Monday
Dec262016

Close-Grip Bench Press | WOD 12.26.16

Close-Grip Bench Press

Work up to a medium-heavy set of 8-12 reps.

Use a grip that's about where you would usually perform a Strict Press, Push-Up, or Burpee. Control the down phase on the bar. It should be slower than the up phase. If you start to grind on either the descent or the ascent, then end the set. Use spotters on all work sets.

Post loads to comments.

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Performance
AMRAP 2 Minutes:
20 Double-Unders
10 Squats
5 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups

Rest 2 Minutes between rounds. Repeat for 5 total rounds.

Start each round on the dubs. Aim to work at 85-90% and maintain even scores for each round. If you can perform Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups but cannot link sets of 5, then use today to practice them without scaling the volume.

Fitness
AMRAP 2 Minutes:
20 Single-Unders
10 Squats
5 Jumping Chin-Over-Bar Pull-Ups

Rest 2 Minutes between rounds. Repeat for 5 total rounds.

Start each round on the jump rope. Aim to work at 85-90% and maintain even scores for each round.

Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.

From our Instagram account, here are all three Christmas Day classes coached by Captain Osorio: "Great work to everyone who came in to take on the Christmas 12-12-12 metcon! 144 Wall Ball Shots, 144 Burpees, and 144 Kettlebell Swings. Did you know CFSBK never closes? We have been and will be open every single day in 2016. Can anyone remember the last time we were closed?"

This Week's Schedule Changes

Shake off that holiday hangover with us this week. Our schedule will mostly be back to normal up until New Year's Eve. Here's what you can expect:

TODAY, DECEMBER 26th

CF Group Class:
10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Cancelled:
6pm, 7pm, and 8am CrossFit Group; 9am Short Circuit; 4:30pm CrossFit PreTeens

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27th

CF Group Class:
Normal schedule

Cancelled:
7:30pm Pilates

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28th

CF Group Class:
Normal schedule

Cancelled:
4:30pm CrossFit Preteens

The Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge Checklist

Have you signed up for the Look, Feel Perform Better Challenge yet? It's one of our biggest and best community events of the year! Complete the following steps by January 5th in order to participate and be eligible for prizes:

  • Sign your name on the big list in the community area of the gym.

  • Buy-in of $30 cash, given to Front Desk staff.
  • Answer a few brief questions and submit your “before” photos according to the guidelines on the Look, Feel, Perform Better website. These entries are private will not be published or seen by anyone other than us without your consent. You can access the 2017 LFPB Challenge Entry Form HERE.

  • Perform the Test WOD and record your results.
  • Enter points earned daily on the spreadsheet to track how well you’re complying with the guidelines.
  • Complete your Post-Challenge submission by 3/28/17 at the end of the challenge.
  • Optional: Attend the bi-monthly LFPB Q&A Info Sessions on Sundays at 1pm in the Annex at CFSBK. Each one will have a brief topical lecture followed by a Q&A. (1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, and 3/19).

Don't forget to save the date for the CFSBK Community Potluck on January 28th. This event will simultaneously kick off the new year, support the LFPB Challenge, and bring folks from all times and corners of the gym together.

Question of the Day: What is the hardest workout you can remember doing this year? Tell us in the comments! 

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Sunday
Dec252016

WOD 12.25.16

WOD 12.25.16

12 Rounds for Time:
12 Wall Balls 20/10, 14/9
12 Burpees
12 Russian KB Swings 24/16kg

Post time and Rx to comments

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Cash Out:
200-calorie partner row

Break up the row as desired.

Post work and partner to comments.

Last year's Christmas Day crew. We love helping our members get their holiday fitness on. See our schedule below!

Holiday Schedule Changes

TODAY, DECEMBER 25th

CF Group Class:
9am, 10am, 11am

Cancelled:
10am CrossFit Preschool, 11am CrossFit Kids, 11am Active Recovery, 2pm Anti-Gravity, 2:15pm Free Intro Class, 6-8pm Proctored Open Gym

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th

CF Group Class:
10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Cancelled:
6pm, 7pm, and 8am CrossFit Group; 9am Short Circuit, 4:30pm CrossFit PreTeens

You can find the rest of our schedule through January 4th right here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Back Squat / Front Squat | Hang Power Cleans, Run
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Saturday
Dec242016

Back Squat / Front Squat | WOD 12.24.16

Back Squat / Front Squat

Back Squat:
2 x 10

Front Squat:
2 x 10

Move directly from the Back Squat to the Front Squat. Start at 50% for each and add weight each week throughout the cycle.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 1 of 8
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3 Rounds for Time:
20 Hang Power Cleans 95/65
270m Run

Post time and Rx to comments.

