Athlete of the Month: Ridhima Sareen

Ridhima joined 6S in the summer of 2021 and has been a welcome addition to the 6SFit and Hanks Powerlifting classes ever since. She was an essential participant to her team’s success in the Underground Throwdown, and while competing at Hanks LiftOff she crushed some new PRs! We are lucky to have Ridhima and her amazing energy as part of the 6S community, and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next. Keep up the awesome work!

Read more about Ridhima below.

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in India, my parents then moved to Canada when I was pretty young and I grew up in Thornhill for the most part. I studied math and finance at the University of Waterloo, which landed me a career in Treasury at TD. Moved to the city in 2019, and in my free time I’m either at 6S, planning my next trip or on the look out for a new restaurant to try!

What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a huge fan of tennis!

How long have you been doing Functional Fitness? At 6S?
I started crossfit back in 2017 when I was in Thornhill at Solid Ground. I then took a bit of a break from it because of my move to the city and then the lockdown happened. I found myself really missing that environment which brought me to trying 6S when the outdoor classes began in the summer of 2021!

Why did you start functional fitness training?
I’ve never been the most athletic or fit person. I was just on the search for a welcoming environment that would make me consistent with working out and pushing myself. After having tried a few different gyms and classes and not really enjoying it, I gave functional fitness a try and haven’t looked back since!

What is your proudest 6S moment?
Participating in the Underground Throwdown and the HP Liftoff. The events were definitely outside my comfort zone, but ended up having a blast! Even placed third in the throwdown with my awesome team, and got PRs in all the lifts at the liftoff!

What impact has 6S had on your life inside and outside the gym?
For starters it has made me so much stronger and just helped with my overall wellbeing of course.  Apart from the physical and mental growth, another big impact 6S has had on me is the community! The coaches and members make it such a great environment to show up to everyday and have made some new friends along the way!

For someone just starting at 6S, what advice would you give them?
Give it time/be patient with yourself and especially try to show up on the days you don’t feel like it!

What’s your biggest health & fitness goal right now? How close are you?
Being able to do a pull up! Not close yet, but hopefully someday. And improve my deadlift!

Other than 6S, what do you do for fun?
I love travelling, going on hikes, trying new places to eat and all things tennis!

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Not really advice per se but I’ve seen great examples in my life of having the strength and courage to move forward, let go and thrive after hardships, especially from my parents, and that really resonates with me. Also always staying open minded and willing to experience new things!

What are three things still left on your bucket list?
  Watching all four tennis grand slams in person – 1 down, 3 still to go
  Hike the W trek and Lost City trek
  Skydiving and/or bungee jumping in New Zealand

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
Have a hard time choosing for this one – It’s a toss up between teleportation or reading minds!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I absolutely love living in Toronto. But if I had to choose maybe San Francisco since my brother lives there, or somewhere in Hawaii if I was retired!

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