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Alter Egos: Mike Shashaty

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 special CrossFit Games Open installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about @chalupa_batmann!

🏋 OPEN LIFE
:: Started CrossFit: January, 2012 at CrossFit 845 in the Hudson Valley.
:: Years of CrossFit: 5.
:: First Open: 2012.
:: Favorite Open Workout: For having done the Open the past five years, Mike remembers shockingly little about his past performances. “The worse the workout is, the quicker I try to forget it completely.”
:: Open Superpowers: Anything bodyweight (push-ups, sit ups, air squats, box jumps).
:: Open Kryptonite: Snatches and thrusters.
:: Wish For The 2017 Open: Heavy deadlifts.
:: Loves Most About The Open: It reminds him of the feeling from high school track meets: waiting to be destroyed.

…keep reading for Mike’s real life identity!

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Alter Egos: Nick Taylor

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 special CrossFit Games Open installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about Nick Taylor!

🏋 OPEN LIFE
:: Started CrossFit: May, 2014.
:: Years of CrossFit: 3.
:: First Open: 2016.
:: Favorite Open Workout: 16.5 (also last Friday’s workout): 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of thrusters and burpees-over-bar. “It damn near killed me,” Nick says.
:: Open Superpowers: Snatches.
:: Open Kryptonite: No-repping other athletes. “If the person disagrees, do you have a conversation right there in the middle of the workout?” (Editor’s note: NO! The judge makes the decision about whether it’s a good rep or not, and if it’s not, the athlete does another rep!)
:: Wish For The 2017 Open: Seated Box Jumps.
:: Loves Most About The Open: The increased intensity.

…keep reading for Nick’s real life identity!

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Alter Egos: Lindsay Bryan

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 @lbry1780!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: All over the place, but noon L2 every Monday and Friday.
:: Started CrossFit: At Buckeye CrossFit in Columbus, OH.
:: Years of CrossFit: 5.
:: Origin Story: Her gym hosted CrossFit and Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art. Originally, she trained in the latter but later thought to herself, “If I can take a punch, I can lift a barbell” and switched.
:: Athletic Background: Nothing. She says, “I’m still not athletic. I just workout.”
:: Gym Superpowers: Double-unders.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Wall balls. She cries every time she does Karen.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike’s Hall and Oates playlist.
:: Loves Most about CFV: Of the four boxes that Lindsay’s been to, the coaching and programming at CFV are “far and away the best.”

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Alter Egos: Kenichi (Kenny) Kato

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 @kenichikato77!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 7:00am L2 (and a “nooner” when he can be).
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 1.5.
:: Origin Story: A CFV member, who shall remain nameless, worked as a trainer at the Globo Gym where Kenny was a member and encouraged him to jump ship.
:: Athletic Background: Collegiate swimming.
:: Gym Superpowers: Thrusters, which he finds “organic and fluid,” so much so that he stood up and demonstrated during our interview.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Stringing together ring muscle-ups.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Morgan. Kenny loves grunge and California pop-punk. He says, “I usually find myself singing along during the workouts, which is why I occasionally lose count of my reps and rounds…lol.”
:: Loves Most About CFV: Beefing up. Since Kenny joined CFV in September of 2015, he’s gained 16 pounds of muscle.

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Alter Egos: Sandee Shin

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 our sixth installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about @sandeeshin_was_taken!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 7:00am L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 4.
:: Origin Story: Sandee’s husband, David, started at CFV in 2012 and encouraged her to join, but she was too nervous about getting bulky. She doesn’t worry about that anymore.
:: Athletic Background: High school volleyball and dancing.
:: Gym Superpowers: Cleans and double-unders.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Deadlift, though she’s very proud of her 188 one-rep max. It’s four years in the making.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Joey. Favorite song: “Peaches & Cream” by 112.
:: Loves Most about CFV: The intensity. Though she’s gotten better about taking rest days, Sandee once went two weeks straight without a break.

