Alter Egos: Mark Matthews

Our finest investigative reporter uncovers the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants for our documentary series ALTER EGOS. For this installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about Mark!

:: Usually Attends: 12:30 L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CrossFit South Williamsburg.
:: Years of CrossFit: 2.5.
:: Origin Story: Mark’s first CrossFit workout was a 21-15-9 with deadlifts. He started at 55 pounds and was so immobile that by the third set, he couldn’t lift the PVC pipe without rounding his back.
:: Gym Superpowers: Push-ups.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Wall balls and anything overhead.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike (a fellow Hall and Oates fan).
:: Loves Most about CFV: Its rejuvenating power. When Mark starts the week, his upper back is destroyed from bartending (see below). Over the next few days, he can feel his posture improve.

:: Occupation: Bartender at Northern Territory.
:: Hometown: Columbus, Ohio.
:: Years in NYC: 16.
:: Origin Story: On the advice of his then-girlfriend, Mark moved from California.
:: Real Life Superpowers: The NYC hustle. Mark arrived in the city with two bags, two boxes, and $200 in his pocket. Within a year, he was living in his own Upper East Side apartment.
:: Real Life Kryptonite: “Kryptonite is something that renders one weak and powerless – kinda morose to think about.”
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: Bartending, especially pouring from a bottle, is murder on the upper back and shoulders. Mark estimates that he makes about five pours per minute during each eight-hour shift, and he’s been bartending professionally since 1998.

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