Rest Day

Jay-Star takes this holiday season to a whole new level

News and Notes 

  • There's still time to sign up for Flex and the City! The event is on February 14th and teams are comprised of two men and two women. There are three events. Learn more here and contact Coach MeLo at Melissa [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com with any questions. 
  • Sam P. is biking across Florida in just 12 days with an organization very near and dear to her heart: Bike and Build, which helps to raise money and awareness for US affordable housing initiatives. She is 22% of her way toward raising her $300 goal and if you have any spare dollars floating around, she would be super grateful for the support! Donate here, and hit her up at s.goldman.peltz [at] gmail.com with any questions!
  • Coach Arturo's client Anna L. wants to share a quick video about how to dance, and she wants you to share your moves. Share your best video clips and pictures using #PureWowParty. (Jay-Star, we’re looking at you.)

Jake L. Reports Back on the 2014 American Open Championships 

My first national meet. I made it...now it's time to go and put up a total!

My initial plan was to open my snatch with 130kg (286#). However, after watching numerous people on Saturday bomb out, I decided to be a bit humble and open with something I knew 100% I'd be able to hit.  

Sunday morning and its 4:30am. I wake up for a brief couple of seconds in my strange hotel room bed and think to myself, What the fuck am I doing, why am I in DC stressing out about a weightlifting meet? I tell myself to STFU and go back sleep. The alarm goes off at 6am. I order a smoothie and bagel from room service, pound some creatine mixed with water and c4 immediately. It’s time to weigh in... 

I get my stuff together and bleary-eyed, walk downstairs to the hall outside of the weigh-in area. I was the first one to weigh in and declare my opening weights. I chose to open with 127kg (279#) on the snatch and 160kg (352#) on the clean and jerk. Both weights I was sure I'd be able to hit.  

Get some iced coffee with two shots of espresso and slurp it down while sitting in the warm up area alone at 730am. Bars and weights were strewn about from the night’s session before, all of them looking very heavy and immovable. The caffeine begins to take effect, my heart begins to thump a bit harder and finally my body and mind begin to awake. 

8:15am and the warm-up area is bustling with anxious lifters and busy coaches. Everyone eager to get their hands on a bar and begin the warm-up process. I drink another scoop of C4 and I am AMPED. 8:20am, I pick up the bar and finally begin to do some bar work. The competition has begun. 

My snatches felt amazing during the warm-ups. I felt fast and strong, all the lifts were crisp and solid. 

132, 176, 198, 220, 242, 253, 264, 275. No misses, everything on point. Adrenaline flowing, but my nerves are pretty steady. I am confident with my opener and don’t feel much pressure. My name is called and I walk out on the platform. Grip the bar, set my back, and pull like a motherfucker. CRUSH the opener. But… as I'm walking off the platform I see two red lights... WTF?? I’m confused. I realize I had failed to fully straighten my right foot and my feet were not perfectly parallel. Very sloppy mistake! No lift... SHIT.  

The weight had felt so good that I decide to go up to 286 anyway on my second attempt. Walked out and took it for granted and wasn’t aggressive enough in the finish... dumped in forward. UH OH. I’m one miss away from bombing out of the meet. NOT a good position to be in. I retook 286. This time I made sure I was pulling it as if it was 400 pounds. Smashed it.  Good lift!!! I’m on the board, THANK God. I really felt as if I had the potential to snatch 300+, but sometimes the game plan changes and getting on the board is more important than being a hero. 

Pressure is off... now it’s time put up some big weight on the clean and jerks.

One of my favorite things about competitions is how much faster I feel. It’s as if my body moves at three times its normal speed. My jerks during the warm up were faster and crisper than I had ever felt. So ready to get out there and lift. 

220, 264, 297, 319, 341. No misses, each lift feeling better than the last. Walked out for my opener at 160kg (352#) and nailed it. Second lift, 165kg (363#), only four lbs under my PR, and crushed it. This was the single best lift I've ever executed. The jerk felt almost perfect. I was very confident I would hit my third and final attempt at 170kg (374#). This would be a PR. I caught the clean a bit forward and it was a real grind standing it up. Missed the jerk. No worries though! 295Kg total. I’ll take it! 

It was an amazing experience getting to compete on such a big stage amongst so many other great lifters. I wound up coming in 12th place. 

