Thursday
Dec112014

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.
e2/6
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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.  

Schedule:
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Saturdays at 11am and 12pm
Sundays at 11:00am
Price:
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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The Year of the Thruster CrossFit
5th Grader Attempts Planking World Record AOL 
Best Ski Line of 2014: Cody Townsend's Epic Chute

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

Wednesday
Dec102014

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.
e2/6
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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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Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond Matt Foreman
In CrossFit or Olympic Lifting, Lauren Fisher is a Powerful Presence ESPN
On Self-Respect Joan Didion 
Misnomers VSauce 

Tuesday
Dec092014

Rest Day

Want to create more compression with a lacrosse ball under your upper back? Grab a sandbag and bridge your hips to get at deeper tissue. Here is Lauren S. doing exactly that!

Want to Flex in the City?

There is a Flex in the City Team Event coming up at the 69th Regiment Armory (E 25th and Lexington) on Saturday, February 14th and we'd like to send some teams to compete and represent CFSBK!

Teams are comprised of two men and two women and there are three events:

1) Max Effort
2) Metcon Ladder
3) "The Rig" 

Registration cost is $100 per person ($400 per team). There are scaled and RX divisions. Full event details can be found here.

If you are interested in participating, can commit to competing on January 31st, and would like to be placed on a CFSBK team, please fill out this form by Sunday, December 14: Flex in the City Team Event. If you have any questions, please email Coach MeLo: Melissa [at] CrossfitSouthBrooklyn.com.

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A Short Film about a 90 Year Old Athlete Aeon 
Crickets as the Perfect Protein, Nutrition Trend Men’s Health
2014: The Year in Photos, January – April The Atlantic

Monday
Dec082014

Bench Press | Deadlift | WOD 12.8.14

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 57.5% of 1RM (capped at 20)
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Deadlift 

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.
e2/6
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AMRAP 4 Minutes:
8 Deadlifts 135/95
8 Hang Power Cleans
8 Push Jerks 135/95

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

Congrats to all our C.R.A.S.H.-B.ers who completed their 6K on Saturday! 

  • 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!

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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Where Am I? Radiolab
Stop Treating Crossfit Like a High-Intensity Sport Juggernaut 

Sunday
Dec072014

Power Snatch | WOD 12.7.14

Fitness: 5 x 3 Linear Progression
Start light. Bail each rep and reset within a few seconds.

Performance: Work up to a top set of 5 on a Touch and Go Power Snatch
Start light  (around 50% for first work set) and work on resetting hook grip on the descent. You can pause at the hang but not at the floor. Must be touch and go. 

Post loads to comments.
e1/6
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5 Rounds For Time:
400m Run
15 Toes to Bar

Post time and Rx to comments.

Congrats to our CFSBKers who crushed CrossFit Hoboken: Winter Challenge 7.0 yesterday!

News and Notes 

  • Tim J. works for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), and wants to pas along this article from ABCNews: "LGBT Baby Boomers Face Tough Retirement Hurdles." This issue is near and dear to him, and he's always looking for volunteers! People contact Tim at the gym or at tjohnston [at] sageusa.org.
  • Happy birthday, Jared D. and Megan W.!

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Run to Stay Young New York Times

Saturday
Dec062014

Back Squat | WOD 12.6.14

Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression

Performance: Work up to a Heavy Single (80-90% of 1RM), then Max Reps at 50% of 1RM (capped at 20). 

Post loads to comments.
e1/6
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For time:
100 Russian Kettlebell Swings 

Every Minute on the Minute:
5 Burpees 

At the call of "go" and then at the top of each minute, perform 5 burpees before moving directly to the kettlebell. This workout is capped at 10 minutes.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Do you forget what our schedule is sometimes? (We're talking to you people who show up for the mythical 9am class!) Check out these new Group Class Schedule and Price lists available at the Front Desk. Pick one up and put it on your fridge!

News and Notes

  • Good luck to all our CFSBKers competing in the CrossFit Hoboken: Winter Challenge 7.0 today! Coaches Ro, McD, MeLo, JB, Jess, Fox, and Noah are competing, as well as Jason M., Zachariah H., K HarpZ, and Alex B. See the workouts here!
  • We're hosting a complimentary handstand clinic followed by a short WOD today from 3:30-4:30pm followed by drinks courtesy of our friends at lululemon athletica in Brooklyn. The beer social afterwards will be held one block over at our new neighbors Threes Brewing. If you're interested, please RSVP to brooklyn-store (at) lululemon.com as space is limited for the class. If you don't make it into the class or can't make it, folks are still welcome over for some drinks afterwards.

Low Bar Versus High Bar Back Squats

By David Osorio

As you have probably noticed, we have not been specifying which version of back squats we want people performing in each cycle, and are leaving it up to you. As CrossFitters, we would ideally be well-rounded and should have some capacity in each version. If one version is particularly challenging for you and you've been unable to make progress with your positions in the lift, then you can choose the version which seems to be working better for you.

Low bar back squats can be better for people with knee issues, people who want to lift more weight relative to a high bar squat, and folks with tight ankles and good shoulder mobility. The low bar squat biases the muscles of your posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors, etc.) more effectively and is our general go-to squat when starting people out.

The high bar back squat can be better for people with good ankle mobility but perhaps not great shoulder mobility. It's also a bit easier to learn since it is essentially a weighted version of air squats which we all are used to doing. This version biases the quadraceps relative to the low bar version and uses a more upright posture.

