Bar Dips

3 Attempts at max reps
Rest 3 Minutes between attempts

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For time:
100, 75 or 50 Burpees

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compare to 1.1.09

DIY Cool Down
3 Rounds NFT of:
10 Ring Rows
20-30 Sit-ups

Andres Overhead at Quist

Remember that we won't be holding formal classes at the gym this Saturday for Robb Wolf's Paleolithic Nutrition Seminar.  We will however be holding a track meet at 9:30am at the Red Hook Track. Check out yesterday's post for more details.

We will not be running 6am and 7am classes on Monday, otherwise the afternoon and evening schedule will be as usual.


Upcoming Foundations Cycle Dates:

September Evening Foundations
9/21/10 - 10/14/10
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:15pm
Register Here!

September Morning Foundations
9/7/10 - 9/30/10
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00am-8:00am
Register Here!


Overhead Squat

(E2/8) 3-3-3-1 Tempo Squats

A tempo simply means that the amount of time you spend in certain positions of an exercise are controlled.  This is a great way to develop position-specific strength and stability.  Today's tempo will work like this:
:03 Hold at the top
:03 Hold at 1/4 depth
:03 Hold at full depth
:01 Ascent back to top

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compare to 8.28.10

For time:
63 Double Unders
21 Power Cleans 155/105
45 Double Unders
15 Power Cleans 155/105
27 Double unders
9 Power Cleans 155/105

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The Congregation Ritual

There are no classes this Saturday for Robb Wolf's Paleolithic Solution Seminar.  Folks who won't be coming to see Robb speak are encouraged to come out to Red Hook for some track work and tacos.

CFSBK Track Meet
9:30 am
Benchmark distance at the Red Hook Track
4 x 400 meters
Food Truck Follies to follow!

Please RSVP to Christian(AT)


Fight Gone Bad Team 9:
1. Alec H
2. Charles L
3. J L
4. Laurel M
5. Jenn M

Fight Gone Bad Team 10:
1. Will S
2. Debbie P
3. Josh L
4. Claire M
5. Jeremy F


Rest Day

Athlete of the Month
John McCann Doyle

Starting this month at Crossfit South Brooklyn, we will be honoring an Athlete of the Month. Our inaugural Athlete of the Month is…drum roll…John McCann Doyle.
While picking the first person to give the honor to was a challenge for us, there were a few things that stood out about John that we agreed made him the perfect choice. Those things in no particular order were:     
-        His commitment to training at CFSBK consistent basis
-        His commitment to working on his weaknesses as an athlete
-        The support he shows his fellow athletes during and post WOD
-        The fact that he’s a pretty sick athlete
-        His humbleness and coach-ability
-        The fact that he came in to consistently train around a pretty bad heel injury
John was honored but a bit embarrassed when I told him he was our first Athlete of the Month. I sat McDiesel down for a little Q & A, and this is what I got. Ladies and Gentlemen…The Hammer.
Fox – John, congratulations. I wanted to meet with you to interview you for being SBK’s first Athlete of the Month.
JMD – Serious? I’m not that good at this stuff…
Fox - Don’t worry, it’ll be fine. Most folks won’t even notice the life-sized cutout of you we put at the entrance. So anyway, here we go.  When did you first start CrossFit?
JMD – I started doing main site WODs on my own in April of ’09, and then started at CFSBK in October of that same year. I had taught myself a bunch of the movements and was pretty good at the bodyweight stuff but knew I needed to get better at the weights.
Fox – How/Why did you to start CrossFit?
JMD – I had just quit a job I didn’t like, and was stressed out and wanted to get back into shape. I had been doing some recreational running and yoga and was looking for a new challenge. That’s when I heard of CrossFit, and started doing main site on my own at a commercial gym, which eventually led me to SBK when I moved to Brooklyn.
Fox – What were your fitness goals back then, and have they changed?
JMD – Back then, like I said, I just wanted to get back in shape. I knew lifting heavy was my weakness, in addition to the O-lifts, so I wanted to get stronger at those. I still want to get stronger, particularly in the squat. I’m now also looking to progress my gymnastics skills. On particular I’m working on handstands with the goal of getting freestanding handstands and an L-sit to handstand. I’ve also been rock climbing and want to get outdoors with that as well.
Fox - You had a heel injury that prevented you from bearing weight on one leg for good while. How did you find the motivation to still train during that time?
– Honestly, I really need to stay busy. My roommates will see that I’m bugging out and tell me to go do something. A big part of my getting to the gym during my injury was the feeling I get from the community at SBK. I really appreciate the social aspect of our gym.
Fox – Ok John, what are your non-fitness interests? And give me something not many people know.
JMD – Skateboarding! That’s my thing. I also read history books, in particular about social justice movements. Malcolm X and the black freedom movement in this country, stuff like that. Also…I enjoy gardening. I keep an apartment garden, and also do work at a community garden and at my parent’s home in Westchester. That’s probably the one most people wouldn’t know.
Fox – Last question... What do you think the coaches should look for in an Athlete of the Month?
JMD – Someone who supports the other athletes around them. Someone who trains smart. I also really admire the folks who find the time to train that also are raising families. I’ve got a lot of free time, but to make the time and still be a family person is really something.
            Thanks to John for sitting down with me, and for being a part of the community at CrossFit South Brooklyn. Let’s all keep an eye on him now and make sure this doesn’t go to his head. 3 cheers to the Hammer!



