Fitness has been an integral part of my life for the past few years. I had been active my whole life, but by no means an athlete. I always had loved how a good workout made me feel. Unfortunately, as a physician, the ongoing demands of the profession often meant that fitness was placed on the backburner. As life got busier and busier, maintaining any semblance of fitness became less and less tenable. There was always some excuse and never enough time. The emotional demands of work were also wearing on me, and eventually I became determined to find a way to take better care of myself.
I started running when I was 17. 10 minutes. And then it was 3 to 4 miles. This led to free weights and bar work. I started to love working out. Fast forward to 34 years old. I’ve done everything from 5K’s, a half-marathon, kick-boxing, Pilates, spin, road biking hundreds of miles with my husband, and until recently, a CrossFit gym for 2 years. Over the years I’ve learned more about myself and what really challenges me. I learned that I love pushing myself to the extremes and with Ripped I can do just that. 2 years ago, I was doing CrossFit based workouts and at first, I loved doing something different and new. I mastered skills such as handstand push-ups, rope climbs and strict pull-ups. Over time however, I began feeling stagnant with the WODS (workout of the day) and I often left class thinking “is that it?! I need more!” I wanted to feel like I gave my all. I wanted to be breathless and sweaty. I soon realized what I need to feel fulfilled from a workout. Ripped gives me just that. The perfect combination of running mixed with HIIT exercises. I was hooked. I love leaving class breathless and dripping in sweat.