Friday
Dec022016

Rest Day

Photos from the 3rd CFSBK Art Show, like this one of Jenna J.'s work, are up our Flickr account

This Week at CFSBK in Review

1. Time is running out to sign up for tomorrow's Active Life Bulletproof Assesment Workshop! Head over to the event page to register.

2. Row with Coach Nick for a good cause at this weekend's Row New York Jingle Mingle! Details are in Monday's post.

3. The goods from our latest Lost and Found dump can be seen here. If anything belongs to you, please claim it before we donate it to CHIPS!

4. On Tuesday, we filled you in on Jake and Pierre's results from the CrossFit Liftoff competition. We also told you about Sweet Polly, Murat U.'s new restaurant. Click here for the press release!

5. As we update our Coaching Staff page, we'll be posting the new bios to the main blog as a way of reacquainting you with one of the main things that makes CFSBK a special gym: our wonderful, talented coaching staff! We started with Coach Nick.

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5 Underappreciated Benefits of Lifting Weights BarBend
16 Fun Things to Do in New York This December Gothamist

Thursday
Dec012016

Snatch | NFT Work 12.1.16

Snatch Complex

Every other minute on the minute x 15:
Snatch Pull + Mid Hang Snatch + Snatch

Start at about 60% and build from there as appropriate. No press-outs. If you miss a lift, you can attempt in on the next round. If you miss again (either a straight up miss or a technical miss), then take weight off the bar.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 7 of 8

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4 RNFT:
6-12 Wide-Grip Pull-Ups (Use bands as needed, use full ROM)
20-second L-Sit

Use rings, boxes, or paralletes for the L-Sit.

Post work to comments.

The CFSBK Coaching Staff: Nick Peterson

Editor's note: We're in the process of updating the bios on our Coaching Staff page. As we do so, we'll be posting the new bios to the main blog as a way of reacquainting you with one of the main things that makes CFSBK a special gym: our wonderful, talented coaching staff! First up, Coach Nick...

Nick has coached at CFSBK since 2011. Nick fell in love with rowing in 9th grade on the Potomac River, and accrued 13 years of competitive rowing experience, culminating in racing in the men's quadruple sculls at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. For years afterward he worked out as he always had—running, lifting, rowing on the erg, sometimes trying to do handstands—until his wife convinced him to try capoeira, and, later, CrossFit.

Nick found out about CFSBK when he met Coach Margie, and soon thereafter became CFSBK's resident rowing coach. He eventually began coaching CrossFit group classes and training clients one-on-one. Nick still conducts a few rowing workshops a year and has prepared a group of CFSBKers for CRASH-Bs, the preeminent international indoor rowing championship in Boston, every year since 2010. The three-month program mimics the kind of specialized training that elite athletes pursue.

Nick is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and attended Robb's Wolf's Paleo Solution seminar and Kelly Starret's Mobility and Recovery Seminar.

This Saturday: Row New York's Jingle Mingle 

Speaking of Coach Nick, you can (and should!) join him for Row New York's annual Jingle Mingle this coming Saturday, December 3rd. The Jingle Mingle is an erg-a-thon fundraiser for Row New York, which is a great organization that teaches rowing to kids from under-served communities in NYC. They also have tutors and help with SAT prep, among other things.

Here are the details:

  • Location: The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, West 59th Street (entrance is between 59th and 60th Street on Ninth Avenue), in Manhattan
  • Start: Doors open at 9:00 AM
  • 500m Super Sprints: Mixed teams starting at 9:30 AM sharp, followed by the ugly sweater contest at 10:00 AM
  • Main Event: 90-minute relay/ergathon at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

The teams will comprise four to eight people, and they can break up the 90-minute relay however they want. Email Nick if you plan to participate at Nick [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com. He'll review technique with you and coach you at the event.

Row New York has set up a Crowdrise page for us – our team name is No Sleep Till. The goal is to raise $250 per participant. Even if you can't make it to the event, please send the Crowdrise link around to friends and family.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Back Squat | KB Swings, T2Bs
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Digestive System Crash Course

Wednesday
Nov302016

Back Squat | WOD 11.30.17

Back Squat

Fitness
5-5-5

Work up to a heavy 5-rep Back Squat. Aim for heavier than Week 1's heavy 5. The goal is to leave a rep in the tank.

