Karen Coronel

Karen Coronel does our 5:30 AM class

 

1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Karen and I am a government employee currently working for the NYC Economic Development Corporation

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Kind

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?
A dolphin- they are smart, agile and communicative animals

4. How did you get to Breed?
I had tried CrossFit before but gave it up because I was getting frustrated (not seeing the results/community dynamic) so I then tried boxing (which I enjoyed but the owner had made some misogynistic comments), I looked up Breed and decided to take up CrossFit again.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
Motivated, positive outlook, friendly, and open-minded.

6. Do you enjoy working out, why or why not?
Yes, I only started enjoying it my junior year of college. I realized how strong your body/mind can be and how important it is to have physical activity within your daily schedule.

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
Teleportation, I would love to travel to different places with a snap of my fingers.

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
a. My parents/family
b. My career/mentors
c. My health
d. My partner
e. Having a job/opportunities

9. Who or what inspires you?
Kind acts done by strangers inspire me

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
My upper body strength

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?
Challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone

12. What current book or music are you currently into?
I am into podcasts right now- West Wing Weekly, There Goes the Neighborhood, Cracked, and FiveThirtyEight Politics

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
a. Establishing a woman of color group that will work on effective political strategy/policy/mentorship- looking to have more women represent us in government
b. On the banquet committee for my sorority’s 25th-year anniversary
c. Trying to study for entrance exams for grad school

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.
I am obsessed with Frenchies

15. What are your social media tags so we can follow:
IG: Kaceecarun
Twitter: Kaceespecial

Estefania Panesso

Estefania usually does the 7:30 pm class.  And has to put up with Julian Monar

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Estefania Panesso and I’m technologist in Cytohistology (I guess nobody knows what it is, it’s the integrated study of cells and tissues)

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.

Perfectionist

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?

I would be a cat because they playful, clean, clever, adventurous, and sleepy

4. How did you get to Breed?

My husband has been going to Breed for 2 years. He got me into CrossFit in Colombian then moving here started in Breed

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?

I’m always positive and very organized.

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?

I love it! Most important part of my day

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?

Heal people

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.

My husband

My friends and family

Crossfit

My health

My Kitty Merlin

9. Who or what inspires you?

Omar Villalobos, Louise Hay, Lewis Howes

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?

Everything!!!

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?

Crossfit has changed my mind, I’m feeling more confident and believing that I can accomplish everything in life

12. What books or music are you currently into?

Total Money makeover by Dave Ramsey and Monsieur Perine

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?

I’m working on improving my English so I can start all over again in a new country

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.

In Colombia, I used to work doing Pap Smears. ??

15. What are your social media tags so we can follow
IG: @estefitapanesso

Kevin Byrne


Kevin Byrne you can now catch him in the 7:30 PM Class.

1. Who are you and what do you do?
Kevin; Food Safety and Audit Manager for (of all places) a candy manufacturer.

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Outgoing.

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?
A monkey: because they’re mischievous, curious, clever, and also because I was born in the Year of the Monkey.

4. How did you get to Breed?
I was trying to lose weight by walking around the neighborhood, and saw the banner on the fence; I looked Breed up and signed up – I’ve been here ever since.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
I walk a lot; I’m willing to try new things; I’m creative.

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
I really didn’t enjoy working out until I got to Breed – the community is what makes me enjoy things.

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
The ability to stop time; life gets so busy sometimes that being able to do that and just relax would be nice.

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
My family; my friends; books; music; my fit fam.

9. Who or what inspires you?
First and foremost, my kids: they are a constant source of inspiration to me; after that, every single person I work out with at Breed, because you all inspire me to do more and do it better.

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
I don’t think there’s enough room to list everything that I’m trying to improve in Crossfit, but…gymnastics, mostly.

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?
It’s changed my life physically (almost 90 pounds lost), and mentally (mentally tougher).

12. What current book or music are you currently into?
I’m currently working my way through Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, and listening to a lot of Hot Chip.

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
I’m currently working on a Business Certification, and I’m gearing up to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science.

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.
I was a pastry chef in a four-star French restaurant out on Long Island.

15. What is your social media tags so we can follow (instagram, etc)
IG: @kevinbyrne (be warned, there are a lot of photos of my watch there – it’s the closest I will ever get to posting a selfie)

Stephanie Wakefield


Stephanie Wakefield

1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Stephanie Wakefield, and I’m a geographer & writer. I teach Urban & Environmental Studies at Queens College.

