Fitness: 3 x 5 Linear Progression
Add 5-10 pounds to last week’s exposure.
Performance: 95% x 2, 85% x 10
You’re getting into territory where 10 reps might not be a given. Use spotters, but try to leave a rep in the tank.
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100 Box Jumps 24/20
100 Wall Ball 20/10, 14/9
Break the work up as desired between partners.
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Coach K HarpZ at CrossFit Solace’s “February Fling”
News and Notes
- There are still a few spots left in the A, E, and F cycles of Strength Cycle. Learn more on Monday’s post and sign up now to secure your spot! If you don’t know Margie (who’s leading the F cycle), learn more about her awesomeness by reading Coach Noah’s Underneath the Hoodie article about her.
- Thank you again to everyone who nominated Inside the Affiliate in Breaking Muscle’s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2015 contest. Sadly, we were defeated. But, the winners are pretty excellent, so we’re happy we were in such great company. Check them out here!
- The undefeated Hoopin’ Tacos have a game tonight at 6:30pm at John Jay. Come cheer them on!
Introducing Katie: CFSBK’s New Coach!
David here! Please join me in welcoming our new coach Katie Harper (better known as “K HarpZ”) to CFSBK’s staff. I’m extremely excited to bring Katie on as one of our group class coaches. Katie approached me months ago regarding her interest in coaching at the gym, and as we transitioned to a point where we were looking to expand our staff, her name was at the top of the list. She’s exhibited good long-term training habits at the gym and she’s been an active member of the community since she joined (she penned an excellent article about her experiences being injured back in May of 2014). She’s dedicated herself professionally to working with human movement as a full time physical therapy student at LIU. Katie has been working closely with Coach Fox to build up her coaching skill set and we’re excited to welcome another strong female coach to our staff. ICYMI, she won the Ladies division at Iron Maidens and is currently second on our female leaderboard for the CrossFit Open.
Look forward to getting to know Katie in a group class near you, and through her first interview with Kate below…
CFSBK: Welcome, Katie! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up and what are some interesting things we should know about you?
Katie: I’ve bounced around to various suburbs, but I guess I would have to consider Columbia, Maryland home. Believe it or not (definitely believable), I was one of those kids always digging in the dirt, climbing whatever I could, building epic forts, and coming home covered in cuts and bruises. I’m relatively the same, except now I’m a little taller and all of my bruises are at the mercy of a barbell. 🙂
I attended the University of Maryland to pursue my Kinesiology degree, knowing full well that I wanted to end up working with athletes. I’ve tried on a few jobs for size: physical education, athletic training, and eventually I found my way into physical therapy. I was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at LIU in Brooklyn, so I moved here in July of 2013. Being a student takes up the majority of my time, but other than the gym, I enjoy listening to music, taking photographs, being in the company of good people, and having a nice refreshing swim in the Gowanus Canal.
CFSBK: Yes, the Canal is excellent for a long swim or kayaking adventure. What’s your athletic background?
Katie: I wish I could say I was a gymnast, but I wasn’t. Apparently I attended gymnastics for a year when I was four because I was so clumsy that I kept running into walls. After conquering that feat, I was mostly into field sports. I got into lacrosse when I was seven, which I stuck with all the way into college. That was my best sport. Other than that, I did a few seasons of field hockey, track and field, as well as swimming and diving.
CFSBK: How did you find CrossFit?
Katie: I was at one of my stepdad’s powerlifting meets taking photographs, which happened to be at a local CrossFit gym. I was watching this insanely fit blonde girl doing a “skin the cat”—okay, watching is an understatement. It was more of an open-mouthed stare. My stepdad nudged me in the ribs and said, “It’s called CrossFit…you should try it sometime.” Coincidentally, it was also Thanksgiving weekend, so after several helpings of stuffing I decided I might as well sign up to help burn off all of the extra holiday food.
CFSBK: And now you’ve done a powerlifting meet of your own! What was it about CrossFit that compelled you so much?
Katie: I’ll never forget my first day of Foundations. I started out at an awesome affiliate back home called CrossFit Critical Mass. I hadn’t done my research, so when I arrived at the doors of somebody’s three-car garage, you can imagine I was very confused. I walked in hesitantly, only to find it occupied by a man in a sweat suit aggressively shadowboxing in circles. Needless to say, I was a bit intimidated. But that’s what I think I liked the most about it—the entire concept of CrossFit was challenging, both physically and mentally. The barbells were painful and I was constantly sore. But as a whole, I not only felt physically stronger, I was also more driven and confident in the ability to accomplish my goals. The community that’s associated with CrossFit is incredible, which is why I think the sport is so infectious. I had no reserves when it came to packing up my bags and heading to Brooklyn, mostly because I had researched CFSBK and knew it would be filled with a boatload of awesome people.
CFSBK: We’re so glad you did. What are you up to when you’re not at 597 Degraw?
Katie: Like I said, student life is time consuming, so mostly finishing up my Physical Therapy program over at LIU. It’s been a lot of fun figuring out how to connect CrossFit to what I’m learning in the classroom. Before getting into graduate school, I worked with a very inspiring therapist, who emphasized functional movement as his main philosophy. No matter what the age or injury, every patient was guaranteed to learn to squat, deadlift, farmer’s carry, and all of the other essentials needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. I remember thinking, “This is exactly the kind of therapist I want to be.” Not only will I be able to use this style of training for the high-level athlete, but also as a tool to empower those who simply want to improve their quality of life. I truly look forward to coaching at CFSBK, where I can continue to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and fitness throughout my career.
CFSBK: Any hidden talents, weird things, or bizarre parts of your life history we should know? Since we’re family now and all.
Katie: Lets see… I can curl my tongue into a three-leaf clover, I have webbed toes (with the tattoo to prove it), I’m unnaturally good at Tetris, and I have a prettyyy decent Alanis Morissette impression. All contenders on the karaoke stage are welcome.
Master Your Kipping Pull-Up This Weekend at Coach Noah’s Famous Workshop!
Coach Noah’s Kipping Pull-up Workshop is back with a vengeance and some added wrinkles! This weekend, he will be holding two Beginner Kipping Pull-Up Workshops. These classes are for those who have yet to accomplish their first kipping pull-up or need significant work organizing the movement and linking them together. By the end of the hour class, everyone will have gotten their chin over the bar, will likely have strung a few together, and will definitely have a plan for practice and perfection of their kip.
When: Saturday and Sunday at 2PM
Buy-in: 3 chin-ups or pull-ups (special cases can be considered, email Noah [at] CrossFitSouthBrooklyn.com)
But wait, there’s more! Noah will also host his first Random Kipping Skillz Workshop. We will cover Kipping Toes-to-Bar, Kipping Handstand Push-ups, Kipping Ring Dips, and if time permits, Butterfly Pull-ups.
When: Saturday and Sunday at 3PM
Buy-in: You should have the ability to do at least five strict versions of each movement to enroll
Each class will cost $20 and run one hour. REGISTER HERE (scroll to the bottom)
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