Michael Ruch is the head chef at FitFoodMKE, providing healthy take-and-go meals at all Elite Sports Clubs locations. He specializes in preparing food that not only tastes good, but also provides great nutritional value. Learn more about Michael and his experience in the culinary arts!
Meet Michael Ruch
- What position(s) do you currently hold at FitFoodMKE and what is your connection to Elite Sports Clubs?
I am the head chef of FitFoodMKE. For the last three years, I have overseen many of the food needs within the clubs, including pool-side cafe needs, special events and FitFoodMKE. My primary contribution to Elite is through the healthy meals FitFoodMKE provides.
- How long have you been working in the culinary arts and how long have you worked at FitFoodMKE?
For the last nine years, I have been in the culinary arts. Yet, for the last four years, I have dedicated my time and efforts towards meal services and healthy lifestyles.
- What made you want to start working in this industry and/or with Elite?
As a child I grew up spending time at these clubs playing tennis so I was already familiar with the facilities and what the clubs stand for. So when I started working with health-conscious foods, it seemed natural to approach Elite with my services.
- What is your favorite part about your job?
Honestly, I am blessed to be able to follow my passion for food while also having a positive impact on the community. It is truly a rare opportunity to fulfill two passions of mine at once. It is exciting to wake up and think of new ways to help our clients achieve healthy lifestyles.
- What activities do you participate in at the club or outside of the club that are health/fitness/tennis related?
My whole life I have played tennis and so have my parents. Outside of tennis, both my father and I enjoy riding our bikes together. Many times during the summer we take our bikes to Northern Wisconsin. Many of my “father/son” memories are based around healthy activities and I am very happy to come from an active family!
- What has been your biggest personal struggle with health/fitness/tennis?
I would say that all Wisconsinites struggle with finding ways to stay active through the winter months. That is the one time of year that I find myself struggling to stay active. Things that I do to overcome that include shoveling the driveway or sidewalk and not using a snow removal machine. When the opportunity arises, I get involved in charitable walks/runs. Also, I try to coordinate competitive activities with friends like indoor soccer or racquetball “tournaments.”
- What has been your biggest personal accomplishment with health/fitness/tennis?
Starting a healthy meal service by far has been my biggest impact on health and wellness.
- What advice do you give people who are coming to the club for the first time?
Look into the fast amount of activities the clubs offer. They offer many programs year-round and even more seasonally. This is one of the main differences between Elite and other health facilities.
- What advice do you give people who are struggling to make health/fitness/tennis a priority or are getting bored/burned out?
Keep it interesting. If you have done yoga for the last three years, pick up kickboxing. If the food you are eating is getting busy, look up new recipes with similar ingredients.
- What personal advice do you give someone who is looking to get to a healthier point in their life in general?
The most important thing for people to remember is that health is truly a lifestyle. Competitions, diets, or even cleanses can be temporary, causing people to “yo-yo” in regards to their health goals. People need to know that parking further from their work building, taking the stairs, and using a lean protein on their lunch sandwich are just three ways they can change their lifestyle before noon daily. Health has so many components! It is not confined to what you eat or the time you put into the gym.
Have you tried a healthy meal from Michael Ruch and FitFoodMKE? Tell us about your experience, or perhaps your own personal health & fitness story!
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.