Monday
Feb062017

Close-Grip Bench Press | WOD 2.6.17

Close-Grip Bench Press

Work up to a medium-heavy set of 8-12 reps. Control the down phase on the bar. It should be slower than the up. If you start to grind on either the descent or the ascent, then end the set. Use spotters on all work sets. Use a grip that's about where you would usually perform a Strict Press, Push-Up, or Burpee.

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

Rest 2 minutes between each round.
Repeat for 5 total rounds.

Start each round on the Dubs. Aim to work at 85-90% and maintain even scores throughout each round. If you can perform Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups but cannot link sets of 5, then use today to practice them (i.e., do not scale 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 throughout each round.

Post round, reps, and Rx to comments.

The Iron Maidens of CFSBK: Derrian Robinson

The Iron Maidens Raw Open is now less than 2 weeks away! Leading up to the event, we'll be posting brief interviews with CFSBK lifters to help you get to know our team and give you a sense of what these women are doing to prepare. This year, through competitors’ fundraising efforts, Iron Maidens will once again fund the Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship. Last year, Iron Maidens participants raised $30,000, far surpassing the $20,000 goal. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to pay for 70% of college tuition for students in the College Prep program at the Bronx-based Grace Outreach. Right now we're at $15,056, and we need your help to make our goal a reality! You can donate to a lifter's campaign by going here.

Last week we brought you Allison K. This week, we're thrilled to feature Derrian R., who trained with Coach Margie and represented Grace Outreach at last year's Iron Maidens event. Derrian went through both the High School Equilvency and College Programs at Grace Outreach, and she now works there as an assistant teacher!

You participated in last year's inaugural Iron Maidens Raw Open, Derrian. How'd it go? Any advice for first-time competitors? 

This is my second time participating in Iron Maidens. My advice to new participants is to take the nerves and use them to power through the lifts. In my first competition, I was extremely nervous. However, it turned out to be one of the best challenges I've ever taken on. I received so much support from other competitors and the new folks can expect to receive that as well. The entire day, from beginning to end, was exhilarating.

What are your goals for this year's competition?

I've set two goals for myself. The first is to represent my organization, Grace Outreach, in my best capacity. My second goal is more personal. I hope to push my body to lift weights that ordinarily I would never imagine I could.

How has lifting impacted you athletically? Personally?

Athletically, lifting has helped me to be more conscious of developing my physical strength and overcome certain limitations. Personally, lifting has made me more confident in assuming challenges that, in the past, I convinced myself I could not accomplish.

News and Notes

  • Photos from last weekend's CFSBK Community Potluck are now up on Flickr. Check them out here!
  • The 2017 CrossFit Open kicks off in just under 3 weeks, with the annoucement of Open Workout 17.1 coming on February 23rd! This year, CFSBK is shooting to have 100 members register for the Open. Have you signed up yet? Well, giddy up!

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Snatch | Partner WOD
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Sunday
Feb052017

Snatch | WOD 1.5.2017

Snatch Complex

Every 90 seconds for 10 reps (15min):
Snatch High Pull + Hang Snatch

Build to a heavy load on the complex.

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Exposure 7 of 8

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Partner WOD
In teams of 2 with one partner working at a time, complete the following for time:
2000m Row
100 Overhead Squats 95/65
100 Burpees Over the Bar

Partition the work between partners however desired. The barbell should be light for you. light enough that you could do sets of 15+ to start out. Scale accordingly. You may choose to break it up into smaller sets, but it shouldn't be because it's too heavy! A full Snatch at the start of each set of Overhead Squats is permitted as a rep.

Post time, Rx, and partner to comments.

Laura and Grant enjoying our new Diapers & Dumbbells class

  • Join Coach Fox today at 12:00pm in the Annex for the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge Info Session, "How Do Sleep and Active Recovery Affect Performance and Body Composition?" As always, a Q&A will follow!

Diapers & Dumbbells: Lift, Laugh, Learn, Love.

Crossfit South Brooklyn is excited to introduce Diapers & Dumbbells, a postpartum fitness class designed to help new mothers safely return to exercise, connect with other parents, and develop the strength they need to support their growing babies.

