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Got 10 Minutes? Get a Muscle-Up.

By: Jenessa Connor We all know that more complicated skills and gymnastic movements take a little extra work. In other words, if you only practice muscle-ups on the days they’re programmed, you probably won’t become very proficient…
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Building the 718 Community

By: Reuben Pearlman You’ve all heard it before. To outsiders, Crossfit is viewed as a “cult.” The thing is, Crossfit is more than simply an exercise routine. What makes Crossfit unique transcends coaches and programming. Crossfit, centered…
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Athlete of the Month: Hugo Funes

By: Jenessa Connor  March 2016 Hugo Funes, member since June 2014, has only one regret when it comes to CrossFit: he wishes he’d started years ago. The work he’s put in over the last year and a half has completely transformed his physical…
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Mobilizing for the Open

By: Jenessa Connor  With the Open less than a month away, things are getting a little serious around the box. We’re all paying a bit more attention to movement standards and confronting our GOATs head-on. We’re taking the time to fine-tune…
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Enforcing the Standards in a CrossFit Competition

By: Reuben Pearlman Looking forward to Competition Season? Coach Tammy is putting together a FREE judging workshop on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00pm, just in time for the Open! The intent of the workshop is to set expectations for judging…
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Athlete of the Month: Jack Bernstein

February 2016 By: Jenessa Connor Meet Jack Bernstein, 718’s athlete of the month! Like many of us, Jack couldn’t make a globo gym habit stick. But once he experienced CrossFit’s constantly varied programming and community vibe, he…
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Athlete of the Month: Bailey Santoro

By: Jenessa Connor Coach Bailey is the real deal. If you’ve taken one of her classes, you know she brings the perfect balance of motivation, attention to proper form, and corny jokes (she said it, not us!) to every WOD. And she’s just…
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The Power Snatch

By: Reuben Pearlman There are few things that CrossFitters get as excited about as hitting a PR on their snatch. As strength legend Bill Starr explains, “The full snatch is one of the most complicated movements in all of sports. An athlete…
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How to Survive a Wellness Challenge

By: Jenessa Connor Today is day one of the 718 Wellness Challenge, and we’re all feeling pretty motivated to kick some ass. Not to be a downer, but it’s easy to feel superhuman on the first day of anything. You’re in the honeymoon…
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Double Unders: A How-To

By: Reuben Pearlman A Double Under (or “DU” in CrossFit circles) is performed with a jump rope, with the rope swinging twice under your feet for each jump. That’s a deceptively simple explanation, so I offer you this definition from…
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Athlete of the Month: Tina Degraff

By: Jenessa Connor In just six weeks, our very own Tina DeGraff will be competing in Wodapalooza, a three-day, international festival and CrossFit competition in Miami’s Bayfront Park. The event attracts 1500 athletes from 16 countries, and…
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progress & growth

In an effort to continually grow and improve CrossFit 718, Israel and I have recently made some changes and additions to the box and our programming. In case you missed it, here’s what’s new.  Leaderboards. They’re up! We’re displaying…
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Athlete of the Month: Rachel Walther

By: Jenessa Connor Rachel Walther, CrossFit 718 member since December 2011, is a self-proclaimed “Type A” person. And we believe her. How else does a person hold down a demanding job at an ad agency, work towards a Master Health Coach…
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T2B: Toes To Bar

By: Reuben Pearlman T2B, or Toes to Bar, is an essential CrossFit movement. It is classified as a gymnastics movement, which I discussed briefly in last month’s article on the Muscle Up. Although T2B is fundamentally a simpler movement…
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WOD Tracking

Brush Your Teeth. Wash Your Hands. Track Your WODs. By: Jenessa Connor Regular WOD tracking is nonnegotiable. If you’re not recording the details of your work at the box, you’re ignoring one of the key components of CrossFit and getting…
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Athlete Newsletter: October 2015

FIVE YEARS: The History of CrossFit 718 By: Jenessa Connor We say it all the time: our community is what makes our box so special. After all, CrossFit 718 was a group of people before it was a physical place. After years of personal training…
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Muscle-Up, Brooklyn

By: Reuben Pearlman CrossFit uses the term “gymnastics” not only to include the traditional competitive sport but all activities where the aim is body control. It is within this realm of activities that athletes can develop extraordinary…
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Athlete of the Month: Jeannie Ruiz

By: Jenessa Connor For October’s athlete of the month, CrossFit is just as much about emotional health as it is about physical fitness.  When Jeannie Ruiz, member since February 2015, does thrusters, she feels like she’s pushing off…
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September 2015: Athlete Newsletter

Do you even Squat, Bro? By Reuben Pearlman Those of you who have been with Crossfit 718 for some time might remember way back when we did our Smolov Squat Cycle. As a reminder, Smolov is a 13-week Squat Program that was developed by Sergey…
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Athlete of the Month: Hal DellaTorre

Athlete of the Month: Hal DellaTorre  By: Jenessa Connor If you’ve started using the hashtag #HalSmash in your CrossFit-related posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then you’re already familiar with September’s athlete of the…
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August 2015: Athlete Newsletter

WOD for the Road By: Jenessa Connor Vacations are great and work trips are unavoidable, but it’s tough to be away from the box for an extended period of time. We all worry about losing ground on lifts and missing our favorite benchmark…