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March Member Spotlight: Chris Marcelli

Tell us a little about yourself and what got you on the path to CrossFit…

Heather wanted to try it out so I said sure why not. Searched on google “crossfit gyms near me” and boom CFJI came up and the rest is history. I have been attending noon classes M-F since 2017.

What keeps you coming back each day?

The gym helps me take my mind off work and all the other distractions in life. It also lets me continue to live the lifestyle (eat & drink) that I enjoy living.

What is your favorite at-home exercise to do?

I haven’t exactly done any of the at home exercises but if I were to I would say pushups. Mainly because you need nothing to perform them and it is something that I need to get better at.

If you had to do 100 reps of one movement (not

running), what would it be?

Burpees, when I first started I used to be 1-2 minutes late to every class and at that time you had to do 5 (I believe) burpees for every minute you were late. So I was able to get good at them pretty quick.

What are 1-2 of your goals for 2021? Have you accomplished any of these?

  1. I would like to take 1 day off a week from work and enjoy the beach.

  2. Handstand walk

Favorite Lift?

High bar back squat...come on look at my legs.

Least favorite Crossfit movement?

Handstand walks, it is something I have been trying to achieve for a while now. Every time it comes up in a workout I know there is nothing I can do except severely scale down.


Fair Haven NJ

Favorite Charleston Restaurant?

This is tricky, it is no longer here but Stereo 8 on James Island used to be one of my favorite spots to go for happy hour. Good food and good vibes. Otherwise Renzo (Downtown), it is a little pricey but their food is good and so is the atmosphere.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would like to work on the deck of an Alaskan crab boat. Not only do I enjoy fishing but I think it would be exciting. Seriously though just one day, fly me out there then come back and drop me off on Folly beach.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Continue to hustle and work hard, everything will pay off.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

This is a little morbid and I have met this person before but I would like to see my Grandmother one last time. She lived alone and would call me every week to chat for about an hour. She passed away a few years back when I was starting my company, I ignored her last call because I was busy then three days later she passed away.

One thing about me people would be surprised to know?

I have never eaten a fast food burger.

If the CFJI coaches came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?

A true Italian 7 course meal

  1. Homemade Mozzarella & Tomato with EVOO & balsamic

  2. Caesar salad (w/ anchovies of course)

  3. Homemade Chicken and wild rice soup

  4. Homemade pasta with a simple marinara sauce

  5. Grilled salmon w/ Orzo

  6. Fruit is always on the side (help yourself)

  7. Espresso & pie, I will lean on my better half to help with the desert to finish the meal out. Homemade key lime pie with crushed graham cracker crust topped with a homemade whipped cream

Give us a “Question of the Day” to use in class.

What currently is your favorite App on your phone?

Tell us your go-to funny story?

Describe your perfect morning.

Not great ones so I thought I would give you a few to choose from.

Is there anything else we need to know about you?

Nah, not really


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