Front Squat

L1 5x5 Sets Across/L2 Max Effort

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Compare to (5x1) 7.26.09 and (5x5) 7.9.09

3 Rounds NFT:

8 Goblet Squats (Tempo: 3-2-1)
16 PVC Sit-ups
:30s Side Plank (each Side)

Steph represents in Jersey

Thank you to Team SBK for all their hard work leading up to and through this weekend's Winter Challenge!

More old-time strength training articles than you can shake a stick at
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WOD 12.13.09

5 Rounds of:
Max Double Unders, 1 Minute
Body Weight Dead Hang, 1 Minute

will have :15 seconds to transition between movements.  Coming off the
bar constitutes a "foul". Every :10 off the bar
after coming down is an additional foul. Can you break 350 Double Unders and no Fouls?

Post reps, fouls and bar thickness to comments.

Assistance Work
Push-Ups or Ring Push-Ups 3x10
Weight the push-up so that 10 reps are difficult but attainable.

John MD

Happy Birthday, Min S.!

In order to clear up some space at the Lyceum, is anyone available this Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon to bring some stuff into the new facility? We would ideally bring in 2 GHDs, the Versa Climber and  some crates.  Please post to comments if you're available and have access to a truck/van

Change of Training Environment
An often overlooked training variable is the environment in which you workout.  Factors like altitude, humidity and temperature can affect how you train and should be accounted for in your planning.  As we shift into the colder months make sure to keep these things in mind:

Extended Warm-Ups
When you get to the gym, the first thing you should do is begin increasing your body temperature.  Concept 2 rowing is the ideal method but jumping rope or some simple calisthenics work well too.  Connective tissue at colder temperatures is more prone to injury so be sure to warm-up on your own even before we start class.  Whether we're lifting or doing conditioning, please be sure to extend your warm-up sets and movemnnt prep before WODS. This becomes especially important for older, injured, and novice athletes.

Proper Attire
Dressing in layers will be the best way to retain body heat and stay warm.  Consider wearing a light, sweat-wicking base layer under your outer clothing and a beanie.  If you think you'll sweat a lot during the workout, you might also want to bring an extra top so that you don't walk home in wet clothing.

Stay in Motion
If you feel yourself getting cold, perhaps waiting for your next set, try to stay moving with some DROMS or even some light rope skipping.

How does your body respond to cold-weather training? What strategies have you employed to stay warm?
CrossFit Antarctica Invisible Fran



L1 5x3 Sets Across/L2 Max Effort

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compare to 12.7.09

3 Rounds NFT:
20 Kettlebell or Dumbbell Swings
:15 Elevated Samson Stretch, each leg
10 Toes to Bars or Knees to Elbows

Have a Fantastic Birthday, Coach Fox

Hoboken athletes, please keep us updated with your progress!

Today and tomorrow's classes are at 8am, 9am and 10am


Rest Day

J Bails
Jessica B has an introspective moment mid-Deadlift

One last hurrah for team South Brooklyn!
Coach Chris F, Coach Nick P, Joe W, Anne W, Stephanie P, Tamson W, Jess F, Paul S, Sarah H, Charlotte K, Scott L and Dan R with media.

Reminder that our weekend classes this week and next are at 8am, 9am and 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.

The South Brooklyn staff would like to thank all our members for their patience and support while we slowly transition out of our current location.  Thank you for bearing with us through all the scheduling, spacial and logistic challenges we've endured.  Greener... drier, warmer pastures await us all.

Competing in CrossFit and Strategies to Win Dutch Lowy


"The Dumbbell Bear"

Perform the following complex every minute, on the minute, for 20 minutes
5 Dumbbell Deadlifts
5 Dumbbell Hang Power Cleans
5 Dumbbell Thrusters

load and rounds completed as rx'd (within the minute) to comments. If you fell behind the clock, indicate how far you got and how many rounds you were able to complete in the remaining time.
compare to 10.7.09

is 45% bodyweight for advanced athletes.  This version of "The Bear"
was made popular by coach Mike Rutherford. If you are able to complete
all the rounds,  first start scaling up until you can do the weight as
rx'd, then begin to add one rep to the circuit.  7 reps of the complex
for 20 rounds as rx'd is the gold standard.

Accessory Work
OH DB Sit-Ups 3x10
DIY Foam Roll

Anne CleanAnne Jerk
Anne W practices her Jerk Technique for Hoboken

Evening Classes will be meeting downstairs today.

The Jump Ropes have been ordered! Stay tuned for pick-up when they arrive.
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all sets taken from the floor


Prone Y's
3 Rounds NFT of:
5 Broad Jumps
10 Pulls on the Erg
15 Sit-ups


Chincy wants nothing more than for you to learn some anatomy... and maybe a scarf.

Coach Nick
gives our athletes competing this weekend a primer on Rowing a 1500m

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Rowing a 1500m


The milestones for the 1500m piece are going to be slightly different from those during a 2000m test, but still in the same vein. Start your piece as we've discussed in the past: first stroke at three-quarter slide, second at half-slide, third at slightly longer than three-quarter slide. (We will practice this before Saturday.) Attack the next 10-15 strokes aggressively - you will not suffer from going extra hard here in the long term, and it's a great way to deal with nerves. But as soon a you finish that last aggressive stroke, settle down IMMEDIATELY into your pace and rhythm for the rest of the piece. It will feel too easy, but don't be fooled. It's very important to get into your groove early on. Focus on breathing, length, and relaxation.

I suggest throwing in a few 10s and maybe a 20 into your piece. By this I mean 10- or 20-stroke segments during the piece to focus on something. That "something" can be whatever works for you: sitting up tall, length, breathing, aggressiveness, loose shoulders, etc. Typically in a 2000m piece you'd do a 10 at about 500m into the piece, a 20 at about 1000m, and another 10 at about 500m to go. There are alternatives, such as 10 at 400m, 10 at 900m, etc. But the principle holds: marking milestones in the piece in a way that helps carry you through mentally.

For Saturday, I suggest marking similar milestones, with some adjustments. I think I'll do the following:

Start: three start strokes; 10 sprint strokes at about 40 SPM (strokes per minute)

450m: "power 10" with focus on rhythm and relaxation

800m: power 20

1,100m: tighten screws, i.e., try to pick up the pace about 1 or 2 sec. per 500m

1,250m: hang on

Ah, now there's the interesting part: "hang on." Ordinarily I'd say, "throw in the kitchen sink," "go blind," "even if you don't believe in God, now's when you see Him," etc. But on Saturday we will have exhausted ourselves on the ring dips/squats and clean-and-jerk/burpees. And not just in our lungs. We are going to be muscularly fatigued in a big way. So it's doubtful that, when we punch the gas near the end of the piece, anything will really happen. Heck, we may even have trouble with those aggressive first 10-15 strokes. Hence, "hang on" for those last 250m (25-35 strokes).

In a similar vein, because of that fatigue from the previous workouts, do not expect to be able to maintain a faster pace on Saturday's 1500 than you would on a 2K when you're fresh. In other words, if you know you can pull 8:00 for 2000m (i.e., 2:00/500m pace) when you're fresh, shoot for 6:00 (also 2:00/500m pace) on Saturday. In fact, I think I'll go slightly slower at first and then start negative splitting at about 600m into it, if I can.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Coach Nick