Diapers & Dumbbells is a one-hour class that focuses on postpartum rehabilitation, restorative exercises, strength training, and conditioning and includes time for socializing with other parents and their babies. It provides a supportive and educational environment and is appropriate for individuals with or without previous CrossFit experience. Classes are open to mothers (and partners) of all fitness levels and their pre-crawling/pre-walking babies. Scaling options are available to allow anyone to participate and progress. Bring your baby and enjoy an hour of fitness and community.

Classes are led by two coaches to ensure close attention to each participant and help parents manage their babies so they can get the most out of class.

Diapers & Dumbbells takes place at Crossfit South Brooklyn’s 608 Degraw Street location, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. Our facility includes new changing rooms (with showers and towel service) that may serve as a private nursing, pumping, or diaper-changing station.

We encourage new parents or parents-to-be to contact us with any questions at Melissa [at] CrossfitSouthBrooklyn.com

Schedule
Monday: 11am-12pm
Wednesday: 11am-12pm

Pricing
Single Class Drop-In: $25
10-Class Punch Card: $200
20-Class Punch Card: $360 

Members of CrossFit South Brooklyn may use their existing memberships to drop in to this class; however, anyone and everyone is welcome as there are no prerequisites for this class. You can also purchase a punch card for this and our other specialty classes: Yoga, Short Circuit, Active Recovery, and Pilates.

What to Bring
Along with yourself and your baby, we recommend that you bring typical baby changing supplies as well as a blanket to lay your baby on. We suggest bringing your baby to the class in a stroller so that they may be comfortable and easily wheeled around the gym during class.

Coaching Staff
Melissa Loranger, DPT:  Melissa received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hunter College and is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. She has been a CrossFit coach and personal trainer at CFSBK since March, 2012. Melissa is also new mom to a 4-month-old baby girl. 

Sasha Slocombe: Sasha has worked with families as a parent-baby yoga teacher for 17 years and as a labor-support doula for 10 years. Her three children are her greatest teachers.

Lauren Borducci: Lauren is a personal trainer and wellness coach who works with individuals of wide-ranging ages and experience. She has coached a variety of CrossFit classes and has been developing her yoga practice for 20 years. Lauren has two daughters (ages 8 and 6) who have been, and continue to be, a fun and inspiring part of her focus on health and fitness.

Note
If you have gently used boppys or toys appropriate for babies one year and under, please feel free to donate them for use in this program. Donations can be dropped off at the Front Desk.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Front Squat / Back Squat | Thrusters, Toes-to-Bars
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Saturday
Feb042017

Front Squat / Back Squat | WOD 2.4.17

Back Squat / Front Squat

Back Squat:
2 x 10

Front Squat:
2 x 10

Move directly from the Back Squat to the Front Squat. Heavier than last week. These should move fast throughout the entire cycle. Increase weight only as appropriate.

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Exposure 7 of 8
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Performance
For Time:
15-12-9-6-3
Thrusters 95/65
Toes-to-Bars

The Thruster weight should be light for you and unbroken on the fast end, as should the Toe-to-Bars.

Fitness
For Time:
15-12-9-6-3
Thrusters 65/45
Hanging Knee Raises

The Thruster weight should be light for you and unbroken on the fast end, as should the Hanging Knee Raises.

Post time and Rx to comments.


As Rory McKernan says in this video from CrossFit HQ, "The Open is where grassroots meets greatness." That's one of many reaons why we want you to sign up! We're shooting to have 100 CFSBK members participate in the Open this year. What are you waiting for? Register now!

Fit 55+: Staying Strong, Mobile, and Able

What is Fit 55+? 
Fit 55+ is a strength and conditioning class for older adults who want to move and use their bodies and are not content to simply sit on the couch getting older. Research points to development of chronic disease in older populations not as a consequence of aging alone, but as a product of decreased activity and less-than-healthy lifestyle choices. Strength training and conditioning can help both stave off, as well as reduce, the effects of many chronic diseases. As the old adage goes: “If you don’t move it, you lose it.”

