February 2016 Member of the Month: Kevin Marschke

Published February 1, 2016

Having known the Marschke family for 18 years, it is absolutely perfect to have asked Kevin to be member of the month.  I don't remember exactly the day I met Kevin, but I do know exactly where it was.  I was standing on the CDO high school track and he was standing on the other side of the fence with his wife, Dale by his side.  And this is where Kevin and I had most of our conversation for the next 4 years.  Kev, who would have thought, right?  Here we are still today.  Thank you for being our February member of the month!  
1. How did you find CrossFit? My wife Dale and I have known you and your parents since you coached our daughter Brittany as a CDO Cheerleader. I had lifted weights for years, and at one time tried body building. When Y\you told Brittany about CrossFit, the Northwest gym and got her to try it, she got us to try it. As you may remember, at that time I had serious issues in both knees for which I have had total replacements, so when I tried my first box jump in our second Elements class, I missed the box, struck my right knee against the box and ended up in the ER. I waited a couple of weeks, finished my Elements, but decided that CrossFit was a little too intense for my limited abilities. That was when you started the Lite Class where I have been for more than five years. Greg, Kathy and Becky are terrific coaches, understand my limitations and play music that I like.

2. What is your favorite CrossFit exercise or WOD? Call it ADD, but I really enjoy the chipper WODs, where we do a lot of different exercises.

3. What do you do for a living?  
I provide electrical engineering and operational management for large televised events like the past fifteen NFL Super Bowls, Winter and Summer Olympic Games in Salt Lake, Vancouver, London, Sochi and Rio, World Cup Soccer, etc.

4. What are your hobbies?  
I play some golf and still do some weight lifting (I have to do some bicep curls to try and keep up a Gun Show), but mostly spend my time home with my wife, daughters and two terrific grandchildren.

5. Any advice for future CrossFitters? Start coming and keep coming. If you are pushing yourself, it never really gets easier, but it gets less hard since your cardio vascular gets better and you are pushing and pulling less weight with more muscle.

6. Favorite WOD Music: I like Classic Rock and Roll, or as I answer when Greg asks me what we should listen to in every Lite Class, Oldies.

7. Favorite place you've ever been? My profession has allowed me to travel to many places throughout the world. I am a million mile traveler on two airlines, and have hundreds of thousands of miles on most of the others. My wife and I fell in love with Barbados when I worked on the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but we also love Tucson. We have been here for more than twenty-five years, and every time we fly back we feel at home.

8. Who inspires you?
  This may sound corny, but Dale, my wife of 38 years. She is and has been my best friend and is the best person I know. She was a CrossFitter until she hurt her back. We dated for three years before we married, so have been together for more than forty years, and I can’t imagine a day without her. Of course with my profession, we have only been in the same state and/or country for half that amount of time. That’s probably the secret to our success. During times when I am not traveling, she has yet to ask me why I don’t have a trip to go on, but I think she may have thought it a few times.

9. Favorite book/movie?
  My favorite book is “The Stand” by Stephen King. It is a real good versus evil to the nth degree. Spoiler alert, good wins, as it should.

10. Are you superstitious and/or OCD?
  No, not really.

11. Childhood hero?  
I grew up in Chicago, but since the Bears were horrible, Green bay was only ninety miles away and they were winning the first and second Super Bowls, I became a Packer fan. Their quarterback was Bart Starr, who became my hero, and whom I tried to emulate playing as a High School quarterback.

12. WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?  Dale and I have always tried to live a healthy life style. We passed it on to our children and are trying to continue to pass it on to our grandchildren. I believe that life is about quality, not quantity, so reaching for that quality and being able to live it with my family keeps me motivated.

13. What can't you live without? I’m going to sound corny again, but my wife, children and grandchildren.

14. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  
I would have worked harder to find a way to make my living while still being able to be near home. I missed a lot time with my family, which I regret. I can say that the time I was able to be with them, I tried to make sure was quality time, and they had all of my attention.

15. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Living a productive life, trying to raise children that are good and productive people and showing them and our grandchildren as good of examples in the way we live as possible.

16. What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)?  Never say that you can’t do something. In the Lite Class, when Greg asks me if the WOD weight is okay, I try not to say no, but instead say I’ll try it and see. I’ve done the same in my professional life. When Asked if I knew how to design an electrical system for the 1994 FIFA world Cup venues, I told them that I would try and figure it out, and that is how I got started in the event business.

I have worked out most of my life. CrossFit is the best workout I have ever experienced. CrossFit Northwest Tucson a terrific gym, with outstanding coaches and patrons. It all definitely fits into a quality existence. Thank you, Greg and Becky for getting us involved and making CFNWT available.

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