What is OlyWOD? What is the Black Box Barbell Club?

CrossFit NYC has two programming tracks for Olympic Weightlifting in addition to regularly scheduled CrossFit classes. We’re proud to have several coaches with extensive experience in coaching and competing in Olympic Weightlifting at the Local and National levels. Coach Brian DeGennaro heads the Olympic Weightlifting programming at CrossFit NYC.

The first track is OlyWOD. This is an All Levels class designed to address the technical needs of CrossFitters outside of a WOD based environment. Black Box Barbell Club is our USAW club and advanced lifting class. It is designed for members solely interested in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

Wednesday – 12:30PM (28th) / 5:00PM (28th)
Thursday – 5:45AM (28th) / 6AM and 7:30PM (67th)
Sunday – 12:00PM (28th)

Consider OlyWOD as a supplement to your Beginner or Experienced Crossfit training. The focus is on learning both the basics of Olympic weightlifting and new skills, so that you may improve your WOD times, weight lifting, and comfort level with the Olympic lifts. We recommend replacing one of your WODs for the day with this class, instead of doubling up with two workouts.

This class is open to any member who is familiar with the Snatch, Clean, and Jerk, but has been struggling with learning the movements or is looking to gain a training edge, as Olympic Lifting is seen in nearly half of all “classic” CrossFit WODs.

Note: You need to complete Post-Elements #1 (Snatch) and Post-Elements #2 (Clean and Jerk) before signing up for OlyWOD if you are a recent graduate of Elements or have been CrossFitting for less than 3 months.

Black Box Barbell
Sunday – 1:00PM (28th)
Monday through Thursday – 7:10/8:10PM (28th)

The second track is the Black Box Barbell class which is a stand-alone program, and not meant to be done in conjunction with more than the very occasional WOD. There is a clear progression and goal for each training cycle, and individual sessions will not be beneficial to occasional attendees.

The focus in these classes is on improving your results in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. The movements and progressions used in this class are more advanced and are meant for those who are intimately familiar with the Olympic lifts and their accessory movements. Members are expected to partake in the monthly Mock Meets or an actual Olympic weightlifting competition.

This class is intended for those looking to train exclusively in Olympic lifts and members are required to have Coach Brian’s permission to take the class. The same rules apply for drop-ins.

Interested? Questions about the program? Contact Brian@crossfitnyc.com.