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Athlete of the Month: November 2016

Amita Bhandari By: Jenessa Connor  Amita is walking proof of CrossFit’s “functional fitness” and real world application. After joining the 718 community two and half years ago, Amita began feeling more capable and confident in everyday…
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Periodization: What is it, and why does it matter?

By Reuben Pearlman   Periodization is defined as the “long-term cyclic structuring of training and practice to maximize performance to coincide with important competitions.” Simply, it is the program design strategy that governs…
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Athlete of the Month: October 2016

Dave Smanik  By: Jenessa Connor Dave’s been CrossFitting for over three years, and it’s changed his entire perspective. Literally. (He recently added handstand walks to his gymnastics repertoire!) But, in addition to seeing the box…
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You’ve Got Goals

 but Are They S.M.A.R.T.? By: Jenessa Connor You’ve probably been thinking about goals since the day you started CrossFit. Per your basics instructor’s suggestion, you might even have a page or two in your WOD journal dedicated to…
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Quality v. Quantity

By: Reuben Pearlman First things first, there are really two conversations to have regarding quality and quantity as it relates to your training program. One is the quality of the individual movement performed during a workout session (e.g.,…
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Training the Energy Systems

By: Jenessa Connor Ask most CrossFit athletes what they like about CrossFit, and you’re guaranteed to hear something about the variety an average WOD delivers – only when the clock strikes 8 p.m. and Wodify updates do you know if the…
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Athlete of the Month: September 2016

Elaine Kanak By: Jenessa Connor Elaine Kanak September is a special month for Elaine Kanak, and not just because she’s this month’s featured athlete. In just a few short weeks, she’ll be welcoming her first child into the world!…
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Athlete of the Month: August 2016

Chrystie O’Brien By: Jenessa Connor  Chrystie started working out with Tammy and Iz when CrossFit 718 was just a twinkle their eyes. She was there for the very first workouts in the park, the Brooklyn Fitness Factory days and the gym’s…
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Programming Changes at CrossFit 718

By: Reuben Pearlman There has been a major change happening at CrossFit 718 – and you may be unaware of it. No, it doesn’t have to do with new equipment, or our new doors and awnings. This change is much sneakier, and it has a much deeper…
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Rate of Perceived Exertion

By: Reuben Pearlman Have you noticed a new acronym floating around the box lately? “RPE,” which stands for “rate of perceived exertion,” has been popping up in our programing somewhat regularly as of late. And no, this isn’t one…
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Athlete of the Month: July 2016

Lauri Schindler  By: Jenessa Connor  Before joining CrossFit 718, Lauri Schindler wondered if she’d ever feel like a “real” member of such a dynamic community. A local business owner and mom to college-aged children, she was older…
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6 Reasons to GET PUMPED for the Beat the Streets Throwdown

By: Jenessa Connor Thirty days from now the post-Games excitement will have cooled down, but CrossFit 718 will be just getting warmed up! The Beat the Streets Throwdown and Block Party is shaping up to be both a serious competition and fun…
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Athlete of the Month: June 2016

Kenny Restrepo  By: Jenessa Connor Prior to joining CrossFit 718 in April of 2013, Kenny “K-Bar” Restrepo had been dealing with injuries by skipping the gym. A chance encounter with Coach Tambot brought him to the box, but planning,…
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The Benefits of Jumping Rope

By: Reuben Pearlman If you were unable to attend our last double under workshop, you’re in luck! Crossfit 718 is hosting another workshop on June 26, 2016.   If you did attend our last one, then you know how valuable the time…
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Beat the Streets

Throwdown – Round 2! By: Jenessa Connor Last summer’s block party was pretty legendary, but we’re determined to go bigger and better (this is CrossFit, after all) with the second annual Beat the Streets Throwdown on July 30, 2016!…
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Athlete of the Month: May 2016

Brian Wood By: Jenessa Connor Brian Wood describes his intro to CrossFit as a bit of an “ego check.” He was 41 at the time and, despite hitting the elliptical machine at the gym and pushing a stroller around Park Slope, felt pretty out…
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Shirts vs. Skins

By: Jenessa Connor  Where do you stand on the great Shirts vs. Skins debate? Does a sweaty shirt slow you down? Or is it a vital layer of protection against barbell hickeys and gym floor grit? Are your pit stains badges of honor? Or do you…
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718 Strength

You asked and we listened.... Our once popular Strength class is starting up NEXT week. We are running a strength class every Monday Wednesday and Friday at 7am & 7pm. Looking to get shredded, looking to tone up or bring up those numbers,…
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5 Signs You Could Be Overtraining

By Jenessa Connor This article was originally published on TheBoxMag.com and appears with their permission.  Yesterday’s WOD felt more brutal than usual, and you’re still exhausted today. Are you overtraining? Probably not. “It’s…
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Running for CrossFit Athletes

By: Reuben Pearlman Athletes who have been with CrossFit 718 for some time know what’s coming as the weather turns warmer. For those of you that are new athletes, you may be in for a surprise. Warm weather means one thing around here: more…
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Athlete of the Month: April 2016

   Chelsea Wheeler By: Jenessa Connor We were lucky enough to temporarily snag Chelsea during the summer of 2013 when she was doing a clinical rotation in Brooklyn. We were psyched when her work brought her back to the neighborhood…