Wednesday
Oct122016

Crush Week: Rack Thruster | "Karen"

Rack Thruster

1-1-1-1-1

Work up to a 1RM Thruster taken out of a rack. Take the bar out strong and maintain a strong rack position through the drive. Any re-bend of the knee is missed rep.

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"Karen"

For Time:
150 Wall Ball 20/10, 14/9

Settle in and embrace it. Do your best to keep your feet in the same place to help with accuracy. Cycling your arms back to the rack position immediately after the toss can save your shoulders quite a bit. If you think you're gunning for the CFSBK Leaderboard, be sure to let a coach know so that they can verify your score.

Post time and Rx to comments.


What are these nifty new signs all about? We're glad you asked!

CFSBK and NYC Smoke-Free 

You may have noticed some new No Smoking signs outside 597 and 608 Degraw. NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions, works to protect the health of New Yorkers though tobacco control policy, advocacy and education. They partner with community members, organizations, legislators and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. NYC Smoke-Free believes that every NYC resident has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.

We are thrilled that CrossFit South Brooklyn has signed a tobacco-free policy for its entrances on Degraw Street. By doing so, CFSB is protecting athletes, coaches and employees from exposure to toxic secondhandsmoke, reducing cigarette butt litter, and showcasing its commitment to public health. Adopting smoke-free protections will help to denormalize tobacco use – still the number one cause of preventable death in NYC and beyond.

Fight Gone Bad Fundraising Update (T-3 Days!)

We've passed our $15,000 fundraising goal for Brooklyn Community Foundation and are up to $16,120, but don't stop now! Every dollar we raise will benefit great local programs. Learn more about the Brooklyn Community Foundation and all the great work they've done. They support a variety of artistic, agricultural, environmental, social, and educational programs helping people of all ages. No doubt there are several programs they've helped that you identify with.

As if that weren't incentive enough, our top team and individual fundraisers will win prizes from our generous sponsors: Fleisher's, Afro Brutality, Ho'Bra, Lululemon, Dinosaur BBQ, Left Bank restaurant, Brooklyn Fencing, Olympia Wine Bar, and Olivier restaurant.

Congrats to those teams and individually topping our leaderboards on CrowdRise! Below are our top fundraisers from both the individual and team divisions (as of 8:30pm Tuesday night):

Top Five Teams:

  1. He Man and the Masters of the Universe: $2,915
  2. The Gowanus Superfunders: $2,285
  3. Bring It On Fleek!: $2,080
  4. Posterior Chain Gang: $1,240
  5. Victorious Secret: $1,115

Top Five Individuals: 

  1. Charles S.: $2,755
  2. Jay R.: $1,150
  3. Scott M.: $1,080
  4. Mike I.: $850
  5. Richard G.: $775

Send a last-minute email to your friends and family! Maybe something like this?

Dear ______ [insert name],

I know you probably think I'm bananas for doing CrossFit, but I love it so much—largely because my gym, CrossFit South Brooklyn, is so freaking awesome and doesn't just care about getting "swole" (defined by the Urban Dictionary as the state of being very muscular and/or buff and in good shape), but we also care about helping our neighbors in Brooklyn.

That's why I need your help! Through this fun competition we're doing on Saturday, we're raising money for a local organization called Brooklyn Community Foundation. BCF supports tons of great and important programs in Brooklyn.

Donate here, and I promise to send you a photo of me drenched in sweat after I crush this workout on Saturday. Also, I'll love you forever!

XXOO _______ [your name] 

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Rest Day
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Tuesday
Oct112016

Rest Day

We are SO. CLOSE. to our hitting our $15,000 fundraising goal to benefit Brooklyn Community Foundation for Fight Gone Bad 2016. It's go time, CFSBKers!

  • Schedule Change: Don't forget that Coach Ro is traveling this week, and Anti-Gravity class is cancelled. AG will resume on October 18th.

