March is Women’s History Month, and here at LANE EIGHT, we’re celebrating by featuring women from our community who inspire us.  You might know some of them, you might not, but each of them has shown us what it means to be “Your Best You.” 

With our #YourBestYou series, we’re sharing some of our favorite stories of perseverance, hope, and aspiration from the LANE EIGHT community of Everyday Athletes! For our latest feature we caught up with Brandi Ruffin.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Brandi Ruffin. I’m 25, and was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to Atlanta, GA in 2018. I come from a huge family full of love and support. I currently attend KSU and will be graduating this year with my BS in exercise science. I never really knew what I wanted to be in life growing up. I went from wanting to be a book editor to a nurse to a physical therapist to finally seeing my true passion in exercise and fitness. I am a huge believer that everything happens for a reason, and that I was brought to where I am today to help educate people and help them find their passion in health and fitness.

Instagram: @itsgoldennfitness
Location: Atlanta, GA.
Favorite LANE EIGHT color?
Dusty Taupe & White.

What does “Your Best You” mean to you?

Being the best you means challenging yourself to your fullest potential. It means never isolating yourself to being mediocre. It means putting your all into everything you do, and accepting the fact that you will fail many times before you succeed. Failure is your teacher. It will help you become “Your Best You.”

Name a woman in your life that has helped you become “Your Best You.”

I would say my twin sister Brittany has helped me become my best me. As I said earlier, my siblings and I are amazingly tight, but Brittany has helped me discover me. People always wish they had a twin, and it’s incredible to have someone in my life who understands me better than I understand myself. She pushes me, she supports me, and is actually the person who helped me realize that health and fitness is my passion.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Take your time. Society tells us that we need to figure everything out at 20 and I was so hard on myself because I didn’t know. I would tell myself to take my time to learn who I truly am and not rush the process.

Favorite female athlete?

I don’t know if I could choose just one but I would say Nicole Monroe (@dnicolemonroe), Bex Hunter (@fitbexie), and Ajahzi (@ajahzi).

If you could share one message with the LANE EIGHT community, what would it be?

Say true to you and never be afraid to keep learning.

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