Paola L. repping CFSBK with (that's right) Mount Everest in the background!

Holiday Schedule Changes

Happy first night of Hanukkah from CFSBK! While we are offering a full slate of group classes today, there will be some cancellations, and we'll be operating on a limited schedule tomorrow. Here's what the next few days will look like:

TODAY, DECEMBER 24th

CF Group Class:
8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Open Gym:
2pm-4pm

Cancelled:
9am Short Circuit, 10am Yoga, 11am Active Recovery, 2pm Comp Class

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

CF Group Class:
9am, 10am, 11am

Cancelled:
10am CrossFit Preschool, 11am CrossFit Kids, 11am Active Recovery, 2pm Anti-Gravity, 2:15pm Free Intro Class, 6-8pm Proctored Open Gym

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th

CF Group Class:
10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Cancelled:
6pm, 7pm, 8am CrossFit Group, 9am Short Circuit, 4:30pm CrossFit PreTeens

You can find the rest of our schedule through January 4th right here. Have a joyous holiday!

Join Us for CFSBK's Community Potluck on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm

We're excited to get everyone in house to break bacon and socialize together outside of normal classes. This event will simultaneously kick off the new year, support the Look Feel Perform Better Challenge, and bring folks from all times and corners of the gym together.

This event is open to everyone and all are encouraged to come. Bring your family! Bring your favorite healthy dish! We can't wait to see you there! 
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Friday
Dec232016

Rest Day

From our Instagram account: "Congratulations to Ryan J. and Matt J. on their wedding this weekend! The guys decided to get together for their first date in part because they had both recently become interested in @crossfit. Their third date centered on cooking a paleo meal together. They’ve gone to a @crossfitaffiliates in every city they’ve ever visited and, after moving to Holland a year ago, are still going strong. They got married at @threesbrewing on Saturday but needed to get some wedding shots at the gym first" | Photo & words by Kate R.

This Week at CFSBK in Review

1. The Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge is upon us! See that widget to the right of this post? All LFPB Challenge info can be found there. Signing up is easy! Buy in with $30 cash at the front desk and write your name on the big poster near the couches. Why should you sign up? Chas C., who participated in last year's Challenge, says that one year later he has experienced "[a] significant loss of weight and boost in self-confidence." The biggest change, Chas tells us, has been his diet: "While there've been ups and downs since the end of the challenge, I've successfully jettisoned french fries for good and am generally much more cognizant of the fact that a little fat (or salad dressing, or whatever) goes a long, long way!" He'll be participating again this year! 

2. Our new 8-week programming cycle started Monday. Remember that you can always see what's happening on the Current Programming Cycle page.

3. On Tuesday, we shared Mauricio A.'s thoughts one year after placing 3rd in the 2016 LFPB Challenge. As Mo says, "For those thinking about participating – DO IT!"

4. We love dogs at CFSBK, which is why we're doing another Dogs of CFSBK calendar for 2017! 100% of the proceeds go to PupStarz Rescue, a foster rescue started by our own Robyn O. Both the desk calendar and wall calendar are available for a cash donation of $30-60. You can place your order by filling out this online form: http://bit.ly/cfsbkdogs. Pre-paying at the front desk will guarantee your copy. Orders will be taken until Christmas day. E-mail Bree P. at breebree [at] mindspring.com for any questions.

5. On Wednesday, we shared a fun photo from Matt and Alex K.'s honeymoon in Thailand. There are Inside the Affiliate readers all over the world!

6. As we continue to update our Coaching Staff page, we shared Coach Brett's bio. Go to yesterday's post to find out more about the most recent addition to our coaching staff! 

7. Finally, our holiday schedule kicks in tomorrow. The full rundown of classes and cancellations can be found at the top of the Class Schedule page.

Question of the Day: What was the highlight of your year at the gym? Tell us in the comments!

