Do you offer discounts?
We do offer a membership rate discount to those that need to be peak physical condition to help keep us safe such as first responders (Police, Fire, and EMT) and also those in the U.S. military. We also offer membership discounts for families and domestic partners.
Do you offer open gym hours for experienced athletes or veteran CrossFitters?
Our gym hours are only for individual or group sessions. Supervision by our trained staff is a requirement for anyone at any level. This is for everyone’s personal safety.
I play a sport, will this affect my performance?
It will definitely affect your performance, but in a positive way. What often happens when you specialize in one type of activity is you become deficient in other types. CrossFit allows you to specialize in a broader range of activity and movement. It will increase your power production and your overall work capacity allowing you to play stronger for longer. The CrossFit method has proven well with professional athletes like UFC fighters BJ Penn and Matt Hughes, NHL Star Ethan Moreau, and NFL Player Lorenzo Neal. CrossFit is also the foundation for the strength and conditioning program for the Florida Marlins.
I still have questions.
The best way to answer all of you questions completely and accurately or to get a better understanding of how we can help you, email us with your question(s) or set up an appointment to speak with us in person.
I want to sign up!
We appreciate your enthusiasm on taking your first steps to changing your life and pursuing fitness, however, we require everyone (Yes, even if you have been CrossFitting for 5 years…) to do an Introductory Session. This allows us to let you know about our program specifically, answer any questions/concerns you have about the program, and take you through a workout to ensure you want to do our program. To set up an appointment email us with your contact information.
Is CrossFit safe?
Safety is imperative at our facility. There is the existence of threats such as injury from improper form or Rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown from prolonged, excessive muscle strain) which can be life-threatening. Because of this, we require supervision (especially for our new members) during any of our group sessions and challenge events to avoid these threats at all costs. Our CrossFit-certified coaches are highly trained and are prepared to help you meet your fitness goals in a safe manner. To become a CrossFit Chicago coach is a rigorous process that includes exams, demonstrations, seminars, an internship, and more. When you’re training at CrossFit Chicago, you’re always under the watchful eyes of at least 1 CrossFit Chicago coach. Often, you’ll have 2 or more coaches in a class to give you the best Coach-to-Athlete ratio possible.
Is this something I can do at home?
This is something you can definitely try and do at home. We’d rather you have some sort of CrossFit training in your life than none at all. You’ll at least get some experience of the CrossFit method, and it’s a good way to try to learn the movements on your own. With our CrossFit Certified Trainers, you’ll learn the movements faster and receive expert coaching. Also, nothing can replicate the experience and effectiveness of the group environment at CrossFit Chicago. The support and intensity it generates has consistently proven to produce tremendous results very quickly. If you are still set to try this at home, you can follow the WOD’s (daily workouts) from the CrossFit Headquarter’s website. You just need to be aware that these workouts were intended for experienced, elite athletes, so you will have to modify them for the most part. The easiest ways to make these modifications is by reducing the weight or by lowering the reps or distances. Hopefully, you’ll get into the habit of being productively active and you’ll start to notice improvements.
I’m a beginner, is this really for me?
We are not looking for a particular type of person or athlete. You don’t even need to be in shape to start with us. We are only looking for those who are willing to learn and put in the work to reaching their goals or reaching past their goals. Our workouts are scalable to benefit anyone on any fitness level from grandparents to triathletes. We will ensure the weights and intensity are adjusted to suit your capabilities. Our members range from 16 to 70, from collegiate athletes to those that haven’t trained in a decade.
I’ve called many times and can’t seem to reach anyone.
We apologize but we don’t have a dedicated person to sit and answer the phone. The coaches are often busy working one-on-one with clients, coaching classes, or working out themselves. Email by far is the best way to reach us. If you do call, please leave a clear message with your contact information.
What exactly happens during a typical group session?
When you come in, a WOD or a workout of the day will be written on the white board. We’ll take you through a warm-up and ensure that you have no questions about the exercise you are going to do. Then, “3 – 2 – 1 – GO!” You work with your group to beat your past times or set personal records. Most of the time, expect complete the work out of the day in 40 minutes or less. Classes usually last about an hour.
What type of exercise program is this; weightlifting, cardio, gymnastics, kettlebells?
CrossFit looks at every community in the fitness industry and takes the most beneficial and functional movements and incorporates them together into a unique fitness program. Our program is a comprehensive balance of several fitness concepts aimed at “forging elite fitness.” You won’t see bicep curls, leg presses, ellipticals or treadmills. You will see Olympic lifting, running/sprinting, basic gymnastics, kettlebells, jumping and throwing.
Will I gain or lose weight?
Either is possible. What is certain is your body will lean up. Muscle mass density is much higher than fat and takes up less space. Depending on your fitness goals, we will work with you on your training program and nutrition to help you lose weight properly or gain weight through muscle mass.
Will I get bulky?
You won’t get bulky if you’re only doing CrossFit. However, by eliminating and reducing your body fat and building lean muscle, you’ll have a better defined body.