Sunday
May142017

Snatch | WOD 5.14.17

Snatch Complex

Every 90 seconds for 10 rounds:
Snatch Lift Off (1") + Low Hang (from 1" off the floor) Snatch High Pull + Mid-Hang Snatch

Stay tight, maintain back angle, and keep your weight back (just behind mid-foot) on the lift off, pausing with the bumpers 1" off the floor. Perform the Snatch High Pull from 1" off the floor. Don't pull the bar crazy high on the High Pull. Anywhere above naval height is plenty high.

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3 Rounds for Time:
20 Power Cleans 115/75
50 AbMat Sit-Ups

The barbell should be light for you, and unbroken on the fast end but 2-4 sets with quick breaks is appropriate as well.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Photo by Thomas H.

Breaking Down Olympic Lifting for New CrossFitters

Originally posted on our business blog, Inside the Affiliate, on 12.3.2015

As mentioned in our article "A CrossFit Coach's Guide to Working With New or Troubled Movers," new athletes are often working semi-autonomously during group class, which requires coaches to triage them while still not ignoring the rest of the class. A quick trick that we sometimes use during our lifting segments for working with people brand new out of Foundations is to breakdown the Olympic lifts into more manageable complexes.

One of the challenges for new people working with Olympic lifts is not only putting the movement together, but also remembering the names of everything. By breaking down the lift and writing it down on a little white board, the athlete begins to internalize the names of all the movements he or she is working on. They can then work on a series of compartmentalized tasks, with visual reminders of everything they're doing. For beginners, performing standardized technique complexes is infinitely more doable than just telling them to "snatch"—perhaps the most technically complicated movement we perform in CrossFit.

Keep in mind that having this strategy is also extremely useful for your coaches. They don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to new movers, which helps them preserve valuable time in group classes to help everyone present.

Our typical complex for the Snatch is:

Snatch Grip Deadlift
Hang Power Snatch
Overhead Squat

Our typical complex for the Clean and Jerk is:

Deadlift
Mid Hang Power Clean
Front Squat
Push Press or Push Jerk

Breaking the lift down like this prevents many of the typical errors you see when new folks attempt to put the lift together. It also reinforces good positions and imprints the names of each movement. I would suggest having new athletes perform these complexes their first few times in group classes, until they're ready to move forward with your normal programming.

New athletes usually really appreciate the modified programming and "cheat sheet" on the white board. Let's not forget that CrossFit can often be a little overwhelming for people new to our gyms.

News and Notes

  • Happy Mother's Day to all the badass CFSBK moms!
  • Don't forget! Starting today, we'll be adding new Short Circuit and Fit 55+ classes to our schedule. Who doesn't love more fitness? All the details can be found in yesterday's post.

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Saturday
May132017

Back Squat / Front Squat | WOD 5.12.17

Tempo Back Squat / Tempo Front Squat

Tempo Back Squat (41x1):
2 x 8

Tempo Front Squat (41x1):
1 x 8

Go heavier than last week. 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.

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Exposure 3 of 8
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Partner WOD
In teams of 2 with one partner working at a time, complete the following for time:

200 Double-Unders
100 Burpees
50 Deadlifts 185/125
100 Double-Unders
50 Burpees
25 Deadlifts

Post time, Rx, and partner to comments.

Pierre has some fun with the pegboard at 608 | Photo by Thomas H.

Starting Tomorrow: New Short Circuit and Fit 55+ Classes!

Starting tomorrow, May 14th, we'll be offering another Short Circuit class at 8am on Sunday. Short Circuit uses some of the best training methods to give you a great total body workout in just one hour. Each class includes two circuits programmed specifically to help you shed pounds while increasing your strength, stamina, and flexibility. At Short Circuit, we want you to get sweaty, have fun, and build confidence, one workout at a time. We create an inclusive space where people can feel comfortable exactly where they are in their fitness journeys and, more importantly, challenge themselves to get better. Visit SHORTCIRCUIT.FIT for more info and the full schedule!

Starting Monday, May 15th, we'll be adding a third Fit 55+ class each week and tweaking the schedule a bit. Fit 55+ will now meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11am. This is a strength and conditioning class for older adults who want to move and use their bodies and are not content to simply sit on the couch getting older. Strength training and conditioning can help both stave off, as well as reduce, the effects of many chronic diseases. As the old adage goes, “If you don’t move it, you lose it.” Know someone who might benefit from this class? Send them over to the Fit 55+ program page!

