Sunday
Sep072014

Clean and Jerk | WOD 9.7.14

Fitness: Knee Hang Clean + Front Squat + Jerk (1+1+1)
Work up to a heavy single on the complex.

Performance: Clean and Jerk
80%x 1 x 2
85% x 1
90% x 1
85% x 1
80% x 1 x 2
Base percentages off your 1 Rep Max clean and jerk. Go no higher than 90% (unless it's truly feeling like a PR day, in that case go for it). Press outs are missed lifts.

Post loads to comments.
e5/6  
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Team WOD
AMRAP in 21 minutes:
7 Toes to Bar
7 Thrusters 115/75
7 Burpees
In teams of three with one partner working at a time, complete as many rounds and reps as possible.

Post reps and Rx to comments.

Eric, post-WOD or hunting for a lost contact?

  • Happy birthday, Alex W., one of our favorite transplants from CrossFit Virtuosity! 

Make a Friend from Crow Hill CrossFit at 9am and 1pm Today!

During the 9am and 1pm classes today, members of Crow Hill CrossFit, along with one of their coaches, Robin, will be dropping in to WOD with us. They will be wearing their Crow Hill gear. Please go out of your way to show them the CFSBK love!

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Saturday
Sep062014

Back Squat | WOD 9.6.14

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Add 5 pounds.
e9/12 

Performance: 85%x2, 95%x1x3, 80%x2
Rest two minutes between sets.
e5/6

Post loads to comments.
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5 Rounds or 15 minutes:
6 Dumbbell Bench Presses, as heavy as possible
12 V-Ups
400m Run

The pace on the run should be conversational, so run it with a buddy and well, have a conversation. 

Post time and Rx to comments.

Coach JB watches Ben's squats

Bend, Stretch, and Mobilize Today

  • Yoga for Athletes with Coach Whitney at 10am.
  • Active Recovery is back on at 11am and noon today with Coach David.

Make a Friend from Crow Hill CrossFit in Class Tomorrow!

During the 9am and 1pm classes tomorrow, members of Crow Hill CrossFit, along with one of their coaches, Robin, will be dropping in to WOD with us. They will be wearing their Crow Hill gear. Please go out of your way to show them the CFSBK love!

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Friday
Sep052014

Rest Day


Shaye A. getting set to Low Bar Back Squat. How and why do you prefer to carry the bar, high or low bar?

Come Roller Skate with CFSBK on October 12th!

What: All-ages roller-skating, admission for the first 25 people that RSVP is compliments of CFSBK
When: Sunday, October 12, 2-4pm (Note: this is the weekend the gym is closed for the Starting Strength Seminar)
Where: the newly-opened Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Event is a go with a minimum of 10 people. Skate rental is not included. The same pier also has bocce and shuffleboard courts we could play on. Afterwards, we'll head to 68 Jay Street Bar (where Charlie works) for some post-skating drinks. Stella Z.'s SMART in DUMBO trivia night is also happening later that day at 7pm, in case people want to stay for that too. 

RSVP to mare [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com by Friday, October 10. 

Join Ken H. for 4 Weeks of Gymnastics Training on Saturdays! 

Join guest gymnastics coach Ken H. as he takes you through four weeks of gymnastics strength training. This 1.5 hour long class will incorporate different facets of body weight strength training and movement. Specifically, each class will be composed of three to four distinct areas: warm-up and active mobility, rings skill work (muscle ups, levers etc), body weight strength conditioning, balance (on hands and feet), and flexibility. Students will be asked to have a goal or intention to focus on for the next six weeks. Students can then focus on that goal outside of class.

When: Saturdays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Sept. 13th to October 4th
Price: $80 for 4 Weeks
Cap: 8 participants 

Register here! 

Ken Haller's Bio
Ken was a nationally competitive gymnast in Newton, MA and at the University of Michigan. After graduating, Ken coached for eight years at Capital Gymnastics in Northern Virginia where he coached regional and national champions. His students have gone on to be NCAA champions and members of Cirque du Soliel. In searching for an activity to replace gymnastics, Ken filled the void with rock climbing and yoga for the past ten years and recently found CrossFit to round out his training.

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Thursday
Sep042014

Snatch | WOD 9.4.14

Fitness: High Hang Snatch + Knee Hang Snatch + OHS (1+1+1)
Work up to a moderate load on the complex.

Performance: Power Snatch 2 Rep Max
Stay on the bar. You do not need to fully recover (stand up) the 1st rep, but it must be a clear rep before dropping the bar back to the hips. Practice the jump/catch recovery during warm up sets. Focus on keeping a tight upper back, sending the knees back off the floor, and staying over the bar long enough to get into an effective power position for the second pull. 

Post loads to comments.
e5/6
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3 Rounds for Time:
20 Wall Balls 20/14, 14/9
20 Chest to Bar Pull Ups 

Post time and Rx to comments.

Dr. Fidler at the Rockaways last Friday, post-hurricane swell

"Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord": A Poem by Dr. Mike Cutaia                  

*Psalm 100 

Written on August 15, 2014

It's hard to know where the titles come from.
Out of nowhere. Or, from somewhere
long forgotten. This one appeared during a hard session
of volume work, grunting through some back squats
like a sweaty warthog having a bad day. Emerging
from some childhood recess in my brain,
triggered by who knows what (?), I recall
this title of a hymn, sung by an eight year old
practitioner of prayer, standing lonely and alone
amidst the loud congregation members
petitioning urgently to their Lord.
This was the Scottish Presbyterian church
where I was sent to “to get some structure”
for my life. My parents didn’t go. Just me--
a little chubby Italian elephant, out of place,
and hiding at the feet of the loud sonorous
indifferent adults in this house of righteous song,
along with my barely perceptible squeaks
of chorus. But, now I realize
what a gift they gave me. To accept all of
my bodily music. How special is this corporeal feat
of motion and sound in the gym. Not a PR,
but something just as good. As Walt Whitman
would say, I’m celebrating myself today.
I’m in the church of the body.

