How I Started
I caught the fitness bug during my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. I played soccer there from 2014-2018. We were required to be in the weight room anywhere from 2-4 days per week depending on the time of year. I had some experience with lifting in my garage (where Marshall Fitness was born) during my senior year of high school after I had to committed to play Division 1 soccer, but never anything formal.
To be honest, in the very beginning I hated the weight room. We did a lot of olympic ifting, which I now love, and I had no idea what I was doing. Once I started to figure things out, I came to the realization that this was required and I wasn’t going to get out of it, so why not see how good I could get. From there, I went all in. I loved playing soccer but anyone who’s played the sport knows there are daily ups and downs, especially as a goalkeeper. No matter what happened in training, I knew I could go crush it in the weight room.
Ever since then, I base a lot of what I do around fitness. It became a priority in my life. I like variety which is why I’m so drawn to CrossFit because it encompasses everything. From Spartan races to hiking to biking 40 miles, I enjoy doing anything and everything requires fitness and athleticism. Now, I want to help anyone who shares that same drive.
The best part about fitness, in my opinion, is that there is no real end in sight. This can be positive or negative depending on your outlook. I have seen it from both sides, but that’s a story for another time. There will never be a time where you can never get more fit, more capable. There will always be more to do. To me, that’s exciting. I don’t go out and run a 6-minute mile and think “okay, I can check that box, now what?” I think, “next time, my goal is to do it in under 6 minutes.”
I could go on for days about how fitness and the pursuit of goals is linked to success in life. There are a lot of clear-cut examples out there. There are plenty of highly successful people out there who make their own health and fitness a priority. Some examples include, The Rock, Tim Ferris, Mark Cuban, and the list goes on. There is no better time to start than today.
“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.” -Edward Stanley (1873)