Wednesday
Feb192014

Low Bar Back Squat

Performance: 5/3/1 "1 Week"
75%x1, 85%x1, 95%x1+


Fitness: 2x10
Linear Progression


Post loads to comments.
LBBSQ e3/6
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5 Rounds, each for time of:
10 Burpees
20 Russian Kettlebell Swings
10 Burpees

Rest about 2 minutes between sets.

The C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints in Boston

 

CRASH B Results

First Name Last Name Rank Time Ave. Split Ave. SPM
Tom Altier 5 7:30.1 1:52.5
Michelle Berrios 16 8:49.9 2:12.5 31
Brad Devendorf 1 7:09.5 1:47.3 32
Robert Fasone 11 8:15.0 2:03.7 31
Judith Geis 13 8:21.2 2:05.3
Mel Lloyd 17 8:54.2 2:13.5 26
Sarah Marquez 7 7:34.6 1:53.6 30
Katie Mears 4 7:29.9 1:52.4 30
Joe Mefford 3 7:18.3 1:49.5 31
Adele Myers 18 8:54.8 2:13.7 27
Charlie Nagle 9 7:59.9 2:00.0
Erica Nofi 15 8:35.9 2:09.0 27
Robyn O’Brien 10 8:13.4 2:03.3 30
Ruth Pardee 8 7:58.4 1:59.6 29
Charmel Rogers 2 7:09.8 1:47.4 29
Elisabeth Snell 14 8:21.8 2:05.4 26
Juliana Vail 12 8:15.4 2:03.9
Mike West 6 7:31.0 1:52.7 28
Sam Wright 19 9:09.0 2:17.2 29


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Tuesday
Feb182014

Rest Day

Akoto is NOT giving up her Kettlebell

Fundamentals, Virtuosity and Mastery

An Open Letter To CrossFit Trainers
By Greg Glassman, CrossFit Journal, August 2005

In gymnastics, completing a routine without error will not get you a perfect score, the 10.0—only a 9.7. To get the last three tenths of a point, you must demonstrate “risk, originality, and virtuosity” as well as make no mistakes in execution of the routine.

Risk is simply executing a movement that is likely to be missed or botched; originality is a movement or combination of movements unique to the athlete—a move or sequence not seen before. Understandably, novice gymnasts love to demonstrate risk and originality, for both are dramatic, fun, and awe inspiring— especially among the athletes themselves, although audiences are less likely to be aware when either is demonstrated.

Virtuosity, though, is a different beast altogether. Virtuosity is defined in gymnastics as “performing the common uncommonly well.” Unlike risk and originality, virtuosity is elusive, supremely elusive. It is, however, readily recognized by audience as well as coach and athlete. But more importantly, more to my point, virtuosity is more than the requirement for that last tenth of a point; it is always the mark of true mastery (and of genius and beauty).

There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art, whether learning to play the violin, write poetry, or compete in gymnastics, to quickly move past the fundamentals and on to more elaborate, more sophisticated movements, skills, or techniques. This compulsion is the novice’s curse—the rush to originality and risk.

The novice’s curse is manifested as excessive adornment, silly creativity, weak fundamentals and, ultimately, a marked lack of virtuosity and delayed mastery. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be taught by the very best in any field you’ve likely been surprised at how simple, how fundamental, how basic the instruction was. The novice’s curse afflicts learner and teacher alike. Physical training is no different.

What will inevitably doom a physical training program and dilute a coach’s efficacy is a lack of commitment to fundamentals. We see this increasingly in both programming and supervising execution. Rarely now do we see prescribed the short, intense couplets or triplets that epitomize CrossFit programming. Rarely do trainers really nitpick the mechanics of fundamental movements.I understand how this occurs. It is natural to want to teach people advanced and fancy movements. The urge to quickly move away from the basics and toward advanced movements arises out of the natural desire to entertain your client and impress him with your skills and knowledge. But make no mistake: it is a sucker’s move. Teaching a snatch where there is not yet an overhead squat, teaching an overhead squat where there is not yet an air squat, is a colossal mistake. This rush to advancement increases the chance of injury, delays advancement and progress, and blunts the client’s rate of return on his efforts. In short, it retards his fitness.

