James Rubas

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

About Me

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.
Computer Science, N.Y.U.
Years Experience
11-15 years
ACE - ACE Health Coach
ACE - Advanced Health + Fitness Specialist
ACE - Personal Trainer
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
NASM - Fitness Nutrition Specialist
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
Amerian Heart Association
Amerian Heart Association
Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance

James's Locations

Personal Trainer & Running Coach - Trainer/Instructor
Within 25 miles of 10598 (Mobile Training Radius)
http://www.jimrubas.me | 914-214-7181

Additional Information

$75.00 / hr
Payment Methods
Cash, Personal Checks
Awards & Accomplishments
Completed 20 Marathons.
Languages Spoken
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Client Reviews/Comments

10 reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.

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!
Don Florence
On Mar 14, 2012
I've had a dozen trainers over the last 23 years and Jim was the best. I only stopped training with him because I moved to another state. I was nearly 60 when I started with Jim and I was having some health issues that came with getting older. I had back surgery 15 years ago and was also dealing with a shoulder injury and Prostate Cancer. I'm convinced that what made him especially good for me is that he's well past 50.
He patiently saw me through these problems and helped put me on a road to good health. He also appreciated my sense of humor and put-up-with my crazy travel schedule.
Susan Brofman
On Nov 20, 2011
In speaking about Jim, it is really hard to know where to begin. Jim has been my personal trainer for more than 4 years. Often personal trainers take a "cookie cutter" approach to training, which does not always meet your particular needs, and can quickly become boring. Over the years Jim has geared our training to what I needed - whether it be climbing a mountain or looking fabulous for a special event. Three years ago I returned to work. During my time with Jim my physical fitness and overall appearance had improved dramatically. I was concerned that I would lose these gains. And so began my new passion - running. First I trained for a 5k race. This past fall, at the age of 60, I ran my first quarter marathon (6.5 miles) in just under a 9 minute mile. Now, under Jim's watchful eye, I am training for a half-marathon in the spring. If someone told me five years ago I would be doing this I would have thought them crazy. The schedule Jim has provided me with is consistent with my working schedule, creates a gradual increase in miles that protects me from injury and, even with working, keeps my physical and mental health improving. When many of my contemporaries are taking medication for everything from high blood pressure to depression, I find myself in the best shape of my life. I have recommended Jim to others all of whom feel the way I do. I know of no other trainer who works so hard for each and every one of his clients. His training is geared to our particular needs and to preventing injury. The result is that as I approach 61 I have become an "athlete", feel great and am only getting better each year. People often ask me what my secret is; it's simple - I tell them to call Jim Rubas.
Elaine Kanas
On Nov 11, 2011
I can't speak highly enough of Jim. I have always been the kind of person who is not able to keep up with the instructor in a class and can never figure out exactly the right form, etc. when it comes to trying to follow exercises in magazines and in exercise videos.

Though I always walked regularly for exercise, I really wanted to improve my body strength, coordination and body tone. When I first started working with Jim I could not have had any idea of how improved my physical strength and appearance would become after three years plus of working with him. I also lost about 25 pounds without any specific "diet" process. As I developed more muscle strength my whole metabolism began to change and as I began to feel and look healthier I began to eat healthier as well.

I still have to look twice sometimes in a mirror to recognize myself! I used to be a size 12 pants and now I wear size two. I feel more confident in everything I do, feeling and looking so physically strong. I ran into someone I worked with five years ago and he absolutely did not recognize me. I am certain I could not have accomplished this level of fitness and appearance with any other trainer than Jim. He is truly a "personal"trainer in every sense of the word. He helps me understand how to do the work correctly in a way that I can understand and process and he continues to develop a program of activities designed specifically for my needs. Jim also never "settles.". As I find more success he continues to adapt his training to my new levels of success so that I am continually challenged.

Jane Sandbank
On Nov 06, 2011
Jim Rubas is an outstanding fitness trainer and is not only highly skilled in methods of motivating and customizing to meet the unique fitness needs of his clients, but is also a caring and intelligent professional. At each session, he assesses his clients performance, modifies and adjusts and continuously works to advance strength, and total body conditioning and wellness. He is knowledgable about nutrition, balancing strength training with cardio-vascular, running, and keeping clients highly motivated. Through a year of consistent and regular training, I have become stronger, lost weight, and enjoy increased balance and flexibility. Importantly, areas that had been problematic such as knee pain and poor coordination, are areas where I see vast improvement. I look forward to each session and always have some "homework" to extend the benefits of our workout and time together. I would recommend Jim to anyone who seeks to improve their level of fitness regardless of age or condition.
Jane Sandbank
Peter Speziale
On Oct 02, 2011
I am a 49 year old male who has been training with Jim for over two years. I've had a few other trainers and many failed attempts of getting fit and staying fit, but my experience with Jim has been and continues to be a terrific success. Jim is an articulate, intelligent, personable man, with a great depth of knowledge about fitness and a wonderfully gentle, poised and effective style of communicating the importance of fitness. He has inspired me to recognize that fitness should be a top priority of life; that getting fit is in our control; that we can do something about it; that we can make the time to get it done. He has demonstrated safe techniques and helped me schedule the action steps I needed to get started. When I started with him, I was quite overweight and completely out of shape. Now, I've lost the excess weight and I've learned the importance of balancing smart eating with smart exercising (weight training and running). Gradually, fitness began to mean something to me, to have a value more than merely cosmetic. Fitness has become a way of life, and the benefits of getting and staying fit have consequentially boosted my confidence, my mood and my overall attitude. By the way, I joined the New York City Road Runners club, and have run 5 races so far, with constant improvement in performance. I'm now training with Jim for a quarter marathon, and we will soon begin training for a half marathon. Jim has helped me improve myself and my life. I am grateful. He is a true inspiration.

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