Ralph Rubino–  Lover of Weightlifting, Financial Planner Extraordinaire, Engage Huron Advocate, Survivor Addict, and Pop-Culture Buff.

What does your typical day look like?

My typical day starts with turning on sports highlights and checking my phone. I have a routine to check texts, Snapchats, Facebook and then before I get out of bed I head to the MCF page to check the days WOD (Workout of the Day). Since I head to the gym straight from work I need to pack my gym bag according to the day’s WOD. I try to eat a lot throughout the day, ideally a stop at Cait’s for Matcha tea and a breakfast sandwich then head into the offices of West Harbour Insurance & Investments Ltd. Once there I am greeted by my infamous coworkers Bev & Brian Jeffray, whom I will never beat into the office as they both crush the 6 am class and are in here by 7:30. I am not a morning person. I usually head to MCF for the nooner or 4:30 class; my day is dependent on client meetings. After that it depends on the night as I have a few evening activities which vary from yoga with Clare at the Yoga Den, volleyball with my Setual Healing crew, slow pitch and golf in the summer and I can’t forget about watching Survivor on Wednesday nights with a few friends!

Favourite way to spend a Friday night?

Hard to narrow down to one activity but I would have to say drinks and games with friends is a favourite of mine. I have built quite the collection of party games of the adult variety (ummm …??). I love Friday nights in my garage which if you have ever seen it is the definition of me in one room.

When did you start working out and why?

I started working out back in October 2013 a few months after MCF opened. I started working out because Curtis Muxlow convinced me to get off the couch and get my s*&% together. I was in a rut and needed a change. I also had moved to a desk job so I needed an outlet after work from sitting all day and seeing gravity start to take over…

Why Menesetung CrossFit?

Menesetung was where Curtis Muxlow was a trainer so I came out the first few times when he was coaching. I have stuck with it for numerous reasons, the awesome coaches, members, great programming, varying movements and the one we are all looking for — results.

What’s your favourite thing about working out?

My favourite thing would have to be seeing the progression. I just looked back at my Athlete of the Month write up from October of 2014 and I laughed at some of things I wrote and the photos from four years ago. The results I have seen over the last 4 years is pretty crazy– gone through peaks and valleys as anyone does. I went from doing nothing and sitting on the couch watching tv every night to 5 nights a week at the gym. Back at the time in 2014 I was super lean and loved doing burpees for time. After completing a 3-month lifting program from October-December 2017 I was able to put on some size and add some weight on my lifts. Polar opposites, but it is great to push yourself and see what you are truly capable of!

What’s you favourite type of workout?

Favourite type of workout would have to be a rounds for time workout which I can really push myself to try and compete with other athletes at the gym (#BeatBrian). This isn’t for everyone but I love the challenge of seeing what others have done and using it as motivation to push myself outside my comfort zone or dig that much deeper. Favourite movements in a workout would have to be pull ups, short sprints, tire flips and one heavy barbell lift.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.

I am pretty much an open book so this one is tough. I can’t skate– I guess people are usually surprised to find that out. Love hockey just hated skating as a kid, haven’t had skates on since I was in grade 4 or 5. Oh and I don’t drink coffee. (WHAT?!)

And for our own selfish interest… any good recommendations for books or movies?

I am definitely not a book person. It has to be something I’m very into to pick up a book, and even then it’s tough after reading and researching all day at work. As for movies I live on movie quotes with Ben at the gym we are always continuing each other’s references– usually too far for most people to understand or care. I would recommend a few personal favourites: The Departed and Remember the Titans. My favourite comedies are anything with Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler & Seth Rogan.