Push Jerk | Partner WOD 1.2.17

Push Jerk

Every minute on the minute x 15 (5ea):
A) 10 Push Jerks 135/95
B) 10 Wall Balls 20/10, 14/9
C) 10/7 Calorie Row

The barbell comes off the floor for the Push Jerks. Each movement is intended to be done unbroken, leaving 30-45 seconds of rest before transition. Scale as needed.

Post work to comments.
Exposure 3 of 8


Partner WOD
With a partner, complete the following for time:
70 Deadlifts 185/125
70 Burpee Box Jump Overs 20"
70 Deadlifts 185/125

Post time, Rx, and partner to comments.

Chainsaw Charlie gets ready to Squat at last year's Iron Maidens competition | Photo by Thomas H.

Prepping for Iron Maidens 2017: Advice on Modifying Group Classes

By Margie Lempert

Happy New Year Iron Maidens! We are about 7 weeks out from the competition, which means now is the time to focus your training on meet prep so you are set-up to perform your best. Below are suggestions for how to modify the current group class training cycle, which conveniently runs right up to Iron Maidens.

Competitors are welcome to alter what they do in class (if possible and within reason), but always be sure to clear your plan with whoever is coaching. And, of course, ask any coaches or me for specific advice on choosing loads/exercises.

Training for a powerlifting meet is different from general strength gain or exercise. Your goal is to prepare yourself to perform the Back Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift to the best of your ability. You want to get stronger AND better at those three lifts, so plan to get real intimate with them; do them often and with progressively heavier loads. Your program design should mainly consist of regular exposure to the competition lifts, and be supported by accessory movements to address weaknesses. Other movements such as the olympic lifts or intense conditioning are fine to include on occasion, however they should be secondary to the competition lifts and programmed in a way that does not interfere with your ability to train.

There are a gazillion programs to geek out on, but let’s try to keep things relatively simple and within the context of group class. Most important is to make a decision and then get the work in every week. Consistency = gains

General Notes for Everyone

In group class, suggestions for fitting in your lifts are:

  • Squat: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday (replace the main lift with Squat), or Open Gym
  • Bench Press: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday (replace a metcon with Bench Press), or Open Gym
  • Deadlift: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday (replace Oly lifts), or Open Gym

**If doing 2x/week, make sure to give yourself at least 48 hours between Squat and Bench Press exposures

The weekend before the meet, you should work up to one heavy triple for each competition lift. This should be a tough triple - close to a max as determined by your ability to perform the lift without getting too ugly about it technically. You don’t have to do it all in one day, but get it done by Tuesday before the meet. This will give you a good idea of your numbers for your opening attempts. (After Tuesday, your aim should be sleep, active recovery/light training and food.)

The competition Bench Press is performed with a pause. This is a bit harder than a “touch-and-go” Bench Press, since you must stay tight while waiting for the judge to tell you when to press the bar off your chest; typically it’s about a one second pause. I recommend training with a pause at least once/week. (Once the bar makes contact with your chest, count 1 mississippi before pressing it off the chest.

All the lifts are performed with commands from the judges. Plan to grab a friend and practice lifting with the commands at least 2 weeks before the meet. Read the Rules and Guidelines here.

Bench Press and Press more than you think! Ladies, we can always do with more pressing. As long as your shoulders feel good, I recommend Benching 1-2x/week and Overhead Pressing 1x/week at a minimum

Remember Open Gym! If you can’t fit in your training to group class, go to Open Gym. I am certain there will be lots of other ladies training then as well.

If this is your first meet and you’ve never maxed out a linear progression, I highly recommend starting with the basic template of 3 sets of 5 reps, increasing the weight for each exposure to the lift (5lbs for Squat; 2.5-5lbs for Bench Press/Overhead Press; 5-10lbs for Deadlift).

Squat: 2x/week
3 x 5 linear. Start at a weight that will give you at least several weeks to add load - it shouldn’t be too difficult at first. If you stall out on 3 sets of 5, move to 4 sets of 3 and keep going. As the weight gets heavier, you may or may not be able to front squat on the same day (assuming you squat Saturday). That’s ok. Just use the extra time to rest more between your work sets.

Bench Press: 1-2x/week, plus Overhead Press
3x5 linear. Start at a weight that will give you several weeks to add load; 2.5lb jumps are perfectly legitimate. If you stall out on 3 sets of 5, move to 4 sets of 3 and keep going. Remember to pause. If you want to do the programmed upper body work on Monday, just make sure you get another day in for your pause Bench Press.