Short Circuit: Reprogram Your Body!™

CrossFit South Brooklyn is thrilled to announce Short Circuit, a new class utilizing some of the best training methods to give you a great total body workout in just one hour. Each class includes two circuits programmed specifically to help you shed pounds while increasing your strength, stamina, and flexibility. At Short Circuit, we want you to get sweaty, have fun, and build confidence, one workout at a time. We create an inclusive space where people can feel comfortable exactly where they are in their fitness journeys and, more importantly, challenge themselves to get better. Our instructors have worked with clients in every age group, with every body type, and across all ability levels. We want to show you that you're capable of much more than you thought! This is our passion. This is our goal.

Each Short Circuit class consists of 4 segments:

Plug In
We start classes with a comprehensive, dynamic warm-up programmed to get your body ready for exercise while practicing skills and positions relevant to the day's class.

1st Circuit (Strength and Stamina)
The 1st Circuit focuses on your strength and stamina by using 3-4 exercises done in sequence for 15-20 minutes. We use dumbbell, kettlebell, and bodyweight exercises programmed to keep your muscles strong and toned.

2nd Circuit (Conditioning and Intervals)
Here's where things heat up! We'll use a variety of high-intensity intervals to bump up your heart rate up and really make you sweat. Whether you're on the rowing machine, swinging a kettlebell, or doing some Burpees, you'll get your endorphins pumping with our higher intensity circuit.

Unplug
Finally, we finish with some extra core and flexibility work before sending you off to take on the rest of your day. You'll be recharged and ready to go!

What if I can't do something?

Every movement we teach and perform will have a variety of scaling options, so you’ll be challenged whether you’re flying through a set of 10 Push-Ups or still working on your first one. Our seasoned coaches can modify your workouts specifically for your abilities all while motivating you to do your best and to go a little further, faster, longer than you thought possible. We are here to help everyone achieve their goals, one drop of sweat at a time! No experience is required to take a Short Circuit class. Just show up and get fit!

Schedule & Location

Monday 9:00am
Wednesday 9:00am
Friday 9:00am

Prices

Members of CrossFit South Brooklyn may use their existing memberships to drop into this class; however, anyone and everyone is welcome as there are no prerequisites for this class. Because no experience is required, this is a great opportunity to workout with your friends! If you'd like to purchase a punch card for this and our other specialty classes (Yoga, Short Circuit, Active Recovery and Pilates) you can purchase one of the cards listed below:

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


REGISTER HERE!

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: "Diane"
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Monday
Oct102016

Crush Week: "Diane"

"Diane"

For Time:
21-15-9
Deadlifts 225/155
Handstand Push Ups

This benchmark (and CFSBK Leaderboard) workout is done unbroken on the fast end, with top times world-wide under 2 minutes. Average times, however, creep up into double digits. We'll have a soft 15 minute cap today, so feel free to make it more of a strength workout and challenge yourself via load on the bar and/or degree of difficulty on the push. The Handstand Push-Ups start and finish with both arms fully extended and both feet touching the wall. Kipping is allowed. Hands must be within 24 inches of the wall and no wider than 36 inches apart. Scale HSPU volume, ROM, or to Box Piked or regular Push-Ups as needed. If you think you might be pushing for the CFSBK Leaderboard, then be sure to let a coach know so that they can verify your performance.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Dave and Dan capturing the essence of Fight Gone Bad

Fight Gone Bad Fundraising Update (T-5 Days!)

We're at $14,185—so close to our $15,000 fundraising goal for Brooklyn Community Foundation. Can we surpass our goal by the end of the day? Hell yeah we can. Let's do it, CFSBK!

Did you know that we have been hosting our annual "Fight Gone Bad" charity event since 2008? Our fundraising efforts have benefitted a wide variety of charitable organizations in Brooklyn, with our total amount raised to date exceeding $360,000. Let your friends and family know that you'll be sweating for one of the best causes around!

Congrats to those teams and individually topping our leaderboards on CrowdRise! Below are our top fundraisers from both the individual and team divisions (as of 6pm on Sunday 10/9):

Top Five Teams:

  1. He Man and the Masters of the Universe: $2,865
  2. Bring It On Fleek!: $2,005
  3. The Gowanus Superfunders: $1,715
  4. Posterior Chain Gang: $1,240
  5. Victorious Secret: $1,040

Top Five Individuals: 

  1. Charles S.: $2,755
  2. Jay R.: $1,150
  3. Scott M.: $1,080
  4. Mike I.: $850
  5. Richard G.: $675

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Sunday
Oct092016

Snatch | WOD 10.9.16

Power Snatch

1-1-1-1-1

Max effort day. After a few warm up sets, attempt to set a new personal best on the Power Snatch. If you're very new to the lift, then perform 5 heavy singles instead of a true max effort single. Focus on a strong and aggressive 2nd pull followed by an immediate and equally aggressive 3rd pull under the bar. No press-outs. Footwork should not get too crazy either.