Performance
70% x 1 x 5 Paused (pause for a 3 count at the bottom and maintain tension)

Your Training Max (TM) is used to base the percentages off of. Increase your TM 10 lbs above the previous 3 weeks. If you were above the recommended reps for the rep-out sets, then increase your TM 15-20 lbs.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 7 of 8
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Every minute on the minute x 16:
Even Minutes: 10 Russian Kettelbell Swings
Odd Minutes: 5-10 Toes-to-Bars

The Kettlbell Swings should be on the heavy side but done unbroken each set. Scale the Toes-to-Bars to Hanging Le or KNRs as needed, or to 15 Sit Ups per round. You should ideally have about 30-40 seconds of rest each round. It's ok to use today as a strength biased day if the movements are challenging for you but you should still have at least 15 seconds of transition time between movements.

Post work to comments.

Photos from the 3rd CFSBK Art Show are now up on our Flickr account. Take a gander at art works by our talented members and staff, like this beaut by Saul M., here.

THIS SATURDAY: Active Life Bulletproof Assessment Workshop at CFSBK

CFSBK will be hosting a Bulletproof Assessment Workshop on Saturday, December 3rd from 2:30-6:30pm for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level! This will be an interactive workshop, with a full movement assessment from the Active Life coaching staff. The movement assessment will include a series of strength and mobility assessments, which will identify imbalances and expose weaknesses. 

You will walk away from this workshop with an insight on how flexibility, mobility, strength balance, work to rest ratio, and skill can tie into your training. Knowledge bombs will be dropped! Sign up! It’ll be a blast. The class is capped to 50, so get on it before it fills up! The registration fee is just $49.

Time is running out, so sign up now!

Questions? Contact Coach Katie at Katie [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com Click here to sign up today!

News and Notes

  • The goods from our latest Lost and Found dump can be seen here. If anything belongs to you, please claim it before we wrap it and give it to our families for Christm—we mean, donate it to CHIPS in two weeks.
  • Row with Coach Nick for a good cause at this weekend's Row New York Jingle Mingle! Details are in yesterday's post.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
Born to Move NY Times
215 lb Dumbbell Challenge Super Training

Tuesday
Nov292016

Rest Day

A video posted by Jake (@jleivent) on Nov 4, 2016 at 7:05pm PD


Jake L. and Pierre D. recently competed in the CrossFit Liftoff competition. Jake hit 352 lbs in the Clean and Jerk (see above) and 300 lbs in the Snatch, which placed him 22nd in his weight class. Pierre Clean and Jerked 253 and Snatched 185, placing 99th world wide in the Masters division. Congrats, guys!

Check Out Sweet Polly in Prospect Heights!

Looking for a fun new spot to kick back and relax after a long day? CFSBK member Murat U. is excited to announce the opening of his new cocktail and oyster bar Sweet Polly! This fine establishment is located at 71 6th Avenue, just around the corner from Murat's other business venture, Hungry Ghost. Sweet Polly is generously offering CFSBK members 30% off until the end of November, so get going!

Tweet The Deets

We're totally crushing on all you guys and we love to hear what you're up to. Got something of note going on in your life? Let us know! We want to hear about your promotions, events, art, personal victories, discoveries, media campaigns, and small government coup d'états, or you can just share interesting links. We also always love hearing about any CrossFit/athletic-related goals and accomplishments. Send awesomeness to Josh [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn [dot] com.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Push Press | Row, Thrusters, Burpees

To Stick to a Bedtime, Think of Sleep Like Exercise NY Mag
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Monday
Nov282016

Push Press | WOD 11.28.16

Push Press

Fitness and Performance
5-5-5

Work up to a heavy 5. This is NOT a true max-effort day. The goal is no missed reps and to try and hit a number that feels like you could do another rep or two.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 7 of 8

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For Time:
21-15-9
Calories Rowed
Thrusters 75/55
Burpees

Post time and Rx to comments.

