Thursday
Apr272017

Clean and Jerk | WOD 4.27.17

Clean and Jerk Complex

Every 90 seconds for 12 rounds:
Clean High Pull + Mid Hang Clean High Pull + Mid Hang Clean + Push Jerk

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For Time:
50-40-30-20-10 Double-Unders
10-8-6-4-2 Dumbbell Thrusters

Scale the Double-Unders to Single-Unders or 1/2 attempts as needed. The Dumbbell Thrusters should be heavy for you. Rx is 45% of bodyweight.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Better Know a Member: Molly H.

Last week marked the return of Better Know a Member, a blog-favorite in which we profile members from across the CFSBK community. First, we got to know Tori P. a little better. This week we talked to a member who, among many other virtues, has a very cute dog named Reesa.

Name (and any nicknames):

Molly Hess, Moll, Mollz, and my favorite, Holly Mess (switch the first letters of my first and last names and voila) 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Morristown, NJ. It’s a big-ish suburb about 45 minutes outside of NYC, although I had very little exposure to the city while I was growing up—my parents are not city people.

How long have you been CrossFitting, and how did you arrive at CFSBK?

I actually started CrossFitting around ten years ago at my high school in Morristown! One of my gym teachers was a weightlifter and also ran his own box out of a garage in Denville, NJ. At the time, my prospective college field hockey coach had seen me play and told me I had to get stronger because I was getting knocked around on the field, so I went to my gym teacher and he developed Crossift-lite programming that I used to do in the weightlifting room with the football team after school!

After 2 years of college field hockey and a few years of being very into running during and after college, I got bored and had heard amazing things about CFSBK through my boyfriend. I’ve subsequently been at the gym for around 2 and a half years now.

Ask me about that time I… 

Had lunch with Monica Lewinsky! My agency worked on an anti-bullying campaign with a nonprofit called Bystander Revolution that she was advising at the time. After years of cyber bullying and public shaming that was basically at the advent of viral content on the internet (she has a really good TED Talk on public shaming here), the anti-bullying cause had become very dear to her. She was very thoughtful and smart (London School of Economics grad!). It just shows how much your perspective of someone can change once you actually get to know him or her.

What TV shows are you recommending right now?

I’m almost finished with The Handmaid’s Tale, which I’m loving and is strangely relevant right now. We’ve also been binging Veep. Richard is my favorite character!

Did you have any mentors or heroes growing up?

I know this is going to sound cliché, but I have to say my mom! She was a stay-at-home of four kids who was also in killer shape and very creative. She was (and still is!) very much into the triathlon and running scene, so I grew up around a lot of runners and cyclists. She also always stressed the emotional/psychological benefits of being active. She very much comes from the mentality of pulling up your boot straps and working hard to get something done, no excuses. She also used to tell me, if I wasn’t feeling well, to “go for a run and you’ll better” (tough love, huh?). And almost always, I did!

I also used to be mortified because she would pull over on the side of the road to pick furniture out of people’s trash, but then she would refinish it into something so cool and beautiful. Both of my parents really instilled in me a good German work ethic and resilience.

What are you up to when you're not at 597 Degraw Street?

I work at a communications/PR agency called Praytell in Crown Heights. I’ve been there for just over 3 years. We’ve grown from a team of 12 in Brooklyn to over 75 in SF, LA, Austin, and Chicago and were bought by a holding company last summer! I work on social media and digital projects for mostly tech and nonprofit companies. Right now, I’m working on a campaign called Keep Birth Control Co-Pay Free!

I love being so close to Prospect Park and the solace it brings from the city in general, so Liam and I will bring our corgi, Reesa there, even in the dead of winter. I’ve also tried to be better about doing more activities around the city (not just Brooklyn) and really take advantage of all it has to offer - in the past few months we’ve gone to the Met and the Natural History Museum, and did a whiskey/wine tour at Kings County Distillery. More suggestions are welcome!

Any advice for new CFSBKers?

For the first few months, you’re going to feel pretty lost in class (am I holding this bar right?) and be pretty sore, like, all the time. But (consistent) practice makes perfect! Don’t get too in your head about comparing yourself to other people and instead focus on growing your own skill set.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Back Rack Reverse Lunge | WOD 4.26.17

Back Rack Reverse Lunge

3 x 12e

Perform 12 reps on one leg, rack the bar, then perform 12 reps on the other. Start week 1 at a light-moderate load and aim to increase over the 8 weeks. You’re going to be sore after these the first few weeks, so pay attention to good recovery practices (i.e., eat some food). The last few reps of each set should be tough.

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Exposure 1 of 8
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Performance
For Time:

1000m Row
50 Toes-to-Bars
50 Burpees

Aim to move at a sustainable pace that feels like you could go harder.

Fitness
For Time:

8 rounds of...
5 Burpees
5 Toes-to-Bars

then,

1000m Row

Aim to move at a sustainable pace that feels like you could go harder. Scale the Toes-to-Bars to Hanging Leg or Knee Raises as needed.

Post time and Rx to comments.