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Thursday
Dec222016

Clean and Jerk | WOD 12.22.16

Power Clean and Power Jerk

4 rounds starting every 4 minutes:
Power Clean + Power Jerk every 10 seconds for 9 reps (90 seconds)

Start with a medium-light heavy load. If you make all the reps cleanly, then go up a bit for the next round.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 1 of 8

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AMRAP 7 Minutes:
30 Deadlifts 225/155
20/14 Strict Handstand Push-Ups
10/7 Ring Muscle-Ups

The Deadlifts should be medium-heavy for you and unbroken on the fast end. 2 to 3 sets is appropriate. Scale range of motion on the Handstand Push-Ups or to Box Piked HSPUs or heavy Dumbbell Push Presses as needed. Scale the Muscle-Ups to Jumping Muscle-Ups or to 10 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups.

Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.

The CFSBK Coaching Staff: Brett Ferguson

Editor's note: We're in the process of updating the bios on our Coaching Staff page. As we do so, we'll be posting the new bios to the main blog as a way of reacquainting you with one of the main things that makes CFSBK a special gym: our wonderful, talented coaching staff! Last time, we gave you Coach Nick. Next, here's the newest member of our staff, Coach Brett... 

Brett grew up in Syracuse, New York, and participated in athletics at both the high school (All-State soccer and lacrosse) and collegiate levels. A recurring injury eventually forced him to take a step back from sports, and he began weight training. While Brett studied Jazz Bass Performance and Public Speaking in college and moved to Brooklyn with aspirations of becoming a touring musician, he continued bodybuilding until he couldn’t stand going to the gym alone with his earbuds in, doing "chest" twice a week with the bros, and avoiding leg day anymore.

Enter CrossFit. It took a few months to grow on him, mostly because his range of motion was so poor that he couldn’t physically get into some of the positions. After that, he couldn't get enough. He enjoyed the challenge of learning what CrossFit had to offer after being physically humbled by so many of its core movements and workouts.

Brett has previously worked as a personal trainer, frequently with clients on the road back from knee and shoulder injuries that required surgery. He’s also coached at Level 4 CrossFit Seattle and was instrumental in the opening of a new CrossFit gym in Seattle.

Brett holds his CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Weightlifting, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Corrective Exercise Science Certificates.

News and Notes

  • We'll be running on our normal schedule tomorrow, but our holiday schedule kicks in on Saturday. You can always see our schedule changes for the next couple of weeks here.
  • SAVE THE DATE: The CFSBK Community Potluck goes down Saturday, January 28th. Check out the event page for more details.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | Open WOD 12.1
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Wednesday
Dec212016

Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | Open WOD 12.1

Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups Superset*

1A) Front Rack Step-Ups

Perform 3 x 8-12 reps on each leg. Start the cycle light enough to make 12 reps on each leg without too much difficulty, and move up in weight week to week from there. Use your non-dominant leg to set the weight and only do as much weight and as many reps as that side can perform. The end goal by the end of the cycle is to perform 8-12 good reps on each leg with about 1/3 of your Back Squat 1-rep max. Use a height that allows you to be at full depth (hip crease below knee) when the working leg is on the box. Come to full standing using the working leg before the trail leg touches down for balance. Do not use the trail leg to help you stand up. Use the trail leg as little as possible to push off from, and use a tempo in which the down/eccentric phase of the movement is slower than the up/concentric phase. The barbell comes off the floor. Stop the set when you’re not sure you can do another rep or two (i.e., do not bail a bar on a box).

1B) Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows

Performance
Perform 4 sets of max reps. Once you can no longer clear your chin over the bar, your set is over. Each rep starts from a dead hang. Initiate the movement by pulling the shoulders down away from the ears and pull the elbows as far down and back as possible. If you can touch your chest to the bar on each rep, then do it. You should really be feeling these in your lats.

Fitness
Perform 3 challenging (but submaximal) sets of 2-4 reps using bands or a small partner assist as needed to achieve full range of motion, followed by a 4th set for max reps. These should be tough sets in a low rep range with the goal of performing around 10-15 total reps. If you can do them unassisted but only 1 at a time, then pepper in as many singles as you can in between sets of Step-Ups during the lifting segment.

*Superset means that you perform a set of exercise A (in this case the Press) and then after a short rest, 30 to 90 seconds, you perform a set of exercise B (in this case the Chin-Ups or Supinated-Grip Body Rows). You then rest a short period before returning to exercise A and continue in this fashion until all warm up and work sets are completed.

