Steven Mairella

Steve Mairella was born and raised in Nutley, NJ, and has lived in the D.C. area since 2004. Steve attended American University and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and currently resides in Eastern Market with his wife.

What brought you to PCF?
I’ve been weightlifting since I was in middle school, and played football and wrestled in high school. As I got older, my time for exercise was becoming more limited, and I also found that working out on my own wasn’t getting the job done anymore. I wanted to keep lifting weights, but I knew I needed to incorporate cardio and other things into my exercise, and do it effectively. A coworker of mine was doing CrossFit at the time, and after a discussion with her, I decided to come check it out and do a free class. After that free class, I was hooked.

What do you do out in the real world?
I’m an attorney serving several non-profit groups in Arlington as general counsel.

What is something about you we might not know?
I love to cook. When I’m taking a break from counting my macros, I make excellent Italian food. Homemade everything as much as I can manage around DC.

Who is your superhero (could be fictional or not!)?
I’ve been a huge Batman fan since I was a little kid.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
I’m a weightlifting guy at heart, so any day that includes deadlifts, squats, floor press, or any of the overhead presses is a good one for me.

What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?
I’d have to say just my overall fitness and performance at this point. I’ve lost almost 30 pounds since I started at PCF, and the physical transformation is amazing. I’ve gone from struggling through coming in three days a week to looking forward to working out five days a week. I’m happy that there are some days I know I can do the RX workout, and when I started, I was Level 1 (maybe) the whole way through.

What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?
For the short term, I’m looking to hit my first round of weight and fitness goals in the next six months. I can’t say enough about the help I got in finally getting my eating right from Andrea Ferry, and I think I’m on track to hit it. Long term, I want to improve my snatches and cleans, and I’d really like to be able to do a double under at some point.

What motivates or inspires you?
The community around PCF is always a motivator. The regular crew at 5:45 is a great group of people, as are many of the others when I change it up and come in for a morning or a noon class.

What’s your best tip for new members?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No one comes into anything as an expert. The amount of guidance and encouragement I got early on from the coaches, Andrea, Colin, Vilija, and Dillon in particular, was invaluable on getting me going.

Do you have anything to add?
I’m just thankful that I found PCF, and wish I’d done it years ago. It’s been such a positive change in my life.

“Steve Mairella is, to borrow a phrase, a humble beast. The man quietly comes in most afternoons, is kind and friendly to everyone around him, then nonchalantly squats and presses more than most anybody in the gym, only to quickly follow that up with all-out effort on every metcon. He is the pinnacle of what coaches love to have in the gym: hard-working, willing to learn, and… most of all, knows his strength and weaknesses. Though he knows where his abilities lie, he has not simply hung his hat on them. Steve has gone after his weaknesses and seeks to improve his overall health and fitness, not simply be satisfied with what he has already accomplished. It should be an amazing thing to see what he can accomplish in the coming months. Keep up the great work, Steve!” ~ Coach Colin