Tuesday
Aug042015

Rest Day

Charlie N. at her first USAPL meet last Saturday. She took third in her weight class, and shared some thoughts from the experience with us below! 

  • Happy birthday, David G.
  • If you're not too wiped from Crush Week already, check out AntiGravity tonight at 7:30pm (or Sundays at 2pm). This class focuses on gymnastics skill and strength components that are most commonly demanded in CrossFit workouts, using a variety of skill exercises, progressions, weighted and strict practice, and other techniques to teach, develop, and perfect your bodyweight movements. Hit up Coaches Noah or Arturo with any questions! 
  • Or check out Active Recovery at 6:30pm, or Pilates with KH at 7:30pm!

August CrossFit Preschool and CrossFit Kids Classes Are Now Available For Registration!

CrossFit Preschool and CrossFit Kids emphasizes physical development through games and kid appropriate "workouts". Most importantly, we’re all about having FUN! Developing a positive association between fitness, physical activity, and the joy of movement is the primary goal of our program. Our classes are comprised of obstacle courses, relay races, basic gymnastics, games and other engaging physical activities. Think of it like the gym class you wish you had growing up!

Mondays (8/3 - 8/24):
CF Kids - 4:30p - 5:30p  

Wednesdays (8/5 - 8/26):
CF Preschool - 3:30p - 4:30p
CF Kids - 4:30p - 5:30p 

Fridays (8/7 - 8/28):
CrossFit Preschool - 10:00a - 11:00a

Sundays (8/9 - 8/30):
CrossFit Preschool - 10:00a - 11:00a

Pricing:

Non-member:
1x/week - $120
2x/week - $200 

Member:
1x/week - $102
2x/week - $170

20% for older sibling

REGISTER HERE

Email Janelle [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com if you have any questions or need help registering.

Charlie N. Shares Thoughts From Her First USAPL Meet

Congrats to all our CFSBK folks who competed in the USAPL meet last Saturday, including Coaches Fox (read his post-meet reflections in yesterday's comments), Jeremy, and Margie, and Rob Is. Front Desk superstar Charlie N. also competed, and sent us this cool write-up about her first experience at a meet.

Saturday was a crazy, intense, emotional, nerve-wracking but incredible rewarding experience. To say I was out of my comfort zone would be a massive understatement. 

I somehow came third in my weight class. (72kg) Because it was my first big meet, I assumed I would be somewhere near the bottom or floating in the middle of my weight class and I had no idea how well I was doing because I wasn't looking at anyone else's numbers at all. This was how I missed them calling my name to give me my medal- I was upstairs eating sardines at the time. I really couldn't believe it when the woman who came second found me and told me to go get my medal.

There were so many people and the whole meet felt extremely disorganized and chaotic. Luckily Coach Margie had made it easy for me and given me my attempts beforehand with Plan A if I felt amazing and Plan B if things did not feel so great, so I really didn't have to think very much about anything. All of my attempts aside from the last ones, were weights I had done recently.

I had all of my warm-up sets figured out in KG and even color coded so I would know exactly what plates to use so the warm-up would be easy but unfortunately the warm-up area was a disaster. There were not enough plates there at all, so I had to wing it a bit and I am not sure I warmed up very efficiently at all.

I thought I would be completely freaked out with that many people watching but in the end it was just me and the judge in front of me. In a way I want to do this again and get better at that part. Everything felt heavier to me on the day because it was such unfamiliar territory. I feel it is something I could learn to do a lot better with more practice.

I missed my second squat attempt on depth, but still added weight. I sank my last attempt as much as I could and it was a very ugly squat, but I fought with everything I had and somehow made the lift. That was definitely one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life, but there was no way I was missing that lift. Pretty sure there was an American Record attempt happening at the same time on the platform beside me so there probably weren't even many people paying attention but I could hear Coach Jeremy shouting behind me to keep going. He later said something along the lines of that that was more of a test of will than of physical strength.

I also missed my first bench press attempt. The safeties were high and the bar hit them at the same time as my chest which distracted me and so I missed the rack command. I went with my Plan B after that and made the following two lifts after getting the spotters to move the safeties down.

By the time we got to the deadlift I was really tired. I did the warm-ups too fast and could probably have done with a couple of extra sets and rest between. I just felt the pressure of so many people sharing the space. Everything felt heavy and I was sore from the other lifts but I did it and I went with my Plan B and PRed. It wasn't the PR I wanted but it was the right decision on the day. 