Consider adding an Overhead Press exposure 1x/week with a linear 3 x 5.

Deadlift: 1x/week
2 x 5 or 1 x 5. Warm-up to one or two work sets of 5 (probably 2 sets in the beginning and then one set as the weight gets heavier). All warm-ups should be sets of 5. Do not touch and go; take a breath and reset your back for each pull. This will help you to develop a tight starting position and strong low back. Say no to the cat back! If you have never hooked or switch gripped, incorporate this on your final warm-up and heaviest sets. Chalk your hands.

**If you Squat on the same day as you Deadlift or on back-to-back days, it’s preferable to Squat first so that your low back isn’t fatigued from the Deadlifts.

If you have moved past a linear progression and are looking to find variation in your training on one or more of the lifts, check out the suggestions below.

Squat: 2x/week, plus 1x/week accessory (such as weighted Step-Ups/Lunges; Bulgarian Split Squats; Front Squats. Make sure you have at least 48 hours between Squat sessions.)

Option 1: Good for novice/intermediate who is looking for a little more experience with heavier weight.

  • Day 1: 3 x 5 linear progression, starting at a weight that will give you running room for at least several weeks.
  • Day 2: 3-3-3. Increase weight by about 5lbs for each triple. Start about 10-15 lbs heavier than your 3 x  5 weight and linearly increase that start weight by 5 lbs each week.

Option 2: Good for those who have trouble hitting depth, or get loose and Squat too deep. Emphasizes postural strength, hip drive, bracing, even pressure through feet.

  • Day 1: 3 x 5 linear progression, starting at a weight that will give you running room for at least several weeks. 
  • Day 2: 4 x 3 Pause Squat, increasing about 5lbs each week. Two count at the bottom. Get someone to watch your depth to make sure you are pausing with hip crease below top of knee and maintaining a tight brace.

Option 3: Good for advanced intermediate looking for volume and intensity.

  • Day 1: 2 x 5; 1 x 10 all at same weight (i.e. 155 x 5 x 2; 155 x 10) increasing each week. Can drop the 1 x 10 to 1 x 8 as the weight gets heavier.
  • Day 2: Work up to heavy double or triple in no more than 5 total sets, including warm-ups. Try to beat yourself each week.

Bench Press: 2x/week, plus 1x/week Overhead Press (Consider 1x/week pause bench press, 1x/week bench press variant, i.e. Close Grip, Touch-and-Go, or 3-count Bench Press.)

Option 1: Good for someone who needs additional but straightforward exposure to pressing.

  • Day 1: 3 x 5 linear progression, with pause (drop to 3 x 3 about 3 weeks out from the meet and work towards heavier triples.)
  • Day 2: Overhead Press - 3 x 5-8 linear progression
  • Day 3: Bench Press variant (can mix it up, or stay with the same movement): 3x5-8 linear progressio

Option 2: Good for someone looking for more volume.

  • Day 1: 2 x 5 with pause; 1 x 10 touch-and-go; all at same weight. If you can’t hit 10 anymore, then drop to 1 x 8 and/or reduce weight for this set. (Drop to 2x3; 1x6 about 3 weeks out from the meet and work towards heavier triples.)
  • Day 2: Overhead Press. Work up to a top set of 5, not a max. This should feel like you have one or two left in the tank. Then drop 6-9% and hit sets of 5 until it feels as difficult as your heavy set (should take 1-4 sets, rest 2-3 min between sets).
  • Day 3: Bench Press variant (can mix it up, or stay with the same movement) - 3 x 5-8.

**If a coach approves, try to add a pulling exercise between each work set, i.e. Chin/Pull-Ups x submax; Dumbbell Rows x 10-12; Ring Rows x 10-12.

Deadlift: 1x/week, plus 1x/week accessory lift

Option 1: Work up to a top set of 5, not a max. This should feel like you have two or three left in the tank. Then drop 6-9% and hit sets of 5 until it feels as difficult as your heavy set/your technique becomes compromised (should take 1-3 sets; don’t do more than 3. Rest 3-4 min between sets). Try to inch your top set up week to week. Switch to triples about 3 weeks out.

