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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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Alter Egos: Nicky Berman

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@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!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: 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.”

🚶 REAL LIFE
:: 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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Alter Egos: David Kille

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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 @drkille !

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: Was 7am when school was in session but could be any class now.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: Almost one.
:: Origin Story: He liked that CFV was next to McCarren “in case we got to do park workouts!” So young, so innocent.
:: Fitness Background: Growing up, David’s parent would incentivize him to do sports by buying him the requisite footwear, so he played volleyball, racquetball, and basketball, ran track, and did karate (barefoot). For being sturdy, good for running, and available in fierce colors and patterns, his CF shoe rec is the Metcon 2.
:: Gym Superpowers: Toes-to-bar and muscle-ups.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Heavy lifting.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike (good variety) or DJ Morgan (matches the genre with the workout).
:: Loves Most about CFV: Seeing how his academic hypotheses turn out. David’s primary research interest is goal pursuit, so for this year’s Open, he asked users on the CrossFit subreddit to self-assess their motivation for 17.3, 17.4, and 17.5. He discovered that people are more motivated for events that are further in the future.

🚶 REAL LIFE
:: Occupation: Postdoc in psychology at Columbia.
:: Hometown: Manitoba, Canada.
:: Years in NYC: Almost one.
:: Origin Story: After working in UX marketing for two years in Toronto, David moved to NYC to start his postdoc program.
:: Real Life Superpowers: Whistling (between the lips, behind the teeth, alto, soprano, alone in the car, you name it).
:: Real Life Kryptonite: Making decisions.
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: David occasionally goes sober for three months. He says that’s the perfect amount of time because, during the first month, you’re miserable, during the second month, you start to get used to it, and during the third month, it’s become a habit.

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Alter Egos: Rachel Martino

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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 @rachmartino!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 12:30 L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 1.5.
:: Origin Story: Noelle Downing, her friend (and fellow CFV member and fashion blogger), convinced her to join. After her first workout (21-15- 9 burpees and air squats), she was so sore she “had to fall onto the toilet.”
:: Fitness Background: Nothing. “I was the kid who got picked last in gym class.” But, because of CrossFit, Rachel had the confidence to explore her fitness options. Now, she goes for 60-mile bike rides on the weekends.
:: Gym Superpowers: Cute, matching workout outfits and wall balls.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Strict pull-ups.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Blanco (when he plays emo music).
:: Loves Most about CFV: The community. “When you go to a spin class, no one talks to you. No one tells you if you’re doing something wrong. No one cares if you’re there.”

🚶 REAL LIFE
:: Occupation: Fashion Blogger.
:: Hometown: Lexington, KY.
:: Years in NYC: 5.
:: Origin Story: After her freshman year at Belmont, Rachel was a social media intern at Avon. She loved the industry and New York City and moved here immediately after graduation.
:: Real Life Superpowers: That je ne sais quoi. Rachel is also a Francophone YouTube star, with 206k fans from France, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg, North Africa, and more.
:: Real Life Kryptonite: Getting up in the morning (hence the noon class).
:: You’ll Be Surprised To Know: Rachel describes her street style as “feminine for feminists” – looking good in make-up, heels, and skirts while also fighting the patriarchy. For cute athletic apparel, she recommends Kate Spade. For comfortable, Lulu Lemon. For men, she’s drawing blank: “I’m sorry. I’m just a ladies fashion blogger!”

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Alter Egos: Rose Reid

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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 @rosereid!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: an eclectic mix of Level 2 classes and (prematurely) Masters classes.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 3-ish.
:: Origin Story: She did her Level 1 training with Blanco and Joey, who “forced her to graduate” after five months.
:: Gym Superpowers: Talking (and workouts with running and kettlebells).
:: Gym Kryptonite: Showing up.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Blanco, especially the Ke$ha radio station he plays on weekends.
:: Loves Most about CFV: The yummy aesthetics: “During workouts, I like to look at everyone’s sexy body, so when I’m 80 years old and in a retirement home I can close my eyes and remember them.”

…keep reading for Rose’s real life identity!

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