We are pleased to announce our newest member of the month… Marc Piccuirro! This has certainly been a long time coming. Marc has been a member since early 2012 and has been a mainstay in our community since he walked through the doors. Marc always goes out of his way to encourage new and veteran members and helps make everyone feel welcome and a part of our community. To top it all off, he’s an amazing athlete who represents CFS very well in many local throwdowns and the Open every year. We can’t imagine Southie without him and are very fortunate that he decided to ditch the Globo Gym and join us. Way to go, Marc!
How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
I first started doing CrossFit at a local globogym. I got sick of walking around trying to figure what to do besides spin class or running on the treadmill so I started following the main site. Although I couldn’t do half the movements that were being prescribed, I enjoyed the challenge and variety. When asked why I didn’t join a real CrossFit gym my response was “Why would I? I have all the workouts right here on my phone.” Boy was I wrong. My first workout at CFS was
When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie?
4 months before my wedding, March 2012
Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
Yes. Unofficially for 3 and a half years; officially 2.5 years
When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
I would say right from the beginning, but really it wasn’t until about 6-8 months in at CFS that I realized this was really for me. I enjoyed the classes, coaches and community immediately, but it wasn’t until I started to make serious progress that I realized just how much CrossFit meant to me. After 10+ years of going to the gym I was struck by how much my body could change in just a short period of time. I was performing lifts and movements I never thought possible. I always considered myself to be athletic, but finally I had found my sport. It’s just an added bonus that I felt better, had more energy and gained a lot of confidence in the process.
What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
Short term goals: Handstand walks, consecutive strict MUps, 200lb Snatch
Long term goals: Continued and lasting fitness. With a 1 year old and hopefully another little one(s) in the coming years my main goal is to stay active with them. I’m not getting any younger but I hope to remain youthful to share what I love with my kids; hiking, swimming, general physical activity or just anything outdoors. It’s unreasonable to think I can remove screens (TV, computer, ipad) from my kids lives, nor would I want to. I just hope that they can appreciate what living in the northeast is all about; enjoying the outdoors.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
CrossFit – This year’s placing in the Open. I was extremely proud of how I performed and it’s a testament to how great our programming is.
What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
Favorites: Handstand pushups, Pistols, OH Squat, Front Squat
Least Favorite: Heavy snatches, Heavy dead lifts, Legless Rope Climbs, Any lift from the hang
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I manage bond portfolios for institutional clients. That’s probably as deep as you all would want me to go on that.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Anything outdoors, catching up with friends (happens less and less when kids enter the equation), reading non-fiction, cooking.
Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
I eat clean but I wouldn’t characterize it as Paleo. I try to avoid processed food first and foremost then focus on eating local/organic. I keep my carbs reduced while going heavy on protein and fat. In terms of dairy I focus on fermented foods (cheese, yogurt) from full fat, grass-fed sources.
Favorite Paleo meal: Braised pull pork on a half roasted sweet potato
Non Paleo: Burger, fries and a beer
I cooked for two former presidents.