Rest Day

 Colette K. is the life of the party.


Congratulations to all the athletes who hit PRs yesterday!
Some of the higlights include:


John J. went from 13 to 25 consecutive DUs
Vincent hit 97 DUs
Kate B. strung together 2 Doubles
MIke F. 27 DUs
Nino got 4 unbroken
Andrew C. PR'd by 15 lbs on the Power Clean with his 150
Charlotte K. hit a solid 135!


Don't forget to put your new PRs and milestone on the accomplishment board!


Sett(l)ing for a New PR
Coach Christian Fox


It’s Max Effort week at CrossFit South Brooklyn. That very special time when the practice and hard work that you’ve put in over the previous three weeks of the strength cycle comes, hopefully, to fruition. I really enjoy few things more than witnessing one of our athletes (and by athletes I mean ALL of you) PR a lift or WOD at our gym. Better numbers on the bar or clock are tangible success. That can be something hard to achieve in other areas of our lives, and as a coach it’s great to feel a part of that success. Just today I watched one of our athletes nail a PR on a Power Clean by about 15 lbs more than she thought she might. AMAZING! I recognize though, and you should too, that not every day is going to be a PR. Shocking, I know.


We’re always trying to get better, that’s why we dutifully records metrics in CrossFit. But sometimes, sh*t happens. There are any number of things that can interfere with a good training session, especially for a population that isn’t getting paid to train, recover, and perform. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, injury, stress, not warming up properly, or just not being able to “get your head in the game” can all negatively affect a training session. And, when we have lives outside of CrossFit, these things can be hard to control. When this happens try not to beat yourself up about it. Instead try to learn from it. Move on. Try to recognize what went wrong and see if you can control that factor next time around. In the end, getting down about a disappointing performance will not do any good at all. “Onwards and upwards”, as the saying goes.


Just as much as witnessing a PR is one of my greatest joys as a coach, seeing someone get down about their PR can drive me nuts. I’ve seen it too many times, an athlete thinking they should have been faster and/or stronger and not enjoying the moment. “It’s only a 5 lb PR”…A PR is a PR, whether by 1 lb or 10 lbs (or 2 seconds or 2 minutes). Heck, experienced Olympic lifters know that ½ kg can make all the difference in a competition and game it accordingly. As your training age increases, PRs become harder and harder to come by. A 5 lb PR on the snatch for example, is HUGE. You can ride those 5 lbs all year long! Additionally, keep in mind the percentage of the total that the PR represents. If you had an 8 minute Fran before and then do it at 7:45 that’s less than 4% better but huge in terms of a 15 second PR. If your clean goes from 95 to 100 lbs that’s better than a 5% increase, and again huge. It’s easy to think of increases only happening in terms of plates on the bar…95 to 115, 115 to 135, using the next set of bumpers. Don’t be that person. Don’t get caught up in that, it’s an ego trip and can be destructive to a successful fitness career. We have fractional plates at CFSBK that allow for increases as small as ½ lb on the bar, use them. Don’t get stuck failing at 135 lbs, instead try for 131 or 132 lbs. A PR is a PR and it represents progress and tangible success. That’s why we track all those metrics, remember?


Remember to keep this stuff in perspective with the other areas of your life. We’re trying to be fit for life. A few bad days at the gym will not make or break that, and you can ride the really good days for a long while. Your time at CrossFit should be like adult swim. It’s your playtime and should be fun. We coaches do our best to keep it that way.


 Three cheers to PRs!!! or not. And, to having fun while working toward them.


Carol Dweck's Attitude Chronicle of Higher Education


Power Clean

(E4/4) Find a new 1RM! 

Post loads and PRs to comments.
Compare to 11.15.10 and  8.9.10

Accessory Work
Athletes will have 12 minutes to hit a new Double Under PR.

Avi S. gets a new PR!

Hercules! Hercules!

Congratulations to Paulie S., Avi S., Jack L. and Coach Jeremy on a successful powerlifting meet.  The weeks and months of hard work paid off big time! 

All hitting PRs!

Avi 435/259/507

Paulie 474/303/573
Jeremy 374/275/452

Jack hit a couple of misses due to technical errors but will be back in the saddle again next go 'round! 

Great work everyone! Way to represent SBK!

Fight Gone Bad T-Shirt Reminder

You worked so hard raising all that money for some great causes and now all you've got to do is come in and grab your shirt.  Please pick yours up this week and cross your name off the list.   

