Alter Egos: Nicky Berman

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

:: Usually Attends: 6:30pm.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 5.5
:: Origin Story: A friend from out of town would train at CFV when she visited and gave Nicky a gift certificate. Her husband, Jack Underwood, is also a member.
:: Gym Superpowers: Essentially everything: the day we spoke, Nicky had done the Level 2 workout immediately after the Level 3 workout.
:: Fitness Background: Nicky did soccer, lacrosse, and track in high school but didn’t play a varsity sport in college, which made her feel like she wasn’t a true athlete – until she discovered CrossFit.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Snatches and handstand push-ups.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Ariel and his R&B sex playlist.
:: Loves Most about CFV: Having training partners who will push her because “we’ve all been in that dark place together.”

:: Occupation: ELA teacher and, starting this school year, a dean at Achievement First, a charter middle school in Bushwick.
:: Hometown: Outside of Boston.
:: Years in NYC: 9.
:: Origin Story: After she graduated from college in Philly, Nicky was assigned to a school in the Bronx as part of Teach for America.
:: Real Life Superpowers: Wedding planning. Because guests had traveled from all over the world, Nicky and Jack wanted them to feel welcome, so, at the reception, they acknowledged and thanked each table, about 180 people total.
:: Real Life Kryptonite: Over-multi- tasking, as in FaceTiming her husband while brushing her teeth while unloading the dishwasher.
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: Jack and Nicky met while they were teachers at the same school in the Bronx. The school was shut down shortly after they left, and while they were there, they were both “miserable and depressed.” Nicky says that *their song* is Rihanna’s “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place.”

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