Why I Compete: Christopher Rutz

My current goal is to live to be an active and healthy 100. Its a long term goal and it keeps me focused. I’m almost halfway there.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Two years ago I retired from a successful career in the corporate world. I had set a goal long ago to retire in my 40s and was laser focused on that objective during my 20’s and 30’s. Today I am a obstacle racing coach and athlete and an adventure guide in Scottsdale, AZ. 

2. What’s a typical day look like for you?

Being retired means I have a lot of flexibility in my daily routine. Fitness is the core of my day. This can include yoga, hitting the trails, a WOD in the garage or a trip to the rock gym for some climbing and bouldering. I coach 2 obstacle racing classes 3 days a week at Power In Motion in Scottsdale. Away from that I make a point to spend time with my girlfriend and my two cats Cleo and Cloe. They are all just as active as I am, so its a good fit. I always try to capture at least one quality selfie per day to share and motivate others in social media too.

3. How did you get started on your current fitness journey?

My current fitness journey started during my junior year in college. It seemed most of my friends were fitness oriented. Being surrounded by fitness leads to more fitness. My first foray in competition was on the crew team in college. I also wanted to run a triathlon. That lead me to eventually the Ironman in Hawaii. Subsequent to that I have raced road and mountain bikes and most recently obstacle racing.

4. What’s one goal you’re currently training for?

My current goal is to live to be an active and healthy 100. Its a long term goal and it keeps me focused. I’m almost halfway there.

5. What’s one life goal you’re currently pursuing outside of fitness?

Maximizing my happiness everyday. If I am happy those around me will be happy. Life is too short to not do what you love every minute of everyday.

6. What does it mean to you to Compete Every Day?

CED means getting up everyday and pursuing your dreams with passion.

7. What/who do you compete for?

I compete for myself. My fitness, my happiness and my health. If I have all of those things I can share my passion with others and help them find happiness, fitness and health.

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