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Exposure 8 of 8

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For Time:
20 Power Snatches 155/105
5 Burpees every minute on the minute, starting at 0:00

The Power Snatch can be on the heavy-ish side today. However, you should still be able to do at least 3-5 reps per minute on the slow end.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Coach McDowell helped out with some much-needed barbell TLC this week. We're in the process of wire brush scubbbing, oiling, and wiping down our whole fleet of barbells!

  • Schedule Change: Today's 2:00pm Anti-Gravity class is cancelled. Coach Ro is out of town for the week, so AG will resume on October 18th.

Register Now for the Pelvic Floor Health Workshop!

Iron Maidens Lift n' Learn presents:

A Pelvic Floor Health Workshop
November 13, 2016 from 2:00-4:30pm

Do your hips ever feel a little unstable at the bottom of your squat? Are you fastidious about making a trip to the bathroom before that heavy Deadlift... because you learned the hard way? Do you sometimes feel pressure in your pelvis on a max set of 5?

The health of your pelvic floor is part of the equation here! Correct pelvic floor engagement is an essential, but often overlooked component of lifting, and everyday life.

This team taught workshop aims to shed light on what exactly constitutes the pelvic floor, how to strengthen it, and engage it under load. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to cultivate healthy pelvic floor function and prevent dysfunction.

You will walk away with:

  • A basic understanding of pelvic floor anatomy
  • Exercises you can do at home or as part of your warm-ups to engage and strengthen the pelvic floor, including breathing and bracing techniques
  • An understanding of how to apply engagement under load 

This workshop is for women only.
Limited to 25 participants
$75 registration fee

REGISTER HERE

Developed and presented by:

Katie Harper received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016 and has been a CrossFit coach and personal trainer at CFSBK since March 2015. She is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer, Functional Range Conitioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), Functional Movement Screen Provider (FMS), Graston Technique Provider, Rocktape Functional Movement Specialist I, and has attended the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I course offered by the Institute of Physical Arts.

Kristin Hoesl has been training clients one on one and in groups in Pilates for over a decade. She specializes in helping athletes access their pelvic floor, and find both stability and mobility through their abdominal core and spine.

For over 30 years, Debbie Parsons has been teaching and studying movement. From a professional dance career to Pilates certification (1994), and continuing through Crossfit Level one and Starting Strength programs, Debbie has been helping clients to move with economy and efficiency.

Margie Lempert has been a coach at CFSBK since 2009, always with a focus on barbell training for women. She founded Iron Maidens Raw Open, an annual all-women powerlifting competition in 2015, teaches small group barbell classes with her husband, and trains individual clients. She is a Starting Strength Coach and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. 

Melissa Loranger received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016 and has been a CrossFit coach and personal trainer at CFSBK since April, 2012. She is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, a Certified Starting Strength Coach and has taken multiple continuing education courses offered by the Institute of Physical Arts, Graston Techniques, LLC and Rock Tape.

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Saturday
Oct082016

Front Squat | WOD 10.8.16

Front Squat

1-1-1

Max effort day. After a few warm up sets, attempt to set a new personal best on the front squat. For Fitness athletes, start a little heavier than where you squatted 3 reps last week and go from there. For Performance athletes, start around 90% and go from there. If you're very new to the lift then perform 3-5 heavy singles instead of a true max effort single. We will discuss how to properly bail a Front Squat attempt in class.

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Exposure 8 of 8
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3 Rounds for Time:
400m Run
21 Thrusters 75/55
12 Pull-Ups

The barbell should be light today and ideally unbroken. Scale volume or to Jumping Pull-Ups as needed.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Daisy is also happy that it's Saturday!

