ACSM Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
NSCA Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
I came to appreciate the value of Strength & Conditioning for improving performance at age 15 after being cut from the high school baseball team as a sophomore. Secretly, I vowed to never experience that disappointment again. I guess my folks felt my disappointment and around that time purchased me my first weight lifting set. That off-season I began lifting weights, hit 50-100 balls of the tee every day, and met with a Sports Psychologist to aid with focus. By my senior year I was the only senior starter on a team that went to the State Championship Game. A year later, my teammates were ranked #1 in the USA Today National HS Baseball Poll.
In college, I played intercollegiate baseball at Rutgers-Camden for a couple seasons. However, upon realization or maybe it was acceptance that a career in baseball would not be in the cards I started to put more focus into education while continuing to train regularly for fitness.
Over the years I came to understand that I was dealt a bad hand when it comes to mechanics and recovery. Although I’m quite athletic, my body doesn’t appreciate it when I ask it to try something that places stress on my joints. Consequently, a combination of baseball-related and weight-lifting overuse injuries has forced numerous set-backs over the years starting with rotator cuff tears, neck strains, and low back pain that all began in my early twenties.
When I turned thirty, I found myself getting a little bored with the routine of heading to the gym for 90 minutes to 2 hours 5 days a week. So, I decided to start running. Boy was that an experience at first. I gave myself 3 months to go from no running, although I was in pretty good shape otherwise, to running my first 5K. During those 3 months I suffered from virtually every running-related syndrome or injury in the book. Let’s see, first it was plantar fasciitis, then shin splints, then runner’s knee, then low back pain. I learned that running is more than just putting one foot in front of the other. More important, I learned that I could prevent these injuries by learning to run more efficiently AND ensuring I possessed the appropriate flexibility and strength to support my joints.
Thanks to my experiences along with my passion for persevering and learning to manage my injuries I’ve been able to teach numerous clients to do the same; to overcome and continue to perform doing the activity they love. Moreover, my education and experience have afforded me the opportunity to provide continuing education to thousands of Personal Trainers, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Group Instructors for over 13 years. As Education Director for Exercise Etc., Inc for 7 years I was responsible for curriculum development for the largest continuing education provider to the fitness industry.
In 2009, I competed in my first Triathlon and became hooked on the sport. I wasn’t a swimmer, and although I could run and cycle fairly well, putting them all together in a competitive format represented one of my biggest physical challenges to date. Since then I’ve completed 6 additional races, including a Half Ironman distance in the Fall of 2010. My personal fitness goal is to race my 1st full Ironman distance by my 40th birthday (which seems to be approaching faster and faster each year).
After 15+ Years in the fitness industry I opened Marino’s Body Shop in February of 2010. My goal was and continues to be to provide members of the community with a trustworthy fitness resource, a training facility that provides individualized attention without the high costs of one-on-one Personal Training, and to inspire my customers to set their goals high and to persevere until they’ve achieved them.
My wife, Denise and I currently live in Downingtown with our two children, Matthew (10) and Miranda (6).
*All professional certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), meeting the gold standard for professionalism in the Fitness Industry.
Member: National Strength & Conditioning Association