11/28/2014 01:22 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST

Andie's All-Stars: Jeremy Rubin

Two years ago, Stephani Novick, program manager at the Cummings Centre, approached strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Rubin to offer a boxing class to some of the centre's members. 

Novick works on adapted programs for people at the centre who have suffered a stroke or Parkinson's.

Rubin took that idea and ran with it.

Every Monday at Tristar gym, Rubin puts these fighters through the paces of a real boxing training session.

The workouts focus on cardio, upper and lower body strength, coordination and so much more.

Participants say the workouts have had a huge impact on their lives and their symptoms, with increased mobility and a new-found confidence that comes with a tough coach and training in a world-class MMA gym with other fighters.

Their fight is a daily one and Rubin is in their corner doing what he can to make sure they are ready to lace up the gloves against their illness. 

Mobile users: Watch the video of Rubin's workout here

Andie's All-Stars, produced by CBC Montreal sports reporter Andie Bennett, shines a light on people making a difference in their community through sport.

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