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Free

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?
A fox, it’s my spirit animal!

4. How did you get to Breed?
A year and a half ago I was writing my Ph.D. dissertation and working from home more, so I quit my gym in the city & looked for one in the neighborhood. One of my close friends had been training CrossFit for years and loved it, so when I randomly drove by Breed one day I decided to check it out. Very glad I did.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
I’m driven, and I like challenges, so I’m always willing to try new things and keep going in the face of adversity. I don’t take negativity seriously anymore, I just laugh!

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
I LOVE working out. To me, it’s one of the most pleasurable and most basic human activities, pure feeling of the mind and body together as one. Haha …or I just like to sweat

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
Giant arms. I would lift up all of my people, like Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
My gorgeous husband
My friends
Everything I’ve been given
Laughter
Being alive at this insane time in history

9. Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by ancient Greek philosophy and its practices for how to life your life, but I’m also inspired by all the people around me who live their life with passion and realness.

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
Gymnastics, calisthenics, & my posture.

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?
Crossfit Breed got me able to do pull-ups, and I overcame a lot of fears about lifting. It also changed my mentality as to what fitness is about and set my bar much higher

12. What current books or music are you currently into?
For the last year, I’ve been reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series by Steven Erikson. Best books I’ve ever read EVER.

I’m really into some new hip hop here and being made by kids in France & the UK. This MHD song, for example, is ridiculous! What are they thinking?! VIDEO

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
I run an oyster restoration test site in Flushing Bay which we’re expanding into a full reef this year. The goal is to use oysters to bring life back to the water.

I just started a new project called Crucible: Tools for the Earthbound

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.
I was once a women’s weight loss coach at a chain gym

15. What are your social media tags so we can follow:
INSTAGRAM
FACEBOOK

Peppa Holder

Catch up with Peppa at the 5:30 pm class

1. Who are you and what do you do?
Peppa. Records Management Officer for the NYC Dept. of Health.

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Bajan. (‘nuff said)

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?
A wolf; the only predator you will never see performing in the circus.

4. How did you get to Breed?
Hutch and I have been friends for over 20 years (long before he cared anything about fitness lol). When he started this endeavor with the WODs in Juniper Park he invited me to join and I said “why not? I’m built for this.” I’ve been at Breed ever since.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
My loyalty and my sense of humor.

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
Yes. Growing up in Barbados I was always into sports so it’s natural for me.

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
I am my own super hero.

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
My daughter and my wife…can I say that 3 more times?

9. Who or what inspires you?
My daughter is my greatest inspiration every day.

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
Wall balls. They are the bane of my CF existence.

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?
It’s helping me to stay fit which is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

12. What books or music are you currently into?
I only read non-fiction and I keep current on the news and I’m into all types of music but right now I’m waiting for 2017 Cropover soca to come out.

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
Staying on top of my game so I can kick a** in road tennis this summer.

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.
If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

15. What is your social media tags so we can follow
Peppa Holder (Facebook)

Indira Henriquez


Say HELLO to Indira aka Dee. You can catch her at 12 noon

1. Who are you?
Indira ?

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Thoughtful.

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?
Growing up I always wanted to be a bird so I could fly anywhere I wanted to at any given moment. I do love elephants, though.

4. How did you get to Breed?
Honestly, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I didn’t want to return to the boring routine of Zumba and other exercises that involve waving your arms around for no reason.
My sister mentioned taking an intro class that kicked her ass and remembered getting yelled at to finish. I said sign me up lol.
Motivation comes in different forms.. ha

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
I’m always on time for the important things haha…
I’m dependable and nonjudgmental.
I don’t take things too seriously.
I would say I’m pretty easy going.
I’m polite.

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
I never enjoyed working out. At home, I lacked the motivation while at the gym all the bouncing and hopping around like robots didn’t appeal to me.
However, I enjoy it now! ?

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
Teleport… because who wouldn’t want to.

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
-My children
-My life
-My family
-Poetry
-A plethora of different people, places, and things. How boring would the world be if all things were the same?

9. Who or what inspires you?
My children, poets, rappers, authors, activists, singers, songwriters, books, heroes, my elders, people who are genuine, Dharma….. the list is endless

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
I’d have to say EVERYTHING!
Baby steps…..

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?
It has made me enjoy exercising. We all know the benefits of staying active. It’s a matter of finding a place where you feel you’re not in it alone. This is it!

