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Meet Ratih

“Working alongside a team that values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential for me.” Through CrossFit, Ratih Sutrisno has found the best of both worlds–coaching at her local gym and now at Steve’s Club where she has been the Communications Manager since May 2021. We got the opportunity to sit down with Ratih to hear her story.

I want to show other young people of color that they are not alone if they get to a CrossFit gym and feel uncomfortable, or wonder if they belong there, because they’re the only person who looks like them.

Ratih Sutrisno

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now? What are you passionate about?

My family is from Indonesia, I was born in New Zealand, and I grew up in Saint Paul, MN. I am currently based in Chicago, IL, where I am a CrossFit L-2 Trainer at Mettle Fitness on the South Side of Chicago. I feel very fortunate to balance my love for fitness in two ways—by helping athletes reach their goals in the gym as their coach, and by promoting access to CrossFit through my position as Communications Manager at Steve’s Club National Program.

What was your relationship with fitness or athletics growing up? What made you decide to include CrossFit in your life?

As a team athlete playing volleyball and ultimate growing up, I always looked forward to the strength portions of our training. After my team did not make it to college nationals for ultimate my senior year, I walked through the doors of a CrossFit gym and haven’t looked back since. CrossFit taught me very quickly that each workout is an opportunity to become not only fitter, mentally and physically, but in all areas of life as well.

What does being part of the SCNP team mean to you in your life?

I am grateful to work for an organization that aligns so closely with my values. I want to show other young people of color that they are not alone if they get to a CrossFit gym and feel uncomfortable, or wonder if they belong there, because they’re the only person who looks like them. Working alongside a team that values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential for me.

In a nutshell, what role do you play at SCNP? How might our followers interact with you?

As Communications Manager at Steve’s Club, it is my goal to bring our story to new audiences, elevate the voices of our youth on the national stage, and support our fundraising efforts, such as our upcoming peer-to-peer campaign this fall. 

What is your favorite way to decompress?

Living in Chicago, I have to be super intentional about spending time in nature. I set aside time annually to go on a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to fish, hike, and swim!

What is your favorite go-to meal or recipe that you prepare for yourself regularly?

Air fryer salmon and mixed greens salad for the win! I actually have a food blog where I post my meals to help hold myself accountable, @ratiheats on Instagram.

What is one challenge you have overcome that has shaped who you are today?

In college, I had a coach that once told me, “Face it, you’re just not that athletic.” That comment lit a fire in me. From that moment on, I knew that I would have to rely on the coach inside my head to become the best version of myself.

Any book or podcast recommendations?

I’m going to give you a three-part answer. Atomic Habits by James Clear changed my life. One lesson I learned from this book was “habit-stacking,” or pairing a new habit with a current habit. Now, on my daily commute home from the gym in the morning, I listen to two short podcasts to start my day: The Daily Stoic, to learn from ancient wisdom, and Before Breakfast, to learn practical tools to feel less busy and get more done.

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