Join the 2014 Fight Gone Bad Fun! 

There are still some spots left for Fight Gone Bad. Read more here, sign up here

We are open for any and all donations for prizes. If you own or work at a business that wants to provide some sort of prize (no matter how small!) for our top performers (for the WOD and fundraising) please email David [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com. 

Since 2008, CrossFit South Brooklyn has conducted a yearly fundraiser in the form of a workout called Fight Gone Bad. Last year, we raised over $40,000 for the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. This year, we'll be partnering with BCF again and hope to surpass last year's donation numbers. Last year we had 180 members participating and this year, we’re capping it at 200. 

What are you waiting for?

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Wednesday
Sep032014

Back Squat | WOD 9.3.14

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Add 5 pounds to last exposure. 
e8/12 

Performance: 1 x 20
Add 5-15 pounds to last exposure.
BSQ e5/6 

Post loads to comments.
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5 Rounds for Time of:
5 Deadlifts, 275/185
10 Burpees

Deadlift should be heavy-ish (about 65-80% of max effort) and unbroken. As always, prioritize your ability to maintain a neutral back. This workout appeared in the 2008 CrossFit Games with top times being just over 2:00, check it out!

Post time and Rx to comments.

CFSBK Badass Katie Harpz deep sea fishing in Florida last weekend!

News and Notes

  • We are open for any and all donations for prizes for Fight Gone Bad 2014. If you own or work at a business that wants to provide some sort of prize (no matter how small!) for our top performers (for the WOD and fundraising) please email David [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com. 
  • Fleisher's Pastured-Raised Meats is hosting a field trip to be a part of a pig slaughter and all-day class. Travel up to the Hudson Valley for a once in a lifetime way to experience our local food system in action. Learn more here!
  • Megan D.’s friend is having a couple local art events to celebrate the launch of a new venture called Fiercely Made. There is a print show on September 12 from 5-7pm, at 453 Court Street. The launch party is September 19 from 6-10pm at 303 Bond Street, where they’ll be filling 3,500 sq ft with surf boards, bikes, knives, art, and wood wood wood!

Community Announcements

  • Sadly, a few of our members have moved or are moving soonJosh L. moved to Austin, TX. Mark H. moved to Phoenix, AZ. Nick and Juno D. are moving to Portland. CFSBK Front Desk superstar Jess M. and her fiance Brett F. are leaving for Seattle today. We will miss all of you!
  • CFSBKer Joey B. got married on Sunday! Congrats!
  • CFSBKers Sarah M. and Johanna N. also got married on Sunday! Congrats, you two!

Starting Strength Seminar with Mark Rippetoe

From October 10-12, 2014, CFSBK will be hosting Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength Seminar (SSS). The SSS teaches the methods of basic barbell training detailed in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training. This method deconstructs the five basic barbell exercises down to their elements in skeletal and muscular anatomy, and then derives a system for performing and coaching them based on the biomechanics of the loaded human body moving in a gravitational framework.

This is a great seminar for anyone who either wants to develop their coaching skill set or just learn everything about the Starting Strength method directly from Rippetoe himself. Participants have the option of taking the seminar and being evaluated as a coach, or taking it simply as a lifter looking to deepen their understanding of what it takes to be strong.

Learn more here, and sign up here.

Also, the gym will be closed that weekend. When the date gets closer, we'll provide more info about alternative activities. 

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Tuesday
Sep022014

Rest Day

Lauren B. during a hike at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, hitting a handstand PR of 8 seconds

News and Notes

PSYCH! You Still Have Time to Join the FGB Madness! 

There are still some spots left for Fight Gone Bad, so we've extended the deadline to register. Read more here, sign up here

Since 2008, CrossFit South Brooklyn has conducted a yearly fundraiser in the form of a workout called Fight Gone Bad. Last year, we raised over $40,000 for the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. This year, we'll be partnering with BCF again and hope to surpass last year's donation numbers. Last year we had 180 members participating and this year, we’re capping it at 200. 

What are you waiting for?

QOD: Did you sign up for Fight Gone Bad 2014? If you've competed in a previous FGB, tell us about your experience!

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Monday
Sep012014

Bench Press | WOD 9.1.14

Fitness: 5-5-5
Work up to a heavy 5 rep set in three attempts (5-7 TOTAL sets). 

Performance: 1-1-1
Do 4-5 warm up sets, then establish a new 1 Rep Max in three attempts. 

Post loads to comments.

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4 Rounds, 3 minutes each:
270m Run
Max Pull Ups or Muscle Ups
Rest 2 minutes between rounds. Run a hard 270 and score number of pull ups or muscle ups per round.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Rob U., Karl H., and KH want to wish you a happy Labor Day!

Modified Labor Day Schedule

We are observing a modified class schedule today:

8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
12:00pm 

4:30pm
5:30pm
6:30pm

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It's also a great excuse to begin drinking early. 

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR FIGHT GONE BAD!

Read more here, sign up here. Sign up by midnight tonight!

Since 2008, CrossFit South Brooklyn has conducted a yearly fundraiser in the form of a workout called Fight Gone Bad. Last year, we raised over $40,000 for the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. This year, we'll be partnering with BCF again and hope to surpass last year's donation numbers. Last year we had 180 members participating and this year, we’re capping it at 200. 

What are you waiting for?

Enjoy the sunshine, CFSBK, and thanks to our coaches and Front Desk staff who are laboring on Labor Day!

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