Member of the Month: Marc Piccuirro

Oct 20th, 2014

Category: CrossFit

Member of the Month: Marc Piccuirro

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 IMG_4827

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

Fun fact?
I cooked for two former presidents.

Power Clean and Split Jerk

12 Minute AMRAP
Burpee Box Jumps
Squat Cleans (155,105)

Level 3- (135,95)
Level 2- (115,75)
Level 1- (95,55)

Mobility Class:
Quads + Calves!

DISCUSSION 21 Comments

  1. jason barrow 10/22/2014 at 1:01 am

    Giving myself a late pass on congradulating the OG 530HTK member. I think from day 1 of being aware of who Marc was I looked at him as someone WAY stronger than me, and WAY better at metcons than me, someone I wouldn’t even think of competing with. Dude has always been super nice whenever our paths would cross on the weekends, at the throwdowns, etc. Just an awesome person, and he clearly couldn’t be more psyched to be a dad!

    Strength: 185×3
    WOD: 9+18 L3

    I got all the way to the final jerk at 205# and missed it. I swear I was recovering from that attempt the rest of the night.

  2. Jule 10/21/2014 at 11:37 pm

    Congrats, Marc!
    Power Clean & Split Jerk: Worked up to 175#x3
    WOD: 12+5 @ 135# and 30″ Box Jumps minus the Burpee

  3. brian kelly 10/21/2014 at 2:37 pm

    185, need more shoulder mobility…12+25, front squat portion felt wayyy heavy

  4. Trevor Crean 10/21/2014 at 1:20 am

    3 x 5 back squat #180
    #135 for c+j
    15+1 for the WOD. L2.

  5. Andrea 10/21/2014 at 12:24 am


    • Andre Cooke 10/21/2014 at 12:41 am

      Marc, congrats! So well deserved. One hell of an athlete and a great part of the community! Keep putting up awesome times/scores in the AM to chase!

  6. Kelly 10/21/2014 at 12:05 am

    Yeah Marc!! Congrats on winning the belt

  7. melstec 10/20/2014 at 11:35 pm

    Yay Marc, well deserved!

    Strength: 125# (pr for the x3)
    WOD: 12+19 rx … brutal post vaca wod, but had fun going neck & neck w Meliss tonight!

  8. Sanchez 10/20/2014 at 11:23 pm

    Congrats Marc! 245 PC&J and 12 even on the WOD at 155#s and step-ups.

  9. Melissa Hicks 10/20/2014 at 10:53 pm

    115 x3 failed my 3rd rep of 125
    12+18 RX
    Congratulations Marc!!

  10. Mattie Dubbs 10/20/2014 at 7:51 pm

    Woohoo!! Congrats Marc!! Welcome to the Club!

  11. Marc Piccuirro 10/20/2014 at 6:41 pm

    Good vibes from good people. Thanks for the honor and glad to be a part of this very special community.

    Keep giving it your all, everyone.


  12. lizowiz 10/20/2014 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats Marc!
    Strength: 125#x3
    WOD: 12+ 10 Rx

  13. Shamwow 10/20/2014 at 5:30 pm

    Marc, what a guy! Congrats big fella!

  14. amy 10/20/2014 at 3:23 pm

    Marc is an incredible athlete and an even more incredible human being. Very much deserved!

    Thanks for all of your positivity Marc! Proud to know you.

  15. Alec 10/20/2014 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats Marc! Well deserved!

    PC&SJ: 225×3, 15Rx- squeezed in the 15th squat clean 1 second before the buzzer.

  16. Frawls 10/20/2014 at 1:20 pm

    Congrats Marc!
    165# x 3 Power clean & split jerk. Smoothest I’ve felt on SJ ever.
    WOD: 12+20 Rx. Doing my best to match Mase and then Quigs sneaks right by.
    Wall Balls – 50 w/ 30# ball. I’m bad with a 20# ball so this was terrible.

  17. Brian M. Maser 10/20/2014 at 12:56 pm

    Congrats, Marc. Well deserved.
    200# x3 PC&SJ w/ Quigs
    12+20 Rx WOD
    Extra Credit – wall balls (50×30#), GHD (5×10), bench program (215# – 5×3)

  18. Mike Quigley 10/20/2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hell yeah Marc!
    200#x3 power clean and split jerk with Maser
    12+21 RX on the WOD.

  19. Jason 10/20/2014 at 9:34 am

    Yeah Marc!! Congrats.. well-deserved. 530HTK

  20. Gill P 10/20/2014 at 12:14 am

    Yay, Marc! Thanks for always being so friendly and also always giving us a time to chase down in the AM!