How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time of course. This is the mantra that Personal Fitness Trainer and Owner of Ru's Juice, Ruvarashe Chimusoro lives by. Knowing that with any achievement big or small you have to take it one step at a time. Learning from her own experiences, she is gentle with herself and allows herself to hear from God to direct her path. She is a firm believer that He will guide you to where you need to be. It's not always easy to listen, but when your purpose calls for you, no matter what you do you will be presented with the same answer and vision. Chimusoro puts her faith to work, letting God lead her way to help empower people with her gifts, improving lives one person at a time.
"If you have the ability to move, it's a gift" Chimusoro exclaimed. The fact that anyone of us can blink, walk, and talk without giving it a second thought is a huge miracle and also something that we take for granted. There is a substantial amount of people who are not able to move around or has limited mobility and Chimusoro wants to help aid in getting people back to moving," It is a large passion of mine, because when you give some or when you help someone regain that freedom of movement of mobility your changing their life" she explains.
Originally from Zimbabwe, her family moved to the States in 2007 when she was 11 years old. She has always been an active person, playing various sports during her years in high school. While in college, she didn't play any sport collegially, she still had a passion for staying fit and healthy. She initially majored in Exercise Science in college, but eventually switched her major and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati. Still having a huge passion for fitness she got her certification to be a personal fitness trainer.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't just involve fitness, it is also what you put into your body. Knowing the importance of eating healthy and going on her own personal juicing cleanse she learned that putting the right things in your body is key to reaching your goals. Utilizing what she has learned, Chimusoro has embarked on another venture this time juicing. The opportunity presented itself when one of her clients inquired if she knew anyone who sold organic juices. Again allowing God to direct her path, she took this opportunity to further her passion for being fit and healthy, "So I'm just like, let's just take what God and what nature actually given us to help us with better health" she said. Chimusoro officially started her juicing business this past July of 2020.
Adding an organic juicing business to her resume is a great compliment to go along with her desire for helping people make better decisions about their health, "For me, it's about empowering people to make better decisions about their health" Chimusoro says. She gets to be creative and empowers her clients with her passion, but it doesn't always come without difficulty. There are times when her clients get mad at her and sometimes her juicing recipes do not always work out (apologizing to the people who tasted her first batch of juices). In those times she can count on her family and friends like Lara and Simone for support. Reminding her that it is a growing process and that she has everything she needs to be successful.
Living a healthy life isn't something that you do for a day, month, or even a year. It is a total mental and lifestyle change. Chimusoro has five tips on how you can improve your lifestyle:
Be graceful with yourself- You're doing the best you can with the information you have.
Take it one day at a time- One day at a time! one bad day is not an excuse to erase all of the progress that you have done.
Love yourself- Completely and wholly. we are a gift and the lives we live, we are all not handed the same spoon. We all carry a different cross and in that cross your carrying, it is something amazing for you as a person.
Build a strong community- A community that belongs to you and not fit into. You want to be with a group where there is a genuine connection. That you feel like you belong there and accept you for you.
Sweat once a day- For at least 30 minutes. it will help you sleep, help you build lean muscles, which protects our bones and provides you with a number of other benefits.
The journey is just beginning for Chimusoro. She looks forward to her future with a positive outlook. Having big plans of one day starting a non-profit that partners with low-income schools to help families get active with their children and provide them with information about the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle, while also supplying fresh groceries, "That is why I got into fitness. It's just being able to play a role in helping change people's lives. Empowering them, empowering them to make better decisions. Educating them on how and helping them embrace the strength that they hold" Chimusors says. Her dreams do not stop there, she has aspirations to one day become a strength training coach in the NFL. Until then she continues to work on helping with clients, improving their strength, and coming up with new winter flavors for her juices.
In a world where there is a constant image of how people should live and what roles they need to play, Chimusoros urges people to rise above and do what makes you happy, "Don't let the world speak on who you are" she continues, "Create your own narrative. You decide who you are" she said. For her she is the author of her story, "I am myself, so I determine the narrative" she states. She continues to move forward with her head held high eating her "elephants" one bite at a time.