Fit 55+ will help you:

  • Build muscular strength and joint integrity
  • Increase and maintain bone density
  • Improve cardiovascular function
  • Improve pulmonary function
  • Improve balance, coordination, and mobility
  • Reduce your risk of falling (and be more resilient in case you do)
  • Maintain independence and improve quality of life

Who is this class for?
Any older adult who wants to exercise in a fun, safe, and inclusive manner. Whether you’re a total newcomer to resistance training or more of a veteran, our classes will challenge you to become better. Tell your friends and relatives!

What does a class look like?
A typical class will start with a series of light warm up movements to get your heart and joints ready for exercise.

From there we’ll move onto the strength training portion of class, using a variety of tools to help you develop strength. You’ll use both weight training and bodyweight exercises of the upper and lower body to develop and maintain muscular strength and joint integrity.

After the strength training portion of class we’ll move on to the conditioning portion. Here the goal is to get a bit sweaty and elevate your heart rate for a while to improve heart function and lung capacity. To this task we’ll use a variety of equipment and modes like: rowing machines, exercise bicycles, sled pushes, sandbag training, and bodyweight exercises, in addition to many others. The variety keeps it engaging and more fun (we think) than just walking on a treadmill for an hour.

Finally, we’ll end with a few cool down stretches to relax your heart rate and your mind before you head out of the gym.

Where and When do Fit 55+ classes meet?
Mondays and Thursdays at 11am at CrossFit South Brooklyn (597 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues) located in the heart of Gowanus. We have served the local fitness community for nearly 10 years, growing from grassroots park-based workouts to our current location, which has two spaces with a total footprint of over 11,000 square feet. In addition to our spacious facility, we also have brand new locker rooms with showers, towel service, and bath products available for your convenience.

Pricing
Drop-In: $25
5-Class Card: $100
Monthly Unlimited (2x per week): $125

REGISTER HERE!

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
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Friday
Feb032017

Rest Day

From our Instagram account: "Some rad visitors stopping by CFSBK today! The one and only @dannybroflex aka @dan_bailey9 as well as @zogdogg who was visiting from @crossfitinvictus and repping a great cause called @555fitness check it out!"

This Week in Review at CFSBK

1. Diapers & Dumbbells, a postpartum fitness class designed to help new mothers safely return to exercise, connect with other parents, and develop the strength they need to support their growing babies, kicked off this week! See the program page for more details, and spread the word!

2. Registration for the 2017 CrossFit Open started a couple of weeks ago. We want you to sign up! In fact, we're shooting to have 100 CFSBKers register for this year's Open. On Monday, we offered a few reasons why you should do it.

3. KLove is January's CFSBK Athlete of the Month. Congrats, Kelly!

4. Coach Fox checked in with Andrew S. and Steph M. to find out how the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge is going. Spoiler alert: it's going well!

5. CFSBK is looking for new talent to staff our beloved Front Desk! Responsibilities include handling inquires from walk-ins, managing basic membership issues, light cleaning/organization, and other miscellaneous duties. We will be interviewing this month and hiring a new staff member for immediate training. Perks include a comped membership and all the Nespresso you can drink. See Wednesday's post for more details.

6. Interested in volunteering for Iron Maidens? We'd love your help on this very fun day! There are a variety of ways to be involved. Fill out this volunteer form to learn more and share your availability. Check out photos from last year's event to get a sense of what it's all about.

7. Finally, we bought you the first installment of this year's Iron Maidens of CFSBK series, and Allison K. knocked this interview out of the park. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to pay for 70% of college tuition for students in the College Prep program at the Bronx-based Grace Outreach, and we need your help to reach that goal! You can donate to a lifter's campaign by going here.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Clean and Jerk | Hang Cleans, Double-Unders
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Thursday
Feb022017

Clean and Jerk | WOD 1.2.17

Mid-Hang Clean and Jerk

Every minute on the minute x 10:
Mid-Hang Clean + Jerk

Work up to a heavy load, build across the 10 reps.

