Want to see how your current skills and capacity stack up? Check out our CrossFit Levels to help you assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Also, if you didn't see it earlier, we've written a ton of articles about a variety of training topics. Check them out!
The CrossFit Journal is a fitness, health and lifestyle publication dedicated to the improvement of athletic performance and quality of life. The searchable Journal archives run from April 2002 to the present and contain over 1,600 high-quality PDF articles, videos and audio files covering diverse topics including exercise technique, nutrition, injuries and rehab, equipment, coaching, and much more. Unlimited access to Journal articles requires a yearly subscription of $25. Many articles and videos are also available for free.
The Performance Menu: Journal of Health & Athletic Excellence is a monthly magazine that contains articles exploring Olympic weightlifting, strength training, athletic strength & conditioning, fitness training, CrossFit, nutrition—including recipes—for athletes, coaches and trainers. Access to the Performance Menu requires a subscription of $29.95. Check out the free content to see if it's right for you.
Eat. Move. Improve. (EMI) was originally created out of the necessity for a concise, easy to follow guide to proper training for practical strength, hypertrophy, weight loss and wellness. EMI’s ultimate goal is to allow a simple-to-follow progression for trainees of all experience levels. This allows the absolute beginner to progress up to an advanced level of fitness knowledge in a very short period of time.
We're big proponents of the "Paleo Diet" at CrossFit South Brooklyn. In short, this simply means eating clean animal proteins, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. This approach to nutrition stems from what us humans as a species evolved eating and has proven phenomenally effective for our clients. To learn more about "Paleo" check out the Paleo FAQ from Robb Wolf. You can also download the Paleo Overview, the Quick Start Guide, and the Shopping List to help get you started.
Whole9 is a great site focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity, all built on a foundation of real food and healthy nutritional habits. There are plenty of free articles, resources and tools to assist you on this site. We highly recommend taking a look around.
Everyday Paleo is just one of many Paleo recipe blogs out there to give you plenty of ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Exercise Demonstration Videos
CrossFit.com's Video Library has a huge collection of both exercise and workout demonstrations for you to reference. Here you can find clips of almost every movement we perform at CFSBK as well as lots of cool videos, like this gem.
Catalyst Athletics also has a large library of exercises for you to browse. This is good source for Olympic Weightlifting, dumbbell and sandbag training videos in particular.
Gymnastics WOD and CrossFit Gymnastics both have extensive video libraries catering to bodyweight movements ranging from the basic air squat to advanced gymnastics exercises. These site both also provide progression videos to help you develop more advanced movements.
Mobility WOD is a blog that addresses all the elements that limit movement and performance including short and tight muscles, soft tissue restriction, joint capsule restriction, motor control problems, joint range of motion dysfunction, and neural dynamic issues. Coach Kelly Starrett posts daily videos to help you learn how to get into better positions and stay injury and pain free. We can't recommend this website enough.
"Protein Power Lifeplan" by Micheal and Mary Eades, MD's
A comprehensive blueprint for optimal health. The Eades discuss macro and micro components of nutrition, sleep, stress and even sunlight. This is a phenomenal book.
"The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain, PhD
"The" Paleo Diet book. Learn more about the rational behind evolutionary nutrition and why our genes are not adapted to eat high carbohydrate, over processed foods typical in the civilized world.
"Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes
This is the more "reader-friendly" version of his landmark book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories". In WWGF Taubes demystifies the mechanisms behind fat storage and debunks calorie-counting for weight loss.
"Starting Strength, Basic Barbell Training" by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore
One of the best (if not the best) books written about weight training. Rip and Lon cover not only the basic barbell lifts in a very readable and engaging way but also discuss good training habits and basic programming concepts.