If I do this again, which I probably will, I will take my time—not only warming up but also setting up for each lift. I think that might have made my Plan A more achievable.

I want to thank Margie for not only believing in me and helping me to get so much stronger but also for being the voice of reason throughout my training and all day on Saturday even as she was participating and kicking ass herself. I have a tendency to want to always go heavier but I have learned in the last while that just because I can lift something, it doesn't necessarily mean that I should. And of course thanks also to the Squat Whisperer for his squat whisperin'.

Still can't believe I went home with a medal. :)

Charlie’s Numbers:
Squat: 275.6
Bench: 137.8
Deadlift: 325.2

Total: 738.6

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Monday
Aug032015

2015 Games Event #10 or "Fran"

2015 Games Event #10

The Triangle Triplet
For Time, 15-10-6: 
Thrusters 165/115
Bar Muscle-Ups

or

"Fran"

For Time, 21-15-9:
Thrusters 95/65
Pull-Ups
 

Compare to 10.17.2014 

Post time and Rx to comments.

Dan making running look fun. Need some running training tips? Check out this article from CFSBK's old Endurance Program coach, Mike O., who left us for the West Coast | Photo by Thomas H.

News and Notes

  • Did you lose something? Check out the most recent photo from the lost and found bin and claim your gear!
  • Happy belated birthday to all our folks that we missed in July! If you want us to know about your birthday and give you a shout-out on your special day, make sure the Front Desk has your info!

Chasing Rx: When To Scale and When To Go Heavier

An interview with David Osorio and Jess Fox, edited by Kate Reece

We ran this interview back in March, but since Crush Week begins today (!), we want to share it again in the interest of helping you figure out how to approach the WODs today and the rest of this week. Check it out, and get after it this week!

CFSBK: When did you start Rx-ing all the WODs? What did your journey look like to get there?

David: When I started CrossFit, I was self-teaching myself the movements, so I did what I could and then practiced the movements that I didn't know how to do yet. It took me about a year before I was doing almost everything Rx-ed. I definitely was biasing a heavier weight and slower times in the beginning, which helped me develop the requisite strength to be able to eventually move the Rx-ed weights faster. I still occasionally scale some of the weightlifting loads in WODs when appropriate 

Jess: I'd say the first things I could Rx fairly quickly were workouts with deadlifts, double-unders, box jumps, and kettlebell swings. I knew my road to Rx-ing weights in the Olympic lifts would take some time, and honestly we weren't doing as much of those when I started. So, I chose to target kipping pull-ups as my first big goal, since they tend to come up in so many WODs—and what girl doesn't want to do pull-ups! My road to getting them meant practicing them EVERY time I was in the gym. I started out with thick green-band but over the course of a few months, I was able to get my rhythm down enough to get a few unassisted kipping pull-ups in spurts. They weren't consistent enough though so I always resorted back to the band for workouts.  

However, that changed when I visited my other “home” CrossFit in Ohio. The WOD was “Cindy” and although I knew that I could get a few rounds Rx-ed, I still set up a band. During the workout, when I started to slow down on pull-ups, I reached for the band. The coach there stopped me and just told me it was okay to move a little slower. Sure, I didn't get a high number of rounds but it allowed me to continue to work on that skill and it gave me a baseline for “Cindy” Rx-ed. After that experience, I got rid of the band. That didn't mean I did every pull-up workout Rx-ed right away though. Until I got better at them, scaled volume was my friend. 

CFSBK: If I'm moving fast and getting a good workout in the WODs, why should I worry about what weight I'm doing? 

David: The balancing act between performing workouts with their intended metabolic stimulus, versus going heavier or sticking to a calisthenics version that slows you down considerably, can be somewhat nuanced. Ideally, you want to be able to keep moving at a somewhat reasonable pace. If you're shuffling your feet, looking at the pull-up bar for a minute, you're probably not getting the most out of your time on either end. But if you're not at the Rx-ed weights and want to start pushing toward them, you'll just have to accept that you're going to be slower and the workout probably won't be as spicy. In my opinion, that's fine. Recently, I told a member that would have rather her go with a heavier dumbbell and get capped versus going lighter and getting a good time. As long as you can perform about 3/4 of the workout before getting capped, you should be fine. If you want to get stronger in the WODs, you're always going to have to bias a little heavier and slower, technique permitting. 

