Local Athlete Spotlight: Alex Ratnofsky
We all have goals in life, and many of us endeavor some serious athletic pursuits. In regards to my sporting ambitions, I have always aspired to be the guy that younger athletes look up to…the guy who toes the starting line, outfitted in a racing kit, ready to rumble with the young guns. Basically, I want to be able to compete for as long as I want. However, after rehabbing a few broken bones and coming back surgery in the past few years, I am truly starting to appreciate what a feat this will be.
I have the opportunity to meet a lot of great people in this line of work. The athletes that come through our clinic are driven and intense, but they are also genuine and caring humans that have the ability to inspire us as clinicians. One of those athletes is most certainly Alex Ratnofsky.
A saber fencer in college, Alex Ratnofsky has always strived to remain active and fit. He has competed in long distance races, spent time weight training, and, most recently, started doing CrossFit. A recent retiree, Alex keeps himself very busy. He may not be working full-time, but he is not slowing down. He doesn’t think of himself as an older adult; the way he figures, “I am older than some and younger than others.” His positive and optimistic attitude has always brought him success.
Alex doesn’t know if his optimism is the result of a happy childhood or if it is innate quality. Regardless, he has always received positive feedback from others about his attitude. When he’s had to deal with injury, Alex modifies his activities to remain active while recovering. After working with Alex through an injury, I can tell you one thing he does that complements the rehab process: he listens. Athletes, if you seek medical advice from a trusted professional, help him/her out by following instructions! Alex completed his daily drills and exercises without fail, and it helped expedite his rehab.
Currently, Alex is signed up and training for the 2016 CrossFit Open. It spans over five weeks in early spring and is a worldwide competition consisting of five different workouts. He also hopes to compete in a CrossFit Memorial Day workout that honors Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy. The workout, dubbed “Murph,” has the athlete completing a 1-mile run and then doing 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats…finished off with another 1-mile run. His goal is to finish in under an hour.
Before we finished, I asked Alex for some advice. As an athlete, I wanted to know what he would say to a younger version of himself. He told me, “Be sure that you enjoy the activities you are doing (for leisure) and, at the same time, learn new ones. Never stop learning; never stop improving.” Thanks Alex!