NOTE:
DO NOT enter your Athlete Of The Month information here. Instead use the “AOTM” link in the left admin panel under “Stacks”.

What we look for in a Member of the Month is someone that has given back to the community, participates in events, encourages others, and has a certain presence about them that makes class that much more fun when they´re around. They don’t have to be elite athletes at all and they aren’t necessarily someone who can go Rx in every workout, lift the most weight, or do every movement with perfect form. Every time this athlete comes to the box they try their hardest, give the workout their all, and keep a positive attitude. They go above and beyond by spending time trying to improve their skills, welcoming others and encouraging others to work their hardest. They embody what CrossFit is all about and help to make CrossFit Chicago the community and family that it is.

If you know of someone who embodies these traits and would like to nominate them for next month’s member of the month, please email nicole@crossfitchicago.com.

 

Nov 2015

MattW

Please welcome MeaghanO to our Member of the Month Club! Despite thinking she may be walking into a ‘bro’ environment, hear how Meaghan got here back in March 2014. Since then she’s been continually active in class making gains in strength and skill work; and she’s already met some of her goals this year having recently participated in the Women’s Throwdown. See why she’s still coming here even though she’s now further away from the box. It’s always great to see you putting in the work, Meaghan; congratulations!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MeaghanO

Oct 2015

JulieM

We’re starting the year off right by announcing Julie as our newest Member of the Month. She’s been putting in a ton of work since she started last May, and she’s got some new goals for the new year. Check out her vid and see how a Google search lead her to the type of community she didn’t even know she was looking for. Also, hear how a warm up unexpectedly prompted her first pull up since grade school. Congrats, Julie, you’re a great addition to our community!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JulieM

Sept 2015

MeaghanO

Please welcome MeaghanO to our Member of the Month Club! Despite thinking she may be walking into a ‘bro’ environment, hear how Meaghan got here back in March 2014. Since then she’s been continually active in class making gains in strength and skill work; and she’s already met some of her goals this year having recently participated in the Women’s Throwdown. See why she’s still coming here even though she’s now further away from the box. It’s always great to see you putting in the work, Meaghan; congratulations!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MeaghanO

Aug 2015

GraceK

Please join us in welcoming our newest member of the month, GraceK! As with many others are that are trying us out for the first time, it can be a little intimidating; but hear how her first day ended up being very positive and welcoming. Also, hear how her ‘happy’ place has changed her life. Grace has been with us for over two years now and has continually made improvements and, more importantly, continued to find areas to improve on. Make sure to congratulate her next time you see her!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | GraceK

July 2015

SueR

We’re excited to announce our next member of the month, SueR! Sue’s been part of the early morning crew for over 2 years now, and she hasn’t slowed down.  She explains in her vid how she came into CrossFit and what (or rather who) impressed her off the bat. Sue also shares how it has changed her life and offers some sound advice.  Please joins us in congratulating Sue for being our July Member of the Month!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | SueR

June 2015

MarkB

It’s an honor to welcome MarkB to the Member of the Month club!  He’s a long-running member of our community who understands the benefit of CrossFit as it applies to life outside of the box.  Check out his vid and take a look through the eyes of someone who’s been here through all of the changes throughout the years.  Hear how CrossFit has be come part of his life and how he’s able to continually find the challenge in it.  Congrats, Mark; well deserved!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MarkB

May 2015

PeteZ

Congratulations to Pete Z. for being CrossFit Chicago’s May MoM! If you’ve ever attended a noon class, chances are you’ve met the speed demon named Pete Z. As a member who has attended classes regularly for some time now, Pete has experienced the benefits of CrossFit and it’s transfer over to other sports. He recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, which he will be participating in next year. Pete’s positive attitude and encouragement towards his fellow classmates as well as his dedication towards self-improvement are what we consider to be MoM material. Plus he’s a hell of a nice guy!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | PeteZ

 

April 2015

DanaC

Congrats to DanaC for being our April Member of the Month!  She came in through one of our earlier Groupons and has stuck with us ever since.  Check her vid and see how close she is to her deadhang pull up goal and how she lost 40 lbs.  Awesome work and awesome results, Dana!  Glad to have you in our community!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | DanaC