Jess: As CrossFitters, we're all a little Type A and want to move fast through workouts. However, our training should include different stimuli and heavier weights—higher skilled movements can provide that. As I mentioned before, it took a little nudging from coaches, and a little/lot of swallowing my WOD pride to not scale those pull-ups in “Cindy.” Looking back though, I'm so grateful for that intervention. Not just because it was my first Rx-ed “Cindy,” but because I didn't really realize that I had the strength and skill to do it. I see this a lot with push-ups in workouts as well. Though I see many of you work your strict push-ups like a boss in our warm-ups and even start a workout with strict pushups, as soon as the going gets tough, the knees drop down. Sometimes you just have to gut it out (provided your movement is technically sound), knowing that you might need to scale volume and accepting that you might be the last person to finish.   

CFSBK: How do I know when to go heavier during WODs?

David: When you feel like you "own" a weight that is below Rx-ed, then it's time to bump it up. Don't get complacent with certain loads. For example, if you're a guy and you always do 65-pound thrusters, even if it still feels difficult, you need to start gradually adding five to 10 pounds to push your strength and comfort level with the movement and load. If you always swing the 16 kg kettlebell, start voyaging out to heavier territory. As long as you feel confident in your technique, which might mean going a bit slower or breaking up reps more, then the weights or your modification should feel heavy.

Jess: This is where logging your workouts comes into play. Early on in your CrossFit life, you will and should start lighter than you think. Use the warm-up time to pick a load that you know you'll be able to move consistently well through. Then, take note of how that felt in your logbook so that you know what to aim for next time. Also, listen to the advice your coaches give you. I think we do a pretty good job of talking about the intention of the workout and providing scaling options or percentage markers to help guide you in determining an appropriate weight. If it's ever not clear, just ask! 

CFSBK: If I want to set a goal to get to Rx or heavier weights (and I know I should!), what should my battle plan or strategy be?

David: As Jess mentioned, make sure you're logging and writing down both qualitative and quantitative data! You'll never remember to go heavier on that barbell if you can't refer back to previous experiences. Focus on writing notes specific to how heavy things felt and if you think you could have gone a bit heavier and kept your technique together. You'll have to dip into loads or movements that intimidate you a little if you want to get better.

Jess: Be consistent in your practice. If it's barbell lifts, then aim to make each rep at lighter weights perfect and slowly increase the weights from week to week or from WOD to WOD.  If you did the past three thruster workouts at 75 pounds and flew through them, then go for 80 next time. If you're training a skill, then lay out a specific plan to help you get there.  Also, tell a buddy and have them help keep you accountable, or better yet, have them join you! Note though, that skill is singular. Don't be the person that has a list of 10 skillz and can never really devote enough time to any one of them. 

CFSBK: Any parting thoughts?

David: Use your coaches as a resource! We want you to improve and always will let you know how a movement looks and whether you should scale up or back down. Let us know you're trying to get stronger and we can give you some thoughts about how to modify your workout intelligently.

Jess: Know that for most of us, this stuff doesn't come naturally and that some of us might never hit Rx-ed weights. We’re now in the CrossFit Open season, so now you can compare your WOD scores to people around the world. But just remember that ultimately you're competing with yourself. In the beginning, focus on establishing your baseline. Keep a good logbook, set realistic goals, set time aside to practice, and then use your training to beat yourself. 

(An important caveat: Rx is not an advisable goal for all athletes. It can serve as a point of reference to make the process of choosing your weights easier, and enables our coaches to help you scale appropriately at the whiteboard.) 

Sunday
Aug022015

Clean and Jerk

1-1-1-1-1
Work up to a heavy single or attempt a PR today.

e8/8
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In 4:00, complete as many reps as possible of the following couplet/rep scheme:
1 Power Clean 185/125
5 Burpees

2 Power Cleans
5 Burpees
3 Power Cleans
5 Burpees
4 Power Cleans
5 Burpees
...

Rest 2:00

7 Intervals of Row for max meters :20, rest for :10


Post how for you got in the ladder as well as your best and worst rowing score.

Congratulations to all the new PR's achieved by folks who participated in the Total yesterday!

  • Also congratulations to all the lifters who competed in the USAPL Meet yesterday. Meet details and videos to follow!
  • Good luck to Mary M, Alex B, Alex N, Joe W and Brad D who will be representing CFSBK at today's Subway Series competition at CrossFit Queens!

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Friday
Jul312015

CrossFit Total

Back Squat 1-1-1
Press 1-1-1
Deadlift 1-1-1


Post loads and the sum of your best lifts to comments.

