Give us the low down on who you are and what makes you tick!

My name is Ruby Zitzer. I am 22 years old I was born and raised in Bozeman.  I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up in such an awesome town with a solid community and outdoor opportunities.

I grew up in a family passionate about the outdoors and exposing the beauty and opportunities it offers.  I grew up nordic ski racing for BSF along with running, paddling, mountain biking and whatever else got me outside. I took some time off after high school to travel, ski and adventure. I am currently a student at MSU trying to confirm my major in Human Development and science or snow and avalanche forecasting.

How did you decide to make The Mountain Project your gym to keep you primed for all your mountain adventures?

I began going to mountain project because my mom and brother were and loved it. I also grew up knowing Mike and was interested and excited to check it out. I really fell in love with it all the first class.

I have a hard time going to the gym by myself and doing quality workouts. The gym is so important when it comes to doing other sports, working out at mountain projects builds the strength I need in order to avoid injuring myself when exploring the outdoors. I think Mountain Project has a wonderful, warm, welcoming fun atmosphere along with the guarantee that the workout will make you sore.

What progress have you seen since you started training at TMP?  (in terms of both physical and mental performance/attitude)?

Since I started working out at mountain project my overall strength has drastically improved as well as my balance. Mountain Project has helped me become faster and more confident when I am out in the mountains.

What would you tell someone who’s on the fence about TMP because they think it’s for elite athletes?

I would tell them that I work out there and I am far from an elite athlete. I would encourage them to come because there are people of all ages with different ranges of strengths and weaknesses. You go to the gym for yourself and your own improvement so it shouldn’t matter what the other peoples abilities are. Not to mention no matter how elite the person is I guarantee that they are having their own challenges and soreness from the workouts.

How are you planning to use your mountain fitness and stoke to get out there this winter?

I will be in Idaho this winter so I will have a lot of new mountains to ski and explore, I will need to have full body strength to keep adventuring and prevent injuries. I will also be nordic coaching and will need to be in good shape so I can keep up.