The Box & Our Community

This community does not judge and leaves egos at their jobs.

Everyone will support you through your toughest moments inside the box as everyone will both laugh and cry together. Throughout, you will receive top notch, elite athlete quality coaching to help you reach your goals. Whether those goals are just to lose a few pounds, gain a few pounds, or compete in the CrossFit Games, our (and it is all of ours!) box will support you. The goal is to help everyone get healthier and happier. If you aren’t after being with us, let us know. We want to hear about it.

Our Programming

We custom program every day, every workout, for every person.

We have studied a range of custom designs varying between Russian powerlifters to top Kona Ironman finishers to CrossFit’s elite. This allows us to truly accommodate any specialty or weakness you may have and help you improve. Even for the experienced CrossFitter, you will still see massive gains in strength, endurance, and overall conditioning. If you don’t, our custom programming allows us to change things at any time for your benefit.

Ruya Coach & Founder

Brian Pachtman has been training individuals who just want to achieve a better overall fitness level as well as elite athletes in specific sports disciplines for years.

Brian used to work as an adventure travel guide leading groups in remote locations around the world and also designing those trips. Brian has even helped to organize large scale sporting events such as multi-day bike rides down the west coast as well as helping kids in Madagascar learn about health, wellness, and education.

When Brian found CrossFit though, it flipped everything he thought about fitness upside down. Now that Brian has been an avid CrossFitter and trainer for years, he is extremely excited about applying his leading and coaching capabilities to small group classes at Ruya CrossFit. If you don’t know which one Brian is after stepping into Ruya, just look for the one with the un-ending smile on his face!




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What is CrossFit?

The creator of CrossFit would say that it is a program revolving around “constantly varied, functional movements done at high intensity.”

Here at Ruya CrossFit, we focus on mechanics, and consistency before reaching our intensity threshold. Form and safety are our main priorities. Even if you don’t want CrossFit to be your main athletic focus, the beauty of this program is that it improves your abilities at every other sport. So, all you Triathletes, Cyclists, Mountain Bikers, Runners, and all around athletes get in here! Your times, splits, and overall feeling in your sport will improve. Just try us out.

Our coaches not only understand the needs of, but are able to incorporate the needs of other athletic disciplines.

Try us out & learn more!

Ruya CrossFit FAQ’s

Is CrossFit for me?

Definitely! Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s needs differ by degree, not kind. The main tenets of CrossFit: Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and speed are each as important to the world’s best athletes as they are to the overweight, the sedentary, the sick, casual athletes, and even the elderly.

What is a typical day like at Ruya?

We start with a dynamic warm up that changes every day so that the muscles that we are about to use are ready for that day’s workout. Depending on the day, we will either work on a strength component or a skill component of CrossFit. Then we make the most of our high intensity workout! There will always be a coach present giving you semi-private tips and training.

Do I need to get in good shape before I start CrossFit with Ruya?

If your goal was to dig a hole, would you dig a little hole first to get ready for the big hole you are about to dig?  Of course not.  Once you are through our Elements classes and joining regular classes, you will see that every workout we do can be scaled to fit your needs.  That applies whether you are a 22 year old fire breather fresh out of boot camp or a 75 year old that just needs to move around a little better.

Will I get big by doing CrossFit?

First of all, it takes an enormous amount of effort to get muscularly big. If you aren’t “trying” to get big, you are not going to get big. The largest factor in whether or not you get “big” is your diet. A far behind second factor is genetics. If you are here at Ruya and eating right, you will undoubtedly burn fat and create muscle. That is just becoming more fit…not bigger. After being at Ruya, you will come to know that we are concerned with your safety and performance. Appearance comes way after that. But it just so happens that CrossFit creates some of the most beautiful bodies this world has seen!

I have an injury. Can I still come in and CrossFit?

If you have an acute injury like a sprain or pulled muscle, chances are that you will need to take some time off. However, CrossFit is not only a program that gets you ready for whatever life throws at you, it is also a rehabilitative program. It takes the body through full range of motion using all our joints. These motions, when done properly, stimulate healing and also strengthen areas around chronic injuries, and recuperating areas. All we ask is that you let us know about the injury so we can help.

Do you allow Drop-ins?

Absolutely! The owner of Ruya has literally traveled all over the world making sure to get a workout in where ever he goes. Ruya intends on returning that favor. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign a waiver and meet the coach.

Can I just come in and have you develop a workout routine for me?

The very word “routine” does not get you in the best shape of your life and does not let you attain peak performance. Life’s physical challenges are unknown and unknowable. You cannot prepare for that by doing the same exercises on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. CrossFit keeps the workouts varied and you coincidentally never get bored and stick with CrossFit because of it.