 

The CFSBK Coaching Staff: Arturo Ruiz

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! Last time, we brought you Coach Lynsey. Next up, Coach Ro!

Arturo comes to CFSBK with 9 years of training experience working with diverse populations in individual and group settings. Arturo's fitness background stems from the competitive aspects of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Strength and conditioning were a major aspect of hi training for amateur MMA fights, amateur Muay Thai fights, and NAGA tournaments and therefore truly sparked his interest in fitness. Since then, he has participated in several CrossFit Opens, Olympic weightlifting meets, and many local CrossFit competitions.

His current certifications are: USA Weightlifting L1 Performance Coach, USA Weightlifting LWC Referee, Starting Strength Coach, NASM CPT and CES, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CrossFit Movement and Mobility.

Arturo is also the 2016 USA Weightlifting Masters (Age 40-44, 85kg) National Bronze Medalist

Catching Up with the CFSBK Classifieds

  • Mo and Kat are moving to Sweden (boo!) and are selling their 2010 Subrau Forester (yay!). They're even offering a discount to CFSBKers. Go here and scroll to the bottom for all the info.
  • Dan G.'s co-op is looking for a plumber. More deets and Dan's contact info can be found in the Employment Opportunities section.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
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Tuesday
Apr252017

Rest Day

It's that time of year again... Murph Day approaches! | Photo by Thomas H.

SAVE THE DATE: Murph Day 2017

On Monday, May 29th from 8am to 1pm, we'll be doing our annual Memorial Day "Murph" workout. This is a great community event where we perform this classic CrossFit benchmark workout followed by some grilling, side dishes, and beers. The workout is tough—very tough—but it can, of course, be scaled to meet everyone's capacity.
 
This year we'll also be raising money to benefit K9s for Warriors, an organization that provides service dogs for veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Donations will be accepted the day of the event!

"Murph"

For time:
1 Mile Run
100 Pull-Ups
200 Push-Ups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor." From here on it will be referred to as "Murph" in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

Partition the Pull-Ups, Push-Ups, and Squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you've got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.

There is no charge for the workout, nor will it be deducted from your weekly class limit.

We'll have sign-up info soon!

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Monday
Apr242017

Push Press | WOD 4.24.17

Push Press

3 x 12

Start this week at a moderate weight. Perform each rep as it's own event, focusing on moving from a solid rack to a stable overhead position. Hold each rep overhead for a 2 count before recovering.

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Exposure 1 of 8

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Every 4 minutes for 5 rounds:
270m Run
5 Deadlifts 275/185

The Deadlifts should be heavyish, unbroken touch-and-go reps.

Post work to comments.

Photo by Thomas H.

New Training Cycle Template

Our new 8-week training cycle starts today! Here's what you can expect...

Training Cycle Dates: M 4/24/17 - Su 6/25/17
Crush Week: M 6/26/17 - Su 7/2/17
Transition Week: Will be the first week of the following cycle, starting July 3rd.

Goals: The strength work will use higher-volume sets at moderate loads to build muscular strength and endurance. The conditioning work will bias some aerobic endurance training using longer intervals and EMOM work, as well as moderate efforts on classic couplets and triplets.

Monday - Push Press

  • Week 1: 3 x 12
  • Week 2: 3 x 10
  • Week 3: 3 x 8
  • Week 4: 3 x 6
  • Week 5: 3 x 6 (Back off week; use the same load as week 1)
  • Week 6: 3 x 8 (Heavier than week 3)
  • Week 7: 3 x 6
  • Week 8: 3 x 4

Start week 1 at a moderate load and aim to increase it through the 8 weeks. The last few reps of each set should be tough, but the goal is no misses.

Wednesday - Back Rack Reverse Lunges

  • Week 1: 3 x 12
  • Week 2: 3 x 10
  • Week 3: 3 x 8
  • Week 4: 3 x 6
  • Week 5: 3 x 6 (Back off week; use the same load as week 1)
  • Week 6: 3 x 8 (Heavier than week 3)
  • Week 7: 3 x 6
  • Week 8: 3 x 4

Start week 1 at a light-moderate load and aim to increase through the 8 weeks. You’re going to be sore after these the first few weeks so pay attention to good recovery practices (i.e., eat some food). The last few reps of each set should be tough.

Thursday - Clean and Jerk Complexes and Pulls

Varied exposures

Saturday - Tempo Back Squats + Front Squats (41X1)
*2 sets of Back Squats, followed by one set of Front Squats

  • Week 1: 2 x 12, 1 x 12
  • Week 2: 3 x 10, 1 x 10
  • Week 3: 2 x 8, 1 x 8
  • Week 4: 2 x 6, 1 x 6
  • Week 5: 2 x 6, 1 x 6 (Back off week; use the same load as week 1)
  • Week 6: 2 x 8, 1 x 8 (Heavier than week 3)
  • Week 7: 2 x 6, 1 x 6
  • Week 8: 2 x 4, 1 x 4

Start week 1 at a moderate load and aim to increase through the 8 weeks. The last few reps of each set should be tough but the goal is no misses. Be true to the tempo work. This may mean eating some humble pie, starting with light weights, and trusting that it doesn’t have to be “heavy” to be effective.