(E1/4) Heavy triple

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compare to 4.12.10

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps for time of:
Kettlebell Swing 36kg/24kg

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The Accomplishments/Goals Board

The A/G board will get erased today.  The new board will stay up for all of September however there are now some rules for engagement.  All goals written must be achievable within the month and task driven.  For example "I want 100 muscle ups!" is not an acceptable goal.  "I will practice muscle ups 2x per week for 4 weeks" is a goal that is short term, quantifiable and contributes to a larger objective.  Another example, "I want to be more flexible" would not work, however, "I will go to Active Recovery Class 2x this month and do the MobilityWOD 3x per week" is.
As far as the accomplishments go, here you can track not only your adherence to posted goals, but any minor and major achievements as well.  Did you PR your double unders? Sleep more than 6 hours a 5 nights a week?  Did you deadlift a new 3RM today? Write it down!

Happy Birthday, Jenna M!



For time:
Row 1000m
50 Thrusters, 45lbs
30 Pull-Ups

Have you done "Jackie" several times and are pleased with your time? Consider scaling up by increasing the thruster weight to 65lbs and substituting 10 Muscle-Ups for the pull-ups.

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compare to 12.27.09

Ben G attempts 225 at our last CrossFit Total

Happy Belated birthday, Dan H!

The movements for this cycle are as follows:

Squat variant: Overhead squat, 8 exposures, Saturdays and Wednesdays
Pull: Deadlift, 4 exposures, Mondays
Upper body Exercise: Dips, 4 Exposures, Thursdays

Expect some variety in programming beyond a straight linear progression on the Overhead Squat.  Deadlifts are all from dead starts, rounded back deadlifts are missed lifts. Dips will be on the bar.

Overhead squatting Safely CrossFit
Deadlift Introduction CrossFit
Exploring Ring dips CrossFit


Overhead Squat

Find a heavy single

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compare to 5.1.10

For Time:
10 Wall Ball Shots 10'
Run 130m
8 Wall Ball Shots
Run 130m
6 Wall Ball Shots
Run 130m
4 Wall Ball Shots
Run 130m
2 Wall Ball Shots
Run 130m

Men's competition weight for Wall Ball is 20lbs while women's is 14lbs. Scale so that you can hit the 10' target.

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compare to 5.22.10

Gabrus sets up for a Zercher

We've cleaned out the boiler room, please check the signs in the gym and claim your belongings. We want to get rid of any unclaimed shoes/clothes so that things don't get overcrowded.

Sincerely, "the management"


Rest Day

Lemuel sets up for a Farmer's Carry

CFSBK's coaches have been working with Ben W to train members of his wrestling team during the off season.  Last Wednesday they took a field trip to Quist Industries for some Strong Man 101. To check out the photo set, click here.

Robb Wolf talks about his upcoming book.  Check out Robb's Paleolithic Solution Seminar at CFSBK on 9/4/10.  Click here for more information and to sign up!

What did you have for breakfast today?