 

March 2015

RonnieS

Big congrats to our March Member of the Month RonnieS!  From Sweatfest to crossfit, you can find Ronnie in the gym working on his fitness almost daily!  A self-proclaimed 80’s fat kid (“not the 2000’s kind of fat”), Ronnie reestablished his fitness routine in his 30’s.  He likes crossfit because it doesn’t feel like a grind and the coaching, workouts, and community gives him a reason to keep coming back.  Congratulations Ronnie on all your successes and we are so glad you are here!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | RonnieS

February 2015

The Puig Sisters

Help us congratulate our Member(s) of the month, the Puig sisters! Contrary to popular belief, they are not twins-just really close sisters. Check out their video to find out who is older and how they have made such amazing gains through nutrition counseling with Bryce and CrossFitting over the last year and a half. Congrats you two! Great work!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | The Puig Sisters

January 2015

SilviaC

Congratulations to our January member of the month, Silvia Castillo! Few people can match her enthusiasm, dedication and hard work she’s put into her first year of CrossFit.  Fitness and health have become a way of life for her and it shows.  This is why she was also awarded the most improved member at CrossFit Chicago, voted on by her peers and coaches.  Silvia’s positive attitude and constant support for everyone in the community embodies the spirit of CrossFit.  Well deserved Silvia.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | SilviaC

December 2014

LaurenR

Congratulations to our December 2014 member of the month LaurenR! You can find Lauren in the 5:30am class most days thanks to her buddy JoshR. After having her son, she found CrossFit Chicago and has made huge improvements ever since. Learn how CrossFit helped improve her half marathon time by 1 minute 30 seconds PER MILE as well as helping her to just feel better in her everyday life. Next time you are at the box, make sure to say congrats although that might involve getting up pretty early! Way to go Lauren!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | LaurenR

November 2014

JohnS

Meet one of our Advanced Class athletes and November’s Member of the Month JohnS.  John found CrossFit in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since!  A former high school (and some college) athlete, JohnS is no stranger to competitive crossfit.  Learn how his positive physical change has led to other changes in his life and how his motto of being patient has served him well.  We’re glad to have you JohnS and congratulations on how far you’ve come!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JohnS

October 2014

Daggie

Congratulations to our October Member(s) of the Month Daggie (not to be confused with Mevin)!  We can all thank couch surfing Coach Gina for bringing Daggie to the community as well as the first Groupon for Women’s Only Classes.  Both Maggie and Devin were college athletes and continue to play their sport of choice – Rugby. Both Maggie and Devin are a so mentally tough, as evident in their advice to newbies, and a staple to our community that we couldn’t be prouder to have them as our September Member(s) of the month.  Congrats!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | Daggie

September 2014

ZipporahA

Congratulations to our September Member of the Month Zip!  A self-professed die hard 5:30am’er, Zip has been part of the Crossfit Chicago community for 15 months now and we are so happy to have her and that infectious smile (especially that early in the morning!).  Zip says she loves that every day is different and the efficiency of getting a great workout done in an hour.  The one thing that Zip wasn’t prepared for when she started?  How attached she’d become to the community and those who push her at 5:30am.  Congrats Zip – you’ve come so far in a little over a year!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | ZipporahA

August 2014

MarkK

Congratulations to the August Member of the Month, MarkK. Mark has been Crossfitting for 3 years and half of that time he’s been a staple in our CrossFit Chicago community. Since 2014, Mark has been working with Bryce and has made some significant lifestyle changes which have impacted his life in a big way. Find out what his version of Paleo pudding is and why he likes being part of CrossFit Chicago in his video. Congratulations again MarkK and way to go on all your hard work!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MarkK

July 2014

ErinF

We are thrilled to announce our July Member of the Month, Erin F. Erin has always been into sports and played water polo in college and beyond. She found CrossFit Chicago in August of 2012 and has called it her second home since. Erin loves the community and team aspect she’s found here and attributes that and her Better Than Yesterday work with Bryce as the top reasons why she’s now in the best shape of her life. Make sure to watch the video for a cameo from her life coach! Congrats Erin F! Your dedication and two a day workouts are impressive!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | ErinF

