Monday
Jan302017

Push Jerk | WOD 1.30.17

Push Jerk

Every minute on the minute x 15 minutes:
1) 7 Push Jerks 155/105
2) 7 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
3) 10 Calorie Row

The barbell comes from the floor (via a Power Clean). The barbell load should be medium-heavy for you, and the reps should be performed unbroken. The Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups may be broken up, but leave at least 15 seconds in the minute to transition to the row. Scale to regular Pull-Ups or Jumping Pull-Ups as needed. Aim to pull the 10 cals in as few strokes as possible.

Post time and Rx to comments.

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For Time:
50 Burpees

Get down, get up

Post time to comments.

Meredith R.'s award-winning desert from Saturday's CSFBK Community Potluck. More photos from the Potluck will be posted this week!

Register for the 2017 CrossFit Open

Registration for the 2017 CrossFit Open started a couple of weeks ago. We want you to sign up! But why should you? First, as of a couple years ago, the Open includes both Rx'd and Scaled divisions, so don't fret if you don't have Muscle-Ups or Handstand Walks yet. Second, registering for the Open is good for the whole CFSBK community. As befits our spirit of inclusiveness, we usually have a big team, and we'd love to have an even bigger team this year. Even if you do only one rep for one of the WODs, it won’t bring the team down. We're shooting to have 100 CFSBKers register for this year's Open. The third reason is a little more complicated. What if—like your CFSBK blog Editor—you're not naturally competitive because you were always large for your age and thus a big, slow target in dodgeball? To answer this last question (or some version of it), we're reposting Coach Fox's blog classic "Why Compete?" Enjoy! 

Why Compete?

By Chris Fox
Originally posted on 12.1.2012

As a youth I was not very involved in competitive sports, so I can’t speak to that angle on why competition is a healthy aspect of training as an adult. Sure, I’ve played some pick up football, basketball, rugby, baseball, etc... but the consequences were only week to week, never having long lasting meaning to me. As an adult I have found new meaning in what training and testing mean to me. I’ve trained with intention and set performance goals for more than a decade and found CrossFit within the past 6 years. CrossFit was the first time that I had ever really tested my performance in a competition setting. The beauty of Crossfit, and the related fitness sports that go along with it like powerlifting, olympic lifting, strongman/women, adventure races, etc... is that while you are ‘competing’ with the people you’re sharing floor/track/trail/platform space with, you must also compare your performance to your own previous performances. Sometimes the goal may be to only finish an event. First time out? Just get through it with success. Other times it may be to best your previous years placement or possibly to achieve a top place in an event. In my case the goal is to get better as an athlete and to not slip backward as the competitive environment gets more and more, well, competitive.

I have no illusions of winning any powerlifting meets, Olympic meets, the CrossFit Games, or even any of the local throwdown style events. Does that mean that my participation is silly? Hell NO! I get to hang with some cool folks, push my limits, and measure where I lay not only in comparison to my fellow athletes but also in relation to my previous self. As a (very) soon to be 40 year old male, society would have me believe that my best days are behind me. I respond with a resounding “NOT” and strive year after year to be a bit better that the me from the year before. I enjoy the process, the goal setting, and the satisfaction of knowing that I prepared for an event as best as I could. Or, in learning what I might do differently  the next go around.

We test ourselves day in, day out at CFSBK. There are metrics to be recorded for sure, and you should be tracking them regularly. I encourage you all, however, to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while and and test your performance in those not so cozy places where the others are. You might find out that you hate it, but you might also find out that it inspires you to be better or at least have some outside of the box fun. At the very least you’ll have learned something about yourself.

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Sunday
Jan292017

Snatch | WOD 1.29.17

Power Snatch

Every minute on the minute x 10:
Power Snatch + Hang Snatch + Overhead Squat

Build to a heavy load on the complex

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 6 of 8

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For Time:
400m Run
21-15-9
Russian Kettlebell Swings 32/53kg
Box Jumps 24/20"
400m Run

Buy in with a 400m run, perform the couplet, and then cash out with another 400m run. The swings should be on the heavy side and unbroken on the fast end. The Box Jump is Rx'd as a two-foot take off. Bounding or stepping down is permitted.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Our new Diapers & Dumbbells class kicks off tomorrow at 11am! Check out photos from a recent demo class here

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. Classes start tomorrow!

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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Saturday
Jan282017

Back Squat / Front Squat | WOD 1.28.17

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.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 6 of 8
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5 Rounds
AMRAP 1 Minute:

Double-Unders
Rest 1 Minute
Wall Balls 20/10, 14/9
Rest 1 Minute

The goal is to score consistently across the 5 rounds.

Post reps and Rx to comments.