This Saturday: Row New York's Jingle Mingle 

Join Coach Nick for Row New York's annual Jingle Mingle this coming Saturday, December 3rd. The Jingle Mingle is an erg-a-thon fundraiser for Row New York, which is a great organization that teaches rowing to kids from under-served communities in NYC. They also have tutors and help with SAT prep, among other things.

Here are the details:

  • Location: The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, West 59th Street (entrance is between 59th and 60th Street on Ninth Avenue), in Manhattan
  • Start: Doors open at 9:00 AM
  • 500m Super Sprints: Mixed teams starting at 9:30 AM sharp, followed by the ugly sweater contest at 10:00 AM
  • Main Event: 90-minute relay/ergathon at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

The teams will comprise four to eight people, and they can break up the 90-minute relay however they want. Email Nick if you plan to participate at Nick [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com. He'll review technique with you and coach you at the event.

Row New York has set up a Crowdrise page for us – our team name is No Sleep Till. The goal is to raise $250 per participant. Even if you can't make it to the event, please send the Crowdrise link around to friends and family.

News and Notes

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Clean and Jerk metcon
The Overhead Press Starting Strength
The Josephus Problem Numberphile

Sunday
Nov272016

Clean and Jerk | WOD 11.27.16

Clean and Jerk Complex

Power Clean + Power Jerk + Clean:
Take 10 minutes to warm up to work weight for the metcon.

Post work to comments.
Exposure 6 of 8

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For Time:
50 Double-Unders
21 Power Cleans 135/95
50 Double-Unders
21 Jerks
50 Double-Unders
21 Cleans (Full)

Post time and Rx to comments.

Little known fact: this is exactly how George Washington trained for Valley Forge

Schedule Note:
There is no CrossFit Preschol (10am) or CrossFit Kids (11am) classes today. All other classes are on as normally scheduled.

Check out the Rove Foam Roller Kickstarter

A friend of CFSBK recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Rove foam roller. Rove is the first fully functional, truly portable foam roller. It's engineered using only the highest quality materials, and we're recommending it because we think it looks useful and awesome! Rove's creators are almost halfway to their goal with 18 days to go. Let's help them get there! Go to the Kickstarter campaign for more info and to back this project. 

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10 Crazy Impressive Videos of Humans Lifting Humans BarBend
Keeping Children Sedentary for Most of Their Waking Hours Is Causing Harm Washington Post

Saturday
Nov262016

Front Squat | WOD 11.26.16

Front Squat

Fitness
3 x 5

Use 105% of Week 1's heavy 5. If last week was a grind, then make a smaller jump than 5%.

Performance
5/3/1 (1 Week):
75% x 5
85% x 3
95% x 1+

Your Training Max (TM) is used to base the percentages off of. The final set (the 95% set this week) is done for max reps, stopping 1-2 shy of failure. The goal is between 3 and 5 reps. Use a normal pace throughout the rep-out set and quit if you reach technical failure. Technical failure is the point where you can move the weight from point A to point B but can no longer do so with acceptable technique.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 6 of 8
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Partner WOD
AMRAP 18 Minutes:

In teams of 2, partners alternate full rounds until the call of time of...
9 Box Jumps 24/20
9 Push Presses 95/65
9 Pull-Ups

Post rounds, reps, Rx, and partner to comments.

Scheduling Note: There is no Yoga or Active Recovery today, all other classes and OG are on.

NEXT SATURDAY: Active Life Bulletproof Assessment Workshop at CFSBK

CFSBK will be hosting a Bulletproof Assessment Workshop on Saturday, December 3rd from 2:30-6:30pm for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level! This will be an interactive workshop, with a full movement assessment from the Active Life coaching staff. The movement assessment will include a series of strength and mobility assessments, which will identify imbalances and expose weaknesses. 

You will walk away from this workshop with an insight on how flexibility, mobility, strength balance, work to rest ratio, and skill can tie into your training. Knowledge bombs will be dropped! Sign up! It’ll be a blast. The class is capped to 50, so get on it before it fills up! The registration fee is just $49.

Questions? Contact Coach Katie at Katie [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com Click here to sign up today!

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Brian Riley: Learning to Walk Again CrossFit
Let's Colonize Titan Scientific American