Sunday - Snatch Complexes and Pulls

Varied exposures

Head over to the Current Programming Cycle page to see this cycle's new standardized warm-ups!

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Sunday
Apr232017

Crush Week: Partner Double "Morrison"

Partner Double "Morrison"

In teams of 2, with one partner working at a time, complete the following for time:
100-80-60-40-20
Wall Balls 20/10, 14/9
Box Jumps 24/20"
Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg

Partition the work however desired.

Post time, Rx, and partner to comments.

How was your Crush Week? What was the toughest workout? Tell us in the comments!

Today's Schedule

We're hosting the Starting Strength Seminar at 608 Degraw this weekend and will be running on a modified schedule. All classes will take place in 597 this weekend, which means that we can't accomodate OGers outside the regular 6 to 8pm hours today. Here's the full schedule:

597
8am CrossFit group class
9am CrossFit group class
10am CrossFit group class
11am CrossFit group class
12pm CrossFit group class
1pm CrossFit group class
2pm Anti-Gravity
2:15pm Free Intro Class
6-8pm Open Gym (597 only)

Annex
9:30am - 11am Starting Strength
11am Active Recovery 

Cancelled
10am CrossFit Preschool
11am CrossFit Kids

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Clean | Partner WOD
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Saturday
Apr222017

Crush Week: Clean | Partner WOD

Clean

Take 10 minutes to warm up to a heavy single Clean.

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Partner WOD
For Time:

12-18-24-18-12
Burpees Over the Bar
Front Squats 185/125
Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups

The Burpees are lateral to the bar. The Front Squats come off the floor and should be heavy for you. The first rep of any set can be a full Clean. Scale the Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups to Chin-Over-Bar, bands, or Ring Rows as needed. Partners may break up the sets however desired. For example, partner A does 6 Burpees followed by partner B doing 6 Burpees to complete the first round of 12. Then Partner A does 7 Front Squats followed by partner B doing 5 Front Squats to complete the round, so on and so on.

Post time, Rx, and partner to comments.

Dr. Judy is happy it's Saturday

Today's Schedule

We're hosting the Starting Strength Seminar at 608 Degraw this weekend and will be running on a modified schedule. All classes will take place in 597 this weekend, which means that we can't accomodate OGers outside the regular 2 to 4pm hours on Saturday and 6 to 8pm on Sunday. Here's the full schedule:

597
8am CrossFit group class
9am Short Circuit
10am CrossFit group class
11am CrossFit group class
12pm CrossFit group class
1pm CrossFit group class
2-4pm Open Gym (597 only)

Annex
10am Yoga for Athletes
11am Active Recovery

Cancelled
8am Strong Fit
9am CrossFit group class
AG Strength

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
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Friday
Apr212017

Rest Day

Zachary Z. enjoying a spring run | Photo by Thomas H.

This Week at CFSBK in Review

1. We're hosting the Starting Strength Seminar at 608 Degraw this weekend and will be running on a slightly modified scheduled. See below for details!

2. In the return of our Better Know a Member series, we got to know Tori P. a little better. See Monday's post to find out how this professional dancer trains at CFSBK to get better at her job! 

3. What's in or out of your control as a CrossFit athlete? How can a flexible mindset help you overcome challenges and simply have more fun at the gym? Coach Whit brought the fire this week with "Focus on the Process: How an Evolution in Mindset Changed the Way I Compete."

4. This week we shared a fourth and final installment of member Susan Pittard's photo series "Strong Is a Woman." Check out Wednesday's post. Thanks again to Susan for letting us share these amazing photos!

5. Last week we reported on Rob U. and Dan C.'s awesome work at the 2017 Starting Strength Challenge at CrossFit Gantry. The nation-wide results are in (see page 12), and we're thrilled to annouce that Dan C. placed 1st in the nation in the Men's Masters division! Congrats, Dan!

Weekend Schedule

With the Starting Strength Seminar happening in 608 from Friday through Sunday, 608 will not be available during Open Gym hours on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. All classes will take place in 597 this weekend, which means that we can't accomodate OGers outside the regular 2 to 4pm hours on Saturday and 6 to 8pm on Sunday. Here's the full schedule:

Saturday, April 22nd

597
8am CrossFit group class
9am Short Circuit
10am CrossFit group class
11am CrossFit group class
12pm CrossFit group class
1pm CrossFit group class
2-4pm Open Gym (597 only)

Annex
10am Yoga for Athletes
11am Active Recovery

Cancelled
8am Strong Fit
9am CrossFit group class
AG Strength

Sunday, April 23rd

597
8am CrossFit group class
9am CrossFit group class
10am CrossFit group class
11am CrossFit group class
12pm CrossFit group class
1pm CrossFit group class
2pm Anti-Gravity
2:15pm Free Intro Class
6-8pm Open Gym (597 only)

Annex
9:30am - 11am Starting Strength
11am Active Recovery 

Cancelled
10am CrossFit Preschool
11am CrossFit Kids

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