Option 2: Start with a top set of 1x8 at a weight that you could likely hit for 10 reps (with proficient technique). Drop one rep/week and increase the load 5-15lbs. That should take you to a triple one week out from the meet. See General Notes for more info on that.

Accessory: Select a Deadlift variant below to address weaknesses in your Deadlift

  • Improve back strength: Barbell Rows from the floor (Pendlay rows); heavy Dumbbell Rows; Pull-Ups (weighted); Ring Rows (feet on a box). 3 sets of 10-12.
  • If you have trouble getting the bar past your knees: Deficit Pulls from 1 or 2". Work to 1 top set of 5, or hit 3 x 3; linear increase. (25# rogue plate is 1” and the DC blocks are 2”.)
  • If you have trouble opening your hips: Rack Pulls, 1 set of 5 or 3 x 3, linear increase. Set the bar height so it is just below your kneecap. Pay particular attention to your low back position. Do not let it round. See this video for a thorough explanation.

Please feel free to ask me for clarification or advice any time: Margie [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com.

Happy Training!

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Snatch | WOD 1.1.17


12 Minutes to build to a heavy single for the day, then:
Every 30 seconds x 12 reps (6min) Snatch at 90% of today's heavy single.

Full snatches. You get 1 chance at each rep on the 90% work. Score total weight moved.

Post total weight moved to comments.
Exposure 2 of 8


For Time:
50 Russian Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg
30 Box Jumps 24/20"
40 Russian Kettlebell Swings
20 Box Jumps
30 Russian Kettlebell Swings
10 Box Jumps

Post time and Rx to comments.

Ring in the New Year with next Sunday's Iron Maidens Lift'n'Learn Session! | Photo by Thomas H. 

Join Us for the Next Iron Maiden's Lift n' Learn Session

All IM competitors and IM curious are welcome!
January 8, 2017

Pause Bench Press and Programming for Iron Maidens
BYOProgram and/or plan to focus on practicing your technique for the pause bench press, which is the variant you will perform at Iron Maidens.

Post-lifting, we will talk about general training programs for Iron Maidens, and review the blog post about modifying group class to fit your needs. This will not be a specific programming session, but rather an opportunity to discuss general concepts, bounce ideas around, as well advice on resources for setting up your template.

New Year's Day (and Beyond) Schedule Changes

Today, JANUARY 1st (New Year's Day)

CF Group Classes:
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Open Gym:

10am CrossFit Preschool, 11am CrossFit Kids, 11am Active Recovery


CF Group Classes:
Normal schedule

4:30pm CrossFit Preteens


CF Group Classes:
Normal schedule

4:30pm CrossFit Preteens

Finally, the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge kicks off TOMORROW, but you still have until January 5th to sign up! Go here for the sign-up checklist.

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Front Squat / Back Squat | LFPB Challenge Capacity Test

Front Squat / Back Squat

Back Squat:
2 x 10

Front Squat:
2 x 10

Move directly from the Back Squat to the Front Squat. Go heavier than last week. These should move fast throughout the entire cycle, increase weight only as appropriate.

Post loads to comments. 
Exposure 2 of 8

Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge Capacity Test

AMRAP 10 Minutes:
5 Pull-Ups 
10 Push-Ups 
15 Squats

Rest 2 minutes, then...

3 minutes max calories rowed

Score rounds and reps + calories rowed. The Challenge begins Monday! Go here to sign up.

Coach Brett cheers us all into the New Year | Photo by Thomas H.

Want to Explore the World of the Rings? 

Join guest gymnastics Coach Ken H. as he takes you through four weeks of gymnastics strength training starting in one week! This 1.5 hour long class will incorporate different facets of body weight strength training and movement. Specifically, each class will focus on three to four distinct areas: warm-up and active mobility, rings skill work (muscle ups, levers etc), bodyweight strength conditioning, balance (on hands and feet), and flexibility. Students will be asked to have a goal or intention to focus on for the next four weeks. Students can then focus on that goal outside of class.

Class Outline:
Inverted Hangs
Back Levers
Ring Routine

When: Sundays in January from 6-7:30pm (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, and 1/29)
Cost: $80 for four weeks
Buy-in: Previously attended rings class or 1 pull-up for ladies or 3 for gents

The class is capped at 8 participants and sells out very quickly, so don’t think twice! Register Here!

