Rudy McClinon Jr. Bachelor of Science, physical educations and health science, 1974 Founder of R-U-A Pro Fitness, Denver
Good Sports | McClinon came to the University on an academic scholarship, but was determined to play football. He walked on, became a star defensive back and was eventually moved to an athletic scholarship. He also played junior varsity basketball during his junior year.
Going Pro | Following graduation, McClinon was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and ultimately played three seasons in the Canadian Football League. During the off-season he worked as a substitute teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools. He also served as director of the old Schwarz Recreation Center in Walnut Hills.
Heading West | In 1979, McClinon moved to Denver and began a 20-year career as a successful agent with a national insurance company. Then, in 2001, corporate cutbacks cost him his job. He was unable to find a suitable job, and a bout with alcohol followed. “I went into a deep depression and asked God to reach out and help me,” he says. “I had a great education and a great work ethic. I had to find something else to do.”
Full Circle | Falling back on his Xavier degree in physical education, McClinon became a personal trainer, working with individual clients and creating programs for businesses, non-profits and senior citizen’s organizations, doing motivational speaking, and visiting hospitals to talk about alcohol and drug recovery.
Helping Hand | McClinon formed his own fitness company aimed at helping people of all ages become more fit and more accepting of themselves. His special interest lies in helping Baby Boomers cope with the realities of arthritis, diabetes and joint replacement.
Voice of Experience | McClinon knows of what he speaks. He had both hips replaced several years ago and suffers from arthritis. The secret, he says, is to “figure out what you can do and stop talking about what you can’t do.”
Good Messages | McClinon says societal physical ideals cause a great deal of unhappiness. The key is to be in the best possible shape—and appreciate yourself. “We have all these different body types. Let me feel good about who I am.”
Choose to Change | McClinon’s latest projects include two exercise videos: “Let’s Get Moving,” a low-impact workout for those just starting an exercise regimen, and the “R-U-A Pro Fitness Arthritis and Hip Replacement Exercise Program,” for those who have had joints replaced. They’re available through his web site, ruapro-fitness.com. “It really comes down to how you feel about yourself,” he says. “A lot of men and women look in the mirror and go, ‘Oh, I don’t like what I see.’ Well, change it.”