Co-Athlete of the Month
Both Steve and Randi Rubin do all the things right to make sure they get the most out of their CrossFit experience. They come in and focus on form and mobility. They are incredibly consistent and have the right habits to keep themselves healthy over time. If we don’t see the Rubins for a while, we would need to send a search party!
They don’t typically just run out when the class is over they often do extended mobility or ROMWOD. Both of the Rubins focus on proper nutrition and still find the time to balance their health and fitness with the health and fitness of their boys too.
The Rubins are an important part of the CFJC community, always taking part in events, always encouraging others and always giving 110% in and out of the gym!
Steve Rubin, 40. I am the Senior Manager of TV Event Relations for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Basically I travel all over the world coordinating production kills and television logistics for the largest sports entertainment company in the world.
I started Crossfitting in January of 2011. I was looking for something different in my workout routine. I had been working out at big “globo” gyms for a long time and wasn’t seeing the results that I thought I should be. I had seen CrossFit Johns Creek a few times driving by our old location and decided to do a little research on the whole CrossFit thing. I found a Groupon for another Crossfit box (that is no longer with us) and decided to give it a try.
I do Crossfit now because it has become a major part of my family’s lifestyle. The Crossfit John’s Creek community is our extended family since all of our family is up in New York. I enjoy the challenge and pushing myself beyond my perceived limits. My fitness goals have changed from losing weight to getting stronger and increasing my endurance.
I thought I was going to die. The WOD wasn’t anything that would scare me by today’s standards either. It was some combination of box jumps, push ups, and maybe something else. The class I was in was me and a couple of stay at home moms…and they absolutely smoked me. I had never felt that way before and I liked it. It was at that point I knew how out of shape I was and I was motivated to improve.
The thing I enjoy most about Crossfit is the community. Our community is supportive and encouraging. I love knowing that even when I drop in to other boxes around the world I will be welcomed with open arms.
That is really hard to say. If I am being selfish I would say when I finally crossed the 300lb squat barrier and that I am fitter at 40 than I was at 20. If I am not being selfish I would say that one of my proudest moments would be when my son Jesse and I completed the JCPD 5k together.
Before I started Crossfitting I had never run more than a mile and the fact that my son and I did it together only reinforced the fact that Crossfit was helping my wife and I raise healthy, active children.
My favorite movement would be cleans. My least favorite movements are by far snatches and double unders.
I really enjoy “Fight Gone Bad.” My least favorite WOD would be “Fran.”
Right now my goals are just to improve my mobility and my overall endurance. Getting stronger and looking better naked are bonuses. I try to do ROMWOD at least 4-5 times a week to improve my mobility.
CFJC has had a huge impact on my life in and out of the gym. The CFJC coaches have have helped my family change our lifestyle to a more active and healthy one. We have met some of our best friends in Georgia and we feel that they are our extended family. CFJC has given my wife and I an activity to do together and has made us stronger as a couple and as parents.
Crossfitting has increased my confidence and self esteem. It has taught me to look for balance in my life and enjoy the process and not necessarily become frustrated when I don’t see results as quickly as I think I should.
It has taught me mental toughness and the ability to push myself beyond what I thought my limits were…both physical and mental. It has taught me to challenge myself and to enjoy the challenge.
Don’t be intimidated. Everything is scalable to your fitness level and everyone has their first day. The community will support you and encourage you.