More About Ken
Ken Haller was a nationally competitive gymnast in Newton, MA and at the University of Michigan. After graduating, Ken coached for eight years at Capital Gymnastics in Northern Virginia where he coached regional and national champions. His students have gone on to be NCAA champions and members of Cirque du Soliel. In searching for an activity to replace gymnastics, Ken filled the void with rock climbing and yoga for the past ten years and recently found CrossFit to round out his training.

Weekend Schedule Changes 

TODAY, DECEMBER 31st (New Year's Eve)

CF Group Classes:
Normal schedule

Open Gym:

11am Active Recovery, 2pm Comp Class

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st (New Year's Day)

CF Group Classes:
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Open Gym:

10am CrossFit Preschool, 11am CrossFit Kids, 11am Active Recovery, 2:00pm Anti-Gravity

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Rest Day

Every class at CFSBK provides you with some physical education via movement reviews, demonstrations and, most importantly, individualized feedback from coaches. Our goal is to guide you towards the safest, best, and most productive way to get fit in the hour you're with us

This Week at CFSBK in Review

This is it: the last "This Week at CFSBK in Review" of 2016 (whew)! Even in the midst of the holidays, a lot happened this week. Let's take this old thing for one last spin...

1. The Look, Feel, Perform Better Capacity Test WOD is programmed for tomorrow, which means you can do it in both today and tomorrow's classes! This is a requirement if you're planning to do the Challenge. 

2. The LFPB Challenge kicks off this Monday, January 2nd, but you have until Thursday, January 5th to sign up. See Tuesday's post for info on how to get started and Francine D.'s reflections on last year's Challenge. 

3. Don't forget to save the date for the CFSBK Community Potluck on January 28th. This event will simultaneously kick off the new year, support the LFPB Challenge, and bring folks from all times and corners of the gym together.

4. We are excited to be hosting the Starting Strength Seminar again this April 21-23! Also, as Rob U. pointed out in Monday's commentsearlybird registration for the Spring Starting Strength Challenge is now open! The event takes place on April 2nd at CrossFit Gantry in Long Island City. Go here to sign up!

5. Tomorrow's 11am Active Recovery and 2pm Comp Classes are cancelled. To see the rest of our New Year's schedule changes, go to the Class Schedule page.  

Question of the Day: What goal (or goals) did you accomplish this year? Tell us in the the comments!

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Clean Metcon | NFT Work 12.28.16


In 3 minutes, perform:
50 Double-Unders
12 Cleans 135/95

If completed before the 3 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Double-Unders
9 Cleans 185/125

If completed before the 6 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Double-Unders
6 Cleans 225/155

If completed before the 9 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Double-Unders
3 Cleans 275/175

In 3 minutes, perform:
50 Single-Unders
12 Cleans 95/65

If completed before the 3 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
9 Cleans 115/75

If completed before the 6 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
6 Cleans 135/95

If completed before the 9 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
3 Cleans 155/115

Scaled B Version
In 3 minutes, perform:
50 Single-Unders
12 Cleans 75/55

If completed before the 3 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
9 Cleans 95/65

If completed before the 6 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
6 Cleans 115/75

If completed before the 9 minute mark then proceed to:
50 Single-Unders
3 Cleans 135/85

Today's work is modeled after the format used for Rx'd and Scaled in the 2016 CrossFit Open. Choose the appropriate workout that you would use in the Open. The Cleans must pass through a full squat. Score reps completed within the time caps or time to finish the cleans at the final weight

Post score/time and Rx to comments.
Exposure 2 of 8


8-12 1-Arm Dumbbell Presses
10 1-Arm Kettlebell Swings, Left
10 1-Arm Kettlebell Swings, Right

Post work to comments.

The CrossFit Open starts on February 23rd. This is the first phase in the CrossFit competitive season and lets you rank your fitness against the rest of the world. Last year, over 324,000 people participated in the Open! The LFPB Challenge is a great opportunity to jump start your ability to perform better in this year's events. If you're an Open veteran or a first timer curious as to how you stack up, NOW is the time to start refining your inputs and skill work to help you give it all come February. For many of us weekend-warrior CrossFitters, this is an exciting benchmark in our training year and ignites a little competitive fire to help you get the most out of your training, nutrition, and recovery.

