We, the Solace coaching staff, are very excited to award our July Member of the Month to Nina Scerbo! In the short months since Nina has started with us, her work ethic and desire to improve has managed to make an impact on the coaches and the community. Despite her age, she shows up everyday ready to kick ass. As she says, age is just another number. No matter the WOD or challenge in front of her, she never complains or makes excuses and always has a smile on. Always looking to improve, Nina takes everything, from Body to Crossfit to yoga, truly taking advantage of all Solace has to offer.

From the entire community and staff at Solace, it is an honor to have you apart of the Solace family and we want to thank you for being a role model for all of us. So what are you waiting for?! Keep reading to learn more about our July Member of the Month!

Want to become a part of the Solace family? Click HERE  to sign up for a free introductory CrossFit class this week.


Name: Nina Scerbo
Hometown: Boonton, New Jersey
Age: 63
Occupation: Owner and Creative Director of a graphic design company

How long have you been doing CrossFit and how did you get into it?  I started CrossFit when I joined Solace in January 2017. I’d never heard of it before.

What were your thoughts after your first CF workout? “What the f**k am I doing here?”

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? To get back into a regular gym routine. I’d been very dedicated to Equinox but let my membership lapse two years ago when I moved to a new neighborhood. I moved again recently, and made a vow to stop being lazy.

How did you find Solace and what has kept you with us for so long? My daughter received a one-month free trial; she’s living in London now so Colby allowed me to sign up in her place. Solace is the most intensive fitness regimen I’ve ever experienced and the weight lifting was entirely new. Because I’m naturally competitive, I couldn’t accept quitting. The coaches were tough on me but I also saw they were patient and encouraging. That goes for my Body and yoga instructors, too. They’re all fantastic.

What has been the most challenging part of your training? Biggest obstacles? Initially, it embarrassed me to bike the slowest, lift the least amount, come in last on a run. I put my feelings aside and just did my best, then saw improvement and felt acceptance in the classes.

As an older athlete, how have your fitness goals evolved over time? I don’t think about age. People who obsess about it allow their age to be a barrier to success. And I’m not particularly goal-oriented, other than to give each day my all.

You are consistently in the gym working hard. Talk to us about what gets and kept you motivated.
I continue to be dazzled by the abilities of the other women at Solace; they are my inspiration to stay focused, to keep pushing and to advance.

How has Solace positively affected you both inside and outside the gym?  I’ve never understood inertia and complacency. The desire for physical development brought me to Solace, and that meshed with my general quest for personal enrichment. Once a pattern for improvement got created, it became addictive and self-sustaining. Pride of accomplishment at the gym fosters ambition and the will to take on other kinds of challenges.  

Biggest achievement at Solace so far? Haha, moving occasionally from the 15-pound trainer bar to the 35-pound women’s bar.

New goal for the coming year? To get to Rx and not to have to scale any of the exercises.

Something no one at the gym knows about you: I have an insatiable urge for activities that are amusing, offbeat or intellectual, and won’t be satisfied unless I find something cool to do every single night.

When you’re not at Solace, where are we most likely to find you? Working, cooking or at an off-off-Broadway show.

Pre and post workout meal of choice? I’m probably a nutritionist’s nightmare with my odd food habits. I never eat a proper meal during the daytime. Usually, just small things: a piece of cheese, a few spoons of hummus or yogurt, a little soup.

Favorite WOD/ Least Favorite WOD: My favorite WOD is Annie and my least favorite WOD is Eva.

Favorite Lift/ Least Favorite Lift: My favorite lift is the deadlift and my least favorite lift is the overhead squat.

Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit? Depending on your previous gym experience, you may feel that CrossFit is out of your league. Don’t let fear of inadequacy prevent you from accepting the challenge, and once you begin, don’t measure yourself negatively against others.

Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past self-advice, what would it be?  Start right this minute.


Rapid Fire Questions

If you had a theme song, what would it be? The chorus of “Stronger” by Kanye West

What is your spirit animal? Raven

Drink of choice? Gin gimlet with a twist

Last picture you took on your phone: Family photo on the ferry to Dumbo

Last book you read: City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Favorite place you’ve traveled to: Egypt

Favorite reality show: The Great British Bakeoff

Last concert you went to: Arlo Guthrie — he’s a fabulous storyteller

Favorite pizza topping: Tomato and mozzarella — elemental margarita pizza rules

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I’m inventing this one: I want to look at a book and immediately absorb its contents, including experiencing the pleasure of reading it. I’m a slow and laborious reader so I’ll never get through my wish list of books without some super-help.

One thing you couldn’t live without: Wine

Favorite emoji: I don’t like emojis, I’m a word person.

Last song stuck in your head: “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

Last dream you had: I never remember my dreams.

3 people you could party with for a night dead or alive, who and why?

  1. Diana Vreeland, style goddess for Vogue in the 60s, whose wit and wisdom is legendary
  2. Bill Nighy, accomplished British actor who is effortlessly elegant, drolly amusing and endearingly human
  3. Cleopatra, because she was … well, Cleopatra!

Most important item in your gym bag: Hair ties

First album/CD/cassette you ever bought? “Meet the Beatles” — at least a gazillion years ago

Favorite hidden gem spot/restaurant in NYC: Drunken Munkey (yes, it’s spelled this way)

Favorite healthy snack:  Strawberries and yogurt

Go to karaoke song: I’ve never sung karaoke but I’m a secret admirer of Dolly Parton so I’d pick “I Will Always Love You.”

Hidden talent: I like to repair broken things creatively — nothing electrical, but regular stuff that has no obvious fix. My mind automatically shifts to problem-solve mode.