If You Kill it, Refill It

Congratulations on doing your part to end Global Dehydration please don't forget to refill the water pitcher in the fridge

-Gracias, el Management

Inspired SBKs strong men and women? Learn how to get ready for your first meet
Diggin' in the Crates: Buddy Lee on Double Unders
Diggin' in the Crates II: Buddy Lee Rope Simulation (Can you spot the three original CFSBK coaches?)


WODS 12.5.10

As Many Rounds as possible in 10 Minutes of:
10 Ring Dips
20 Kettlebell Swings, 24kg/16kg

Rest 5 minutes, then:

As Many Rounds as possible in 10 Minutes of:
10 Pull-Ups
20 Burpees

Post total rounds completed in each WOD and Rx to comments.

Margie's African Safari Handstand!

Where have you traveled to?  What has been your favorite experience abroad?


Back Squat

(Deload exposure)

Post loads to comments.
use 75% of 11.13.10

3 Rounds for max reps of:
1 Minute, Row for Calories
1 Minute, Wall Ball Shots, 20lb/14lb, 10'
1 Minute, Box Jumps, 20"
1 Minute Rest

Post total reps per movement and overall to comments.

Check out this amazing video commemorating Matt U's incredible fund raising efforts for Fight Gone Bad 5!

Good luck to Paulie S, Jack L, Avi S and Coach Jeremy who will be competing in a USAPL (powerlifting) meet this weekend!  Each of these guys will attempt to break PR's in the Back Squat, Deadlift and Bench Press. GO TEAM!!!!

Matt U set a goal for Fight Gone Bad and completely exceeded it.  He had a tangible goal and incentives to help him reach that goal.  That being said, it's now December, what are everyone's short term goals for this month?? Post to comments AND to the goals board at the gym!


December Athlete of the Month!

Sarah Haskins!


Man, these months really fly by. December is here and that means it’s time to crown a new Athlete of the Month! This was a real no-brainer. In fact, if we had co-AOMs this dame might have shared the title in a previous month. Good people of CFSBK, I give you Sarah Haskins! Sarah is another OG SBKer who has been CrossFitting with us for over 2 years now. It took her some time to get in though, as you’ll read. With the other athlete’s who’ve been featured so far, all I did was ask them to meet with me to talk at the gym, no real reason. With Sarah, however, I figured I needed an excuse because I knew she’d ask why. I had to dupe her and tell her it was about the gym’s involvement in the Ragnar Relay team she’s captaining this year. She was suspicious though…

Fox – Thanks for meeting me and for staying late, Sarah. I lied to you about why we’re meeting…You’re our December Athlete of the Month!

Sarah – (sinks into couch) Why me? Man, you really need to work on your approach. I couldn’t sleep last night. I was nervous. I hoped this wasn’t why we were meeting.

Fox – Uh…huh?

Sarah – Jess (Bailey) had so many interesting things to say, I’ve got nothing interesting!

Fox – You’ll be fine.  Let’s start at the beginning. How did you start CrossFit?

Sarah – I had gone with Paul (Sarah’s husband) when he did Murph with CFSBK in Prospect Park in May ’08. He had been at CFNYC for a bit and then heard about David and CrossFit South Brooklyn. Paul had been urging me to join for a few months. Murph, and then Fight Gone Bad in September, were my first impressions of CrossFit. I thought it was crazy but I was intrigued.  I remember some of the girls, Steph Paddock and Margie, doing the workouts and that was very inspiring, made it seem less macho. I thought about it a while before signing up for Foundations, six months actually. I did Foundations in November 2008, and then promptly signed up for 5x/week.

Fox – Right into 5 days a week? Serious.

Sarah – I had thought about it for so long that I already knew it was what I wanted. I liked that it was scaleable and that I could track progress and it would have variety. I didn’t need to think about it anymore.

Fox – What were you coming to us from, fitness-wise?

Sarah – I was a runner, and had done a few ½ marathons and the NYC marathon. I was overweight though. After that I did this hip-hop dance class for a while. It wasn’t exercise for me because I couldn’t do the moves! I felt really uncoordinated. I eventually went on a diet and lost weight but still didn’t feel fit. I was looking to be fit. Enter, CrossFit.

Fox – So your goal when you came in was to be fit. What about now? Still the same or have your goals evolved?

