Athlete of the Month Ryan Bouton: This Strong Mom Will Inspire You

There’s a lot to be said for a strong mom. And we’re not just talking about the ability to lift weight. What we’re talking about is making the commitment to something that challenges you for the better. That is real strength.

Ryan strong mom
Audrey Bouton
Born 10/01/2019
8lbs 6oz

This month’s athlete is a strong mom who has inspired us since the day she walked through our doors. Balancing motherhood, pregnancy, work (the list is endless) she has also committed to improving her health (and the health of her unborn babe).

Ryan has always had that “won’t-give-up” attitude.

We’re excited to share that Ryan gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Tessa Audrey Bouton on October 1st, 2019.

October 2019 Athlete of the Month: Ryan Bouton is a Strong Mom!

1. When and why did you start CrossFit?

I started in October 2018.
I wasn’t seeing any results from my normal workout routine (Pilates) and I was determined to get back to my pre pregnancy body or at least close.

2. As a strong mom, how has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?


I don’t give up as easily now and I really push myself even when it’s a true struggle for me.

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Yes, all!

I wasn’t able to do much. CrossFit and lifting weights was so foreign to me.

The fact that I can do an overhead squat with weights now is pretty cool; being I had to use a PVC for a while for this lift.

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

This is hard to say since I’m super pregnant right now. But I do know that I’m smaller this pregnancy than my last two.

5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

I sleep great now and it definitely decreases everyday stresses.

Being pregnant, my hormones rage some days and I find that on days that I do CrossFit I’m a lot calmer and not as emotional.

My obgyn also said my weight and overall health is better this pregnancy and said to keep it up until I go into labor!

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

An intense but fun workout. It really gets you excited and a bit scared…but, after your WOD you have never felt better in your life.

Ryan Strong Mom

7. What’s your “why”?

My why is to stay healthy and get physically fit so my children can see how important it is for your overall well being.

I am motivated everyday when I show up to Salus and see all the other moms there. Some with kids the same age and some older, and they are all truly inspirational. I’m always picking their brains about how I can look that way after having kids (and the toll it took on my body) and seeing them I know it’s possible if I keep working at it.

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

Hmm. I guess I my favorite lift is a back squat.
I like all the WODs except the ones that involve wall balls those really kill me!

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Don’t be intimidated!

For me when I started I got a little nervous seeing how strong everyone was and thought I will never be able to do any of the stuff they were doing. Now, I might now be able to lift as much weight as them but at least I’m getting the form right.

It takes time and repetition and the first time you’re able to do the lifts correctly, you’re going to be so excited and happy. It will make it all worth it!

10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

To get back to my pre-pregnancy body after I have the baby.

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

Something with back squats, pull ups, ring rows and the bike. I’m really favoring those lately.

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

To bring my kids somewhere that they can really have fun. I love seeing them enjoying themselves.

Ryan Strong Mom

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

I actually love vegetables and salads so it’s hard to pick a favorite healthy meal.
My favorite splurge meal would be Pasta nothing like Italian food!! Yum

14. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

Flash, so I can get everything done everyday and never feel overwhelmed.

15. Favorite motivational quote?

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde

16. Interesting fact that not many people know about you.

I was on a reality show a few years ago.

Celebrating YOUR Success

Every month we feature a new “Athlete of the Month” like Ryan, at CrossFit Salus. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another because of their amazing progress, grit, positive attitude and community.

We love featuring these athletes – they inspire and motivate us every day. Do you have a strong mom or another Salus athlete in mind? Let us know!

Read their stories to help you stay focused and motivated, too.