If you insist on basics, really insist on them, your clients will immediately recognize that you are a master trainer. They will not be bored; they will be awed. I promise this. They will quickly come to recognize the potency of fundamentals. They will also advance in every measurable way past those not blessed to have a teacher so grounded and committed to basics.

Training will improve, clients will advance faster, and you will appear more experienced and professional and garner more respect, if you simply recommit to the basics.

There is plenty of time within an hour session to warm up, practice a basic movement or skill or pursue a new PR or max lift, discuss and critique the athletes’ efforts, and then pound out a tight little couplet or triplet utilizing these skills or just play. Play is important. Tire flipping, basketball, relay races, tag, Hooverball, and the like are essential to good programming, but they are seasoning—like salt, pepper, and oregano. They are not main courses.

CrossFit trainers have the tools to be the best trainers on earth. I really believe that. But good enough never is, and we want that last tenth of a point, the whole 10.0. We want virtuosity!!

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Kipping Pull-Ups with Jeff Tucker
Just Squat
The ascent of Alex Honnold

Monday
Feb172014

Front Squat

Take 12 minutes to work up to a moderately heavy (around 75%) triple on the front squat.
Should be fast and crisp. No failing.

Post loads to comments.
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Performance:

15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Deadlifts 135/95
Shoulder to Overheads 135/95
Chest to bar Pull-ups

Fitness:

10 Rounds for time of:

5 Deadlifts
5 Push Presses
5 Pull-Ups or Ring Rows


Choose a load that allows you to move unbroken on the Push Press


The 2014 Open is Upon us!
Team CFSBK has 89 members signed up, the 23rd biggest team in the world! Interested? Sign up here.

The 2014 Look Feel Perform Better Challenge is "Over"

The six week 2014 Look, Feel, and Perform Better Challenge is over and we want to hear about your experiences. Please get your

Post Challenge Entry in. The deadline for entries to be considered for awards is Monday. These challenges improve from year to year based largely on learning what worked well for the most amount of people so whether you killed it or withered a bit, please take a few moments to share. Also set your calendar for the wrap up potluck on Saturday where we'll also speak about how you can make these changes last longer than 6 weeks, and unveil the bonus challenge!

Inside the Affiliate

As we’re sure you’re aware, there’s a massive shortage of videos on the Internet. To rectify this dearth, we’ve created a swell video about fitness over on ITA. More specifically, a video about how we break down group instruction during Olympic lifting segments in Group Classes. Check it out, CFSBKers! We sure love your love.

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Cellar Dwellers!!

Sunday
Feb162014

Deadlift

Performance: 5/3/1 "3 Week"
70%x3, 80%x3, 90x3+


Loss of a neutral back position will automatically end your rep out.

Fitness: 1x5 Linear Progression
Add 5-10lbs from last week's exposure.

Post loads to comments.
LBBSQ e2/6
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For Time:
400m Row
40 Double Unders
40 Box Jumpss
40 Toes to Bars

Post time and Rx to comments.

Some of the CFSBK "Crash Beasts" do their final workout at the Harvard Boat house (Coach Nick's Alma mater). Today they will take on the CRASH B Sprints in Boston. Good luck to all competing!

The 2014 Look Feel Perform Better Challenge is "Over"

The six week 2014 Look, Feel, and Perform Better Challenge is over and we want to hear about your experiences. Please get your Post Challenge Entry in. The deadline for entries to be considered for awards is Monday. These challenges improve from year to year based largely on learning what worked well for the most amount of people so whether you killed it or withered a bit, please take a few moments to share. Also set your calendar for the wrap up potluck on Saturday where we'll also speak about how you can make these changes last longer than 6 weeks, and unveil the bonus challenge!
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In December 2013, CrossFit offered its first women-only Level 1 Seminar in Dubai. Read "Under Cover" for more details

Saturday
Feb152014

WOD 2.15.14

Fitness:

As Many Rounds As Possible in 5 minutes of:
15 Kettlebell Swings
10 Goblet Squats
5 Push-Ups


Rest 5 minutes and repeat for a total of 3 rounds

Performance:

As Many Rounds As Possible in 5 minutes of:
5 Power Snatch 115/75
5 Overhead Squats 115/75
10 Burpees


Rest 5 minutes and repeat for a total of 3 rounds

Post rounds completed and Rx to comments.