It's not really a CFSBK Potluck until adults end up in the bounce house

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT: The CFSBK Community Potluck

It's finally time for the CFSBK Community Potluck. This event is open to everyone and all are encouraged to come. The fun starts at 7pm! Here's everything you need to know...

Your dish doesn't have to be paleo, but please use whole foods where possible. We'll vote on the top 3 dishes, so bring your best recipe! You may, of course, opt to bring a healthy dessert. 

  • The gym will provide some alcohol, but feel free to bring whatever else you'd like. If you're not drinking booze and want to bring a drink, seltzer is great, too!
  • If your food needs to be kept warm, you'll need to provide your own crockpot or other method for keeping it at serving temperature. We've got surge protectors and extension cords.
  • We'll provide notecards so you can label your dish and list its ingredients.
  • When you leave please take everything you brought with you. Do not leave any pots, pans, Tupperware, utensils, etc. They will be discarded that night.
  • There will be a raffle for one free personal training session with Captain Osorio himself!
  • THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOUNCE HOUSE!
  • If you'd like to help out (and haven't already been contacted) we'll need some hands on deck putting everything away afterwards. If you stay until the end, we'd greatly appreciate some help cleaning up!
  • We also need some volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards. To help set up, arrive by 6:30 PM! E-mail our Events Coordinator Danae M. at Events [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com to let her know you're available.
  • Let us know what you're bringing by posting in the comments section of the event page

We can't wait to see you there!

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Friday
Jan272017

Rest Day

From our Instagram account: "CFSBK representing at the Women’s March on Washington in DC. Our gym is a place where everyone is accepted for who they are, then challenged to get better."

TOMORROW at 7pm: Join Us for the CFSBK Community Potluck

We're excited to get everyone in house to break bacon and socialize together outside of 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.

Your dish doesn't have to be paleo, but please use whole foods where possible. We'll vote on the top 3 dishes, so bring your best recipe! You may, of course, opt to bring a healthy dessert. 

  • The gym will provide some alcohol, but feel free to bring whatever else you'd like. If you're not drinking booze and want to bring a drink, seltzer is great, too!
  • If your food needs to be kept warm, you'll need to provide your own crockpot or other method for keeping it at serving temperature. We've got surge protectors and extension cords.
  • We'll provide notecards so you can label your dish and list its ingredients.
  • When you leave please take everything you brought with you. Do not leave any pots, pans, Tupperware, utensils, etc. They will be discarded that night.
  • There will be a raffle for one free personal training session with Captain Osorio himself!
  • THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOUNCE HOUSE!
  • If you'd like to help out (and haven't already been contacted) we'll need some hands on deck putting everything away afterwards. If you stay until the end, we'd greatly appreciate some help cleaning up!
  • We also need some volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards. To help set up, arrive by 6:30 PM! E-mail our Events Coordinator Danae M. at Events [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com to let her know you're available.
  • Let us know what you're bringing by posting in the comments section of the event page

We can't wait to see you there!

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Thursday
Jan262017

Clean and Jerk | WOD 1.26.17

Power Clean and Jerk

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

Build to a heavy load on the complex.

Post loads to comments.
Exposure 6 of 8

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Performance
For Time:
50 Calorie Row
40 Handstand Push-Ups
30 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
20 Burpees

Fitness
For Time:
20 Burpees
30 Pull-Ups
40 Push Presses 95/65
50 Calorie Row

Post time and Rx to comments.

Coach Jeremy sends Chainsaw Charlie into lift at last year's Iron Maidens Raw Open

The Iron Maidens Raw Open and the Stay Strong Scholarship 

You probably know that The Iron Maidens Raw Open, our women-only powerlifting meet slated for February 18th, is one of our most anticipated events of the year. 60 women, from CFSBK and beyond, will test their strength at Back Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.

For the second year in a row, Iron Maidens lifters will raise funds to support the Stay Strong Scholarship. The Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship is operated by Grace Outreach, a South Bronx based non-profit that works with women to further their financial goals and gain financial independence. Students at GO face significant financial barriers to starting college. They are first generation college students who are low-income and working to support their families.

All of the money we raise supports a scholarship fund that pays for 80% of college tuition for undocumented students or women who have been victims of predatory for-profit colleges. Students in these financial situations have no access to financial aid dollars and the undocumented students are ineligible for most scholarships.

The Stay Strong Scholarship sent 7 women to college last year, and they're all thriving, but if we don't raise at least $24,000 this year we won't be able to keep them enrolled. This is the prime time to be supporting this cause. The undocumented women we support are more vulnerable than ever given the current , and as a collective group of strong women we are all aware of the political and social issues they face.

