CFSBK Paleo Challenge 2011



The CFSBK Community

A 2 month "Paleo Challenge" focused on improving the quality of your nutrition and rest.  The intention is to help our members kickstart their year by developing some new, healthy habits.

January 1 – February 28. Post Challenge party on 3/5/11.

To look, feel and perform better! And to win awesome prizes!

How do I start?
Between now and 1/5/11 sign up on the “Paleo Challenge 2011” sheet at the gym, pay the $20 buy-in (all $ collected will be given out to winners as cash prizes), and submit your “before” photo. Photos can be either print or digital (no photoshopping!), and must have been taken after 12/25/10. Along with your photo you must submit your Plan Of Attack. This doesn’t have to be too long, just an outline of your plan for: Nutrition, Exercise, and Rest/Recovery. Be honest and reasonable, but try to be specific about what you intend on doing. At the end of the challenge participants will submit an “after” photo and a wrap up paragraph to be judged upon.
*Photos will only be viewed by the judges and will not be published anywhere without consent.

What if I’m out of town?
Just email us and submit your photo and Plan Of Attack digitally. We’ll write your name on the sign-in sheet. To register online, email info(at) .

What are the prizes?
For both men and women, the Grand Prize is 2 months of free unlimited training at CFSBK. 2nd and 3rd places will receive cash prizes. The amounts will be based on how much money goes into the prize pot via sign ups. The more people who participate, the more cash there will be on the line. And that’s not all; there are also gift certificates to be given out from local merchants, including Bierkraft, lululemon, Root Hill and CFSBK, of course.

Sweet! How do I win?
Winners will be announced at the Post Challenge Party on 3/5/11. Participants will be judged in 2 areas. 1 – Positive visual changes in body composition, i.e. looking better, whether the goal is to lose body fat or gain lean mass. 2- Being consistent with your Plan Of Attack, i.e. setting reasonable goals and following through with them. Did you eat the way you intended with minimal cheats? Did you sleep well and pay attention to recovery practices the way you intended?

What do I eat?
In short…quality animal proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no refined sugars. Read through the links at the bottom for more on this.

Cool. How about some help along the way?
All participants are encouraged to attend CFSBK’s Paleo Potluck dinner on 1/15/11. This occurs 2 weeks in, when some folks run out of their initial “high” from the novelty of change and could use some reinforcement. Participants are also encouraged to get together for “Rest Day Dinners” (Paleo, of course). These can be informal, either hosted in-home or at a restaurant. Again, these will serve
as reinforcement along the way, giving folks a way to share difficulties and successes in a positive environment. Email info(at) and sign up to organize a dinner on one of the following dates: 1/7, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, and 2/25. They’re all Friday nights. We’ll post on the CFSBK website so folks can email the organizer of the week. Do this people… Strength in numbers!

Any thing else I can chew on?
If your goal is to lose body fat, doing some fasted, low-intensity exercise can help. The key is low-intensity. This can be an extended dog walk in the morning, or a yoga session at home, both before breakfast. Aim for 45-60 minutes.

More help, please?
Here are a few good resources to help:

Paleo FAQ – From our Paleo Demi-god, Robb Wolf. Particularly check out the Paleo Overview, the Quick Start Guide, and the Shopping List.

Own your Paleo – your own way.

A meathead talks rest and recovery – John Welbourne of CF Football. If he does yoga, you
can too, or at least mindfully stretch and spend time on a foam roller, right?

Cortisol Management – From the Whole 9 folks. Poor Sleep = Elevated cortisol = Belly Fat
+ Poor Sleep, it’s a vicious cycle.

Meditation also lowers cortisol, and you don’t have to be an old lady for it to work. Did you
read the bit about how they induced elevated cortisol?

Everyday Paleo
One of the MANY Paleo cooking blogs

Changing Weight 101


Snatch Balance


Post loads to comments.
Compare to 10.23.10

"Death by Pull-up"

With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute... continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.

Post number of rounds completed to comments.
Compare to 11.15.09 and 5.14.09

Our Coach's Dad can erg better than your Coach's Dad!

Flourish Workshop

CFSBK-member and resident fitness god Brian Z (aka BAZ) wanted to inform us of his wife's workshop entitled "Flourish".  This workshop is designed to help women achieve their nutrition, fitness and life goals in the New Year.  Sorry fellas this one is just for the ladies.  Head on over to check out the details and register here!