Coach DO has been the competition director for the North East/East Regions for the past six years. On top of helping run the Regionals, he leads a crew that helps verify video submissions for the North East and Canada East Regions. Here is his video submission for 14.2, the second event in 2014. In 2015, we saw this same exact workout come up again. Coach DO was able to get 14 more reps, which according to the comments section required him to "stop feeling sorry for myself and bust ass to get to the next round." Get after it today people, and sign up for the Challenge!

  • Programming Note: The LFPB Challenge Capacity Test WOD is scheduled for this Saturday! This means you'll have the opportunity to do the Capacity Test in both Friday and Saturday's classes.

Weekend Schedule Changes 

Today's 4:30pm CrossFit Teens class is cancelled. We are, however, still offering many opportunities to do some fitness leading up to New Year's Day. Here's what's happening this weekend!


CF Group Class:
Normal schedule

4:30pm CrossFit Teens

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st (New Year's Eve)

CF Group Classes:
Normal schedule

Open Gym:

11am Active Recovery, 2pm Comp Class

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st (New Year's Day)

CF Group Classes:
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Open Gym:

10am CrossFit Preschool, 11am CrossFit Kids, 11am Active Recovery

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Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | WOD 12.27.16

Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups Superset*

1A) Front Rack Step-Ups

Perform 3 x 8-12 reps on each leg. Start the cycle light enough to make 12 reps on each leg without too much difficulty, and move up in weight week to week from there. Use your non-dominant leg to set the weight and only do as much weight and as many reps as that side can perform. The end goal by the end of the cycle is to perform 8-12 good reps on each leg with about 1/3 of your Back Squat 1-rep max. Use a height that allows you to be at full depth (hip crease below knee) when the working leg is on the box. Come to full standing using the working leg before the trail leg touches down for balance. Do not use the trail leg to help you stand up. Use the trail leg as little as possible to push off from, and use a tempo in which the down/eccentric phase of the movement is slower than the up/concentric phase. The barbell comes off the floor. Stop the set when you’re not sure you can do another rep or two (i.e., do not bail a bar on a box).

1B) Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows

Perform 4 sets of max reps. Once you can no longer clear your chin over the bar, your set is over. Each rep starts from a dead hang. Initiate the movement by pulling the shoulders down away from the ears and pull the elbows as far down and back as possible. If you can touch your chest to the bar on each rep, then do it. You should really be feeling these in your lats.

Perform 3 challenging (but submaximal) sets of 2-4 reps using bands or a small partner assist as needed to achieve full range of motion, followed by a 4th set for max reps. These should be tough sets in a low rep range with the goal of performing around 10-15 total reps. If you can do them unassisted but only 1 at a time, then pepper in as many singles as you can in between sets of Step-Ups during the lifting segment. Start and finish the superset with a set of Chins to get all 4 sets in.

*Superset means that you perform a set of exercise A (in this case the Press) and then after a short rest, 30 to 90 seconds, you perform a set of exercise B (in this case the Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows). You then rest a short period before returning to exercise A and continue in this fashion until all warm up and work sets are completed.

Post work to comments.
Exposure 2 of 8

3 Rounds for Time:
15 Overhead Squats 95/65
15 Toes to Bar
15 Burpees

Post time and Rx to comments.

Now in stock: the CFSBK Skyline knit hat. Pick up yours at the Front Desk!

  • Schedule Change: Tonight's 4:30pm CrossFit Preteens class is cancelled. Otherwise, we're running on our normal schedule today! All other schedules changes through January 4th can be found here.
  • Looking for a spring powerlifting competition? As Rob U. pointed out in Monday's comments, earlybird registration for the Spring Starting Strength Challenge is now open! The event takes place on April 2nd at CrossFit Gantry in Long Island City. Go here to sign up!

April 21-23th, 2017: The Starting Strength Seminar at CFSBK

We are excited to be hosting the Starting Strength Seminar again this spring. The Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method teaches the system of barbell training detailed in the books Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training. It features an in-depth examination of the physiology, biomechanics, and execution of the 5 basic barbell exercises at a level of detail unavailable in any other seminar in the industry. The SSS is the most detailed exposure to any training method offered in the fitness/exercise/training education marketplace, available to both the serious strength and conditioning professional and the trainee interested in improving personal performance under the bar.

The professional S&C coach will take the course for the credential the successful applicant obtains: The Starting Strength Coach. The non-professional will take the course for the exposure to the complete suite of Starting Strength materials and the chance to be evaluated on its understanding, as either a possible precursor to professional status or for personal development as a lifter and athlete.

