Andrew (Drew) joined the CrossFit LifeSport family in October 2013. "I had never even heard of CrossFit before Tracy (my wife) came into my life. I honestly wanted to join because of how friendly the people were when I came to visit. Funny, considerate, hard working, intelligent people wasn’t what I was expecting, but it’s exactly what I’ve come to enjoy the most about CrossFit LifeSport."
With a background in martial arts, and natural athletic ability, Andrew became a proficient Crossfitter quickly. But, he has good days, and bad days, just like everyone else. "I decided that some days I’m just going to perform better than others and the idea of a preconceived notion that it’s always about gains doesn’t work for me. If I don’t do as well today as last time I did a W.O.D., do I now suck? No, no I don’t. I made the effort and how I feel about that effort needs to be from my perspective only. Some days I have a ton of love in my heart for everything and everyone……and some days I just grind it out."
LifeSporters enjoy working out side-by-side with Andrew because of this realist, fun-loving attitude. There's no pretense, he's not competing with anyone...just himself. When asked what contribution he makes to the family atmosphere, he responded "I want to offer the same hospitality that is extended to me."
JUST THE FACTS~
Name: Andrew Jacob Ruiz
Birthday: March 31st
Hometown: I grew up 8 miles from Hicksville, OH
Favorite Color: Sockeye salmon red
Favorite Band: When in the office I like to write menus to all sorts of stuff, Johnny Cash and Regina Spektor, System of a Down and Jedi Mind Trick (with head phones of course) In the gym it’s more Rage Against the Machine, Chemical Brothers, Dubstep, Metallica (pre-Black Album only) Pantera and Clutch.
Favorite WOD: I immediately wonder which W.O.D.s I don’t like, but it isn’t what I like/don’t like that’s important to me. It’s about the effort.
Associates in Specialized Technology: Culinary Arts from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” -Sun Tzu