Huge thank you to Todd for helping me back stage, coaching me, and giving me encouragement. It was very comforting to have him there and I think it really contributed to how at ease I felt. It was just like OG!! Also a huge thank you to Lauren for making it out to cheer me on as well. 

Time to let the joints rest up a bit, and do some CROSSFITTING for a little bit. :)

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Bench Press | Deadlift | WOD 12.15.2014

Bench Press

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Add 2.5 - 5 pounds to last week. 
Performance: Work up to a Heavy Single (80-90% of 1RM), then Max Reps at 65% of 1RM (capped at 20)


Fitness and Performance1 x 5
Add 5 - 15 lbs to last week ONLY IF ALL YOUR REPS WENT WELL. No loss of spinal position. No touch and go.

Post loads to comments.

For time:
30 Dumbbell Power Snatches, alternating arms
30 Burpees
30 Dumbbell Power Snatches, alternating arms

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

Our strong Tough Titsday ladies from July 2013!

  • Come party with lululemon Brooklyn at 166 Smith Street! The store is having a party this Thursday, Dec. 18th, with local vendors and artists and complimentary food/booze. They would love any and all CFSBKers to come hang. The party goes from 8:30-10:30 but might run a little over. RSVP and get more details here!
  • Happy birthday, Grace R.!

Announcing CrossFit South Brooklyn’s Women’s Powerlifting Competition

The Iron Maidens Raw Open
February 28, 2015, 10AM-5PM
Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift

You are invited to test your one rep maxes in a rare, women’s only environment of badassery. Compete for awesome prizes and cheer on female feats of strength. This meet is open to all women; you do not need to be a member of CFSBK to compete. We only have space for 50 participants, so sign up soon!

Prizes will be awarded to the women with the top three Totals in each weight class. Beer will be awarded to all. 

(We encourage novice to advanced lifters to participate, but strongly advise that you have at least several months of consistent training under your belt.) 


Entry Fee: $50 for non-SBK members; $40 for SBK members.
Includes: Eligibility for prizes, a t-shirt, pre-meet rules/movement clinic, beer 

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2015

Pre-Meet Rules/Movement Clinic: February 15, 2015, 2:30PM, at CFSBK (optional) 

Get the meet rules here

Weight classes: Pixies (125lbs and under); Ladies (140lbs and under); Dames (155lbs and under); Broads (Over 155lbs)


REGISTRATION NOTE: Members who log in should see the $40 registration option. Members can also stop by the front desk to sign up with the discounted rate.


10AM-1PM: Pixies and Ladies
2PM-5PM: Broads and Dames
Weigh-in and check-in: 8:30-9:30AM; 11:30-12:30PM 

Questions: Contact Margie Lempert, Meet Director, margielempert [at] gmail.com.

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Fierce CFSBK females: Have you signed up for The Iron Maidens Raw Open? 


Power Snatch | WOD 12.14.14

Fitness: 5 x 3 Linear Progression
Bail each rep and reset within a few seconds. Try and go a bit heavier than last week. 

Performance: Work up to a top set of 5 on a Touch and Go Power Snatch
You can pause at the hang but not at the floor. Must be touch and go. Try and go a bit heavier than last week. 

Post loads to comments.

AMRAP 5 Minutes:
15 Wall Balls
30 Double Unders 

Rest 1 Minute

AMRAP 5 Minutes:
10 Box Jumps
20 AbMat Sit Ups 

Rest 1 Minute

AMRAP 5 Minutes:
Max Meters Rowed

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

Coach Arturo demonstrates a solid power snatch catch position. Note his balance and how his weight stays over his whole foot in the quarter squat position. His shoulders are back and engaged. From here, he could easily descend into a solid overhead squat.

Help Others This Holiday Season 

New York Cares Coat Drive (12/6 - 12/21)
Give the gift of warmth this holiday season. CFSBK is collecting new and gently used winter coats to help keep those in need warm during the winter season. New York Cares aims to collect 100,000 gently used winter coats each November and December and distributes them to thousands of men, women, and children who would otherwise go without them. They work hand-in-hand with a wide variety of Community Partners in New York City to make sure coats are distributed as quickly as possible. Coats will be collected at the front desk from 12/6 - 12/21. We are only collecting coats at this time. 