June2014

KirstyD

Congratulations to our June Member of the Month, Thirsty Kirsty! Kirsty has been cross fitting with us for over a year now and we are so thrilled she is here and part of our community! Kirsty found crossfit thru a colleague who was passionate about his workouts and food. After visiting a few boxes in Chicago, she happened to come by during the Open and was hooked by our awesome community. Her advice to new members of CrossFit Chicago? Persevere, talk to people, and participate in the Open. Thanks for always reaching out to new members Kirsty and being such a positive force in the community. Congratulations!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | KirstyD

May 2014

DustinR

Help congratulate the May Member of the month Dustin R!  If you don’t know who Dustin is, you probably don’t come around in the evenings as he’s our resident talker – just ask!  Find out how Dustin found CrossFit after becoming bored with his P90x routine at an Ugly sweater party (shout out to Erin C!) and what his advice is for newbies.  Cash in for the Dustin R. WOD would be thumb wrestling followed by 5rds of 20 TTB, 400m run, 15 pullups.  We’ll see what we can do Dustin – Congrats!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | DustinR

April 2014

AndreaB

Help us congratulate our April Member of the month, AndreaB!  Check out her video especially if you’ve ever wondered how to pronounce her name correctly 🙂  Find out how she learned about crossfit from her brother who happens to be a Games competitor, found CrossFit Chicago by watching the amazing transformation of some clients who happen to be CFC members (shout out to BrettL), and why she loves crossfit.  Her advice to a newby?  Make friends here because your “regular” friends will have no idea what you are talking about.  Congratulations again Andrea!  We’re so glad you are here.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | AndreaB

March 2014

MegG

If you’ve met her, it wouldn’t surprise you at all that our March Member of the Month is MegG, or as she’s affectionately called in the morning classes, Stunner Shades. Find out how she came about that nick name; and find out how proper WOD accessorizing doesn’t stop at a nice pair of shades. Meg also gives us a glimpse into how CFC has affected her on stage. She’s kept her positive attitude and entertaining personality throughout the Open, which earned her the Spirit of the Open; but she’s generally just awesome anyway outside of that. Make sure you congratulate her next time you see her!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MegG

February 2014

PatrickD

Help us congratulate long time member PatrickD to the Member of the Month club! After playing sports in school and then finding MMA, Patrick was looking for something to keep him in shape, keep him interested, and not leave any noticeable bruising which is when he found Crossfit! Learn how Crossfit helps him be better at his job as well as a better athlete. If you don’t like long chippers, then cross your fingers Patricks long heavy chipper doesn’t show up in a workout. Congrats Patrick and thank you for being such a great part of the community – we’re happy you are here!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | PatrickD

January 2014

AndresM

Give a big congratulations to our January Member of the Month, AndresM.  Andres brings so much determination and kindness to every class he attends, we are indeed lucky to have him!  Learn how Andres went from playing competitive soccer, to running 1x/week if he was lucky, to becoming an avid CrossFitter.  He admits that he had to pull over to rest a little after doing the baseline and how he now uses Kurt as his personal motivator!  While Andres admits to CFC giving him something to look forward to every day, the staff loves seeing Andres in class working tirelessly on his weaknesses and the nooners enjoy making fun of his outfit choices.  Congrats Andres!  Thanks for always being such a great sport!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | AndresM

December 2013

LouC

Not to give anything away, but Lou had some killer info in his MoM video from how CrossFit has changed his life to the key to his heart (hint: bring him red velvet anything)! While he’s not alone in his hatred of burpees, learn how Kacey’s snatch dance is one of his favorite movements in CrossFit along with anything body weight related. Lou has been a long time member of the favorite nooners and we are so lucky to have him in our community! Congrats again Lou!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | LouC

November 2013

JenelleW

Congratulations to our November Member of the Month Jenelle W!  Jenelle has been an integral part of the community since starting in CrossFit when she purchased the original Groupon for the Women’s Only Classes and was hooked.  Find out how CrossFit has helped her develop a love for distance running  and a create a new business and why she stays at CrossFit Chicago not only for the workouts; but also for the friends, community, coaching, and CFC dogs.  Congratulations Jenelle!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JenelleW