12. What current book or music are you currently into?
“The Buddha walks into a bar…
By, Lodro Rinzler
And “On Writing” By, Stephen King
My Spotify list is pretty random from B.i.G to Portishead, Damien Escobar, Ed Sheeran and so on…

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
I’m constantly working on being a better person inside and outside the gym.

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.
I didn’t start matching my socks until after I became an adult… haha
I’m still contemplating adulthood.

Janice Vargas


Always on the Top 10 Attendance Committee, you can catch Janice at 7:30 PM or sometimes 6:30 PM.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Janice and I am a fifth-grade public school teacher.

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.

Passionate

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?

A horse because they are wild and beautiful animals

4. How did you get to Breed?

The universe brought me there.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?

I am consistent and loyal when I invest in something or someone. I THINK I am also pretty funny. Lol.
Or at least, I like to laugh which is always a good thing.

6. Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?

I don’t get enjoyment from working out alone. I do however love the feeling of working out with a person or people who push me to do my best and make me laugh, which is why I love Breed.

7. What super powers would you have liked to have?Why?

I’d like to be invisible. It would allow me to do things such as the following…

• travel without paying or feeling afraid since no one would see me I could go ANYWHERE without fear
• listen in on other people’s conversations and see their habits and behavior
• and to haunt people with kind words

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.

• my family and friendships
• teaching at ps 108k
• my health
• my freedom
• my heart

9. Who or what inspires you?

There is nothing better than Seeing and being the recipient of acts of kindness
It can change the world

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?

I have decided to get gymNASTY in 2017
Starting with finally getting butterfly pull-ups

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?

I see CrossFit as an outlet for me to embrace and celebrate the hard and the soft of me.

The Hard:
it has allowed me to release lots of my intense emotions and energy that may seem inappropriate in a normal everyday setting especially for a female :)…and as a result, my body has become more physically fit.

The Soft:
But it also has brought some beautiful people into my life who have and continue to help me see and be, more graceful, kind, and supportive to myself and others…because in the box we all come from different walks of life and are at different levels, this enables me to get out of my own head and take the time to see things through the lens of another…and as a result, my heart is more spiritually open.

12. What current book or music are you currently into?

Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert

David and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell

The Underneath
By Kathi Appelt

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?

The Janice project:
learning how to rebel with grace

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.

I think I was a king or a warlord in a past life.
And…
I believe in the power of naps

15. What is your social media tags so we can follow:

IG: vargas383
FB: vargasjanice

Elena Genovese-Picard

Elena Genovese-Picard will usually do the 12 Noon class

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Elena Genovese-Picard and I am a wife, mother and a Coordinating Producer at Good Morning America.

Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Inspired

If you were an animal which would you be and why?
I have no idea… so I am just going to say a baby fainting goat bc they are so hilariously cute and I want one.

How did you get to Breed?
I found a Groupon online for personal training but the noon class worked out better.

What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
I believe that I am a loyal friend, a good mother, I am very organized when I want or need to be and I think that I am a good cook.

Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
Yes and no… 99% of the time I really enjoy getting into that noon class but sometimes I just wish I could go home and take a nap!

What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?
Power Mimicry… that way I could be the best at anything!

Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.
My son, my husband, my parents & brother, my friends and my home.

Who or what inspires you?
My son.

What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
burpees and box “jumps”… still on step ups… I need to work on running.

How is CrossFit changing your life?
I injured my back before I got pregnant with my son and was in pain all day every single day for months. It slowly got better but on occasion I would need to go see my chiropractor. Breed is really making those visits very infrequent. I am much stronger now and willing to try harder WOD’s that I wouldn’t have tried before.

What current book or music are you currently into?
Right now I am listening to Christmas music (don’t laugh… it brings me joy!) and I am about to start reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you follow me on instagram or are friends with me on Facebook then you know that Coldplay is my favorite band and Chris Martin once told me not to die.

What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
I focus on my son. He is 18 months old and wonderful.

Share with us something we might not know about you.
I am trying to work really hard so I can get rid of (not lose because I don’t want to find it every again) some weight by next September so I can try to have another baby.

What is your social media tags so we can follow
My Instagram is Elena_G_P

Mia Matkovic

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Mia Matkovic aka M.Dawgs has been with Breed since June ’16, depending on her schedule you will find her at 7:30 pm or noon class.  Say Hi when you see her !!!

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mia Matkovic, I’m 20 years old, and I work at New Balance/New York Road
Runners Run Hub on the West Side.