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Alter Egos: Nina Meijers

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 our fifth installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about @nina_meijers!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 6:30pm or 7:30pm L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CFV.
:: Years of CrossFit: 2.
:: Origin Story: Nina knew Coach Kyle from a nearby gym. When he moved to CFV, he encouraged her to join.
:: Athletic Background: Competitive gymnastics and soccer.
:: Gym Superpowers: Toes-to-bar and handstands.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Double-unders (she overthinks them).
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike. Nina likes the rock ballads that she’d “never listen to in real life.”
:: Loves Most about CFV: Currently, it’s how she feels from the Whole30 Challenge. “Even when you’re feeling awful during a workout, it isn’t as awful as you know it should be.”

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Alter Egos: Wissam Mrabi-Jaugeon

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 our fourth installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about @wissammrabi!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 12:30pm CrossFit L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At Brooklyn CrossFit South Williamsburg the day of Murph (Memorial Day), 2016.
:: Years of CrossFit: 3/4.
:: Origin Story: Wissam was looking for a program that would constantly change.
:: Athletic Background: Roller hockey, track and field, and fencing (florette).
:: Gym Superpowers: Handstands and anything on the rings (an Iron Cross is his 2017 goal.)
:: Gym Kryptonite: Cardio.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike (Wissam grew up listening to Blink-182, Green Day, and the Offspring and digs Mike’s 90s playlists).
:: Loves Most about CFV: Posting beefy pics to his Instagram.

…keep reading for Wissam’s real life identity! >

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Alter Egos: Derek Godwin

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 our third installment @spensermestel finds out a few things about @dergod!

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: Movement (6-7:30pm on T, W, Th) and 6:30pm CrossFit L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CrossFit Virtuosity in January, 2014.
:: Years of CrossFit: 3.
:: Origin Story: Derek and Inna, his wife and fellow CFV member, heard about CrossFit from their friends and stopped by. They were hooked after an intro class with Coach Joey.
:: Gym Superpowers: Kipping ring muscle-ups and anything core. Partly thanks to CFV’s core and strength work, Derek didn’t have to see a physical therapist once last year, the first year since he injured his back playing soccer in England.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Single-arm chin-ups and forward rolls.
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Kyle’s “sexy selections during spinal waves.”
:: Loves Most about CFV: What he loved when he played elite soccer in England – the community and the sense of competition.

…keep reading for Derek’s real life identity! >

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Alter Egos: Gabi Affonseca

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

🏋 GYM LIFE
:: Usually Attends: 7:00am CrossFit L2.
:: Started CrossFit: At CrossFit Virtuosity in 2012.
:: Years of CrossFit: 4.
:: Origin Story: Gabi, whose athletic background includes volleyball, running, swimming, and tap dancing, was curious about CrossFit. She looked it up online, liked what she saw, and found CFV.
:: Gym Superpowers: Pull-ups. A few months ago, Coach Joey saw Gabi do a strict pull-up and suggested she try to kip, a skill she’d been working on for over three years. He helped her with the beat swings, and she ended up kipping for all four sets of 10.
:: Gym Kryptonite: Handstands (she recently learned to kick up against the wall, but her New Year’s resolution is free-standing).
:: Favorite Workout Music: DJ Mike or DJ Joey.
:: Loves Most about CFV: Encouraging others and being encouraged.

…keep reading for Gabi’s real life identity! >

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To all of you who train with us:

Thank you for letting us guide you on this crazy fitness journey, and share in your victories as you get stronger and fitter, reimagine what your body is capable of doing, and accomplish goals both large and small.

Thank you for the days you come in full of energy, give us your best effort and let us watch you shine, and thank you for the days you come in tired, stressed, or anxious and let us help you sweat some of that out.

Thank you for being a part of the most amazing, diverse, fun, and caring community around. We never stop feeling incredibly lucky that each and every one of you for some reason decided to walk through our front door.

And thank you for all the times you say thank you: your appreciation means the world to us.

We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity every day to do our dream job.

❤️ Team Virtuosity

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