City Harvest Canned Food Drive (12/22 - 1/4)
From 12/22 - 1/4 CFSBK will be collecting canned foods to help stock NYC's food pantries and soup kitchens. City Harvest helps feed the more than 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. They provide free deliveries of food to more than 500 emergency food programs throughout New York City. The most needed foods are canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned proteins (like fish and chicken), and peanut butter (plastic jars).

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Back Squat | WOD 12.13.14

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Performance: Work up to a Heavy Single (80-90% of 1RM), then Max Reps at 57.5% of 1RM (capped at 20). 

Post loads to comments.

5 Rounds Not for Time:
5 Dumbbell Bench Presses, as heavy as possible
5 Chin Ups (add weight or add a pause at the top if chins are easy for you)
5ea Dumbbell Reverse Lunges, as heavy as possible

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Good luck to Jake L. and Oly lifting coach Frankie Murray, who are competing in the 2014 American Open Championships in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow. Jake is opening his snatch at 286#, and will aim to hit 303#, and his clean and jerk at 356#, goal of 374#. Coach Frank is opening his snatch at 140-145kg, and will aim to hit 150+kg, and his clean and jerk at 175-180kg, goal of 185+kg. Get after it! We're cheering for you!

Have You Heard about Coach Frank's Olympic Lifting Program?

What: An 8-week Olympic lifting cycle meeting twice a week with Coach Frank Murray and/or Heather Farmer in addition to 2 Open Gym or group class per week.
When: Then next cycle will start in late December or early January
Price: $300 per 4 weeks, first bill due at sign-up and second bill charged automatically to the card on-file 4 weeks later. 

The cycle wraps up with an Olympic Weightlifting Total.

Coached by Frank Murray, "participants can expect to build a strong foundation focused around proper technique, mobility, and attention to individual weak points. Building this foundation will not only help lead to higher lifts, but also set the base for continued and consistent progress. Moreover, by developing proper technique, mobility, and focusing on weak points, participants will become more confident, less prone to injury, and more consistent lifters. All of this giving you the tools for a longer, healthier, stronger career with the Olympic lifts." —Next Level Weightlifting

A typical day* consists of: 

Weak lift
Opposing lift

*Each athlete may have different exercises depending on their individual needs. 

Frank has competed in weightlifting for over seven years. During that time, he has medaled at five separate National Championships, most recently a Silver at last year's Nationals. His all-time best lifts in competition include a 151kg (333lb) Snatch and a 182kg (400lb) Clean and Jerk at a body weight under 200lbs. He has worked with many athletes, from multiple CrossFits, including: CF Garden City, CF Queens, CF Great Neck, CF 516, CF King of Island Park, RADD CF, CF Greenpoint, CF Manhasset, CF L.I.C, among others. 

Coached by Arthur Drechsler, former world record holder, chairman of the board of USAWeightlifting, and author of The Weightlifting Encyclopedia, Frank has learned from the many years of experience that Artie has had over his coaching career.

  • Happy birthday, Chris L.

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Rest Day

Great advice from Charles M., who joined CFSBK in October of 2013. Soon after joining, Charles became intrigued by all those strong people on the platforms, who seemed to lift weights for about 30-40 seconds, and then joked and laughed between sets. Charles explored Mark Rippetoe’s books at the suggestion of David C. (to Charles’ right in the above photo) and he signed up for Strength Cycle in March 2014. He was amazed at the power of the linear progression, and quickly got hooked.

His first class included Charles’ two sons (Jeffrey and Steven) and David's wife Rebecca. Charles also told his daughter Janice about CrossFit, and she signed up for a Foundation class at CrossFit Jerusalem in Israel, where she lives. Charles' other son Richie does CrossFit in a box near their home (Coney Island CrossFit) and Janice continues to workout in Israel. Jeffrey is traveling abroad and Steven is playing for his high school basketball team (leaving them little time to do a cycle)—but they’re one big, strong CrossFit family (see a family photo here)!


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Power Clean | WOD 12.11.14

Fitness: 5 x 3 Linear Progression
Start light. Bail each rep and reset within a few seconds. Try to go heavier than last week.

Performance: Work up to a top set of 5 on a Touch and Go Power Clean
Work on resetting hook grip on the descent. You can pause at the hang but not at the floor. Must be touch and go. Try and go heavier than last week. 

