2011 CrossFit Open Sectionals


This year’s CrossFit Games are fast approaching! We're pleased to announce that CrossFit South Brooklyn, CrossFit Virtuosity, and CrossFit Long Island City will combine forces to host all six events of the CrossFit Games Open.  In the "Open" spirit, all CrossFit athletes are welcome to participate regardless of affiliation.  These promise to be fun, exciting, and competitive events!

Athletes may register for all six events in advance, or on a week-by-week basis.  If you will be missing one or more events, please indicate that during registration!  Registration will close at midnight on the Thursday preceding each event.  Heat assignments will be posted by 9am the morning of each event.

Remember that you must ALSO Register with CrossFit HQ here: in order to be participate in the Open Sectionals

Event Schedule
Week 1: Saturday 3/19 at 1pm, CrossFit South Brooklyn

Week 2: Saturday 4/2 at 1pm, CrossFit South Brooklyn
Week 3: Saturday 4/9 at 1pm, CrossFit Virtuosity
Week 4: Saturday 4/16 at 1pm, CrossFit Virtuosity
Week 5: Saturday 4/23 at 1pm, CrossFit Long Island City
Week 6: Saturday 4/30 at 1pm, CrossFit Long Island City


CrossFit South Brooklyn: 597 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
CrossFit Virtuosity: 221 N 8th Street, NY 11211
CrossFit Long Island City: 5-26 47th Avenue, NY 11101

Athletes: $20/event or $60/series
Spectators: Free.

We welcome spectators (and cheerleaders!) at all events.  To ensure entry, please register online.  If space runs short, there is a chance that we will have to turn away spectators who have not registered in advance.

Judges & Volunteers
We're now recruiting judges and volunteers for all events, particularly Level 1 certified trainers.  If you're available to assist at any of these events, please register online, or get in contact with David, Vadim, or Sam!  All judges and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of the host box (we suggest you collect all three!)

The Party!
We'll be throwing a blow-out after-party-slash-awards-ceremony on the evening of Saturday, April 23rd.  Prizes will be awarded for top male / top female athletes as well as individual event winners.  Save the date and stay tuned for more details!



Rest Day

Ben Attempts a Heavy Single

Rest Day Dinner Tonight!
The Nofi's are hosting tonight's Rest Day Dinner at Takashi NYC.   To see if theres any room left, please email Erica N at erica.nofi (at) for directions and more details, click here!

Good Luck SBK Ladies!
Margie, Kiki, Jess F and Steph P will be representing CFSBK at CrosFit Queens', "Hail To the Queen Throwdown" tomorrow.  Wish these ladies luck as they grind through 3 WODs in one day.   Here are the details:

1.  Strength – aka I lift things up and put them down
Will be announced day of.

2.  1,2 punch - Total time cap of 15 minutes
A.  2 minutes max reps thrusters at 73#.  For every rep under 25, you must complete 3 burpees.  Total penalty burpees must be done immediately after the 2 minute time cap and completed before moving to the next part of this workout. Scaling option: 53#.

B.  21-15-9 Pull ups and Sumo deadlift high pulls 73#. Scaling option: 53#, band assisted pull ups.

3.  Balls to the wall
10 minute AMRAP
2 wall climbs
10 med ball clean wall balls 14#, 10ft target
20 double unders
Scaling option: modified wall climb to 5th row of bricks from the floor, 10# med ball, 8ft target.
Note: If you have a jumprope, bring it.

Please watch Hail the the Queen Movement Standards video before arriving.

Good Luck, Team SBK!


Push Press

Heavier than last week
then, Max reps at 75% of work weight from today

Post loads and reps to comments.
(e2/4) Compare to 2.17.11

Tabata Deadlift 275/185

Post Rx and total Reps to comments.

Dave B: Legit

Congratulations to everyone on their performance at the CrossFit Total last night.  How did everyone do? Post results and reflections to comments! Also- thanks to everyone who came in or stayed late to watch the Total.  Your support really goes a long way!

No Active Recovery this weekend
Coaches Shane and Fox are going to get USAW certified this weekend and won't be around to teach A/R class on Saturday.  All other classes are on as regularly scheduled.

The Brooklyn Bun
On Sunday, April 17th the first ever "Brooklyn Bun" is going down at Prospect Park.  This event is a 20K bike followed by a 3.3 Mile Run.  CFSBK'ers will receive $10 off registration with a special code provided by us.  Is anyone interested in competing?  Post interest to comments and email David(at) to get the code.

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Front Squat

Max Effort.  Use today's double to help you set a goal for the 1RM at the end of the cycle

Post loads to comments.
(e4/8) compare to 2.19.11

For Time:
21-15-9 Reps for Time of:

Consider scaling this up with a weighted vest and/or chest to bar pull-ups

Post time and Rx to comments.