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Exposure 7 of 8

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Performance
5 Rounds for Time:
5 Hang Cleans 155/105
30 Double-Unders

Fitness
5 Rounds for Time:
5 Hang Cleans 115/75
60 Single-Unders
 

For both Fitness and Performance, the Hang Cleans should be on the light-medium side for you and unbroken on the fast end.

Post time and Rx to comments.

The Iron Maidens of CFSBK: Allison K.

The Iron Maidens Raw Open is less than 3 weeks away! Leading up to the event, we'll be posting brief interviews with CFSBK lifters to help you get to know our team and give you a sense of what these women are doing to prepare. This year, through competitors’ fundraising efforts, Iron Maidens will once again fund the Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship. Last year, Iron Maidens participants raised $30,000, far surpassing the $20,000 goal. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to pay for 70% of college tuition for students in the College Prep program at the Bronx-based Grace Outreach, and we need your help to reach that goal! You can donate to a lifter's campaign by going here.

First up: Allison K. (a.k.a, AJK, Alkat, Al-Babe, Gal Pal Al, AK-47)

Allison, thanks for being the first Iron Maidens of CFSBK interviewee this year. Is this your first time participating in Iron Maidens (or its predecessor)? If not, any advice or thoughts to offer to new folks? If yes, anything you are particularly looking forward to or nervous about?

I participated in the predecessor to Iron Maidens three times, but it's been a while. The last time I participated was July of 2013. Yikes, I'm rusty, so I'm a little nervous about that.

I think the best advice I might offer to new folks is borrowed from my runner pals: run your own race. I have a reputation among family, friends, and colleagues as a rather competitive person. My loved ones have avoided playing board games with me for many years now. All joking aside, it's easy for my competitive spirit to wander into the territory of comparing myself to others to the detriment of my training, confidence, and you know... overall enjoyment of life. Sure, at the end of the competition winners will emerge after we're all measured against one another, but what is unique about barbell training is that the ultimate measurement is only against our individual goals.

I'd also encourage new folks to find even just a moment to really engage with the organizers and volunteers, the crowd, and your fellow competitors. While lifting can often feel very solitary and personal, the spirit of the competition is one of a big ol' team and community.

How has lifting impacted you athletically? Personally?

Lifting is the first athletic endeavor I've experienced that feels like if I work hard and train, I'm building skills that my body feels innately suited for. I've always been active and outdoorsy, but I shied away from organized team sports as a kid because I have terrible natural endurance for running and comical hand-eye coordination (in fact, some friends gave me a trophy for being "Consistently Inconsistent" after years of playing social sports with me like wiffle ball, tennis, and volleyball). I am tall, with big bones and big muscles; when it came to the team sports that were popular for girls in my hometown—field hockey, soccer, gymnastics—I always felt like I was punishing my body, or somehow trying to fight its natural size, shape, and inclinations for movement. Lifting has helped me to identify as "athletic," to feel grateful for this strong, healthy body, and to care for it by staying strong and trying new athletic pursuits, even as I trudge through my mid-thirties.

On a much more personal and perhaps political note: as a woman and a feminist, I am keenly aware of how many folks and institutions within our society place value on a woman's body—on my body—more for how it looks than for what it can do. I believe that tendency inherently leads to devaluing women's abilities and limits our potential, which is a bummer for our society. The barbell is the ultimate honorer of strength over shape. So! For me, Iron Maidens has the added bonus of being an occasion where our bodies are celebrated for their strength and function and not their form.

What is your motivation for competing in Iron Maidens?

I've got a couple of motivations—one purely physical, and the other a bit more mental.

Last year, I finally recovered from almost two years of painful foot injuries that culminated in me tearing the plantar fascia in my right foot. I've been so happy to be back in the gym and under the bar consistently since last spring. So, Iron Maidens is a target date to test my lifts after working hard all summer and fall to basically re-train, and to motivate myself to come into the gym consistently during a time of year when typically I just want to be cozy (i.e., nap and drink wine while wearing my slippers).

My foot injury recovery also coincided with me co-founding a business. I've been running a design and technology studio with three partners since last year, and it would be very easy for me to either work or think about work for most hours of the day. When I started this new phase of my career, I made a rule that I have to do something physical every day that forces me just get out of my damn overly analytical head. While some days I can only afford to shut off my brain during my short bike ride to work, re-focusing on lifting and group class here at the gym has, I think, made me a more sane business owner (and probably a more tolerable girlfriend and partner to be around, too).

