The Athlete: Jay Maryniak
Location: Westchester, NY
Profession: Personal Trainer
Fitness Style: All-around athlete
Go-to Exercise: Burpees
Favorite Workout Song: "Justify" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
How did you get started in fitness and Team Performix?
I started working out a little over 11 years ago. I started taking martial arts when I was 20 and I ended up getting really into Brazilian Jujitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing. From there I got into CrossFit for a little while and now I like to do everything—bodybuilding, calisthenics, powerlifting, and high-intensity circuits, to name a few. Performix reached out to me after I had been posting videos on Instagram for a few years and asked me to be a part of the team. After doing some research on the brand, I quickly realized that they were so much more then a supplement company. Their beliefs and what they stand for in fitness and in life, completely aligned with my own which made it a very easy decision to become apart of the team.
How are you driven in fitness and in life?
I wake up pretty much every day ready to attack life in and outside of the gym. I'm just downright fired up to create new workout content and to bring my fitness to the next level each and every day. I truly seek to be the best I can possibly be and to reach my full potential. I take that same mentality into my career and my personal life as well. I'm constantly trying to grow spiritually and to be the best I can be in my professional relationships and in my personal relationships with my family and friends. It's so much more then what takes place in the gym. I have the ability to help and inspire others and I take that very seriously. I feel it's my responsibility to continue to grow and better myself and to continue to try and help others do the same.
What advice can you give to our fans who are just starting out or looking to get back to the gym?
I have three tips for everyone out there, whether they're a seasoned veteran in the gym or looking to get into the gym for the first time: Consistency, hard work and patience. I believe these three things are key.
Having been a personal trainer for about eight years now, I see way too many people give up before some real change starts to occur. It takes time. It took me years of being consistent with my workouts and eating healthy, years of hard work and a whole lot of patience to achieve the physique that I have and the level of fitness I have achieved. I know these things are way easier said then done. We all live busy lives and it can be really tough to keep a steady routine. Stay focused and do your best to live by these three principles and the results will come.
If you had to pick only three exercises, what would they be and why?
That's a hard question to answer. There are so many great exercises that I love. But if I had to pick three, they would be:
- Reverse lunge—it really targets the glutes and hamstrings while still building solid quads as well. Working out my legs is my favorite thing to do in the gym.
- Plyometric pushups—they build explosive strength in your chest, triceps and anterior deltoids while simultaneously building muscle size.
- Burpees—most of my clients, and I'm sure most of the world, hate them, but from a physiological stand point they really target the your entire body and get the heart rate up which facilitates major calorie burn. They will shred the body fat right off of you!
Follow Jay on Instagram at @jtm_fit.