Movement Analysis

To drive home some points that we've been working on in class, I'd like you all to watch this demo from Catalyst Athletics and look specifically for the following:

The Snatch

1. Watch their feet at the end of the second pull. Notice the minimal vertical elevation each athlete demonstrates. Transitioning from your pulling stance into your receiving stance is less of a "Jump" and more of an "aggressive lateral stomp".

2. Notice their violent movement through the Power Position. Aimee Anaya (the first athlete) grunts loudly at this point. You may have to slow the video down to see it but it's there.

That's it for now, check out the video and post comments or questions.


WOD 2.27.08

Back Squat

Skill work:
We will continue our work with the Burgener Warm-up and review salient points of the Snatch.

Related videos from Catalyst Athletics:

Snatch Hand Placement
Snatch Overhead Position

Notes: Margie is putting out a great effort here with her OHS. In this particular set we can see that her right knee is not tracking directly over her second metatarsal. This oversight may cause the Tibia and Femur to misalign leading to undue torque on the knee as well as a missed lift. This is an extremely common error which is derivative of either setting up your stance incorrectly, weak/tight adductors or just forgetting to maintain outward tension on your thighs during the lift. 
Margie is a dedicated athlete who PR'd her OHS despite this oversight. Amazing Work!!


WOD 2.24.08

"Eva" (Sorta!)

5 Rounds for Time of:
Run 620 meters
30 Kettlebell or Dumbbell Swings
30 Jumping Pull-Ups

620 meters is up President Street, across 5th Avenue, Down Union and back into the Lyceum.

Cleiser raises the bar yet again.

Lifted from CFNY:
Brian Harkins and Brian DeGennaro are preparing to teach a CrossFit Running Workshop.
The Brians will teach you the basics of the Running Technique as well
as put you through some high intensity speed drills and anaerobic
training. This dynamic combination of technique and training will
maximize your efficiency as well as increase your speed and endurance
for your next big event. This 10 week program will prepare you for the
upcoming running and triathlon season or simply give you a better
foundation for doing the CrossFit WODs.

This is a 10-week program that meets once a week. Tuesdays at 6:15pm
at The Black Box. Dress for any weather as these will be held outdoors.
Class will be held rain or shine or snow. It begins March 11 and costs

Check out this program if you're interested in improving your running technique!! "Eva's" runs today should have been enough of a sell for increased running efficiency.


WOD 2.23.08

Max Rounds in 12 Minutes of:
8 Dumbbell Muscle Snatches (each arm)
Burpee Long Jumps across the Lyceum

Great to see so many new faces early on a Saturday Morning!


WOD 2.20.09

Hang squat clean 3-3-3-3-3-3-3 reps

skill work:
Clean Grip Burgener Warm-up

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John gets comfortable.


Team Gymnastics

Pretty amazing demonstrations of strength, power, accuracy, balance, coordination, flexibility...


Post thoughts to comments and enjoy your day off!


WOD 2.17.08


50-40-30-20 and10 rep rounds of:



Foundations class did great again today! Please remember to do your homework and read CFJ Issue 15: Nutrition

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Look at all these athletes!

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From above

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"I can see Kevin's abs through his shirt!!" -Allison

Thanks again to every athlete that participates and makes CrossFit South Brooklyn so special. You guys and girls continue to amaze me every week with your intensity, integrity and friendship.