Last but certainly not least, I give major credit to Margie for building a community—and to David and the CFSBK staff for supporting this community—that makes competing with all of these talented women such a pleasure.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | Wall Balls, Box Jumps
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Wednesday
Feb012017

Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | WOD 

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. Start and finish the superset with a set of Chins to get all 4 sets in.

*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 7 of 8
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AMRAP 9 Minutes:
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21... add 3 reps until the call of time
Wall Balls 20/10, 14/9
Box Jumps 24/20"

Go unbroken on wall balls for as long as you can. Do your best to keep your toes on the floor and stay organized. Box jumps are Rx'd as a two-foot take off. Step-ups are considered a scale.

Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.

 


Steph M. and Andrew S. are doing the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge together this year. This fit couple sat down with Coach Fox to talk about how it's going, what challenges they've faced, and what kind of results they've seen so far. Enjoy!

Want to Work at the Front Desk?

CFSBK is looking for new talent to staff our beloved Front Desk! Responsibilities include handling inquires from walk-ins, managing basic membership issues, light cleaning/organization, and other miscellaneous duties. Ideally, we'd like to hire from within so that candidates are already familiar with CrossFit and CFSBK, but we are open to talking to new folks if they've got good people skills and are committed to joining the gym.

On top of an hourly wage, Front Desk staff will also receive a comped membership. We are looking for people who keep a consistent schedule and commit to six months of work with us (barring extenuating circumstances). Preference will be given to candidates with the flexibility to change shifts in the new year. 

We will be interviewing this month and hiring a new staff member for immediate training. The shifts we are looking to fill are below, so before applying, please make sure these openings fit with your schedule:

Monday, 5:45am-9:30am
Wednesday, 5:45am-9:30am
Wednesday, 4:15pm-9:45pm
Friday, 4:45pm-8:15pm

Saturday 12pm-4:15pm

Email Charlie [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com to inquire and include Front Desk in the subject line.

Iron Maidens Volunteers Needed!

Interested in volunteering for Iron Maidens? We'd love your help on this very fun day! There are a variety of ways to be involved. Fill out this volunteer form to learn more and share your availability. Check out photos from last year's event to get a sense of what it's all about.

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
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Tuesday
Jan312017

Rest Day

January Athlete of the Month: Kelly Lovelett

New year, new AOM! Kelly has been training at CFSBK for a little over 3 years now and has been a great presence in the gym from the start. In addition to making some great strides in her training, she’s always supportive of her fellow classmates and is a regular at gym-related social events and extracurriculars. Learn a little more about this globe-trotting teacher from a kooky upstate town.

Fox: Hi Kelly, and congrats! When and why did you start Crossfit?

Kelly: Thanks! I’m honored! I started around the corner from here at Class One CrossFit and MMA in July 2012, then came to CFSBK before the end of that year. I’d been doing some boxing and Muay Thai at that gym and decided to give CrossFit a shot. Once I started it I didn’t want to miss any workouts, so the punching and kicking took a back seat. When they suddenly got rid of their CrossFit program, I knew I wanted to continue. I was deciding between CrossFit Prospect Heights, which was brand new, and CFSBK. Though the thought of being part of a gym’s culture from the very beginning was appealing, I decided to come here where I figured there would be more seasoned athletes who I could push myself to try and keep up with. I’m obviously glad with that choice!

Fox: Do you keep up the fighting skills? Like, could you beat David in a fight?

Kelly: Ha! No, not really. I do miss it, but I don’t prioritize it anymore.

Fox: Ok, but you didn’t really answer part two of that question. Kidding! What sort of athletic things are you prioritizing these days?

Kelly: I’m currently working on Butterfly Pull-Ups. With the Open coming up, I want to dial them in. I’ve also started doing Muscle-Up progressions and trying to get my false grip stronger. It’s so hard to swing using it! And since I want to get better at EVERYTHING, I’ve been doing some drop-ins to Next Level Weightlifting Club.