Athletes will have 30 minutes to establish a 1RM Squat and around 20 minutes each for the Press and Deadlift. Please come in with an exact or ball park figure for what your opener will be in each lift. The coaching staff will assist you in planning your warm-ups and making sure your numbers make sense. Each class today will take about 90 minutes to complete, please show up a little early and do a general warm-up on your own. One of either gym will be available for you before class.

12.09.12
Christian Reiss concludes his 8 week Strength Cycle with a CrossFit Total. Here is his attempt at topping the gym leader board... will he make it?


  • Color us bummed, there is no Yoga for Athletes today! Instead check out Active Recovery at 11 and 12. We can tailor the class for folks who are going to Total. 
  • Despite the extended class times, all classes will start on the hour as normal.

Spotting Technique

Everyone's last warm-up and all three squat attempts must use spotters. We will discuss the details in class but below are some key points and good examples from Friday mornings group class.

Key points
Spotters should move with the bar and each other through the lift.
Stay close enough to be effective but not so close you interfere with the lift.
If the barbell starts going back down and/or someone says "Spot!" the lift is over and hands go on the bar.
The lifter NEVER BAILS THE BAR when spotters are present. They are there to protect you, don't endanger them.

In case you missed it, we also made a video about how to spot the bench press recently, however will not be necessary today.
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Happy lifting everyone!

Friday
Jul312015

Rest Day

"While I was away in Spain, I visited two CrossFits, one in Madrid (CrossFit Maherit Rio) and one in Barcelona, (Reebok CrossFit BCN). Both were great and had very intense classes. It was great to see people from a different culture have the same obsession as we do. I've attached a picture to the email. I figured it would be cool to show CrossFit South Brooklyn go global!"-Bea M

News and Notes

  • There is no Yoga for Athletes this weekend as Coach Whit is away. Why not check out Active Recovery at 11 and 12 instead?
  • Don't forget about the CrossFit Total tomorrow! Class times will start at their normal hours but plan on being at the gym for around 90 minutes to complete your lifts. The previous two days of blog posts have plenty of information regarding what the CFT is and how to approach it.
  • Did you lose something? Check out the most recent photo from the lost and found bin and claim your gear!

Dude, Where's My 1RM?

By Coach Jeremy 

Everyone has had the experience:  it’s the 2nd attempt of a Crossfit total or your working up to a new 1RM on singles day, you load up the bar with a weight equal to you your existing 1RM, you get psyched up, unrack the bar, go into the hole, and......nothing.  It doesn’t come back up.  Why?  Did you get weaker?  Are you doing something wrong?  Why can’t you do what you’ve already done?

 

Think of a 1RM not so much as a measure of strength capacity but as an act of strength performance.  Veteran lifters will speak of owning a weight versus hitting a weight.  Owning a weight means that you can get under a bar just about anytime you want and move that weight (assuming a proper warm-up and having not done back-to-back hero WOD’s that week).  Hitting a weight is a much less reproducible feat.  It means that on a day where you felt good, were well rested, timed your eating properly, had your weight belt sitting just right, heavenly bodies were aligned properly, and you managed not to fuck anything up,  you were able to squeeze out a higher weight than ever before. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a weight that you have only hit isn’t something that you can just do on command.  It’s an act of strength and will; repeating it doesn’t just happen.  No sprinter expects to hit a PR every time they run a given distance, not in competition and especially not in training.  There is no reason to just assume that every time you get under a barbell you’re going to PR.

 

We should also consider that not every one's best event in lifting is the 1RM.  Consider again, sprinting.  All sprinters are fast, that’s why they are sprinters.  However sprinters have different specialties, some are better in a 60m dash, others are better at the quarter mile.  If we took a random group of sprinters and tested their best times at a series of distances, say 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m, we would probably find that the rankings would look very similar across the events: the faster runners would tend to do well at all of them.  However, you would also expect to see some shuffling of rankings based upon the individual strengths of the sprinters.  Some are better at accelerating, some run the turns well, some finish well, etc. To bring this back to lifting, imagine a group of powerlifters from the same weight class.  If you tested their 1RM, 3RM, and 5RM squat you would see something very similar:  The strongest lifters would tend to be at the the top of each ranking, however you would also see some move up or down the leader board as the reps changed based upon their individual characteristics.  This is relevant to us because the better you are at an event, the 3RM versus the 1RM for instance, the more likely you are able to reproduce your best effort.  We should test our strength at 3RM’s and 5RM’s for precisely the same reason that Track and Field tests more than just the 100m dash as a measure of speed.