Sarah – I do CrossFit, so I want to be better at CrossFit! I’ve had bad experiences with deadlifts so I want to improve there. I want to work on pushing myself as well. That’s a mental hurdle, to get into that uncomfortable zone and stay there. I used to feel really awkward on barbell cleans, but now I have a better understanding of the lift so that’s getting better too. Really more specifically I should say I want to get better at CrossFit South Brooklyn-ing. I’ve never looked at the CF mainsite or any other box. SBK is what I do, and I want to get better at all of it. When people talk about drama with this-or-that CrossFit thing I have no idea what they mean. I love our community and our coaches. People are really nice and I see how hard you guys work behind the scenes. It’s unlike what I’ve experienced elsewhere.

Fox – One thing we coaches admire about you is your excellent training habits. You get in on time and self prep a bit. You pay attention when a WOD or lift is being taught and do your best to respond to cueing. You ALWAYS know what you did and when you did it because you journal diligently. Talk a bit about that.

Sarah – I am pretty anal about stuff like that. I like to be organized. How else do you see progress and make informed decisions going forward? That’s one of the big appeals of CrossFit, tracking progress. Without that it’s just working out.

Fox – You’re near the end of a Strength Cycle. What’s that like? Any benefit’s yet.

Sarah – Well I’m stronger! I want to see if and how it benefits me when I go back to group classes. It’s great being in an intimate group with intimate coaching. It also helps you mentally prepare because you know what you’re doing Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next 8 weeks. It helps me to push a bit because if Jeremy says I’m squatting 145x5x3, I squat 145x5x3. I’ve had a hard time getting there on my own in group class where I can more easily shy away from heavy and opt for less on the bar.

Fox – Well not any more, Sarah. We’re on alert. Alright, tell me a bit about you outside of CrossFit. You’ve already revealed your hip-hop dancing past, which I couldn’t have guessed. What else is there?

Sarah – Well you know this, but I do hand embroidery. I started an embroidery group that meets monthly. I have a 3-year-old King Charles spaniel named Milo that Paul and I adore. I love chicken liver, and the only band in my ears is Morphine. Also, I pay the bills as a programmer for the city where I make digital online maps.

Fox – Tell me about the CFSBK Ragnar Relay team that you’re captaining. What’s that about?

Sarah - CrossFit has really opened my eyes to how much fun it can be to try new things, particularly physical things.  I read Born to Run over the summer and decided I wanted to run an ultra.  Then I decided that might be a bit ambitious and maybe I could start with a relay instead.  I'm thrilled to have enough interest to have put the team together. From what I'm told Ragnar is part race and part party.  And when else will you have the opportunity to run from the Catskills to NYC?  We have one slot left if anyone is interested!

Fox – Last thing. What should we look for in a future CFSBK Athlete of the Month?

Sarah – Someone who’s inspirational and friendly. I think of people like Ryan who never seems to stop working, and Asta and Ariel who would never let someone walk into the gym and not be spoken to.  Someone who makes group class less intimidating. It can be intimidating.

Fox – Awesome, Sarah! Congrats again, we’re so proud of you. Thanks again for waiting for me, and not being mad about me lying to you.

Huge congratulations to Sarah on earning December’s CFSBK Athlete of the Month spot! We think you’re a pretty good example of the qualities you said we should look for in an athlete for next month. We’re looking forward to seeing you progress at SBK and beyond. And, we hope you and your team rock the Ragnar!

Sarah’s websites:


WOD 12.2.10

For Time:
Row 250m
9 Muscle Ups
9 Push Jerks, 135/95
Row 500m
6 Muscle Ups
6 Push Jerks, 135/95
Row 750m
3 Muscle Ups
3 Push Jerks, 135/95

Post time and Rx to comments.

Baby B
"Baby Bierkraft"
Congratulations to Ben and Serena on the birth of their first son, Kenyon J Granger, 6lb 9oz

Congratulations also to:
Pam O for getting her first Double Unders yesterday!
Deb P for getting through the strict transition on the muscle up yesterday.. Ring dip training time!

Welcome back from Africa, Coach Margie!

The CrossFit South Brooklyn Ragnar Relay Team is almost complete!  We have 11 out of 12 athletes registred for this 200 mile relay race from Woodstock to NYC.

Our Team:

Sarah H (C)
Joe W
Bjorn B
Charmel R
Juliana A
Dan R
Asta F
Noah A
Jess B
Steph p
Dan L

6 men and 5 females.. who will step up to be our 12th spot on the team?


Back Squat

(E6/8) This will be the last heavy 20 set for this cycle.  The following exposure will be a back-off set and the final will be a max effort single.

Post loads to comments.
compare to 11.27.10

As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
35 Double Unders
12 Thrusters 95/65

Post rounds and Rx to comments.

An obstacle based warm-up.. with a surprise ending

Congratulations to Julie E on her first Double Under!

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