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Athlete of the Month: February 2017

Dana Nelson Before Dana joined CrossFit 718’s “New You” program, she struggled to make fitness a consistent part of her life. She wasn’t sure what to do on her own, and none of the group classes she tried felt quite right. She figured…

Athlete of the Month: January 2017

Sky Holden  If you’re looking for a model 718 athlete, Sky Holden is your man. We don’t say that just because he consistently works to improve his skills and set new PRs. He’s also been an active member of our community since 2012, participating…
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Athlete of the Month: December 2016

Jennifer Guerrero If you love transformation stories, we’ve got a good one for you. Jennifer discovered CrossFit through a six-week fitness challenge in May of this year. After a month and a half of high intensity, constantly varied, functional…
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Athlete of the Month: November 2016

Amita Bhandari By: Jenessa Connor  Amita is walking proof of CrossFit’s “functional fitness” and real world application. After joining the 718 community two and half years ago, Amita began feeling more capable and confident in everyday…

Athlete of the Month: October 2016

Dave Smanik  By: Jenessa Connor Dave’s been CrossFitting for over three years, and it’s changed his entire perspective. Literally. (He recently added handstand walks to his gymnastics repertoire!) But, in addition to seeing the box…

Athlete of the Month: September 2016

Elaine Kanak By: Jenessa Connor Elaine Kanak September is a special month for Elaine Kanak, and not just because she’s this month’s featured athlete. In just a few short weeks, she’ll be welcoming her first child into the world!…

Athlete of the Month: August 2016

Chrystie O’Brien By: Jenessa Connor  Chrystie started working out with Tammy and Iz when CrossFit 718 was just a twinkle their eyes. She was there for the very first workouts in the park, the Brooklyn Fitness Factory days and the gym’s…

Athlete of the Month: July 2016

Lauri Schindler  By: Jenessa Connor  Before joining CrossFit 718, Lauri Schindler wondered if she’d ever feel like a “real” member of such a dynamic community. A local business owner and mom to college-aged children, she was older…

Athlete of the Month: June 2016

Kenny Restrepo  By: Jenessa Connor Prior to joining CrossFit 718 in April of 2013, Kenny “K-Bar” Restrepo had been dealing with injuries by skipping the gym. A chance encounter with Coach Tambot brought him to the box, but planning,…

Athlete of the Month: May 2016

Brian Wood By: Jenessa Connor Brian Wood describes his intro to CrossFit as a bit of an “ego check.” He was 41 at the time and, despite hitting the elliptical machine at the gym and pushing a stroller around Park Slope, felt pretty out…

Athlete of the Month: April 2016

   Chelsea Wheeler By: Jenessa Connor We were lucky enough to temporarily snag Chelsea during the summer of 2013 when she was doing a clinical rotation in Brooklyn. We were psyched when her work brought her back to the neighborhood…

Athlete of the Month: Hugo Funes

By: Jenessa Connor  March 2016 Hugo Funes, member since June 2014, has only one regret when it comes to CrossFit: he wishes he’d started years ago. The work he’s put in over the last year and a half has completely transformed his physical…

Athlete of the Month: Jack Bernstein

February 2016 By: Jenessa Connor Meet Jack Bernstein, 718’s athlete of the month! Like many of us, Jack couldn’t make a globo gym habit stick. But once he experienced CrossFit’s constantly varied programming and community vibe, he…

Athlete of the Month: Bailey Santoro

By: Jenessa Connor Coach Bailey is the real deal. If you’ve taken one of her classes, you know she brings the perfect balance of motivation, attention to proper form, and corny jokes (she said it, not us!) to every WOD. And she’s just…

Athlete of the Month: Tina Degraff

By: Jenessa Connor In just six weeks, our very own Tina DeGraff will be competing in Wodapalooza, a three-day, international festival and CrossFit competition in Miami’s Bayfront Park. The event attracts 1500 athletes from 16 countries, and…

Athlete of the Month: Rachel Walther

By: Jenessa Connor Rachel Walther, CrossFit 718 member since December 2011, is a self-proclaimed “Type A” person. And we believe her. How else does a person hold down a demanding job at an ad agency, work towards a Master Health Coach…

Athlete Newsletter: October 2015

FIVE YEARS: The History of CrossFit 718 By: Jenessa Connor We say it all the time: our community is what makes our box so special. After all, CrossFit 718 was a group of people before it was a physical place. After years of personal training…

Athlete of the Month: Jeannie Ruiz

By: Jenessa Connor For October’s athlete of the month, CrossFit is just as much about emotional health as it is about physical fitness.  When Jeannie Ruiz, member since February 2015, does thrusters, she feels like she’s pushing off…

September 2015: Athlete Newsletter

Do you even Squat, Bro? By Reuben Pearlman Those of you who have been with Crossfit 718 for some time might remember way back when we did our Smolov Squat Cycle. As a reminder, Smolov is a 13-week Squat Program that was developed by Sergey…

Athlete of the Month: Hal DellaTorre

Athlete of the Month: Hal DellaTorre  By: Jenessa Connor If you’ve started using the hashtag #HalSmash in your CrossFit-related posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then you’re already familiar with September’s athlete of the…

August 2015: Athlete Newsletter

WOD for the Road By: Jenessa Connor Vacations are great and work trips are unavoidable, but it’s tough to be away from the box for an extended period of time. We all worry about losing ground on lifts and missing our favorite benchmark…