver City, California. By the age of seven, he had started an active athletic regimen that has continued throughout his life. At thirteen, Dusty gave up a host of other sports to focus on Artistic Gymnastics. He was a very successful gymnast, and after his father’s job promotion and relocation to Northern California, he began to train at Stanford University under two-time world champion Tong Fei. By sixteen, Dusty competed at the Junior Olympic National Championships and trained with the U.S. Olympic Team. In college, he competed in NCAA Division I men’s gymnastics and scored a NCAA record perfect 10 on the still rings. After one more year of competition, he retired due to injury. He then traveled the world starring in a Cirque du Soleil-type live show before settling in Los Angeles and doing some stunt work in films. Dusty trains anyone and everyone, from your everyday Joe to elite CrossFitters, athletes, and teams. In the last few years he has worked with Lindsey Valenzuela, Kenneth Leverich, Noah Ohlsen, Ruth Anderson Horrell, Chelsey Grigsby and Tommy Hackenbruck and the UTE CrossFit Team. Dusty is the Creator and Founder of The Skill Wod. An online training platform dedicated to revolutionizing bodyweight exercise with a focus on efficient gymnastic movement. His focus remains safety, health, and longevity in fitness.


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

Mostly Paleo

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I incorporate workouts

I write my own programming

I record my workouts

A mix with a heavy emphasis on position work specifically gymnastics and weightlifting.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

I regularly play recreational sports

Division 1 Gymnastics.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have attended one or more specialty courses

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

I train other people

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I do multiple workouts in a day 1x a week

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years


Athlete Coverage

Part 2 of this four-part series follows the Masters athletes throughout their second day of competition at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. Watch the rest of the 2015 Masters Competition here: Part...
Video, Posted Sat, 02.13.16
Video, Posted Sat, 07.25.15
Lindsey Valenzuela is the second fittest woman on earth. Watch here as her coach, Dusty Hyland, encourages her through every rep, every event. 
Video, Posted Mon, 08.05.13
"Slow and steady wins the race," Voigt said after winning Event 1. Del Mar, Calif.—There are no sure things in SoCal. Kicking off under drizzle and May gray skies, this year’s SoCal...
Article, Posted Fri, 05.17.13
“I believe in my ability to win any workout and I know I’m at my best when I’m having fun. And with that, I hope to qualify for the 2013 CrossFit Games.” Photos by: George Bryant With...
Article, Posted Mon, 05.13.13
"The best part of the process was the energy and excitement of the spectators and staff as the event kicked off and aired. It's really about providing a unique and memorable experience for the...
Article, Posted Tue, 03.19.13
“I'm happy with my performance and for stepping up to the challenge ... I want to continually challenge my training and what I'm capable of doing. This event gave me that chance and it was a...
Article, Posted Tue, 03.19.13
Former all-American volleyball player and Olympic weightlifter Lindsey Valenzuela went from 34th at last year's Games to ninth this year--and she has bigger goals in 2013.   In July,...
Article, Posted Mon, 09.10.12
Video, Posted Thu, 08.30.12
Dusty Hyland of CrossFit Gymnastics gives instruction on how to master the bar muscle-up.
Video, Posted Tue, 07.10.12