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James Rubas

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-1151

In addition to my personal trainer certifications, I am also a certified running coach. Adding a well designed cardio routine to your fitness schedule will enable you to achieve a unique level of fitness.

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About Me


  • Computer Science, N.Y.U.

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Health Coach
ACE - Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
NASM - Fitness Nutrition Specialist
TRX - TRX Group Suspension Training Course
TRX - TRX Rip Training Course
TRX - TRX Suspension Training Course
Road Runners Club of America - Running Coach
Agency Unavailable
USA Track & Field - USATF Course Certification
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Amerian Heart Association

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Amerian Heart Association

Liability Insurance

  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance

James's Locations

Jim Rubas Fitness

Within 25.00 miles of 10598 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$75.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Completed 20 Marathons.

Languages Spoken




10 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Andrew Sabol on Nov 05, 2014

    I had the pleasure to train with Jim for the NYC marathon this year. Jim not only helped with the training program but also the mental challenges during our sessions. Prior to starting with Jim, I was using my own program (if you want to call it that) which led to nagging knee discomfort which led me to find a trainer. I consider myself lucky to find such an amazing individual to work with. Not only did he understand what I was going through, Jim also put a plan together that prevented injury and prepared me for the 26.2 mile course. With the plan, I never hit the wall and finished strong. I plan to work with Jim for my next marathon.

  • by Michelle Marr on Jun 08, 2014

    I am not an athlete. While I have a day job, my hobby is ballroom dancing and the Argentine Tango in particular. Having spent two years making it past the beginner level, I was determined to perfect my technique and become a full-fledged Tango dancer.

    It has been said that the Argentine Tango is "strength plus elegance under high-speed conditions." Although I knew all the steps and did very well in my dance classes, I lacked the strength and balance I needed to execute those steps, gracefully, on an actual dance floor. I needed to have the ability to face my partner while my body was turning in the opposite direction, or to balance my whole body on the ball of one foot while being turned by someone else, all while appearing relaxed and confident. Wearing a black dress and sexy shoes wasn't enough.

    Then I found Jim Rubas. What struck me first about Jim was his aura of professionalism, both in his appearance and demeanor. What I liked most about him was his willingness to listen- to who I was as an individual and to what I wanted to achieve through exercise. Having had several conversations with him, it was apparent that he had taken the time to view some Tango dancing and therefore understood the skills and movements that I was trying to learn and perform.

    Training with Jim has been a great experience. As a single mother of two children, he created an exercise plan for me that was both realistic and fit my schedule. He is very encouraging both during and between workouts and is a great source of health-related information. I now see a real improvement in my "functional strength," i.e., stronger core muscles enable me to twist and turn, stronger leg muscles prevent me from wobbling when I have to hold a position. My posture has improved and I also feel more confident while dancing overall, knowing that I'm stronger. I know that I never would have achieved this by going to a gym on my own, without Jim's guidance and expertise.

    I recommend Jim Rubas without reservation.

  • by patrick willer on Jan 24, 2013

    I am 35 years old and consider myself to be a fairly active person. I am naturally athletic however as I grow older safety becomes more of a concern. I chose to work with Jim due to his emphasis and expertise in running. I have always enjoyed running and being outdoors. My goal was to get back in shape and improve my running ability and over all tone and physique.

    After working with Jim for over six months I am in better shape and on my way to my goal. What I did not count on I contribute to Jim and his attention to detail. The added health benefit, my body is a more efficient calorie burner. I generally feel better. I had minor back pain that is now gone and my Dr. believes this is due in part to my increased activity, training and strengthening of certain muscles as well as carrying less weight in the mid section. Those certain muscles are in the core area according to my Dr. these muscles help us stand, sit, run, walk, exercise and just about anything you can think of in your daily routine. I did not realize that isolating these muscles would have such a profound impact on my daily life. Jim has done an excellent job working with me to improve my core.

    My running is one of the most important parts of this story. I started off with the mindset that I was a fairly qualified runner. This was not the case. Jim pointed out several areas in which I could improve my ability and stamina while running. WOW… is all I can say! I run farther at greater paces with less effort. I had issues with my knees while running. I no longer have any issues since Jim corrected my style. I enjoy running and being outdoors and this has a greater level of enjoyment after my time with Jim.

    Jim is very concerned about his client’s safety. This is important to mention as having a trainer ensures that you are doing to the exercise properly and isolating the correct muscles. If this is not done we risk injury and could compound preexisting conditions. Jim took pride in my safety and slowly stepped me up over time.

    I highly recommend Jim as his expertise, attention to detail, and concern for your safety makes him and excellent choice.

  • by Mary Ann Loustaunau on Jan 14, 2013

    I have worked with Jim for over 4 years. When I began, my goal was toning and weight loss. However, I didn't anticipate added, life-changing benefits. I have scoliosis which is a curvature of my spine. For years I suffered from muscle spasms in my back caused by lifting or bending. My left hip was higher than my right, and I frequented the chiropractor because of consistent pain. As stated in an earlier review, Jim doesn't use a cookie-cutter approach with his clients. Jim focused our workout on core training and strengthening the muscles that support my spine. Now there is no visible perception of the curvature, and I stand straight. My job requires that I travel, and I am able to lift my luggage onto planes and trains and haul it into the overhead compartment without repercussion. I rarely see the chiropractor, and an added bonus is that my recent bone density test indicated that I have improved mass in my hips and lower back. To me, this is miraculous.

    Jim's focus is on wellness. His interest in his clients, attention to detail and knowledge of his profession are outstanding. My experience has been life changing - I have more strength and endurance now than I had in my youth. I am overwhelmingly grateful for opportunity to work with Jim.

  • by Susan Brofman on Apr 18, 2012

    At 61 years of age, I recently competed in my first half-marathon. What a thrill for someone who never was a runner. Several years ago I began working out with Jim, who helped me get into shape. Last fall I decided to run in a 10K race. Jim started me on a training schedule that fit with my work and family schedule. I committed to run 5 days a week, and since the runs were short and could be done on a treadmill, it was very doable. After several weeks I ran, and completed, the 10K race. Shortly after that race, Jim suggested I compete in the More Magazine Half-Marathon. I agreed and continued with the running schedule. Each week I increased my distance by a mile. Since I was instructed to run at a pace that was comfortable, I avoided injury. Soon I began to notice the “side effects”; my body became trimmer, the tire around my waist disappeared, my breathing improved and I found a way to release stress. Although I had done very little speed training and the farthest I had run was 11 miles, on the day of the race I ran the entire 13.1 miles at a 9 minute 7 second pace per mile. I came in 4th in my age group out of 102 women and in the top 18% out of over 7700 women, most of whom were much younger than me. For the first time I had a sense of my own pace, how to speed up without stressing my body, being constantly conscious of where I was tightening up and making sure to relax, not pounding the pavement with my feet, being sure to hydrate. Lessons I learned while training. Most of all, at the end of the race I was not short of breath and felt great. For all the people that have told me they could not do this I tell them yes they can if they just commit to it. Having a personal trainer, and there is no one better than Jim, who works with you and adjusts the schedule to fit your needs is essential. So in my 60’s I have become a competitive athlete; go figure!

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