Name: Wendy Ruchti
Where did you grow up?
I actually grew up right here in Pocatello, graduated from Highland High School. My husband and I left for about 15 years before we came back with our family.
When did you become a member at The Gate CrossFit?
I was looking for real overall fitness as well as a community of like-minded people. The gym wasn’t motivating enough for me and I was tired of just running. I saw the CrossFit Games on TV and thought it looked so cool! Of course that also made me scared to go, but now I know you don’t have to be a Games athlete to still love it! I’ve stayed because I love the people I get to work out with everyday, especially my trainers. I love the challenge and all the FUN!
What do you do when you are not at The Gate CrossFit? (occupation, hobbies, etc.)
I’m a professor at Idaho State University in the College of Education. I teach people that want to be teachers and also work with classroom teachers. I mostly teach how to teach science. Pretty awesome job! I also love the outdoors…so I love to hike and swim.
How did you find out about CrossFit?
I had a friend who used to do CrossFit, and I’d looked it up online after I saw the CrossFit Games.
When did you realize CrossFit is right for you?
Pretty much loved it from the first day! I was not that great at it, but saw the potential. And, I’d just done a whole workout without having to design it, think about what I was going to do, or to motivate myself to do it. When I started getting up at 4:55am without having to motivate myself to get out of bed, I knew I’d found IT.
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
I really love the gymnastics part of CrossFit. Many years ago I was a competitive gymnast and I love any skill that involves gymnastics movement (handstand walks, handstand push ups, kipping pullups).
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Probably wall balls. They just make me really tired in a WOD. And we never seem to just do a few…
What would your perfect WOD look like?
I like WODs that have a lot of movements and only a few reps for each movement. That way, even if it is a lot of time, or has movements that are hard for me, I can mentally power through anything 10-15 times.
What is one thing you have done at The Gate CrossFit that you never thought you would do?
There are a lot of things in this category! Choosing just one is hard. Probably throwing a back handspring at GymNasty is in the top ten. And lifting heavy things and enjoying it.
What motivates you during a CrossFit WOD?
I just love pushing myself. I love knowing that I’m getting stronger, faster, and hopefully lighter. I’m also motivated a lot by mastery of the moves. So, really technical lifts, like a power clean, and trying to remember all the steps and correct form is super motivating to me. I watch a ton of YouTube videos in order to figure things out.
What is something about yourself that we might not know?
I have two boys, one in college at University of Montana, and one a senior at Century. Also, I won first in my age group in a WOD in an online masters’ MFFL competition. I was 50th in everything else, but this one involved treading water, which apparently I’m good at. Who knew? Prepared for the unknown and unknowable?
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit?
Keep at it. The first two weeks to a month are pretty hard, but you make a lot of gains. You just have to have fun and not worry about comparing yourself to others. I still don’t RX most of the workouts, but I watch myself get better. That’s pretty fun. Also, just remember that one of the best things about CrossFit is that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. You may rock a workout one day and then the next, not so much, but that’s okay, it just gives you something to work on.
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I like…cat videos
I am…stronger everyday