Fox: That’s a pretty comprehensive list. One of the things that stood out to the coaching staff is that you’re always going the extra mile to improve. We likey! Coming from another CrossFit gym, what were your first impressions coming here?

Kelly: I liked the programming overall, especially the dedicated strength training aspect. Right away the quality of coaching stood out to me as well. Not even just how knowledgeable the coaches are, but that you can sense their passion for what they do. A few years into training here, I can also see how the coaches evolve across the board. You generally won’t hear a cue or something from a coach that contradicts what another coach said. That consistency is noticed. I started by dipping my toes in at CFSBK with just 2 drop-ins, then a 10-class card, then 3x/week, then 5x/week, and now I have the unlimited membership. Seems my first impressions were correct! I read the blog for a month before attending my first class. I could tell the community was extremely supportive and felt like I knew people before I met them. I also have to add that I read one of David’s Inside the Affiliate articles a while back and am so glad he called this place a gym and not a box. I don’t like when people call it a box!

Fox: You mentioned that you were doing some boxing and Muay Thai prior to starting CrossFit. Were you always into that?

Kelly: Not really, though I’ve always been active. As a kid I played and did it all. Skiing, soccer, softball, gymnastics, even bowling. I really liked gymnastics, but my parents grew tired of the 50 mile round trip to bring my friends and I. Bowling was also pretty far, but it was only once a week. In high school I played field hockey in the fall and ran track in the spring and have generally always been a gym rat. I even had a stint as a personal trainer for a short bit after college.

Fox: A 50-mile round trip does seem like it would get old. Where’d you grow up?

Kelly: Yeah, bowling was awful though! We were three pip-squeaks trying to bowl a ball we could barely pick up! I grew up in Mt. Tremper, NY in quite the house. That house actually affected me more than I ever realized. It was (and is) pretty great. It’s a 150 year old farmhouse. The word “dilapidated” is not an overstatement to describe the condition it was in when my parents bought it. My grandmother actually cried when she saw it, and they weren’t tears of joy! The house was under construction for my entire childhood and my dad did the lion’s share of the work himself. It was a series of projects, usually with a few of them going on simultaneously. The were so many fun things about the property. My dad converted a barn into a recording studio, built a pool and pool house. There was plenty to explore as an inquisitive child whose parents let me roam the property freely. There was a small mountain behind us that I explored and a creek across the street that I swam in. One neighbor had a pond where I caught frogs. I'm still an upstate girl at heart, and my upbringing is the reason for my interest in science.

Fox: I’m envisioning sort of The Addams Family house ...and it sounds amazing! Tell us about you outside of the gym. What do you do for work?

Kelly: I got my bachelors degree in SUNY-Geneseo thinking I was going into the health field. I was originally Pre-Med. I decided to get my teaching certificate while I was there because the school was known for their education program and was originally a "normal school" that only trained teachers. After graduating I started working at high schools here in Brooklyn. I’m currently the Assistant Principal of Biological Sciences at Brooklyn Tech and have been there since 2010. I’m fortunate to have landed there since it’s such a large school (over 250 faculty and 5700 students), so I can be an Assistant Principal with a focus in Biology.

Fox: What about hobbies?

Kelly: I can’t just say working out? I rarely cook anymore, but I like to entertain and grill out on my building’s roof deck. I also do a bit of gardening up there. And, like most Brooklynites, I like to day drink, eat brunch, and explore different neighborhoods. I also travel a lot and get to do much of it with my work. I organize international trips with my students and have been to Costa Rica and Iceland with them, to name a few. I really like that part of my job since, for me, school trips were such a memorable part of growing up.

Fox: I’ve heard that your cat is allergic to you. True story?

Kelly: Yes! Poor thing has to take medication just to live with me!

Fox: Alright, last question. What do you think we should look for in a future AOM?

Kelly: Character. It’s important to be kind, welcoming, supportive, and competitive in a constructive way. Be honest, and don’t be afraid to give yourself “no-reps” when they’re deserved. Seek growth, do a bit of extra work, and make small sacrifices to grow and improve.

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