Back Squat

Advanced: 85%x3x5
Beginner/Intermediate: 3-3-3-3-3

If you don't have a 1RM then spend today's exposure finding a heavy 3 rep that still leaves some room to move up in weight by 15-20 lbs. We'll be doing triples as the heavy day with linear increases for this squat cycle so don't hit the wall on day 1.

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2 Rounds NFT of:
15 Strict Toes to Bar or Knees to Elbows
15 Single Leg RDLs, each leg

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Good luck to Jeff B on the Bar Exam today!

Congratulations to Coach Chris Fox for passing his motorcycle license test!

Odds on Salo?

The CrossFit Games are a mere 3 days away!  Who do you see on the podium for the men's and women's divisions this year?  Last night it was announced that there will be swimming involved in this years Games.  Hope the competitors took a tip from the SBK Red Hook Swim Club and included some laps into their training!

It also goes without saying that we're all putting our money on "The Warrior", Jacinto B to take the top spot in the 60+ Masters Division.  Fun Fact: Jacinto will be the oldest competitor at the Games this year!

The Taste Of Salt

Check out resident author extraordinaire, Martha Southgate who will be promoting the release of her new book, "The Taste Of Salt".  Check out these advance reviews:

“Extraordinarily moving and keenly sensitive tour de force that will linger in your mind and heart for a long time.”—James Hannaham, author of God Says No

“A haunting novel about the ways we hurt and are hurt by the people we love most in the world, and about how, despite that, we find solace in their love.”—Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road

The Taste of Salt is a beautiful and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family.   Employing a chorus of voices and perspectives,  Martha Southgate probes the depths of her troubled characters with clarity and tenderness.”—Dan Chaon,  author of Await Your Reply
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Rest Day

Check out Maurya S from Spartan Racing's video update after her first session at CFSBK.  Maurya is gearing up to run two Spartan Races with the help of Coach Shane.  You can read more about her experience here!

Wednesday 8pm Class

You asked for it and you got it.  Join Coach Noah this and every Wednesday at 8pm for our newest Group Class.

Lets Get Real about Summertime Hydration!

Watch Kelly S over at Mobility WOD talk about heat, fluid loss and how to get enough fluid and salts for life and performance. Episode 276

Do You Remember Your First Workout at CFSBK? What was it?

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WOD 7.25.11

4 Rounds of:
Bench Press, 5 reps
Row 25 Calories

Get on the erg immedidately following your bench set and row a hard 25 calories. Rest as needed between rounds. Your score is total lbs moved and total time on the erg.  If you miss a rep on the bench, you get zero points for that set. For example:

150x5 = 750lbs

160x5 = 800lbs

170x4 = 0lbs

165x5 = 825lbs

Score = 2,375lbs / 6:06

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Devi A looks focused during Push Jerk warm-ups

This Squat Cycle.

As mentioned previously, we'll still be squatting 2x per week throughout this cycle.  Wednesdays exposures will be heavy sets while Saturday's will be volume sets.  Below is the programming breakdown for each exposure.

Wednsday Heavy Squat
e1: Advanced:85%x3x5
Novice/Intermediate: 3-3-3-3-3 Working up to a submax heavy triple (leave 15-20 lbs in the tank)
e2: add 5-15lbs 3x5
e3: add 5-10lbs 3x5
e4: add 2.5-5lbs 3x5

Saturday: Volume Squat
e1: 65%x10x2 (or %75 of your first heavy triple from this cycle)
e2: +5-10lbs x10x2
e3: +5-10lbs x10x2
e4: +5-10lbs x10x2

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20 Rep Overhead Squats/Forward Rolls

Warm-up 1A or 1B


Forward Roll Practice
Take 15 minutes to learn/experiment with Forward Rolls

20-Rep Overhead Squat
Take 25 Minutes to work up to a 20-rep Overhead Squat.  Don't sacrifice form for load here. 

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JZ weathers the Storm

Good luck to Christine G. who is participating in her first IronMan Triathalon today! Go get 'em Christine!

The New Cycle Starts Tomorrow

Today is the final day of Back-Off Week!  The new cycle starts tomorrow and we're shaking things up a little bit.  We'll still be squatting twice weekly (Wednesday/Saturday) but have jettisoned the Pull and Upper Body Strength days as the focus of this cycle will be on strength endurance and more traditional CrossFit programming.   We look forward to seeing you increase your work capacity over broad time and modal domains! 