 

Weighlifting, Powerlifting and Crossfit Total’s are all tests of 1RM. This isn’t because 1RM’s are magical, it’s just that they are easier to quantify, they are the highest weights (and everyone wants to see big weights), so they lend themselves to being tested. All this being said there is certainly nothing wrong with going after 1RM’s and when game day comes, you want to break some records. Set yourself up for success by working hard at a good program, resting up in the days leading to the event and getting your head inside your lift when you get under the bar.  Once the day’s lifting is over, let it go.  A sprinter isn’t suddenly slow on the day they don’t PR; you’re not weak on the day you don’t either.  Allow for the fact that not everyday you try to PR is going to be the perfect day to demonstrate that amount of strength.

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Thursday
Jul302015

Snatch | Open Workout 14.1

Fitness and Performance
Snatch 1-1-1-1-1


Work up to a new 1RM or heavy single for the day.
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"OPEN Workout 14.1"
As Many Rounds as Possible in 10 Minutes of:

30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches 75/55


This workout has appeared twice in the CrossFit Open, most recently in 2014. The top scores in the world are are listed below. To see a side by side comparison of these incredible performances, click here.

Dan Bailey: 10 Rounds + 11 Double Unders (461 Reps)
Samantha Briggs: 10 Rounds + 22 Double Unders (472 Reps)
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75 Hollow rocks in as few sets as possible

Post workout results to comments.

Flashback to the set-up for one of last year's Subway Series events held at CFSBK.
CFSBK currently has 23 athletes signed up to compete this year and there is still plenty of room left! If you've got questions about the Subway Series, post to comments and we'll do our best to answer

  • Tuesdays "Keep Hope Alive" CrossFit commercial with CFSBKer Constance T has racked up over 40,000 views in the last two days alone! Thanks for sharing everyone! It was also shared on Huffington Post!
  • We need Judges and a score keeper for our Subway Series event on 8/23! Judges are expected to monitor range of motion and reps for each workout. DO will do a session to review movement standards and protocol before the event. The Score keeper needs to do data entry on the scoring system and should be comfortable with spreadsheets. Please email David (AT) CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com if you're interested.

Preparing to CrossFit Total

By Coach Fox

        “What are you hoping to hit for the CrossFit Total?”. When your mate asks you this question you may exaggerate a bit but when it comes time to get under a bar you’d better have a plan. Here’s how.

1- Take it easy in the gym or rest completely for a day or two prior to doing a CFT. If you were going to total on a Saturday it would be a good idea to work at 70% or so effort on Thursday, rest completely on Friday (maybe some light mobility work or active recovery type stuff) and go for it on Saturday. Make sure your nutrition is in line with your goals. Do you want to perform well on the total? Do you think that boozing it up the night before and eating offensive (for you) foods will help, or hinder, that performance? If you take your training seriously and want to better yourself then act like it.

2- Have goals. Know what numbers you’d like to hit. You can take numbers that you’ve been working at recently and extrapolate 1RMs using a nifty 1 Rep Max Calculator. Preferably you will have some rep maxes in the 2-5 rep range since the further away you get from that the less reliable the predictions become. If you haven’t been training long and don’t yet have any 2-5 rep max then use the CF Total to establish those and wait until next time around to do 1RMs. There is still so much learning to do on the lifts and hence no sense hitting 1RMs with such little experience, ego be damned.

3- Have a plan. Map out your warm ups. Today is not the day to be doing a metric ton of warm up reps. Let’s take a hypothetical lifter with a previous 1RM of 355 hoping to establish a new 1RM on the squat of 365lbs, his or her time under the bar should look something like this.

45x5, 135x5, 185x5, 225x3, 275x3, 315x1, then

1st attempt - 335
2nd attempt - 355
3rd attempt - Set a new 1RM at 365

Establishing a new 1RM of 185 with a previous best of 177.5 might look like this.

45x5, 75x5, 105x5, 125x3, 145x1

1st attempt - 165
2nd attempt - 177.5
3rd attempt - 185

This is obviously subject to change depending on how the warm ups feel and how the 1st two attempts go. Maybe you have more in you than you and the 1RM calculator thought you did, but maybe you don’t. As Rip says “Don’t be pig-headed. If your first attempt tells you that you need to lower your second, do so, without a misplaced sense of diminished self-worth. It’s a test, and it’s designed to measure what’s there, not create something that’s not. That’s what training is for.” There is a world of difference between training and testing, but that is an entirely different topic. Just remember that today is a test day.

