Brian Shurko – Member of the Month

Weekend Schedule – We are hosting a Level 1 CrossFit Coaches Certification this weekend.  The box will be off limiits but we will be holding classes outdoors.  Meet at Mokley field, on Day Boulevard, at 9,10 and 11 on Saturday and 11 and 12 on Sunday for some fun in the sun!  Bring a friend along.  All other classes are cancelled, including the free intro.

Brian has been a mainstay at CFS since he stepped foot through the garage door just 5 months ago.  He can be found consistently coaching/encouraging other athletes around the box.  His humbleness, along with his dedication to his own training and to the success of others made him an obvious choice for our member of the month.

A few months back Brain was able to successfully convince his father, Papa Schwag, to join the Southie Squadron.  How cool is being able to WOD side by side with your dad?  Since coming aboard, Big Bri has lost a ton of weight, a ton of inches and made great strides in improving his health and fitness.  It must be in the Shurko blood!

The Shurko are the shit, nuff said.

Here’s more from the Champ…

Goose, Amy, and the rest of the CFS coaches,
First, thank you for nominating me as member of the month! When Goose informed me that I was the member of the month I was at first shocked – I wasn’t really sure why I was nominated and then extremely humbled. CrossFit Southie is full of amazing people who work hard everyday, check their egos at the door, and I believe most importantly truly care about each other. It is unlike any environment I have ever seen before – I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community.

1) How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
I got involved in Cross Fit because my best pal Nick DePrizio wouldn’t stop raving about it and was insistent that I check it out. At first, I was very reluctant to join but then after considering what I was doing at the time to stay in shape (next to nothing) I decided to give it a try. After completing the Intro Class (which dominated me), my first WOD was Squat Snatch, Wall Climbs, and Double Unders with Berretta. I was barely able to move post-WOD and I remember walking/standing/sitting was difficult for several days.

When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie/ how long have you been CrossFitting for?
I started coming to CrossFit Southie on February 7th of this year and have been CrossFitting now for almost 4.5 months.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
I think I realized CrossFit was right for me almost immediately. I’m a pretty competitive person and I also get bored with workouts pretty easily. CrossFit provides both the competition and variety I need to keep me excited.

What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
Short-term: Muscle-ups, HSPU, hand-stand walks (basically all gymnastic movements), become more flexible, and to make sure I take a couple of steps forward everyday.
Long-term: Compete in Regionals next year.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment so far at CFS would have to be losing 25 lbs since starting and keeping it off. I was an offensive lineman in college and since I stopped playing my weight has been yo-yo-ing like crazy. I would lose weight then think I deserved to eat/drink whatever I wanted and then gain it all back plus a bit more. CrossFit has put me in a mindset that I really think about my choice of foods before consuming anything (more on that in the last question).

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
Favorite Movements: anything heavy – I like to pick things up and put them down!
Least Favorite Movement: anything that involves gymnastics/body-weight – really need to work on these things over the next couple of months.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I am currently finishing up my first year of medical school at Tufts Medical School. I have another three years of school then my plan is to go into Orthopedic Surgery and most likely specialize in Sports Medicine.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I really like to hang out with my friends and family. I am blessed to have an amazing group of people in my life and just hanging with them makes me very happy. I also really enjoy cooking/BBQ’ing. If I didn’t have this whole “doctor thing” going on I would’ve most likely been a chef.

Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
I started eating Paleo shortly after joining CFS. I keep my diet Paleo/clean basically 6.5 days a week and usually have a half of a cheat day on Saturdays.
My favorite paleo meal is “Crockpot Pork Green Chile” from PaleOMG — it is out of control:
My favorite non-Paleo meal would consist of something along the following: Pepperoni pizza, peanut M&M’s (preferably chilled in freezer), a seven-layer bar, a couple of nice beers, extra crispy French fries, and a hamburger medium-rare with bacon, cheese and caramelized onions on it – like I said I use to be an offensive lineman.

Fun fact?
I have been told that from time-to-time I am a great dancer for a large human being.