Mike Burgener teaches the Snatch Balance


Rest Day

When the going gets cold, the tough come Crossfit.

Tomorrow's Schedule

Ain't (s)no(w) stoppin' us now!

Tomorrow we're back to our full schedule.  6 and 7AM classes are a go-go! As is the rest of our Tuesday Schedule.  Come work off some of that cabin fever!!

The 10 General Physical Skills

1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
-The ability of the body systems to gather, process, deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina

-The ability of the body systems to prcocess, deliver, store and utilize energy.
3. Strength
-The ability of the muscular units or combination of muscular uints, to apply force.
4. Flexibility
-The ability to maximize range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power

-The ability of the muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum forcein minimum time.
6. Speed 
-The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
7. Coordination
-The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
8. Agility
-The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
9. Balance
-The ability to control the placement of the body's center of gravity in relation to its base of support.
10. Accuracy
-The ability to control movement in a  given direction or at a given intensity

"You are as fit as you are competent in these ten skills. A regimen develops fitness to the extent that it improves each of these ten skills."
-Greg Glassman, "What is Fitness?" CFJ October, 2002

How fit/balanced across these skills are you?  In what areas are you strongest?  In what areas do you need to improve the most?  Which do you think is the most important?

Broad, General, Inclusive Fitness


WOD 12.27.10

As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
7 Thrusters (135/95)
7 Knees-to-Elbows

Post loads and rounds to comments. 

Accessory Work
20 Minutes of Handstand Practice
*Advanced athletes will work toward freestanding handstand and/or freestanding HSPUs 

Post progressions to comments.

Knee to elbow demos and explanation (about 2 Minutes in)

David O. takin' to the streets

No Morning Classes
Due to the inclement weather, we're going to cancel our 6am and 7am classes today.  12pm and the evening classes are on as normally scheduled. Stay warm and dry, everyone!


Strength Cycle Reminder

Coach Jeremy's first Strength Cycles of the 2011 start next week!  Sign-up to CRUSH your old numbers in the New Year!

Register here!!


CrossFit Competition in the Cold!

CrossFit Long Island City is hosting a rather unique competition coming up in the New Year. Here's the description:

Welcome to the first ever Frostbite Competition! As CrossFit athletes we have to be prepared for the unknown and unknowable. A key part of this preparation is being able to perform under a variety of conditions, one of the most important being climate (think 2012.)

The events, while staying true to the CrossFit methodology, will offer a unique approach to physical activity and cold weather conditions. It will be a true testament of fitness and mental willpower. We are asking you to take yourself out of your comfort zone, even more so than you already do, and come participate in the first ever Frostbite competition! There will be prizes and afterparty!

If you're interested register here! ($25 Registration fee includes a t-shirt)
More Feats of Strength!


Rest Day

Allan E.

Holiday Schedule

We are closed today but are back on our regular schedule starting tomorrow!

Due to inclimate weather, we're cancelling our 6am and 7am class tomorrow morning. Stay warm and dry, everyone!


You've got a brain in your gut TED Talks


Rest Day

Happy Holidays from the SBK family to yours!

CFSBK Holiday Schedule

Saturday the 25th: Closed
Sunday the 26th: Closed
Monday the 27th: Normal schedule


What is your favorite holiday memory? (This is ANY holiday. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, etc.)



Rest Day

Carlitos G.-Kid Gone Bad

CFSBK Holiday Schedule
Friday the 24th: 6am, 7am & 12pm classes all on. Closed in the evening
Saturday the 25th: Closed
Sunday the 26th: Closed
Monday the 27th: Normal schedule

What's Goin' On?

As you may have noticed, SBK hasn't begun a new strength cycle yet. We decided to delay it though the holidays so you can all get a fresh start in the new year. The next cycle will begin the in first few days of January and will consist of:


Squat Variant - Overhead Squat

Pull - Deadlift

Upper Body - Bench Press


Right now we're not in a classic back off week, so if you're still coming in 3-5 days a week consider taking a few days in a row as low intensity/active recovery days. Until the cycle starts we'll continue our play with max effort lifts, novel WODs, gymnastics, and skill work. 

The Deadlift and Viagra
Best. Christmas. Song. Ever.