April Member of the Month: Ruchit P.

Ruchit Patel

Laboratory Manager at Merck

When did you start CF?
October 2017

What are your favorite numbers and why?
3 (March) 21 (Birthdate) and 5 (old soccer jersey number)

What CF movements do you like?
Clean and Jerk (perfect balance of push, pull and mental focus), push press and pull-ups

What CF movements do you dislike?
Explosive sprints (love/hate)

What sports or fitness things did you do before CF?
Soccer and cycling for fitness

How did you find CF? What was your first workout?
I found CrossFit by searching for nearby boxes. Kanna Fitness replied to my email immediately and coaches/staff were very approachable. In other words, they made it a very comfortable environment to be in! One of my first workout was a Push Press and Pull Up EMOM (Every Minute on Minute)

What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
Favorite thing about CrossFit are the various workouts from Olympic lifting to gymnastic movements. Kanna Fitness adds an extra layer with a community/teamwork environment. The combination of both allows you to have a healthy physical and mental lifestyle

What are your hobbies?
Traveling (pre covid) and recently in the past few years photography

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve done paragliding on the Swiss alps! It’s also very hard to get me angry or upset as I have a high positive outlook on life!

What PRs or accomplishments are you most proud of?
Recently doing a Blue/Purple level method workout that involved a EMOM of Push presses and Pull-ups. This also happened to be one of my first workouts!

What’s on your CF bucket list?
Bar Muscle ups and Pistol Squats

What’s on your general bucket list?
Traveling to Australia and Galapagos Island

What advice do you have for new (or experienced!) CrossFitters?
My advice for new CrossFitters is to be open minded and consistent with your workouts! For experienced ones to keep pushing yourself to the next level and avoid being stagnant once you achieve some goals. There’s always something you can work on for continuous improvement!

Anything else you’d like to mention?
You should always be open minded and try new things!! In addition, continuous improvement should always be forefront whether its work, life, fitness etc.

***Kanna members: Ruch’s custom workout will be TBD (obviously)***

How does one become Member of the Month? By embodying the Kanna ideals of Learning, Working Hard, and Having Fun. By contributing to the community and supporting others in and out of the workout. By being open to coaching and improving oneself for the sake of being better, not to “win” the workout. By just generally being a good person and having a positive attitude. And a lot more, but you get the idea!

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