CrossFit North County is proud to announce Ruth as our March Athlete of the Month! She is taking huge strides in her workout, practicing new movements, and never shying away from new challenges!
Please read more on Ruth!!
I don’t really have much of an athletic background. I dabbled in soccer and tennis when I was a kid, but never really stuck through the sports (I was a musician in school). I also ran a lot as a kid (more like my dad would make me and my sister join him on his runs every weekend). But I never really became interested in working out and being consistent with it until 2015 (I used to even hate sweating before). That’s when I decided on my own that I wanted to be a healthier and stronger version of myself. That’s when I began doing home workout videos and began running outdoors.
- What do you do for a living?
I’m a mental health professional. I provide in-home/community therapy for children, adolescents, young adults and families all over St. Louis. I do a lot of driving every day!
- How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since May 2016. I can’t believe it’ll be one year soon!
- Have you trained before? If so, what are the differences you like about CrossFit than your past training?
Nope! Like I said, I’ve never really been athletic growing up. I always did exercises every now and then, but I was never consistent until I began my fitness journey in 2015. Ever since I began working out consistently, I’ve been getting stronger and stronger. CrossFit has made such a HUGE difference in my working out/training. First off, I used to stick to just home workout videos but, after a while, those videos became repetitive. CrossFit training is different EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I LOVE that. And I’ve felt myself become much stronger physically and mentally since I’ve started. When I signed up for CrossFit, I was looking for a new challenge for my training, but I didn’t realize the “new challenge” would be every single time. Let’s just say for the first time in my life, I actually feel like I’m training—training for a stronger and better me! Lastly, working out in an environment where there’s a coach and other athletes at the same time helps motivate and push me to do movements that I never thought I could do before.
- Favorite movement:
Running (is that one?), planks, deadlifts and thrusters! (Oops, I couldn’t pick just one!)
- Favorite WOD:
Any WOD that has running/is cardio-focused. I love cardio!
- Favorite CrossFit moment:
When I hit my first anything. For example, when I was able to finally get my first OHS with the bar only! I teared up because it has been such a struggle for me! (Thanks Coach Zach for your tips that day!) But, any time after a WOD is an amazing moment for me because I always feel much stronger than I did when I walked in the door.
- What is one of your main goals for CrossFit?
To keep facing my fears! I tend to overthink the movements a lot (this is true for my life in general actually), and therefore I get scared often…which then impacts my ability to do a movement. Coach AJ has said to me many times that he can see it in my face when I’m in my head too much. This is so true! Little by little I’m beginning to just trust the process and do movements I never thought I could do in my life. Therefore, one day I will do a legit handstand. One of these days I shall!
- What do you do outside of the box that is going to help your performance inside the box?
I run and try to eat as healthy as possible (although, I do have a cheat meal…or two during the weekends!). Throughout my fitness journey, I’ve learned that nutrition is so important as well!
- What do you enjoy on your leisure time?
I love to read, watch a good movie, snuggle with my kitty, go to Forest Park for a run/walk, and hang out with friends.
- What advice would you give a new CrossFitter?
Breaking the movements down and focusing on form is key! There’s unfortunately no way around it. There still are many times when I get frustrated that I can’t lift heavier (or do a legit pull-up); however, slowly, but surely I’m improving. Form is SO critical to avoid injuries and to ensure progression. Also, be open to advice/tips from your coaches! And most of all, have fun!
- Any final thoughts on CrossFit?
I just love it. I’ll be doing this for a long, long time.