Monday
Aug162010

Rest Day

Malcolm
Malcolm does some construction site Deadlifts last January

More work? Or a sip of water?
by Christian Fox
 
            You’re mid-Helen. You’re finishing your 2nd round of KB swings and the pull-up bar is waiting for you. So what do you do? Place your bell down, grab a sip of water, wipe the sweat from your face, chalk up your hands, and then size up the pull-up bar? Or do you ditch the bell and get on the pull-up bar knowing that you’ve only got one round left and the big rest is coming. Last sprint, last swings, last pull-ups. Forget the chalky feeling on your tongue; you’re getting on the leader board this time.
 
            In many WODs, a sip of water here and there is totally appropriate. Think Murph, Angie, Barbara (during the rest), or some other 20+minute chipper style WOD. These are designed to be done at a medium to medium-high intensity and take significant time to complete; hence they need to be paced out and can allow for a sip or a break. WODs like Fran, Annie, and the like are meant to be executed at a high intensity throughout, and take a short time to complete. I feel pretty confident saying that you will not dehydrate during 5-10 minutes it takes to complete either of these couplets. Often though, we see athletes stopping mid-WOD to grab a sip or just to put their hands on their hips and rest. Sometimes, sure, this is appropriate. Are you sick, pregnant, injured, or the like? Then yes, you may need to pace even short WODs. But if not, then be honest with yourself about why you’re reaching for your water bottle again or chalking up for the 4th time in 12 pull-ups. It probably isn’t thirst. It’s being uncomfortable with being uncomfortable.
 
            Let me be clear…I’m not saying not to stay hydrated and on the south-side line of Pukieville, but if this sounds like you then try this trick. BEFORE the clock starts, drink a cup of water. Then put your water bottle away from you and out of reach. Mid-WOD when you start to think how nice a little H20 would feel on your tongue, use that to motivate you to finish faster. The water is the reward. Finish and it’s yours.
 
Train smart, but train hard. Remember that intensity is what brings results. Increase your pain tolerance. Try getting more comfortable with being uncomfortable.


How would you describe your discomfort tolerance?  Are there types of workouts or specific exercises you find yourself taking lots of breaks from?

Sunday
Aug152010

Partner WOD 8.15.10

You and a partner will attempt to row as many meters as possible
in 20 minutes.  Individuals are not allowed to row more than 500m per
turn. Can your team break 5,000m in the allotted time?

Post
partner, total meters rowed and strategy to comments.
compare to 12.06.09


Review Coach Nick's rowing technique before today's class.

Skill Work
Handstand Practice

Level A. Kick-ups
Level B. Spotted Inversions
Level C. Freestanding Practice

Pbar
Armando and Dom finish up the new pull-up bars

Good luck and farewell to Christian D who after over a year of training at CFSBK will be moving to The Hague (Netherlands)!   Christian has made enormous gains with us and we can't wait to hear all about his training overseas.
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Congratulations to Team SBK on their performances on yesterdays Bronx Half Marathon.  Here's how we did:
Mike W 1:35:25
Joe W 2:02:14
Jess F 2:03:04
Dan R 2:07:16
Asta F 2:10:55
Chris F 2:23:52
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Robb Wolf on refined carbohydrates CrossFit

Sunday
Aug152010

"The Brooklyn Lyceum"

For time:
50 Burpees
25 Thrusters 95/65
50 Box Jumps, 24"/20"
25
Deadlifts 225/185
50 Double Unders
25 Pull-Ups
50 Burpees

Post
time and Rx to comments.
compare to 1.10.10

WallBall
Wall Ball!

Happy Birthday, Dan H!

Good luck to Chris F, Jess F, Dan R, Asta F, Mike W and Joe W on today's Bronx Half Marathon!!

Saturday
Aug142010

Back Squat

5-5-5
(E7/8) Sets Across

Post loads to comments.
compare to 8.11.10

Assistance Work
3-5 Medium Sled Sprints, 50'
3-5 Heavy Sled Drags, 50'

Post experience to comments.

dharma
Dharma F learns to Deadlift

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Friday
Aug132010

Rest Day

Appropriate scaling
by Coach Fox

We all know that CrossFit is infinitely scalable. We have CF Kids who do scaled down versions of what our regular classes look like. You tell your Mom and your Grandma that yes; they too, can walk into their local CF affiliate and get some. In Foundations at CFSBK or at a Level 1 cert, your coach lectured you that CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movement, executed at (relatively) high intensity. Remember that adjective: relatively. After CrossFitting for a while you may feel like you should do every WOD Rx’d…not so.
 
What high intensity means for all of us is different. Sometimes the difference is scaled via time/perceived effort. For example: 2 athletes complete Fran as Rx’d. Athlete A finishes in 3:00 flat, while athlete B finishes in 6:59. One took more than 2x as long as the other. Did they both get a dose of CrossFit? For sure. Let’s assume that athlete B scaled back intensity and paced the workout more and didn’t redline because he didn’t sleep well the night before and was feeling sluggish. That sounds like smart scaling to me. Here’s another scenario. Athlete A is the same, but athlete B finishes the workout in just under 12:00. He breaks the movements up into 3 or 4 at a time from start, and his movement is a mess from the 10th thruster on, missing ROM on a few of the pull-ups along the way. He was well rested and just really wanted to do his first Rx’d Fran. Here athlete B gets a very different workout. It became more a matter of slogging through to the finish instead of sprinting to the end, and the metabolic effect of the WOD was lost. Some scaling on weight or reps may have gotten him the intended effect of the infamous 21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups. If his thrusters were the limiting factor using a 75lb barbell may have been appropriate. If pull-ups were the time suck then maybe going 12-9-6 on that portion would have made the difference.
 
Just this week you were challenged to find your max weight for a “4 minute Grace”.  This was a great active lesson on scaling that I hope you got. Sure, sometimes it can be good just to go at a WOD Rx’d for the sake of completing it as such. There can be some real mental/emotional benefit to that. The majority of the time though, when it comes to met-cons, especially the short/intense kind, try and find where your intensity level needs to be for the intended effect of the workout. Then focus on getting stronger and the Rx’d weight will come. A good estimate for high rep barbell work is to use around 65% of your max. So if your max clean and jerk were 150lbs, then 95-100 lbs would probably get you a good dose of Grace. If you’re not sure where or when to scale, just ask one of the coaches as CFSBK. That’s what we’re here for. Cheers to good training.


What does Rx'd mean to you? Is it a goal of yours? Why or why not?

Wednesday
Aug112010

WOD 8.11.10

Eight rounds for time of:
3 Mid Hang Power Cleans 165/105
8 Burpees with CF Games Push-Up Standards

Post time and Rx to comments.

Clean Variations

keith
Keith From CrossFit Virtuosity Cleans


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Wednesday
Aug112010

Back Squat

5-5-5
(E6/8) Sets Across

Post loads to comments.
compare to 8.7.10

Perform 4 Rounds of:
1 Minute Row for max calories
1 Minute max Box Jumps 20"
1 Minute rest

Post totals for each movement to comments.

Sal
Sal M completes the 10! Power clean/Pull-up workout at the 09 regional Qualifier

Tonight is the accumulation of 8 weeks of pushing and pulling iron.  Check out Jeremy's Strength Cycle athletes compete in the CrossFit Total.  They'll have 3 attempts to nail a 1RM Back Squat, Press and Deadlift.  Good luck, everyone!
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Read, "Routine vs Ritual" by Chip Conrad.  Chip will be hosting the "Brutal Recess" seminar at CFSBK. For more information watch this then click here.

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