May 2017 – Daniel Rubin
Finance Bro* (*Not an actual bro. No team spirit)
In general, what is your background?
I was born near Russia’s Pacific coast. My childhood was split between a mid-sized city near the Ukrainian Carpathians and Chicago. Fast forward a two decades, three college degrees and many adventures later, I am getting married at the end of the month to a wonderful woman with two dachshunds. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
How long have you been a member at our gym, how did you learn about CF and why did you start?
Rachel, my fiancée, turned my CrossFit-skepticism into a curiosity early last summer. The coaches and the community at CF312 made me a believer and a vehement defender of the CrossFit gospel.
How has being a member at 312 changed your life/lifestyle/level of fitness?
I am an active person, so I was reasonably fit when I joined. The coaches push me to excel at my strength as well as work on my weaknesses. This approach is making be a better-rounded athlete. I saw the endurance and conditioning portion translate well into backcountry snowboarding last February. I am excited to see the gains on an MTB in a few weeks.
Short term goals (gym and/or personal):
Bar muscle-up/Ring muscle-up.
Long term goals (gym and/or personal):
I have been asking myself this question lately. Not sure what to do next. In the mean time, I enjoy being a bon vivant.
What do you like most about being a member at 312?
In my experience with teams/clubs, etc., people make or break the organization. CF312 community is amazing.
Favorite and least favorite movements:
Least Favorite: Burpees and Thrusters
Favorite and least favorite WODs:
I am not good with names. I like anything with heavier weights and no burpees.
Favorite post-WOD meal:
Meat! The harder the WOD, the less I care about how many legs it had in life. However, most of the time it is chicken or fish with roasted vegetables; mainly because Rachel loves me and wants me to be healthy.
North by Northwest
I don’t know about favorite, but the most formative was definitely “On Genealogy of Morals” by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Marcel Duchamp and Adolf Dassler (Russians LOVE an Adidas track suit)
Favorite quote or words you live by?
Life is short and then you die.
What are a few of your most notable achievements?
I have nothing for the history books at the moment.
I’m passionate about:
I enjoy cooking and feeding people very much.
Fun fact that we don’t know about you:
I sing to our dogs without realizing it. Sometimes in languages I am not fluent in. Rachel tells me that after one of our more social evenings, I attempted Mongolian throat singing. Dogs love it!