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CrossFit Winter Outdoor Training Gear + Gift Guide

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Winter is coming… here’s our guide to staying warm for outdoor training (consider it a gift guide too!)

Some warm stuff we recommend is below (use our Amazon affiliate links to help support us over the winter!)

Full disclosure: we copped some of these recommendations from the NYT Wirecutter reviews.

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Gloves / Mittens
Hats / Ear Muffs
Layers
Base Layers
Middle (Insulated) Layers
Outer (Rain/Wind) Layers
Yoga Mats

Gloves / Mittens

We tested a couple different kinds of gloves and mittens. Both worked well unless they were too thick – you want a relatively thin material here. A little grippy stuff on the palms and fingers is helpful. Mittens are typically warmer than gloves, and you don’t need to be able to separate your fingers to do CrossFit.

We like these options —

Hats / Ear Muffs

You’ll want a light hat or ear muffs to keep your ears warm during training. Too heavy a hat will become overly warm.

We like these options —

Layer It Up

Dress in layers so you can strip down as you warm up. Here’s a good guide to layering from REI. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html

We’ve including some spendy and less spendy versions of everything here – the more expensive stuff tends to be more breathable, wicks sweat better, and be made from materials like wool that keep you warm even when they’re wet. However the cheaper stuff will still get the job done!

Base Layer

Middle (Insulating) Layer

Heated Options

These have a removable battery pack that runs heated coils, like a heated blanket that keeps you extra cozy.

Outer (Wind/Rain) Layer

Yoga Mat

Nothing fancy, it’s probably going to get wet and maybe muddy? We’d go for one of these —

Alter Egos: Callan Lamb

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@spensermestel finds out a few things about Callan Lamb for our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!
:: Loves Most about CFV: That the coaches stop him from adding too much weight, especially when he’s ignoring his awful overhead mobility. He also wants to give a shoutout to his gym conscience, @layla_loo82, who convinced him he could do toes-to-bar and makes it feel like “every workout is the Open” (in a good way).

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Alter Egos: Randa Eid

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@spensermestel finds out a few things about @rarara333 for our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!
:: Gym Kryptonite: Box jumps. Historically, Randa has settled for the 12” box, but not anymore. “I’m trying to excel,” she says. “And I gotta get my mind right, or I’ll never change.” If you see her reaching for the 20” box, give her a high-five.

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Alter Egos: Joe Costa

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@spensermestel finds out a few things about @josephdeslercosta for a special private training edition of our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!
:: Real Life Kryptonite: The hustle of freelance life. “When it goes quiet,” he says, “you start to question everything.” But, on the lonely island of working for yourself, CFV is a refuge. “This is my therapy,” Joe says. “This is what I do instead of paying someone to listen to me.”

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Alter Egos: Young Alex

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@spensermestel finds out a few things about Young Alex for our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!
:: Loves Most about CFV: The community (he liked when I handed out mini-bottles of tequila after the last Open workout) and the workouts. He says, “I’ve been to enough boxes to know that the programming here is excellent.”

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Alter Egos: Kyle Dunn

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@spensermestel finds out a few things about @kylesdunn for our documentary series ALTER EGOS: the secret real life identities of people you’ve only ever seen in sweatpants!
:: Favorite DJ: The Ke$ha station on Pandora, but ideally the coaches would be playing the soundtracks to “Moana” and “Beauty and the Beast.” 

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Alter Egos: Paul Bode

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

GYM LIFE
:: Fitness Background: Up until he was 40, he’d done “nothing, unless you count swing dancing during the 90s, which involved a lot of cigarettes and martinis.”

REAL LIFE
:: Occupation: Camera operator for shows like “The Defenders” and “Punisher.”

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Alter Egos: Antonio Velotta

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@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!

🏋 GYM LIFE

:: 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.

🚶 REAL LIFE

:: 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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Halloween CrossFit Workouts!

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Need a great Halloween WOD?  We’ve run a lot of different spooky workouts throughout the years… here are a few of them!

The Great Pumpkin Caper

As a Team of 2, For Time:
800m Pumpkin Run
400 Pumpkin Squats
200 Pumpkin Sit-Ups
100 Burpee-Pumpkin-Toss

Pumpkin drop penalty: 1 Minute added to score.

Time Cap: 28 Minutes.

Use actual pumpkins, or sub medicine balls or slam balls.

Lucky 13

AMRAP in 13 Minutes:
13 Deadlifts, 225/155/95#
13 Wall Ball Shots, 20/14# to 10/9′
13 Handstand Push-Ups

The Beast

6 Minute AMRAP:
6 Deadlifts, 275/185#
6 Muscle-Ups

1 Minute Rest

6 Minute AMRAP:
6 Power Cleans, 185/135#
6 Handstand Push-Ups

1 Minute Rest

6 Minute AMRAP:
6 Power Snatches, 135/85#
6 Toes-to-Bar

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

For Total Time —

Partner 1 completes:
“Dr. Jekyll”
21-15-9 Reps:
Calorie Row
Barbell Thrusters, 95/65#

Then Partner 2 completes:
“Mr. Hyde”
21-15-9 Reps:
Calorie Row
Dumbbell Thrusters

Alter Egos: Moran Dankner

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

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 6:30pm.
:: Started CrossFit: At CrossFit Tel Aviv.
:: Years of CrossFit: 4.
:: Origin Story: Before she moved to the US, Moran researched gyms in NYC. She considered a box in Manhattan but loved that CFV had sent a team to the Games and had a rainbow flag flying in the gym.
:: Gym Superpowers: Testing herself. This year, Moran competed in Ready For Action, a three-day CrossFit event in Israel. Unlike previous years, this time she was able to stay focused and not get emotional between events, which was her main goal.
:: Fitness Background: Moran served for three years in the combat division of Israel’s army. After five or six hours of sleep, the soldiers would wake up and do cardio. In the afternoon, they’d go to the shooting range and run an obstacle course, and at night, they’d work on strength.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Handstands (also double-unders, which took her three years to learn).
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Ariel.
:: Loves Most about CFV: Doing insane EMOMs with Coach Ariel and almost passing out afterward.

🚶 REAL LIFE
:: Occupation: Third-year student at Parson’s. She specializes in photography.
:: Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel.
:: Years in NYC: 2.
:: Origin Story: Moran moved to NYC to study at Parson’s, which was the only school she applied to.
:: Real Life Superpowers: Finding the action and photographing it. “Every time I take a picture, I’m missing what’s behind me, so it’s like a hunt to find who to aim for.” Her repertoire of GIFs is also 🔥
:: Real Life Kryptonite: Being too critical of herself and seeing over crowds (she’s 5’ 2’’).
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: You might know Moran as “Michelle”, which she asked people to call her when she first arrived at CFV because so many people mispronounce “Moran”.  Ask her for the proper way to say it!

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