Which movement(s) from the Warm-ups do you want to make the most improvement with this cycle?

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Clean and Jerk

30 Minutes of Practice
Use medium to light weights and emphasize positions and speed under the bar. 

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The One-Armed Man

Standardized Warm-Ups
By David Osorio

One of our goals for you for this cycle is to increase both strength and stamina with our most basic gymnastics skills.  For a while now, our training has biased barbell lifting at the expense of many foundational calisthenic movements. We’ve seen people put up big numbers on the Back Squat or Deadlift who would struggle with a set of 10 strict pull-ups.  We’ve also seen many new folks unable to get their first push-up for too long simply because they don’t do enough of them.  
To fix this, we’ve decided to include a standardized warm-up which we’ll be doing at the beginning of each class. Consider this warm-up one of the training variables we’ll be playing with this cycle. If it goes well, we’ll implement standardized warm-ups in future cycles as well.

After class intros, we’ll break out and perform Warm-Up 1 or Warm-Up 2. Which warm-up you do depends on how many times per week you come. If you’re a 1 or 2 time per week CrossFitter, stick to Warm-Up 1, the consistency will be helpful since the overall training volume will be lower. Otherwise, alternate each of these workouts scaling to your abilities. Focus on PERFECT execution on these reps and work at a steady tempo on each rep and actively practice best-fit positions. Really, more so than warming you up, performing these movements with good technique consistently will increase connective tissue strength, body awareness and increase overall fitness.

The Warm-Ups
Warm-Up 1 A
3 Rounds of:
15 Hollow Rocks
15 Air Squats
8-12 Push-Ups
5-8 Pull-Ups

Warm-Up 1 B
3 Rounds of:
15 Hollow Rocks
15 Air Squats
10 Switch Push-Ups or Kneeling Push-Ups
3 Negatives (just the down portion) or 5 Leg Assisted Pull-Ups 

There are two versions of WU1.  WU1A is the advanced version which assumes you can perform the mature versions of all these exercises.  We’ve included a range of reps that you can play with in order to scale to your ability.  WU1B is for folks who are still working on getting their first mature push-up or pull-up.  Again, there are a few different modifications built into it so you can tailor it for your needs.

Hold the top and bottom of each squat for :01. For the push-up, hold the top for a :01 as well.  These tempos help build strength at end ranges where form is often compromised or short changed.

Warm-Up 2

3 Rounds of:
0:30 in a prone or supine plank. (alternate each round)
8 Reverse Lunges, each leg
10 Ring Rows

The planks in Warm-Up 2 develop isometric strength which we otherwise don’t do too much of in CrossFit.  This is a great way to strengthen your shoulders and tight body positions.  By altering hand placement, we can easily make these movements more less difficult.  On the lunges, focus on keeping keeping the front shin vertical and developing balance.  Another movement we don’t see much of in programming is the horizontal pull.  Many of you working on pull-ups do these regularly but many folks who already have them overlook this important movement.  Rows help develop the upper back which is important for upper body strength Thoracic spine stability.

What to do before or after
There is a 10 minute cap on these warm-ups.  If you finish early take a water break then you can do some quick soft tissue work like foam rolling or stretching.  For folks who arrive early to the gym, this would also be a great time to mobilize a difficult movement or foam roll/LAX.

We look forward to hearing everyone’s feedback on this and how it affects their training over time.

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Rest Day

Coach Nick Coaching Collette K. at the CRASH-Bs

Underneath the Hoodie - Nick Peterson
By Margie Lempert

DOB: 2/23/73
Height: 6'3”
Weight: 205
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY
Place of Higher Learning: Harvard
Years in New York: almost 12
Years at SBK: 2.5

Nick was tired of being told to put on his shoes. That was the thing that finally sent him to the Lyceum. That and David’s advances. And pregnant Charlotte’s transition to SBK. And the fact that we weren’t assholes. He had been happily rebelling against his years of rowing regimen with capoeira; finally life was not so... sagittal. Why go back into the pit of discipline?

It started when we met at the co-op: Nick was doing a make-up on my shift and somehow or another we got to talking about CrossFit and rowing. Turned out his wife Charlotte had been doing CF on her own at the Slope Fitness, so he knew about it, but was not personally compelled. It seemed too pushy. Too much like the years and years he’d spent competing as a rower, including a trip to the 2000 Olympics in Australia. He was over the machismo, the drive to go harder than everyone else; he’d watched so many people beat their chests only to fail. Since his final year as a competitive athlete, he’d been fascinated by training efficiently. Good technique, coupled with laziness seemed to be key. The best rowers were lazy. They did just what they needed to in training, never more. But when game day came, they could turn on the fierce competitive focus and win.