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Friday
May122017

Rest Day

Here's Coach KHarpz with Annie Thorisdottir at CrossFit Reykjavík. "Looked up from my workout and she was just sitting next to me on the Assault Bike," KHarpz reports

This Week at CFSBK in Review

1. Monday was finally good for something: it brought us Coach Fox's Easy Turkey and Green Salsa with Black Beans Skillet recipe

2. Tuesday? Well, that wasn't so bad either. We learned more about Zach Z. in the lastest installment of Better Know a Member!

3. We recently cleared out our lost and found, and the goodies are up on Flickr. Does any of this stuff belong to you? Claim it at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS in two weeks! (You thought we were gonna keep doing the days of the week thing, didn't you?)

4. Rachel H. is planning to go to the Power Monkey Fitness Camp in October and would like to assemble a group of CFSBKers to go with her. Groups of 5 or more people get a sweet discount. The camp takes place October 1st through 7th in Crossville, TN. Contact Rachel at rthsiung [at] gmail.com if you're interested!

5. Registration for Murph Day 2017 is open! 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. What're waitin' for? Sign up today! See the event page for more details.

6. Don't forget! Starting this Sunday, May 14th, we'll be adding new Short Circuit and Fit 55+ classes to our schedule. Who doesn't love more fitness? All the details can be found here.

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Wednesday
May102017

Back Rack Reverse Lunge | WOD 5.10.17

Back Rack Reverse Lunges

3 x 8e

Go heavier than last week. Perform 8 reps on one leg, rack the bar, then perform 8 reps on the other leg. The last few reps of each set should be tough.

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Exposure 3 of 8
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4 Rounds:
AMRAP 3 Minutes...
5 Toes-to-Bars
10 Push-Ups
15 Squats
Rest 1 minute

Begin each round where you left off. Aim to score consistently on each round within a few reps. Scale Toes-to-Bars to Hanging Leg or Knee Raises, and Push-Ups to Knee Push-Ups as needed.

Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.

Molly and Tucker Fox pose for a photo with front desker Karina S. Do you think Molly and Tucker got to sample Coach Fox's Turkey and Green Salsa Skillet?

Movement Clinic: Crossover Symmetry and Healthy Shoulders

What is it?
An hour-long clinic with Coach Whit focusing on shoulder function and health. We will:

  • Complete brief flexibility & mobility testing
  • Learn how to use (and read) the Crossover Symmetry apparatus through a series of exercises sequenced to address posture, scapula positional stability, rotator cuff function, and motor programming
  • Briefly discuss and practice other simple ways to prepare, warm-up, and recover the shoulders

The goal of this clinic is not to simply give you a fish, but rather to teach you how to fish...  except here the fishing poll is a set of resistance bands and the fish are your badass, strong, supple shoulders! Woohoo! You'll walk away with concrete ways to approach your own shoulder health and function, whether it's before/after group class, as a part of your warm-ups in class, or during OG.

When?
Monday, May 15th at 7:30PM

Where?
The clinic will be held in 608 Degraw. Please check in with the front desk and then proceed across the street by 7:30!

Who?
Anyone can attend. The clinic is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The clinic will be capped at 9 people to allow for individual attention.

How?
This clinic is now SOLD OUT. Please e-mail Coach Whit directly at Whitney [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com if you'd like to be added to the waiting list.

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Tuesday
May092017

Rest Day

Better Know a Member: Zach Z.

For the past few weeks, we've been having fun with Better Know a Member, a blog-favorite in which we profile members from across the CFSBK community. Last week we spoke to Kirby S. This week, let's find out more about a man who has Deadlifted on the roof of CrossFit Bangkok...

Name (and any nicknames):

Zach Zinn (Zinn City, Z Squared, Slippery Double Z—not sure why)

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Philly and its general environs. I'll never be converted to a full New Yorker, though I'm dangerously trending towards hipsterdom with new beard and first-ever glasses in the last year.

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

About a year and a half now. Former co-worker and fellow CFSBKer Lauren M. insisted I'd like it and should give it a go. I didn't really want to but she managed to convince me and was totally right, which is pretty par for the course for us. 

Program your nightmare workout:

The sled push is a true nightmare factory, so anything involving that. It's one of several medieval torture devices that are all part of the fun at Strong Fit!

Ask me about that time I...

Was on a live Nickelodeon show with Paula Abdul while wearing a cow suit. Performing the role of "Cow," naturally. 

What are you recommending right now?

Everyone should try the miracle fried Korzo burger at Korzo in Park Slope at least once. They also have also have a hilarious bartender and occasional Coach Foxes sightings.

