Athlete Spotlight on Brian Marino
1. Name and “board name” (or what should your board name be)? What are your stats (optional)?
BK – 6’3”, 235 lbs.
2. Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Massapequa, moved way too many times, and finally bought our house in Massapequa Park.
3. What do you do for a living?
IT and A/V support for the operating rooms at Sloan Kettering Hospital.
4. When did you become part of the Diamond family and why did you join?
March, 2014. My wife Kaleigh is a member at Diamond and I saw how motivated she was. She loved the workouts and was seeing great results. She was pushing me for a while to join; I finally did and I haven’t looked back.
5. What was your athletic background before joining CFD?
As a young kid I was into everything; hockey, swimming, baseball, soccer but once I hit my teenage years I focused on hockey, I played in college and still play in leagues now.
6. What is your favorite wod/exercise?
Wall balls (I know not a fan favorite), pull-ups, front/back squats.
7. What is your least favorite wod/exercise?
Anything with running, I hate running.
8. What is your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment at CFD?
There are so many but probably either my first kip, stringing 2 double unders together or just seeing the overall gains after the first few wendlers, it was amazing.
9. What goal(s) are you looking to accomplish?
Stay fit, strong and healthy. I would like to actually look cut for once in my life…
10. What are your hobbies and interests outside of CFD?
I love spending time with family and friends, watching/playing hockey, relaxing, the beach, fishing, golfing not on Long Island.
11. What is something that we may not know about you?
I go on weekend trips all over and revolve them around hockey games from the college/junior level to the NHL. I would eventually like to visit every NHL arena.
12. What is your favorite cheat meal?
Probably cheeseburgers and fries; I’m easy to please when it comes to food…or maybe tacos..or….sausages…..mmmmmmm
13. What is some advice or encouragement for someone just starting CFD or thinking of starting?
Go for it! I know I was hesitant at first to join for a few reasons; mainly the commitment to something like this has to be there or you will not benefit. Yes the workouts are very tough, but everything can be scaled and all of the coaches are terrific at pushing you or holding you back if need be. Over time you will find yourself looking forward to coming in and trying to beat your last score.
Here is some info on the newest Lurong Challenge. Take a quick look and let me know if any of you are interested in participating. Many members have done the Lurong Challenges in the past and have quite a bit of experience. Don’t be shy to ask around for some real insight on what to expect during the challenge.
The Lurong Living Summertime Challenge combines diet, fitness, and accountability for the CrossFit community. Our online platform is a proven system for improving body composition and performance. The Challenge gives you and your affiliate the structure, technology, motivation, education, competition, and accountability to see real and quantifiable results. Compete as an individual, and as an affiliate team against CrossFitters Nationwide and watch your goals turn into the new you.
During the 5 week Challenge you will be earning points through tracking your diet, performing Benchmark WODS, tracking personal goals, trying new recipes, and ultimately making improvements in your body measurements and performance. Athletes will record their results in the Challenge system. Affiliates will judge the Benchmark WODS according to our standards, and validating the entries in the Challenge system.
Affiliates will also take before and after body measurements and weight which will be recorded and validated in the system. Throughout the challenge athletes will be tracking how healthy their daily diet is for each of the 6 time periods. The diet consist of 4 levels (Cheat, Starter, Pro, Elite) and you be responsible for entering which diet level you fall under for each meal.
The Benchmark WOD has 3 Skill levels so you are sure to have an option that will be appropriate for you. This will challenge you to go farther, push harder, and dig deeper. It doesn’t matter if you have any experience with the dieting or not. We will provide you with educational articles, nutritional tips, and recipes to help you establish a new lifestyle.
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