Describe yourself in ONE positive word.
Positive.

If you were an animal which would you be and why?
I would be an elephant because they are my favorite animal. They’re very cute and are
herbivores (almost) like me!

How did you get to Breed?
My high school track coach introduced me to Crossfit in high school and I immediately
fell in love. Then my BFF Dominika started going, so I dropped in a couple of times with
her to try it out and signed up right away.

What are some of your good habits or characteristics?
I always have a positive outlook on things. Even if I’m not feeling 100% I will never let it show
because I want people to look to me as someone who they can look up to and rely on.

Do you enjoy working out, Why or why not?
I absolutely love working out because I get to eat so much after! It brings my mood and energy
levels up so I’m more productive outside the gym too.

What superpowers would you have liked to have? Why?
I wish I could teleport so I would get to see my family back home more than once a year.

Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for:
-My family, friends, and swole mates
-Avocados
-Coffee
-Music festivals
-Dominika’s car

Who or what inspires you?
There are a couple of people that inspire me in different ways. My parents inspire me because
of how well they raise my sister and I considering they were very young when they had us.
Crossfitters like Brooke Ence inspire me to look beyond what my body looks like because
of how much I work out and to always feel amazing in it no matter what! The people at Breed
also inspire me to go work out every time I think twice about it.

What are you currently improving in CrossFit?
I am working on perfecting my snatch form and getting my first pull up!

How is CrossFit changing your life?
Crossfit has made me push my limits in every way possible. It has made me physically and
mentally tough so when things get hard I can push through it. I’ve accomplished a lot of goals
in the past year that I couldn’t have done without the support of everyone from the box.

What current book or music are you currently into?
I love listening to dubstep/drum & bass for when I’m working out or trying to be
productive, and trance music for long runs. I also just got ‘The Alchemist’ recently
and can’t wait to dive into it the next time I’m on the train.

What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?
I occasionally make YouTube videos, run races with my group from New Balance and NYRR,
lead an early morning workout group in Forest Hills every Thursday, and am working towards
getting my Crossfit Level 1 certificate.

Share with us something we might not know about you.
I once saved a lady who was choking by doing the Heimlich maneuver. I was never trained on how to do it, I was just so bored at work that I would read the poster that was on the wall over and over again.

What is your social media tags so we can follow
Instagram: Mia Matkovic
Facebook: Mia Matkovic
YouTube: Mia Matkovic

Thomas Burkland

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Tom B joined CrossFit Breed in September 2016 and you can usually find him doing our 7:30 PM class.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tom Burkland (Tom B) and I work as a marketing associate at Reis, a commercial real estate data, and analytics provider.

2. Describe yourself in ONE positive word.

Humble.

3. If you were an animal which would you be and why?

I would be a wolf because they’re pretty badass.

4. How did you get to Breed?

I moved to Ridgewood in September and found Breed VIA CrossFit.com.

5. What are some of your good habits or characteristics?

I think Consistency is one of my best characteristics. I may not be the strongest or fastest but I show up every day ready to work hard.

6. Do you enjoy working out? Why or why not?

I like working out because it’s an hour out of my day where I can forget about anything that might be stressing me out or bothering me.

7. What super powers would you have liked to have? Why?

My superpower would be the ability to fly or teleport so I could travel around the world for free.

8. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for.

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my dog, all the opportunities I’ve been given in life, and all the great people I’ve met at CrossFit Breed.

9. Who or what inspires you?

DJ Khaled

10. What are you currently improving in CrossFit?

I’m working on being able to string together double-unders and working towards getting my first muscle-up.

11. How is CrossFit changing your life?

Doing CrossFit has shown me that nothing is impossible. Some days I look at WOD’s and think “There’s no way I’ll be able to do that.” But then the workout is over and I didn’t die and feel great about myself. I try to remember that when dealing with other things in life. If I can survive Jackie than anything else should be a piece of cake.

12. What book or music are you currently into?

I listen to a lot of different genres of music but the album “Avvolgere” by True Widow is currently in heavy rotation.

13. What projects are you working on outside of CrossFit?

In my free time, I am teaching myself a few different computer coding languages. I try to constantly be learning new things and skills.

14. Share with us something we might not know about you.

I was once in a room about the size of Breed with Jay-z, Alicia Keys, and Swizz Beats for an hour and a half.

15. Keep up with Tom B through his social media at:
@tomnyhc Instagram
Tom Burkland Facebook
Tom Burkland LinkedIn