Aaron Bubbico


Aaron was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but has lived in New Mexico for 30 years. Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife Corrie, their 2 boys, dog, pig, and chickens. For fun, he enjoys working out, playing music, and trying new and “impossible” things! “One of the highlights of my week is getting to take a break from all the other things in my life, and just play some music and lead worship!”

From an early age, Aaron has been involved in health and fitness. Starting with dance and gymnastics, and then expanding into competitive ice hockey until the age of 18. Once, in his 20’s he began bodybuilding and obtained his IFPA Pro natural bodybuilding card in 2009. Aaron competed on the IFPA natural bodybuilding circuit for 2 years, before “moving on” to pursue a more family oriented fitness lifestyle. Crossfit has become the perfect fit for Aaron to be able to train at a high fitness level and compete; while still having time for family, friends, and other interests. “I decided that I needed to find something that was more FUNCTIONAL for my life, something long-term and sustainable. I have the tendency to become “obsessive”. That’s why I like Crossfit! It allows me the ability to train hard in 60-90 minutes a day, and even include my family in the process! It’s perfect for balancing my life.” 

Aaron began working at the JCC in 2013 as the Co-fitness director, until, in November of 2015 was given the opportunity to create Rio Grande CrossFit; bringing something “fresh” and dynamic to the JCC of Greater Albuquerque! “I want to bring a CrossFit experience to Albuquerque that is unique, refreshing, family friendly, and that “feels like home”. Educationally, Aaron is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and received his Masters in Exercise Science from the UNM in 2012; where he studied under Dr. Kravitz and Dr. Robergs. Shortly after, he and Dr. Kravitz collaborated on the “one of its kind” “Essentials of Eccentric Exercise”.  This book has recently been released in the Chinese market as well! Aaron is passionate about physiology and how the body works before, during, and after exercise. In addition, Aaron has a minor in nutrition and is a certified sports nutritionist. “I think if you want to be successful for your health, for the long term, you have to have a full comprehensive approach, that includes: nutrition, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.” As a coach, “I love to focus on finding the one cue or “key” issue in an individual’s technique, and fixing it, so they reach their full potential.” Aaron is the Director of RGCF, a coach, and a member of the community. “Since I do the programming for the gym, being apart of the community, and not just coaching or managing, I tend to take an even more invested effort into the programming and overall “health” of our gym environment; based on what I see both as a coach and an athlete.” In November 2017, Rio Grande CrossFit hosted its first annual competition, the Rio Grande Rumble. This event is one of its kind in the state of New Mexico, and is promising to be even better in 2018. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to promote a competition in this state that can bring the best athletes in the Southwest together, and offer big prizes to drive the competition high!”