What is OlyWOD? What is the Manhattan Barbell Club?

CrossFit NYC has two programming tracks for Olympic Weightlifting in addition to Olympic Weightlifting in 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. Manhattan Barbell Club is our USAW club and more advanced lifting class. It is designed for members solely interested in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting who compete at the local, regional and national level.


Consider this class as a supplement to your Beginner or Experienced programming. The focus is on learning both the basics of Olympic weightlifting, so that you may improve your WOD times, comfort with the Olympic lifts and lifting technique. 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.


The focus in barbell classes is improving your results in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. The movements and progressions used in this class are more advanced and 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 actual Olympic weightlifting competitions.

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.