Post work to comments.
Exposure 1 of 8

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Open WOD 12.1

AMRAP 7 Minutes:
Burpees

Open WOD 12.1 was to a target 6" above reach. No targets today, but make your jump legit.

Post reps and Rx to comments.
Compare with 2.25.12

Alex and Matt K. are honeymooning in Thailand (congrats again, you two!) and dropped into CrossFit Chiang Mai. Matt reports: "They're huge fans of Coach David and Inside the Affiliate. They recently implemented Fitness and Performance programming. Our class started off with a question of the day ('What are your thoughts on Star Wars?') followed by Back Squats and a metcon. It was almost like being back at CFSBK!"

  • After a too-long hiatus, the "search bar" is back on the blog (over to the right, under Upcoming Events)! This is a handy way to look up past workouts and other info.

Announcing the 2017 Dogs of CFSBK Calendar!

The 2017 Dogs of CFSBK calendar features your favorite gym mutts! 100% of the proceeds go to PupStarz Rescue, a foster rescue started by our own Robyn O'Brien. Both the desk calendar and wall calendar are available for a cash donation of $30-60. A limited number of calendars are on their way to the gym, but they are sure to run out quick. Never fear! You can place your order by filling out this online form: http://bit.ly/cfsbkdogs. Pre-paying at the front desk will guarantee your copy. Orders will be taken until Christmas day.  E-mail Bree P. at breebree [at] mindspring.com for any questions.

2016-17 Holiday Schedule

Holiday madness is upon us! As always, we're committed to helping you get your fitness on throughout the season. Here's what you can expect this weekend:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23rd

All classes run on our normal schedule

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24th

CF Group Class:
8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Open Gym:
2pm-4pm

Cancelled:
9am Short Circuit
10am Yoga
11am Active Recovery
2pm Comp Class

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

CF Group Class:
9am, 10am, 11am

Cancelled:
10am CrossFit Preschool
11am CrossFit Kids
11am Active Recovery
2pm Anti-Gravity
2:15pm Free Intro Class
6-8pm Proctored Open Gym

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th

CF Group Class:
10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Cancelled:
6pm, 7pm, 8am CrossFit Group
9am Short Circuit
4:30pm CrossFit PreTeens

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Tuesday
Dec202016

Rest Day

Give your kids the gifts of fun and fitness with our CrossFit Kids program

Mauricio A. on the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge

We've been plugging the 2017 Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge a lot over the past couple of weeks, and for good reason! It's one of our most popular, successful programs of the year. But the best way to get a sense of how the Challenge helps our members establish healthier habits in the New Year is to hear from past participants. Here's Mauricio A., one of the winners of last year's Challenge, on how it has affected him:

I’m glad to see the LFPBC is back for 2017. For those thinking about participating – DO IT! I can honestly say you are in for a lifestyle changing experience.  

Here’s what happened to me during the 3 months:

  • Weight: I went from 206Lbs to 190Lbs in those 3 months.
  • Food: I went from poor eating to healthy 3 to 5 small meals per day.
  • Drinking: I went from a beer a day to 1 to 2 drinks per week.
  • Supplements: I went from zero to a daily vitamin and fish oil
  • Sleep: I always sleep 8+ hours, so not a ton changed with sleep.  That said, chances are you will see better sleeping habits.
  • Water: same as sleep. I’m pretty good at keeping hydrated. 

The challenge is 3 months, and for some it might be a long time. 3 months is the perfect time for your body and mind to get used to a new lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise. I was able to keep up with it, and today I’m currently at 183lbs and in better shape than when I was 20.

The best part of the challenge: you really don’t have to do much.  Fox programs the entire thing, provides a tracking document, and all meeting are designed and organized to help you with your goals.

Oh, and you can win stuff!

Thanks, Mo! What are you waiting for? Sign up with $30 cash at the front desk!

News and Notes

  • Starting Saturday, we'll be running on a modified schedule for the holidays. You can always find our 2016-17 holiday schedule on the Class Schedule page. 
  • Speaking of the holidays, we celebrated Festivus over on our Instagram account. Want to give Coach David the greatest gift of all (other than a donation to The Human Fund)? Help us get to 4,000 followers by the end of the day!

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