Brains and Brawn
I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know the wonderful Ruchelle Nicholson quite a few years ago. She knew me before I went blonde and I knew her before she went CrossFit. We live half a state apart so I have been watching Ruchelle kill it via social media for some time now. A lot of results cannot be easily measured, but physical results can be readily identified. I found her transformation to be quite impressive so I asked her a few questions about her journey.
Can you tell us a little bit about your workout routine and diet?
“I typically work out once and sometimes twice daily, about five days a week taking two rest days. My workouts are usually a strength session consisting of weightlifting (Olympic and isolation), and then the second workout is usually some sort of cardio or metabolic conditioning. I don’t have a super strict diet, I usually just try to eat real food, and hardly anything processed. I don’t count calories, and I do have a occasional cheat meal! I love brownies and ice cream. 😊”
Why did you choose CrossFit?
“I got into CrossFit because I had a friend who was doing it, and loved it. It seemed interesting, and not your typical boring workout. I was a little intimidated by it, but once I tried it I realized their was no reason to be nervous, and everyone was there to cheer you on!”
How did you get into competitions? What have you won?
“The gym I was attended encouraged me to, so I just decided to try it! 😊”
What inspires you?
“I am inspired by all the people I see come in and out of CrossFit, and by all of the members that start and have no fitness background. It’s inspiring to see women lose weight and gain confidence, or be able to do a squat or lunge or something they have never been able to physically do all because they took a chance and tried.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to the many women out there who want to get in shape, what would it be?
” I would say to any women considering wanting to make a change to just go for it, whether it’s CrossFit or walking on the treadmill or anything! You’ll feel better about yourself if you just try. It can be intimidating, but once you start you will feel more confident in your own skin!”
What does being a Renaissance Woman mean to you?
“As a woman you deal with all sorts of struggles, kids, work, husbands/boyfriends, and our own self worth. There is an idea that we should look a certain way, or be a certain size, or wear certain clothes. What I like most about working out or CrossFit is that it’s OK to be different sizes or to not fit a specific mold of what a women should look like. We are all different shapes and sizes and all you can do is be the best version of you! I’m often told I’m too muscular or my shoulders are too big, or things like that. I’m proud of the things that my body is able to do now, things I couldn’t do when I started, it’s nice to have fitness goals, and not be worried about always being a size two, because some of us were just not made that way, and we are beautiful for what we are, and how we were made. 😊”
Ruchelle Nicholson is a mother, a hair stylist, and a Renaissance Woman.