4- Realize that the press is a finicky lift. Gains made are often small and hard won. To go from a 1RM of 85 to 87 represents a 2.5% increase. If you have been training long enough you may (read should) be thankful for this type of increase. My point is to say that you should not be greedy with the press. Instead be frugal and take small rewards. Also, don’t overdo the warm ups as this lift fatigues quickly. Usings the example above of hoping to set a new 1RM of 87, here’s a possible warm up scheme.

33x5, 53x3, 63x2, 73x1, 77x1

1st attempt - 81
2nd attempt - 85
3rd attempt - 87

5- The deadlift will be largely warmed up by the squat and will not need a lot of warm up reps on it’s own. Here’s an example of the above 365 squatter hoping to establish a new 1RM of 405 with a previous best of 395

135x5, 225x3, 315x1, 365x1

1st attempt - 385
2nd attempt - 405
3rd attempt - Go for it, it’s the last rep of the day!

6- You need to rest between attempts (possibly 3-5 minutes) and if you are doing the CrossFit Total in a group class, you also have time constraints. During the warm ups is not the time to dilly-dally and wonder what you should load on the bar next. Having a plan allows you and your rack mates to move smoothly through the warm ups and into the reps and allows time to rest between attempts. If you don’t have a plan you will also cost your rack mates valuable time...don’t be that guy or gal.

The CrossFit Total should be a fun day where you get to move some heavy weight around but that doesn’t mean don’t take it serious, too. Approach each lift with intent, unrack each squat from the uprights with authority and readiness, set up with a BIG BREATH for all your attempts today. And if you don’t 1RM but gave your all, then celebrate that as well and live to lift another day. You’re a TFBA for showing up regardless.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Back Squat | WOD 7.15.15

3-3-3
Work up to a heavy triple, 5-15 lbs heavier than last week's 3x5. Use this number to help plan your attempts for this Saturday's CrossFit Total.

e8/8
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As Many Rounds as Possible in 7 Minutes of:
14 Kettlebell Swings
7 Burpees


This is a workout many of you did in Foundations as it's used at the end of class three. If you've been a particularly pious note taker you could look back and compare performances! Pick a kettlebell load that allows you to perform unbroken or 2 sets on the swings. Move consistently but push the tempo. This workout pace should make you feel like seven minutes can't come soon enough.

Finish with an 800m Row or Run

Post workout results to comments.

Bonjour CFSBK,
Pierre D. and I (Bob S) happened to both be in Paris at the same time so naturally we met up to wod together at CrossFit Original Addicts in Paris. This photo is taken with Sammy the head coach at the box right after 12 minutes of 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off of burpees.

CrossFit Total this Saturday

Don't forget that we'll be running the CrossFit Total this Saturday during group classes. Class start times will remain the same as usual however each class will take about 90 minutes to run. Lifters will have 30 minutes to squat and 20 minutes each for the press and deadlift. Try to get to the gym early to do some DIY general warm-ups so that we can hit the ground running. We'll have more information tomorrow about how to make the most of your CrossFit Total, but for the time being we recommend you read the PDF below to see exactly what the Total is, what the rules for each lift are and some context to make the whole enterprise more rewarding.

The CrossFit Total by Mark Rippetoe

Still time to sign up for the 2015 Subway Series!

Another year has gone by, and it's time once again for an NYC affiliate throwdown: the fifth annual Subway Series! All NYC affiliates are invited to participate—the affiliate with the best overall score at the end of four events wins the Subway Series Trophy and bragging rights for a whole year!

Event Schedule
Sunday, August 2nd, 9am: CrossFit Queens
Sunday, August 9th, 12pm: CrossFit Virtuosity
Sunday, August 16th, 12pm: CrossFit Long Island City
Sunday, August 23th, 12pm: CrossFit South Brooklyn 

Scoring
Scoring will work "Open-style": top 3 male and top 3 female athletes from each affiliate will score based on their place finish in each event. Athletes may score in any event regardless of attendance at other events. 

The ultimate series winner will be the affiliate with the least points after all 4 events have been completed. In the event of a tie, a 5th tie-breaking event will be held. 

As last year, an Rx division and Scaled division trophy will be awarded. 

Registration
All athletes MUST register for each individual event in advance via EventBrite in order to participate. Each event will be capped at 100 total participants, so we strongly advise you to register ASAP. These events sell out quickly. 

REGISTER HERE

If you have questions about the Subway Series, email Coach MeLo at Melissa [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com.

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