Do you have a shower?

Yes, just bring a towel.

What is considered World Class Fitness in 100 words?

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, Clean & Jerk, and Snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull ups, dips, rope climb, push ups, sit ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.

What makes Ruya CrossFit stand apart?

Ruya has managed to stay true to what CrossFit is (and should be) while adding an un-intimidating atmosphere. We cap our classes at 15 and most will be less than that so everyone can get the truly personal attention needed to keep everyone safe, fit, and coming back day in and day out. Once the numbers get higher than that, you start getting 30 people running around with barbells, one trainer, and that just isn’t safe. Not only that, but it isn’t what CrossFit is meant to be. Another reason we cap our classes is so our community becomes an actual community…not just individuals coming and going.
We know that from the outside,
CrossFit can seem a little intimidating.

At Ruya CrossFit, we welcome newcomers all the time and our community will make it easy for you to engage in the sport of fitness.

You are already taking the first steps by educating yourself. The rest is up to us…

Sign Up for our Free Intro Class!

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Our Schedule

     Monday:  5:30am, 6:30, 7:30, 12pm, 5, 6,
                      7pm Elements Class

     Tuesday:  5:30am, 6:30, 7:30, 12pm, 5, 6

Wednesday:  5:30am, 6:30, 7:30, 12pm, 5, 6,
                       7pm Elements Class

   Thursday:  5:30am, 6:30, 7:30, 12pm, 5, 6

         Friday:  5:30am, 6:30, 7:30, 12pm, 5, 6,
                       7pm Elements Class

    Saturday:  9am & 10am
                      11am Elements Class
                      12pm Free Intro Class 

       Sunday:  Open Gym 9-11

CrossFit WOD’s

All motions and workouts can be scaled for anyone regardless of fitness level or age.

All times on the schedule as of now are for every member.


Competition Classes

These are advanced sessions and are invite only, weights are heavy and movements are complex.

These classes will be offered in the future.

Introduction to Ruya CrossFit: Free!

The free intro is about an hour long. We want to get to know you, and why you are here. What have you heard about CrossFit? What have you heard about us? Most importantly, you are new to CrossFit and you will only be with others that are new to CrossFit during this Intro. We also want to answer any questions you have and give you an intro to CrossFit. The hour will finish with a sample workout. We also ask that every new CrossFitter go through our Elements Course in order to join the regular classes.

Sign Up for our Free Intro Class!

Elements: $150

The Elements Course is required for all new CrossFitters.

There are movements involved in CrossFit that are tough to master. We will break down the mechanics of each of them and make your transition into the normal classes an easy one. The Elements Course is within a small group and everyone is new. There is no need to be intimidated. We will cover the essential movements of CrossFit and also some Nutrition Counseling. You will probably learn a few CrossFit acronyms too.

The Elements Course lasts eight sessions and start the first and third Monday of every month. They can also be found on our schedule page. If these times simply do not work…we understand life happens. Come in and have a chat, we will figure it out.

Sign Up for our Elements Course!

Monthly Memberships: No Contracts!

We are confident in our services. Plain and simple, exercising shouldn’t feel like signing a mortgage.
If you would like to add weekly nutritional counseling to your membership, please let us know.

Unlimited: $175
3 Times A Week: $145
Active Military: $145
Police & Fire: $145
Full-Time Student: $130
Married Couple: $325


Membership Cancelation

Please let us know two weeks in advance if you want to cancel a membership.
No contracts makes this an easy process.


Private Training: $75 per Session

Brian has been a private coach for a long time. Some people just enjoy one on one atmosphere. Let us know and we can figure out a time that works best for you.

Experienced CrossFitter Drop In: $15

We love visiting CrossFitters! Please just arrive a couple minutes early so we can get you set up.


After giving this a lot of thought for a while and knowing I wanted to extend this offer…just wasn’t sure of how I wanted to do it.  The regulars in Ruya tend to be referred by someone.  They ultimately stick around for a long time basically because they have friends or family that are coming to Ruya as well.  They are Ruya’s biggest supporters and contribute to the community.  These are exactly the types of people we want in here.  So, once again, after giving this a lot of thought, I want to reward those Ruya supporters.  Moving forward, if a member refers another person, and that person signs up for elements and then their first month of CrossFit, that member will receive 30% off that month of membership at Ruya.  


-Unlimited: $52 off

-3x a week: $43 off

-Student: $39 off

Which I think is a nice little kick back to those that contribute the most to the Ruya community.  I hope you think so as well.  If there are any questions about this, please feel free to ask.