Now, more than ever, we are proud to be giving this necessary support to undocumented women who are working to improve their lives through education. This scholarship rewards persistence—the grit and determination to keep going during hard times. We believe this recognizes and addresses the reality our students face, and also captures the essence of the Iron Maidens Competition.

How can you get involved? If you're an Iron Maidens competitior, make sure you've signed up through the Crowdrise page, and get started with fundraising by reaching out to your friends, family, and professional networks. If you're not competing, show some love by donating to your favorite lifter(s) through the 2017 Crowdrise campaign here.

Join Us for the CFSBK Community Potluck this Saturday 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. See the event page for more details, and post in the comments there to let us know what you're planning to bring. We can't wait to see you there!

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Wednesday
Jan252017

Front Rack Step-Ups / Chin-Ups | WOD 1.25.17

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 6 of 8
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AMRAP 12 Minutes:
12 Burpees
12 Toes-to-Bars
12 Push Jerks 115/80

Sub Hanging Leg or Knee Raises as needed. The barbell weight should be on the light side of medium and unbroken on the fast end.

Post rounds, reps, and Rx to comments.

Functional Rehab with Dr. Jason Fidler

Got issues with your tissues? Shoulder pain with overhead movements? Back pain after deadlifts? 

Practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent, and the ramifications of compromised movement patterns don't often rear their ugly heads until much later. Don’t let these things fester and become a limiting factor in your training.

Muscle and joint pain that develops insidiously over time is there for 2 main reasons. First, its purpose is to prevent you from making things worse. And secondly, it’s letting you know that you’re not moving well and something needs to change. Getting a thorough range of motion and stability assessment with Dr. Jason Fidler, conveniently 1 floor above our gym, is a great way to hone in on the root of the problem. Find out what you need to prioritize and how to take care of it on your own. Dr. Fidler has been CrossFitting since 2008 and a member of CFSBK for 7 years. He is familiar with CFSBK's programming and can offer useful substitutions and/or mobility strategies to complement the WOD. He can also communicate orthopedic issues with coaches when necessary. Major insurances accepted and discount out-of-pocket cash rates for CFSBK members. Get help unlearning poor movement patterns or behaviors outside of the gym so you're not suffering inside. You've got a standing desk? Great. Learn how to calibrate it properly. Need one? Come get a letter of medical necessity for your job. After all, Darwin said that “It's not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Thus, learning how to adapt to the workplace environment and practicing easy-to-learn spinal hygiene is a worthwhile endeavor and an effective way to remove barriers limiting your performance.

Check out Dr. Fidler's website for more info and scheduling.

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News and Notes

  • Interested in volunteering for Iron Maidens? We'd love your help! There are a variety of ways to be involved. Fill out this volunteer form to learn more and share your availability.
  • Speaking of volunteering, the CFSBK Community Potluck is THIS SATURDAY. We  need some volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards. To help set up, arrive by 6:30 PM! E-mail our Events Coordinator Danae M. at Events [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com to let her know you're available.
  • HEAR YE, HEAR YE: We have a bunch of your stuff in our Lost and Found. Come 'n' get it before we donate it to CHIPS in two weeks.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Rest Day


Video of the Week: Chris C., Constance T.'s son who got her into CrossFit, recently founded the Westside Athletes Association. WAA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Bay Area teens by making functional fitness programs available in local schools. Check out his first video!

  • Schedule Change: Tonight's 7:30pm Pilates class is cancelled.

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

We're excited to get everyone in house to break bacon and socialize together outside of 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.

Your dish doesn't have to be paleo, but please use whole foods where possible. We'll vote on the top 3 dishes, so bring your best recipe! You may, of course, opt to bring a healthy dessert. 

  • The gym will provide some alcohol, but feel free to bring whatever else you'd like. If you're not drinking booze and want to bring a drink, seltzer is great, too!
  • If your food needs to be kept warm, you'll need to provide your own crockpot or other method for keeping it at serving temperature. We've got surge protectors and extension cords.
  • We'll provide notecards so you can label your dish and list its ingredients.
  • When you leave please take everything you brought with you. Do not leave any pots, pans, Tupperware, utensils, etc. They will be discarded that night.
  • There will be a raffle for one free personal training session with Captain Osorio himself!
  • THERE WILL ALSO BE A BOUNCE HOUSE!
  • If you'd like to help out (and haven't already been contacted) we'll need some hands on deck putting everything away afterwards. If you stay until the end, we'd greatly appreciate some help cleaning up!
  • We also need some volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards. To help set up, arrive by 6:30 PM! E-mail our Events Coordinator Danae M. at Events [at] crossfitsouthbrooklyn [dot] com to let her know you're available.
  • Let us know what you're bringing by posting in the comments section of the event page

We can't wait to see you there!

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