Lots of Squatting happening at CFSBK!

C.R.A.S.H-B's Tomorrow

Each year in February since 2010, SBK has sent a group to Boston to race at the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Competition. This year we're sending the biggest group yet – 24 people in all – of "CRASH-Beasts."

The CRASH-Beasts have been training with Coach Nick since late October. Going off a weekly program that Nick provided, they've spent the last 16 weeks honing their rowing skills, developing their stamina, improving their mental toughness, and learning how to race. Along the way Nick held three technique clinics and four races at the gym.

SBK is providing a van to transport some of the CRASH-Beasts, and Mare is handling the logistics for the weekend. Stay tuned for their results!

Team CFSBK
Tom A
Michelle B
Brad D
Robert F
Judith G
Colette K
Melissa L
Sarah M
Amanda M
Katie M
Joe Mefford
Amy M
Adele M
Charlie N
Erica N
Robyn O
Ruth P
Charmel R
Josh S
Tushar S
Elisabeth S
Juliana V
Mike W
Sam W

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The Law You Won't Be Told

Friday
Feb142014

Rest Day

Amy M Representing CFSBK in.... New Jersey? No, wait.. India!

Inside the Affiliate

In case you missed it yesterday, there's a new post over on ITA about our fancy big screen that hangs above the platforms, and about our snazzy Mario Kart 64 tournament last Sunday night. If you've enjoyed our events at the gym that revolve around said screen, we'd looove it if you repped the post on social media. Get the word out, CFSBKers! We want to change the world, one affiliate at a time!

Do you like doing stuff?!

Do you like doing stuff with other cool people who enjoy doing stuff?? CFSBK is working hard to accomdoate novel and interesting experiences for all our members, here are some events we've got in the pipeline for the next few weeks.

02/15/14 CFSBK Endurance Running Program Info Session
02/22/14 LFPB Challenge Wrap-up Dinner and Awards Ceremony
03/01/14 Snowshoe Hike Daytrip
03/08/14 UFC Fight Night at CFSBK

Thursday
Feb132014

Hang Clean and Jerk

Performance: 12 minutes to work up to a moderately heavy Mid Hang Clean and Push Jerk

Fitness: 12 minutes to work up to a moderately heavy Hang Power Clean + FSQ + Push Jerk

Get there quick with the goal of no misses.

Post loads to comments.
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2014 LFPB Capacity Test

AMRAP 10 minutes:
5 Kipping Pull-Ups
10 Push-Ups
15 Air Squats

Rest 2 minutes, then:

AMRAP 3 minutes:
Max Calories Rowed

Post rounds completed, calories rowed and Rx to comments.
Compare to 1.2.14

Voodoo Flossing During Active Recovery Class

LFPB Potluck Saturday, Feb 22nd

We'll be hosting a second Gym potluck on Saturday, February 22nd where we'll be announcing the winners of the challenge as well as talk about how to transition out of the challenge.  This event is open to the entire community, even folks who didn't do the challenge.  We'll also have our Farmers from Herondale and Sol Flower farm there to introducce themselves and answer any questions about the CSAs we host.  If you'd like to come, please RSVP including what you'll be bringing!

Endurance Program at CFSBK

Given recent interest in a number of our athletes, we will be introducing our initial Endurance Running program. This program is structured for ANYONE who is looking to learn running/racing skills, improve their technique, challenge their energy systems, and improve on overall running performance from a structured 12-week program.  This program will be coached by Michael Olzinski 2x a week and fit in simultaneously with the current CrossFit South Brooklyn programming model.  Michael is an Exercise Physiology graduate who current works with Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness in coaching over 100 triathletes, including some of the fastest professionals in the world.  Michael is also a certified USA Track and Field Level 1 coach.  Michael has put together a program that will culminate with the Brooklyn Half Marathon as a Key Event, however, that does not mean you need to be doing that race.  This will be a program to address and challenge EVERY level of runner from the Beginner to an Elite competitor.


If you are interested, we will be holding an INFORMATIONAL MEETING this Saturday 2/15 at 1pm where we can give all of the details behind the program.

You can email Michael at michael.olzinski (at) gmail.com with any additional questions.

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