  • Schedule Change: Tomorrow's 2pm Anti-Gravity class is cancelled.

Next Sunday: Iron Maiden's Lift n' Learn Session

All IM competitors and IM curious are welcome!
October 16, 2016
2-4pm

Press and Negotiating
BYOProgram OR plan to focus on working up to a heavy five on your Overhead Press. Feedback on technique can be provided. Post-lifting, we're happy to welcome CFSBKer and Starting Strength Cycle alum Karina Totah for a workshop in negotiation skills:

Women don't ask. Research shows they forego over ½ million dollars in salary over their lifetimes. 

Like lifting, negotiation skills get better with practice. But unlike lifting, success and failure aren't as black and white in negotiations. Come out to lift, and stay to learn the nuance of negotiation so you can successfully navigate asking for what you need and want.

In this workshop, we'll cover negotiation framing and prep, do a live practice, and discuss negotiation plans.

Karina Totah's Middle-Eastern father had her haggling from a young age.  She strengthened her negotiation instinct with more structured training at Yale's School of Management.  Now she enjoys sharing her knowledge with other women.  By day, Karina is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Housing Authority; by morning, usually at 7am, she's a CFSBKer.

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Friday
Oct072016

Rest Day

CFSBK socks on fleek! Pick up a pair at the front desk or our online store!

This Week at CFSBK in Review 

1. Coach Whit is out of town for an OPEX seminar this weekend, but tomorrow's 10:00am Yoga for Athletes is ON with guest instructor Sasha S.

2. We announced our upcoming Pelvic Floor Workshop! Register here!

3. Now that face-melting summer weather is past us, we've introduced Around Degraw, a new feature in which we'll profile small businesses and attractions within walking distance of the gym. This week we told you about Ample Hills Creamery, which is owned by CFSBKers Jackie C. and Brian S.!

4. Last weekend, some intrepid CFSBKers completed Ragnar Wawayanda! Go here to read Packer's report.

5. As of today, we're up to $12,640 of our $15,000 fundraising goal for Fight Gone Bad! Can we make it to $13,000 by the end of the day? What about $15,000 by Monday? C'mon gang, let's do this!

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Yesterday's Whiteboard: Power Clean | Double-Unders, Power Cleans
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Thursday
Oct062016

Clean | WOD 10.6.16

Power Clean

1-1-1-1-1

Max effort day. After a few warm up sets, attempt to set a new personal best on the Power Clean. If you're very new to the lift, then perform 5 heavy singles (with rest in between) instead of a true max effort single. Focus on a strong and fast rack delivery where the barbell is pulled onto active shoulders in a mature rack position, not crashing on the chest or collarbones. Footwork should not get too crazy either.

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Exposure 8 of 8

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For Time:
20 Power Cleans 185/125
10 Double-Unders every minute on the minute, starting at 0:00

The power clean can be on the heavy-ish side today. However, you should still be able to do at least 3-5 reps per minute on the slow end. The 10 Dubs are (obviously?) meant to be unbroken and should take only a few seconds at the top of each minute. Sub 5 attempts or 30 singles as needed.

Post time and Rx to comments.

Read on to learn more about some intrepid CFSBKers who completed a Ragnar Race!

  • Does any of this cool stuff belong to you? Someone lost their bike helmet, a baby lost its bib, someone else lost their rain boots. Really makes you think about the human condition, huh? Oh, sorry!  Anyway, if any of this looks familiar, please claim it at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS on Monday.

CFSBK at Ragnar Wawayanda

CFSBKers Dan G., Packer D., Eduardo C-G., and Joe M. partnered with intrepid runners Lauren O. and Amos B. last weekend to complete Ragnar Wawayanda, a 24-hour trail running relay race. Running over rocky, mud-slicked trails in the dead of night while dead tired turns out to be equal parts spooky & spiritual. Lauren O. put it best:

"Think of a Ragnar relay as a cross between Murakami's WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING, Alice following the mome raths in Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND cartoon, and the Michael-Douglas-in-a-Colombian-mudslide scene from ROMANCING THE STONE. This is the format that finally tricked me into loving running. (The bonfire helped.)"

Thanks to Packer for the report and great job, guys!

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