Alec's BFF is the BFT

Happy Birthday, Coach Nick!

CrossFit Total Tonigh at 6pm!
Good luck to all the Strength Cyclers gearing up for their CrossFit Total tonight at 6pm.  All are welcome to come on down and watch the displays of strength and will power.  3 Cheers to new PR's!

Save the Date!
On Saturday, March 5 at 6pm, SBK will celebrate the end of our 2011 Paleo Challenge AND our 1 year anniversary at Degraw Street with a potluck. The first one was such a delicious success that we wanted to give you all another chance to show off your skills with the slowcooker and celebrate . If you missed the last one, don't let it happen again!

We will also be awarding our top Paleo Challenge success stories with a slew of sweet stuff. Check it out:

Top Male and Female each receive:
1) 2 months of 5x/week membership
2) A LuLu Lemon "shopping experience" valued at $100
3) A steak from Grazin' Angus Acres valued at $40

2nd place Male and Female:
1) $300 cash
2) $50 gift certificate to Bierkraft
3) A steak from Grazin' Angus Acres valued at $40

3rd place Male and Female:
1) $150 cash
2) A steak from Grazin' Angus Acres valued at $40

All post Paleo Challenge write ups and "after" photos are due by March 1st.  Please email your follow up to info(at) with the subject "(your name)'s Paleo Results"

What song are you currently listening to a lot? Post a you tube link to comments.


Rest Day

Coach Nick
Coach Nick makes some last minute teaching points on Charmel's drive

CrossFit Total Tomorrow
Coach Jeremy's Strength Cyclers are gearing up for their "graduation" CrossFit Total tomorrow.  Come on out and support them as they put the last 8 weeks of moving steel to the test.  Each athlete will have three attempts at a 1 rep max in the Back Squat, Press and Deadlift.

Rest Day Dinner
Join hosts Erica and Greg N for their Rest Day Dinner this Friday night at Takashi NYC. From their website, "Our menu is beef, all beef and nothing but beef!  Choice cuts of Premium Japanese and American Angus are delicately prepared and served raw to be grilled right at your table

Email erica.nofi (at) to rsvp.  Check out all the details here.

The Paleolilith's CRASH B Results
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2 Position Snatch

Every Minute, On the Minute, for 12 Minutes
Pulls will take place from the Hang and Deck
Demo Video

Snatch Balance
Heavier and Faster than Last week
Demo Video

Post loads to comments.
(e2/4) compare to 2.14.1

Radhika's Press Aligment

CRASH B Results!
Congrats to our SBK "lambs" that went to Boston this weekend and competed in the C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor Rowing Championships.  Here's how they did!

Dan R: 07:35.7  (:15 PR)
Colette K: 08:49.0
Charmel R: 07:24.9 (:14 PR)

Also special thanks to Coach Nick for using his "soviet coaching voice" and coaching team SBK as well as Asta F for being our photographer and cheering squad!

Paulie S and the South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club will be hosting Mark Rippetoe for the Starting Strength Seminar Check it out!

Our own Jon Gabrus gets ready for Rugby Season

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WOD 2.20.10

Complete the Following For TIme:

50 Double Unders
50 KB Swings 32/24/16kg
40 Double Unders
40 Box Jumps 24/20/16
30 Double Unders
30 Push Ups/Modified Push Ups
20 Double Unders
20 Pull Ups/Vertical Ring Rows
10 Double Unders
10 Burpees

Post times and Rx to comments.

Skill Work 

Backward Rolls
Headstand Practice

Avery Power Snatches

Happy Birthday Maggie G.!

Strength Intensive A Cycle SOLD OUT    

The A Cycle  of Coach Jeremy's Strength Intensive sold out faster than a Justin Bieber concert.  We look forward to seeing a new crew hit some major strength milestones over the next 8 weeks.  

Remember, the current cycle will be wrapping up 8 weeks of hard work with their CrossFit Total.  Each athlete will get 3 attempts at the Squat, Press and Deadlift to hit a new personal best.  We wish the participants luck and hope you join us to show support this Wednesday, February 25 starting at 6pm.  Join us for one of the most electrifying nights in the gym.

C.R.A.S.H-Bs Today! 

Stay tuned to the blog today for updates on how Charmel, Collete and Dan do at the 2011 C.R.A.S.H.-B Regatta under the iron fist of Coach Nick!  Good luck guys!


We're heading into the last week of the Paleo Challenge.  How are you feeling?  What are your impressions of the experience to this point?  What are your post-Challenge plans?

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