Both versions are effective, both versions will contribute to overall strength development, and we don't recommend avoiding one completely out of personal bias. For your average CrossFitter, gaining some competency in each version can make you more well-rounded and allow you to include two different types of stimuli in your squat training. I don't care what the internet says—they will both provide positive strength transference to all your non-squatting activities, especially for CrossFitters.

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The 'Heartbeat' of the Sun The Atlantic
In Defense of the Middle Aged Suburban CrossFitter Be Well Philly

"Für Elise" Done in Black MIDI 620,000 note remix

Friday
Dec052014

Rest Day

Summer time CFSBK, "Murph" 2014

Handstand Clinic, WOD, and Beer Social, Courtesy of lululemon in Brooklyn

This Saturday (tomorrow!) CFSBK is hosting a complimentary handstand clinic followed by a short WOD from3:30-4:30pm followed by drinks courtesy of our friends at lululemon athletica in Brooklyn. The beer social afterwards will be held one block over at our new neighbors Threes Brewing. If you're interested, please RSVP to brooklyn-store (at) lululemon.com as space is limited for the class. If you don't make it into the class or can't make it, folks are still welcome over for some drinks afterwards.

Stretching the Space-Time Continuum, or, How to Get the Most Out of One Hour at CFSBK 

By Noah Abbott 

Fresh out of Foundations, the world of Crossfit and CFSBK can seem a bit overwhelming, full of jargon, percentages, and acronyms only a government employee could love (“This is an AMRAP WOD of T2B and DUs!!!”). While things can seem to move pretty fast, there are some specific strategies and considerations that will make your daily hour of fitness better spent. Equally important, it will make for a more pleasant experience for your fellow members, and allow your coaches more time to spend doing what they love (yelling “Knees Out”) and less time in an administrative or cat-shepherding function. To be fully awesome, do this: 

Read the Blog
Aside from inspiring/funny pictures of your fellow members and links to Prancercise videos, the CFSBK blog contains some very important information—the daily programming. We take the time to write out the lifts, WODs, and accessory work you will see when you get to the gym, often with some editorial comment, helpful links, or videos related to their execution. Taking a few minutes to review your expected toils will let you plan your approach, think about possible scaling or substitutions, and save everyone time when you get to the gym. Also, make sure to comment, and add your voice to our community. 

Be a Data Geek
Those crates near the whiteboard? The ones filled with notebooks? Those aren’t our 7th grade diaries (although that would be totes funny). They are training logs, and you are encouraged, nay, expected, to keep one. Dutifully logging your numbers will allow you to track progress over time, so you will know when to give yourself pats on the back (assuming you have to mobility to do so, see below.) Further, almost all of our programming is referential in nature—it is based upon work you have done before—whether that’s last weeks squat numbers, a bench press 1RM, or your time and scaling on a benchmark WOD. Even days that seem self-contained—a novel WOD or a lifting day where we “work up to a heavy 5”—can be better understood if you have the context of similar WODs or previous lifts. If you are following the Performance track this is especially important, as much of the programming is percentage based. You will earn the undying love of your rackmates and coaches if you have worked out your percentages before you lift, trust me. 

Be Fashion Forward
Shoes, wraps, belts—somewhere along the line CrossFit evolved from the hobby of sweaty dudes in Chuck Taylors and board shorts into the sport of spandex clad meat robots (props to Kelly Starrett) sporting enough neon colored accessories to make Jem jealous. With some exceptions, good gear can be a true boon to your performance, and as such we at CFSBK encourage members to take advantage of it. That said, at the very least you should have your gear within immediate arms reach when it comes time to use it. Having to dash to your bag to grab your jump rope or switching shoes during lifting time eat into everyone’s time. Part of the blog review mentioned above is to make sure you know what gear you need to bring, and when you will need it. Be prepared. 

Be a Loving Partner
So now you’ve read the blog, prepped you numbers, laid out all your sparkly fitness gear, and its time for *gasp* actual human interaction! The biggest difference between CFSBK and a globo gym is that ours is a communitarian fitness experience, and our conduct at the gym can enhance and embellish the experience of our fellow members. So when paired with someone to lift, introduce yourself, chat for a bit about what you have planned for the next 15 minutes, and then be an active and encouraging partner. Watch your partner’s lifts, offer kind words and feedback, and be ready to lift when it’s your turn. Nothing is worse than waiting around for your bar partner, who has unexpectedly disappeared to go pet a dog. 

Show Up Early, Stay Late
We pack a lot into an hour at CFSBK, but we can’t do everything everyone wants to do within the relatively short time we have allotted. If you are feeling beat up, have specific mobility concerns, or want to practice a specific skill, feel free to come before class, or stay after, to work on your goals. The coaches are always happy to point you in the right direction to get you started. Incorporating Active Recovery class will also give you the tools and know how to address your problem areas. Making sure that you are physically prepared for class will reap immediate performance benefits. Our most successful athletes make sure their are properly warmed up and mobilized before class and make sure to cool down and work on skills afterwards. 

At the very, very least, be on time. Running into a class late is disruptive for other members and the coaches, but more importantly you are gambling your personal safety by coming in cold and underprepared. Remember, we have a five-minute grace period for class attendance. Any member arriving over 5 minutes late will only be permitted at the coach's discretion. If you show up 10 or more minutes late you should start planning your extended warm-up, make a Lego sculpture, or ask your beloved coaches how they like their coffee!

That’s it, kids. Print this list out, tape it to the inside of your eyelids, and I’ll see you at the gym!

  • Happy birthday, LF DOOM and Dr. Mike!
  • Today is the last day to fill out our survey regarding the upcoming CFSBK Kids Club Program!

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