———->  Brian got his first muscle up last Friday too – Hoooty Hooot!

With a partner:
Row 1000m Switching every 250m
Then ascending ladder of
Toes to bar (1,1,2,2,3,3….10)
Followed by
Ascending Ladder of Box jumps(1,1,2,2,3,3….10)
Row 2000m Switching every 250m

Level 1- Ascending ladder up through 7


  • haley

    06/15/2012 @ 4:08 am

    yay brian!!!! very well deserved. bonus points for liking frozen m&ms.. my favorite!

    • Schurko

      06/15/2012 @ 1:12 pm

      thanks Haley! Frozen (peanut) M&Ms are the only way to eat M&Ms

  • jason barrow

    06/15/2012 @ 1:15 am

    Is spelling the dude’s name right in the title too much to ask? Come on Goose-man, don’t disrespect Big Schurk like that.

    As everyone said, well deserved. Whenever I was sitting at work thinking about the workout I’d be doing later that night I always knew that I could load up the comments section and see a Schurko WOD result, I loved that. If you noticed the comments are lacking Schurko recently don’t get worried, he’s just following The Program, still posting his results on the regular over there.

    I only get to see him very occasionally but every time I have he’s been a super friendly dude. I probably see Papa Schurk more often and I always make sure to tell him how awesome of a son he has.

    In honor of Big Schurk and his consistency, here’s a WOD result.
    TJ had us make up team names to put on the white board. Joe Lask and I were BROS 2 BAR.
    WOD: 24:12
    A certain pair of girls beat us by 11 seconds and probably will never let us live it down. Going to need this one programmed again so BROS 2 BAR can have another crack at it.

    • Schurko

      06/15/2012 @ 1:11 pm

      thanks J. Barrow! and no worries on the name — it’s been spelled that way by everyone my whole life haha.

  • Lexi

    06/15/2012 @ 12:17 am

    Congrats buddy!!! Well deserved!!!

    • Schurko

      06/15/2012 @ 1:08 pm

      thanks Lexi!

  • Amy

    06/14/2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Congrats Bri!! Much deserved MOTM. I am glad I was there to witness your first ever muscle up.

    The last line of this totally made my day.

    Come on peeps! Where are all of the comments?

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 9:36 pm

      Thank you for all your help Amy! You definitely helped me get over that hump.

      Glad you enjoyed the last line — may I suggest that after the CF Games we have a major social event so we can all show off our dancing skills?

      • Anonymous

        06/15/2012 @ 12:05 am

        Duddddeeee already on it! Keep a look out for it hahahahaha

        • Schurko

          06/15/2012 @ 1:12 pm

          My excitement level is sky high Sully — when is this happening?

          • Anonymous

            06/20/2012 @ 3:36 pm

            Well obviously hopefully you know already know Bar Crawl on July 28th…be there man gonna rage all day haha the last one we went on the Halloween one was pretty sick but this one will be a blast seeing that it’s summer and we can drink outside and have a great time with everyone getting together…see ya soon man

  • Amy Cleary

    06/14/2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Congrats Brian! Very much deserved! I got so excited when I saw you do a MU this week… I had no idea that you had already gotten one LAST WEEK!!! 🙂

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 9:34 pm

      Thanks Amy!

  • Crowley

    06/14/2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Congrats, Schurko. You’re a beast!

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks, Crowley. Where ya been in the morning buddy??

  • Maze

    06/14/2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Congrats Brian – good stuff bro!!! You earned it!

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks Maze — hope you are doing great.

  • Wheeler

    06/14/2012 @ 1:59 am

    Congrats Brian! Muscle up in 4.5 months awesome accomplishment!

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 5:16 pm

      Thanks, Wheeler! I appreciate it!

  • Gillian

    06/14/2012 @ 12:45 am

    woooooooooooo!!! sweet pic

  • Anonymous

    06/14/2012 @ 12:06 am

    Congrats Brian on Member of the Month buddy…more than well deserved dude

    • Schurko

      06/14/2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Sully!

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