Co-Owner | Nutrition Program Director

I was always an active kid. I danced from the early age of three, I played outside with the neighborhood kids and found soccer and track when I got to middle school and high school. A knee injury, followed by surgery, ended my sports career and I started college at New York University with no outlet for my stress or excess energy. While in school, I was lucky to meet a Russian bodybuilder who showed me how strength training can not only change the shape of my body, but give me the strength inside to accomplish anything I wanted. I paired this new-found strength with good nutrition and I was hooked. I changed my major to Nutrition and started working as a chiropractic assistant to learn how the body moved.

Fast forward 15+ years and I joined forces with my mentor, Chris Marino. Together we created Marino’s Fitness. We started in a small 800 sq foot garage space and 5 years later moved into 7500 sq ft. In the beginning, it was just the two of us and now we are a staff of 8, with plans to grow. How is this possible? We are passionate about helping people feel better through exercise and nutrition. Our “Shop” is our extended family, our community, and it’s our job to keep everyone strong and healthy.

This “family” was never more apparent than in 2013 when I lost my father. I was surrounded by “Shoppers” who supported me, lifted me up or simply provided a shoulder to cry on. The following year, my coaching team was there for me when I had hip surgery. They made sure everything ran exactly how I would want it. They covered my back while I took 3 weeks to heal. When I returned, they continued to watch over me, telling me to “Go sit down. We got this.” For these reasons and so much more, Marino’s isn’t only my business, it’s my family. Our coaches and our Shoppers have changed my life.

Now into my 40’s, I am running again, lifting heavy again and riding my horses without pain. I’ve even considered competing in the horse world either as a jumper or barrel racer. None of this would be possible without proper training.

My training philosophy: It’s something I do to feel better, to improve the quality of my life. I want to be 90 years old, in the gym, lifting next to the young whippersnappers. I want to be able to ride my horses without pain. I want to be able to open my own pickle jar and carry my own case of water. Being strong is my freedom from depending on others.

My nutrition philosophy: I need to teach you about food so you understand WHY you’re eating what you’re eating. I don’t believe in “good” or “bad” foods because ALL food is fantastic. I’m a realist: nothing replaces good choices and consistency but sometimes you need that piece of cheesecake.

Training and nutrition shouldn’t be punishments. They should help you live your best life!

Credentials:

  • 20+ years professional fitness experience
  • B.S. Nutrition and Food Studies – New York University
  • RDE credentials – Queens College
  • Registered Dietitian – Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics – Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Council on Strength and Fitness
  • TRX Suspension Trainer Certified
  • Group Power, Group Blast, Group Fight and Group Groove Certified – Mossa