Alter Egos: Antonio Velotta

@spensermestel finds out a few things about @antoniovelotta for our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!


:: Usually Attends: 12:30pm.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 1.
:: Origin Story: Toni Haddad (Lunchtime Toni) was Antonio’s laundry guy in Greenpoint and convinced him to try CrossFit. Antonio “melted in sweat” during his first class, taught by Ariel, but he knew there’d be results so he kept coming back. Now, he commutes to CFV from Sunnyside, Queens.
:: Gym Superpowers: Deadlift because it works “chest, legs, and buns.”
:: Fitness Background: Antonio’s only other athletic experience is doing Zumba for a year at YMCA Greenpoint with no results.
:: Favorite Workout Music: None. Antonio’s “always bitching about the music.” And when he gets what he wants – Madonna or loud house music – it’s too distracting for him to workout.
:: Loves Most about CFV: The programming, seeing his friends, and watching his posture improve.


:: Occupation: Hair stylist at Bergodorf Goodman (11 years).
:: Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio.
:: Years in NYC: 12 years in February.
:: Origin Story: After watching his friends in Cleveland move to NYC, Antonio followed suit when he was 26. In his first apartment, in Greenpoint, four dudes slept in one bedroom (two on a queen-sized bed, one on a futon, Antonio on a cot) for a year and a half (#RealNewYorker).
:: Real Life Superpowers: Cutting hair: men’s, women’s, celebrities’ – he does it all.
:: Real Life Kryptonite: NYC winters. He goes to Miami as often as possible.
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: He speaks fluent Italian, is an Italian citizen, and met his husband in Italy six years ago. They now live together in Sunnyside.

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