“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”


ONE of my words of wisdom:

Be good to your joints.

ONE song that gets me going:

LCD Soundsystem - All my Friends

Ruth Macfarlane, known affectionately as Rooters, is essentially a stand-up comedian sitting down on a bike. Known for giving you as much of an ab workout through her moves as through her jokes she makes time fly in a class. “I teach spin to inspire others to feel good, laugh and to make working out fun”.

This woman is extremely active having completely several half marathons, marathons, adventure races and regular hot yoga and workouts at the Winter Club with her husband. She keeps her energy up drinking plenty of water (which she calls “the nectar of the gods”), wine (that other nectar of the gods), popcorn and frozen peanut M&Ms.

In addition to a challenging and hilarious workout, knowing Ruth is also a great thing if your body ever needs any, well, spare parts. “I am a Regional Manager for an Orthopedic implant company. “I love what I do! Helping humans to live a better quality life in both healthcare and fitness has fulfilled my life tremendously.” When not teaching at One Cycle or selling body parts, you can find Ruth enjoying many restaurants around town or walking with her best pal, the bearded lady Ella. This unique Muppet-like dog is the most friendly of dogs so, if seen, feel free to show Ella some love.

Taking a break from the comedy persona, Ruth shares her inspiration: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

You can expect Ruth’s classes to be high energy, intense, peppered with jokes and sometimes a little bit like a musical. “Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have sung all over the world. I grew up with music in my life so I have a wide variety of music appreciation in which I like to bring to my classes.”. Originally from London, Ontario, Ruth and her comedy carnival traded some good jokes for a one-way flight to Calgary back in 2009. The city has been in a better mood ever since.

Instagram: @Rooters