Post loads to comments.

AMRAP in 10 Minutes:
30 Russian Kettlebell Swings 72/53
10 Shoulder to Overhead 135/95

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

CFSBK Pilates Maven with a perfect push-up start position. Speaking of Pilates...

Check out these additional programs we offer at CFSBK, if you haven't already!

Pilates with KH (a.k.a. Cage)

Have you ever been told by a coach or PT that you have a weak core? Are you not sure what "keep your ribcage down" means? Do you suffer from a tweaky lower back after lifting heavy weights? Help is on the way! The Pilates Method can be great "accessory work" for a Crossfitter, not only because it improves flexibility and strengthens the abdominal and back muscles, but mainly because it can help you figure out HOW to use these muscles properly. Come join Kristin Hoesl (KH) in CFSBK's first ever weekly Pilates class. We'll go over neutral pelvis, engaging the transversus abdominis (say WHAT?), stabilizing the rib cage, and finding good shoulder girdle positioning. So if any of this sounds intriguing to you, come drop in on!

Schedule: Tuesday nights at 7:30pm upstairs in the CFSBK Annex
Price and online registration links:
1 Time Drop In: $20
5 Class Punch Card: $85

Learn more about KH in our interview with her, called "'Mad Abs, Yo!' How Pilates Complements CrossFit, and Getting to Know Kristin H."

Yoga for Athletes with Coach Whitney 

Do you consider yourself too inflexible or inexperienced to try yoga because you're not one of those "naturally" bendy-kinda-people? Are your tight shoulders keeping you from finding a good overhead squat position? Are your hips and hamstrings begging for a bit of attention? Do you sit in a chair for long period of time? You get where this is going...

These ongoing Yoga for Athletes classes, designed and taught with the CrossFitter in mind, will allow you to start exactly where you are and build a foundation that supports your WODs, weightlifting, and overall quality of life. We'll learn and practice basic postures, focusing on the alignment and action of the body. Through a variety of standing, seated, kneeling, prone/supine poses, and even some inversions, the whole body will be stretched, moved, challenged, and restored. With consistent yoga practice over time, you can expect to increase your balance, improve coordination, develop more range of motion, create control of your breath, and calm the mind.

Schedule: Thursdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays at 10:00AM 
Price and online registration links:  
Drop-In: $20 Purchase Here              
5-Class Card: $85 ($17/class) Purchase Here

Learn more about Coach Whit in our interview "On Being An Athlete Who Doesn't Eat Meat."

Active Recovery

This class is designed to give your muscles and mind a rest. For an hour you'll be guided through a combination of soft tissue work, mobility techniques, and general restorative movement. Perfect as a rest day for the heavy hitters or as a light days work for beginners and those of us somewhere in the middle. This class is also great for non-CrossFitters who could use a little soft tissue love.  

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Saturdays at 11am and 12pm
Sundays at 11:00am
Contract members may use AR as one of their weekly classes. Otherwise there is a $15 drop-in rate.

To learn even more about Active Recovery, check out our article "Active Recovery at CFSBK."

  • Happy birthday, Thomas A.

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Have you taken one or more of our additional classes at CFSBK? If so, post thoughts and recommendations below!


Front Squat | WOD 12.10.14

Fitness: 3 x 3 Linear Progression
Add 5-10 pounds to last week. 

Performance: Work up to a Heavy Single (80-90% of 1RM), then Max Reps at 57.5% of 1RM (capped at 20) 

Post loads to comments.

Partner WOD
5 Rounds Each of:
20/15 Calorie Row
15 Burpees to a plate
Aim for 80-90% effort on each round and consistent times for each. 

Post time to comments.

Sit-ups, jumping rope, and squats. Fitness cascade!

News and Notes 

  • Have you heard about the New York Cares Coat Drive? CFSBK is collecting new and gently used winter coats to help keep those in need warm during the winter season. Coats (and only coats!) will be collected at the front desk from 12/6 - 12/21. 
  • We are also collected canned foods as part of City Harvest's Canned Food Drive. The most needed foods are canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned proteins (like fish and chicken), and peanut butter (plastic jars).
  • Have you checked out all the new Lost and Found items yet? Head over here to check out the latest collection. Pick up your stuff by 12/18 or we're giving it away.

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