This method deconstructs the five basic barbell exercises - the squat, deadlift, press, bench press, and power clean - down to their basic elements in biomechanics and skeletal and muscular anatomy, and then derives a system for performing and coaching them based on the the most efficient and productive way of approaching each movement.

The Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method is an intensive exposure to all the information from which the Starting Strength system is derived. The 3-day format allows for an in-depth exploration of the theoretical basis of the system, as well as a thorough under-the-bar practical session for each exercise which provides for the evaluation of each participant on the basis of both lifting and coaching the method. The basics of barbell training are developed into a logical and effective system that forms the best possible foundation for any strength and conditioning program. Please note that there are no prerequisites for attending this course.

The SSS currently offers two levels of completion. First, attendance at the complete seminar provides a Certificate of Attendance. Competence in the system will also be evaluated by the staff on the ability of the participant to demonstrate understanding as both athlete and coach in the practical sessions. 

Second, experienced coaches that wish to be candidates for the Starting Strength Coach credential can elect to be evaluated at a higher level of scrutiny. These coaches should come prepared with a background in weight training and coaching, a working knowledge of muscular and skeletal anatomy, an excellent familiarity with the foundational texts, and an ability to communicate effectively. They will be expected to conclusively demonstrate their ability to function as coaches of the Starting Strength method.

Lifters who just want to improve their understanding of barbell training, its techniques and its programming, can expect the most informative and productive weekend available in the entire fitness industry, guaranteed.

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Each seminar has limited enrollment, with athlete:coach ratios of 5 or less. 

You can secure your place with a deposit of 1/3 the seminar fee. Full payment must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of the seminar. Go here to register!

Friday 5-9pm: Coaching, Strength, Anatomy, Biomechanics
Saturday 8-8pm: Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press
Sunday 8-7pm: Power Clean, Press, Programming, Q&A

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Rest Day

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  • Schedule Changes: Tonight's 4:30pm CrossFit Teens and 7:30pm Pilates classes are cancelled. Otherwise, we're running on our normal schedule today! All other schedules changes through January 4th can be found here.

Francine D. on the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge

Over the past few weeks, we've been sharing past Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge participants' experiences to give you a better sense of what it's all about and what kind of results you might be able to expect. Today we're very happy to bring you the impressions of one of last year's winners! Here's how Francine D. responded to Coach Fox's one-year-later follow-up questions...

What was the most positive change you experienced during last years challenge?

The most positive change was my relationship to alcohol. I used to drink wine like a fish and never realized the degree to which it was affecting my performance, sleep, and body composition. I also think my relationship to food overall is now drastically different. I am now able to prioritize performance and general fitness over junk food cravings.

What was the biggest challenge to overcome, and how did you deal with it?

The biggest challenge was learning the difference between hunger and cravings. I followed the Level 2 Eater plan and meal timing to a tee in order to have a rational action plan for addressing stress cravings.

What has been the most lasting change from last year?

Weight loss and body composition transformation—22 lbs lost since the beginning of the Challenge and 16% body fat achieved (after a second cut this fall). I also moved from a daily drinker to person who has an occasional drink.

Will you be participating again this year?

Yep! I'm thinking about maintaining or doing a massing diet alongside a hypertrophy program.

The Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge Checklist

Ready to sign up yet? Complete the following steps by January 5th in order to participate and be eligible for prizes:

  • Sign your name on the big list in the community area of the gym.

  • Buy-in of $30 cash, given to Front Desk staff.
  • Answer a few brief questions and submit your “before” photos according to the guidelines on the Look, Feel, Perform Better website. These entries are private will not be published or seen by anyone other than us without your consent. You can access the 2017 LFPB Challenge Entry Form HERE.

  • Perform the Test WOD and record your results.
  • Enter points earned daily on the spreadsheet to track how well you’re complying with the guidelines.
  • Complete your Post-Challenge submission by 3/28/17 at the end of the challenge.
  • Optional: Attend the bi-monthly LFPB Q&A Info Sessions on Sundays at 1pm in the Annex at CFSBK. Each one will have a brief topical lecture followed by a Q&A. (1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, and 3/19).

Don't forget to save the date for the CFSBK Community Potluck on January 28th. This event will simultaneously kick off the new year, support the LFPB Challenge, and bring folks from all times and corners of the gym together.

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