TESTIMONIALS FROM NYPD EMPLOYEES: CHRISTOPHER RUBINICH AND KAT TAYLOR

Like many law enforcement officers, Christopher Rubinich had no idea what the job had in store for him.  

As an NYPD recruit during 9/11, he was thrown right into the streets to aid the seasoned officers with the rescue and recovery of the many lost. 

It toughened him mentally, but left scars. Injuries and surgeries in the years after left him needing to strengthen his body. The gym, lifting and the people within strengthened his body, mind and spirit.  

Lifting became therapy, both physically and mentally. Life leaves behind many scars. No one has an easy road, but hitting the gym works out all the stress in life. Sharing in achievements and setbacks with a good gym crew, especially in law enforcement, builds a much-needed camaraderie. 

He has their backs, and they his. 

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Why can’t I? 

Kat Taylor doesn’t like to hear she can’t do something.  

Ever since she was little, she wanted to push the boundaries to prove she could do it all.  

She always looked up to her brother and if he could do it, she could do it. Don’t tell her she couldn’t because she was too little, too weak, or just a girl. Gymnast flipping and tumbling, whatever it was, she did it. 

Acrobatics and yoga? That too. 

Jumping out of airplanes and shooting guns? Better believe it. 

After seeing women power lifting and pushing their bodies to the limit, she knew she had to do that as well. What she didn’t know was that it would make her the strongest she would be mentally and physically.  

Also working as a civilian in the NYPD, she wanted to show that she was just as tough, if not tougher. 

Proving to herself that she can do anything she sets her mind to has shown her that strength does, in fact, come in many forms.  

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