Folks….get signed up for the nutrition challenge.  It starts May 3rd.  This gives you time to get mentally prepped.  As I said, this is run through a third party so prices do go up soon.  http://www.whole.lc/wlcsummer14/pt/ruyacrossfit  After trying to convince someone yesterday to sign up, I could see the wheels spinning in their head about all the social things they have going on in the next two months.  So, maybe you have a wedding one weekend or something…sack up and put your hat in the game!!  Either way, you will eat healthier which is the ultimate goal!  Fran found a coupon on code on Facebook too!!  STRONG15


Clean and Jerk x 3

Focus on your consistency here.  All reps should look the same



21 – 15 – 9

Thrusters (95,65)

Pull Ups

Closed Easter Sunday.  Please sign up for class on mind body here

Sign up for the Nutrition Challenge on Whole Life Challenge!! https://www.wholelifechallenge.com  Seriously, the price goes up if you want too long.  So just do it!!

Before you speak…listen.  Before you speak…think.  Ask yourself….can you be uncommon, positive, committed, excellent, amazing, passionate, excited, driven, energetic, fearless, powerful, confident, and true to yourself?  There is always time to change who you are if you aren’t who you want to be.

Squats. 6×4 @ 80%

It’s getting real



30 Dubs

20 Sit Ups

10 Jumping Lunges

This is all bodyweight folks with the lung burner being dubs.  All bodyweight means Coaches expect you to move fast.

The Challenge!!

Holy shit there is a lot of tracking information on this thing!  Super excited. I hope it keeps you all engaged throughout the process!  This post goes over a little bit of the rules and what you will need to do.  More can be found at the Whole Life Challenge. It starts May 3rd.  We will hold a Benchmark WOD on that Saturday along with measurements of hips and waist.  I encourage you to take a before photo NOW!!!  I have some great ideas for prizes but still throwing them around with the coaches!
RULES – You must choose “Advanced” as your rules setting!!!  These are the rules for advanced.
Grains, Starches, Corn & Soy YES: Sweet potatoes and yams.NO (lose 1 point for): Any grains or starches, e.g. wheat, barley, rye, starchy potatoes (white, yellow, or purple interior), rice (white or brown), bread, pasta, quinoa, corn or soy (including their oils).

VEGETARIANS: MAY also consume brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, wild rice and fermented soy (tempeh, miso).

Sugar YES: Stevia.NO (lose 1 point for): Any other sugar or sweeteners (organic or not), e.g., honey, agave, coconut sugar or nectar, evaporated cane juice, and any artificial sweetener.
Dairy YES: Butter.NO (lose 1 point for): Any milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, kefir or other dairy products.
Alcohol YES: Kombucha.NO (lose 1 point for): Any beer, wine, spirits.
Soda & Juice YES: Vegetable juice, fruit puree (blended fruits containing all the pulp).NO (lose 1 point for): Any soda, or fruit juice.
Artificial Ingredient YES: None.NO (lose 1 point for): Any artificial ingredient.





  1. Nutrition
    • Players start each day with 5 nutrition points
    • When a player breaks a nutrition rule, they lose a point
    • A loss of all 5 points, results in a 0 for the day
    • When entering the nutrition score, enter the number or points KEPT out of 5
  2. Exercise
    • Players start each day with 0 exercise points.
    • Earn two (2) points for exercising (working out) for at least 10 minutes
    • Criteria for determining “what counts as exercise”:
      • This is NOT a game of doing a crazy exercise routine every day, scorekeeping, or judging.
      • Here it is, plain and simple:
        Did you intentionally spend 10 minutes doing something that YOU would consider exercise?
      • If the answer to that question is yes, then score yourself a “YES” for that day.
      • How does the Whole Life Challenge define “exercise?” Something that elevates your heart rate, helps build any of the 10 general physical skills (strength, endurance, stamina, flexibility, speed, power, balance, coordination, agility, accuracy), or gives you a chance to actively recover.
      • Active recovery must be of a duration of AT LEAST 10 minutes.
      • This means that some days players will do a regular workout – go to the gym or put on running shoes – and some days they will just move – take a light jog, do yoga, ride their bike, skate at the beach, play frisbee or soccer, go surfing, or even walk to work rather than drive.
      • It is up to each individual to determine if they exercised or not.


1 rep max Jerk from the Rack

If you see a large discrepancy between this weight and your clean weight, you will know what you need to work on.  Once you get to the heavy weights, I advise dropping the bar to the ground instead of bringing back to your shoulder rack. Be mindful of your hips being directly underneath your shoulders in any position.  Make your dip directly straight up and down!


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