Nick had the mental toughness for competition, but he was not a natural athlete - at least according to him. He didn’t feel that he was good at moving, couldn’t really mimic movements, but rather had to rely on descriptive coaching in order to learn technique. Perhaps that’s where Nick the athlete and Nick the intellect collide.

Talking to Nick is not linear; he’s a holistic thinker, able to thread thoughts through various topics, and circle back to previous points fluidly. Maybe it’s in his blood: grandma was a major player in the women’s rights movement (Ralph Nader’s mentor, no less), and Dad’s profession as an architect took the family to Beirut when Nick was 5, where he studied at an international french school. They loved it there. The people were warm and it reminded Nick’s parents of Brooklyn. But several years later, after coming back from an intermission in Rome, the family decided it was time to leave: being caught in a bombing of the theater your Dad redesigned will do that.

The Peterson’s settled in DC and Nick reintegrated by attending another international french school. When he started public school in the 6th grade, he was thoroughly accustomed to co-mingling with kids of all nationalities, so it was a shock to be thrown into the mix of US racial politics. He knew right away that things were different; the racial divide in terms of academic tracking was obvious, and he had several social situations that reinforced his observations. All of this spawned his interest in understanding race relations, which prompted him to major in African-American studies at Harvard.

The other major life interest that Nick discovered at that school was rowing, and really sport in general. Perhaps because he didn’t feel like a natural athlete, Nick’s attitude is different from what you might expect from an Olympian. He’s very equal opportunity when it comes to learning sport. He says that anyone can be taught to be an athlete because everyone has capacity. Yes, hard work is involved and the ability to make connections between different movements, but the reality is that there is no functional limit to what one can do. One can always push harder or refine technique more; the compelling and repulsive truth to competition as well.

Technique is paramount for Nick, which is why he finally got drawn into CFSBK. That and the fact that we didn’t care if he worked out barefoot. He was extremely impressed by David and Shane’s eye for detail. He felt that the quality of instruction was higher than what he’d experienced at the various olympic centers he’d trained at. In contrast to his overall impression of CrossFit as a practice, our gym emphasized good movement and smart training. And it was fun!

Parting thoughts:
If not a rower, then an artist.
Secret ability to identify the decade a building was constructed.
Loves watches, coffee, ties and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Knows a lot about movies he hasn’t seen.
His relationship with Charlotte is the definition of “meant to be”, but we’ll save that story for another time...

Favorite way to eat eggs:
Scrambled, wet


What is your greatest strength as an athlete?  Where have you seen the most improvement since training at SBK? 
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Warm-up 2 Intro/Triplet 

Warm-Up 2
3 Rounds of: 
Plank x "30 Gymnastics" Alternate Facing up and Facing Down
10 Reverse Lunges, Each Leg
10 Ring Rows

25 Minutes of:
5 Heavy Dumbbell Windmills each side
10 V-Outs
130m Heavy Farmer's Walks

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Michelle Rows her boat through the Storm.

CrossFit South Brooklyn on Spartan Radio

Coach Shane was the guest on the podcast for the Spartan Race this past week and discussed CrossFit and his work preparing Maurya S. who has been training at SBK specifically for the gruelling Spartan Beast a 12-mile whopper of a race in Vermont on August 6th.  Watch Shane prove he's no Robb Wolf here.

Crossword Solving Class with Stella Z. 

No, not THAT Stella!  In addition to being a badass in the gym our very own Stella Z. is one of the foremost competitors in sport of crossword.  And she wants to teach you how to improve your game!  She's teamed up w/ her longtime nemesis Francis Heany to teach a class at the Brooklyn Brainery on August 15th from 8:30-10pm.  Find out all the details and register here.  Talk about broad time and modal domains!

CrossFit Sports Series Stand-up Paddle Event

CrossFit Sports Series is coming to NY with a Stand-up Paddle event out in Rockaway beach.  The day includes all the gear, instruction and a fun competitive WOD mixing elements of CrossFit and SUP and even food! The event is scheduled for Saturday August, 13th starting at 10am.  For full details and to register follow the link and/or check out one of the fliers next time you're in the gym.  Note, this will conflict with one of the Subway Series WODs.  Play new sports, son!


Who is in for the Subway Series this year?!

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