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

I do techy/communications type things at the Social Science Research Council in Downtown Brooklyn, which has been making fantastic social science for almost 100 years. If you're the kind of person who gets jazzed up about the origin of the word "interdisciplinarity," then I have lots of reading material for you. I'm occasionally shipped away to far off lands for projects, which is great opportunity to tour CrossFit gyms of the world. This year I visited Cambodia's "Angkor Fight Club," which has many rules.   

Any advice for new CFSBKers?

"Trust the Process" (I've been waiting to say that). Picking stuff and putting it down is way more complicated than it seems. It will take a long time for things to click but the payoff is well worth it. I've easily made more progress here in a year than in 10 years of sports club gyms! I definitely recommend trying a Starting Strength cycle to slow things down and improve technique. CFSBK is also a fun place to dress like you are in an '80s home workout video.

News and Notes

  • Sign ups for Murph Day 2017 are open! 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. What're waitin' for? Sign up today! See the event page for more details.
  • We recently cleared out our lost and found, and the goodies are up on Flickr. Does any of this stuff belong to you? Claim it at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS in two weeks! 

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Tuesday
May092017

Clean | WOD 5.11.17

Clean Complex

Every 90 seconds for 10 reps:
Clean High Pull + Mid-Hang Clean High Pull + Mid-Hang Clean

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3 Rounds for Time:
400m Run
15 Thrusters 95/65

Push the pace a bit on the runs. The Thruster weight should be toward the light side for you and done unbroken or in 2 quick sets on the fast end. Aim for about an 85% effort throughout and consistent splits for each round.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Micheline G. is ready for "Murph"! | Photo by Thomas H.

Murph Day 2017: Sign Up Now!

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.
 
For the second year in a row, we'll 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. Founded in 2011 by Shari Duval with the hopes of pairing 12 Warrior-Canine teams a year, the program has graduated over 263 Warrior/canine teams. 90% of the dogs in the program come from rescue shelters or are owner-surrendered. 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.

SIGN UP HERE!

News and Notes

  • Next Level Weightlifting Club will meet at 6pm today with Coach Frank
  • Rachel H. is planning to go to the Power Monkey Fitness Camp in October and would like to assemble a group of CFSBKers to go with her. Groups of 5 or more people get a sweet discount. The camp takes place October 1st through 7th in Crossville, TN. Contact Rachel at rthsiung [at] gmail.com if you're interested!
  • We recently cleared out our lost and found, and the goodies are up on Flickr. Does any of this stuff belong to you? Claim it at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS in two weeks!

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Monday
May082017

Push Press | 5.8.17

Push Press

3 x 8

Go heavier than last week. 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 3 of 8

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5 Rounds for Time:
200m Row
7 Overhead Squats 95/65
7 Handstand Push-Ups

The barbell should be light for you and unbroken on the fast end. Scale the Handstand Push-Ups to Box Piked HSPUs or 3 Wall Walks as needed.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Eat, Pray, Gainz: Easy Turkey and Green Salsa with Black Beans Skillet

By Christian Fox

Healthy, delicious meals don’t have to be at all complicated... and here’s some proof! It really couldn't be much simpler. Make it your own depending on what you like and/or what you have on hand in your kitchen. 

The recipe below makes 4 servings, each at about 375 calories with 42 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat, and 23 grams of carbohydrate.

Ingredients

  • 1lb lean ground turkey (we used Plainville brand 93% lean)
  • 1 15.5oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (we used Fairway brand)
  • 1 16oz jar salsa verde (we used Mrs. Refreño’s Green Salsa w/Jalapenõs)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Prep

  • Drain and rinse black beans

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and brown the turkey over medium high until cooked through.
  • While the turkey is browning, drain and rinse the black beans.
  • Once the turkey is cooked through (you shouldn’t see any pink in there) add the beans and the salsa.
  • Cook a few minutes more until the beans and salsa are warmed through.

That’s it!

Hacks!

  • Change the ingredients to your taste, or use what you have on hand!
  • Any lean ground meat will work, as will crumbled tempeh, Boca Burger, or extra firm tofu (pulse the veggie options in a food processor for a few turns to crumble).
  • Any beans you like or have on hand will work. Make sure to drain and rinse ‘em.
  • Use your salsa of choice!
  • The pic above shows the dish served with a few toasted corn tortillas (for added carbs), a dollop of nonfat yogurt, shredded lettuce and Oaxaca cheese, and some sliced pickled jalapeños. A few pickled red onions would have been nice, too...
  • Serve over cooked pasta or rice for extra carbs!
  • Garnish with sliced avocado for extra fat!

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