October 2013

AlexH

WOW! I honestly don’t know what hasn’t already been said about our October Member of the month (especially by him!).  From jokester to Army special forces candidate, Alex Hitchcock has been making us all laugh for the past 3 years since joining CrossFit Chicago all the while enjoying enormous gains.  While Alex has quite an extensive background in sports, the camaraderie is what has drawn him to CrossFit and kept him coming back for more.  Learn how CrossFit has changed his life and at 29, he is the strongest he’s ever been and has found success using CrossFit to reach his goals both physically and mentally.  Congratulations Alex and thanks for always making us laugh!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month| AlexH

September 2013

LaurenA

Since LaurenA started CrossFitting 15 months ago, not only has she seen huge gains in her strength and endurance, she has also become an integral part of our community as she has moved from only a Women’s Only participant to both general classes and WOC.  Lauren is responsible for directing, shooting, and editing all our wonderful Member of the Month videos and other awesome tutorials like our jump rope clinic video.  She has made huge gains including an over 30 minute improvement on her half marathon time which she contributes to CrossFit and our CrossFit endurance classes.  Check out the video (yes, poor Lauren had to film herself!) and make sure you see the reveal.  We let Lauren know about MoM the same day she did her first unbanded kipping pullups in a workout.  ROCK – STAR!  Congratulations LaurenA!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | LaurenA

August 2013

DylanL

As one of our youngest members, it’s hard to believe that our August member of the month, Dylan Levin, has been crossfitting for 2 and a half years, especially when you find out he is only 19!  Going into his sophmore year at George Washington, Dylan was first introduced to CrossFit by his Mom back when CFC was in the Clybourn space.  Since he started, Dylan has succeeded at most everything he’s set his mind to from eating paleo to becoming stronger to indoctrinating 8 of his fraternity brothers at school to crossfit with him.  He is a great part of our community and we look forward to what the future holds for Dylan – games competitor perhaps?  Congratulations Dylan and we can’t wait to see you home soon!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | DylanL

July 2013

MelissaS

While our July member of the month may not be one of our longest standing members, she does embody being better then yesterday means everyday she comes to the gym.  Please welcome MelissaS to the Member of the Month club!  Melissa has enjoyed great success through her hard work and perseverance. Learn about Melissa’s story and hear how CrossFit has helped her to have more energy in her everyday life, given her the tools to eat better and feel happier, and the framework to accomplish her incredible body transformation(25lbs and 4-6 dress sizes smaller!).  Melissa is such an integral part of our community, and a special part of the 6am crew, and we are so lucky to have her.  Congratulations Melissa!  Well deserved.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MelissaS

June 2013

MolikS

Help us congratulate MolikS as our June Member of the month!  It also happens to be Molik’s 3 year CFC anniversary this month.  Check out Molik’s story and how he went from doing marathons and training alone to finding CrossFit, how he takes what he learns in the gym and applies it to his life on the road as a pilot, and how crossfit has given back his mobility and increased his strength and endurance.  Congratulations to Mo-lik!  He truly makes our community better!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MolikS

May 2013

AngieS

Help us welcome one of the original Women’s only groupon member’s to the Member of the Month club!   AngieS has made immense strides since starting Crossfit Chicago in October 2011.  From doing extremely well in nutrition challenges to overcoming her weaknesses, Angie always is a tough competitor in her very kind, often smiley sort of way.  Learn how CrossFit has changed her life and why tree branches should live in fear of her passion for pullups.  Congratulations AngieS – your hardwork, dedication, and positive attitude has impressed us all!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | AngieS

April 2013

AliG

We are happy to introduce AliG as our April Member of the Month!  From blog stalker to resident photographer, AliG has made immense strides in her 3.5 years at CrossFit Chicago and has been an integral part of the community.  Learn why she loves the CrossFit community so and how CrossFit Chicago has changed her life for the better including how she’s schedules her workday. Congratulations AliG and we all love and appreciate your dedication to the gym and the wonderful photos you take for each and every event!  Be sure to watch to the end of the video when she learns during the Member of the Month reveal that she has to redo 13.4….silly bar math.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | AliG

March 2013

KrystalB

Having always been involved in sports and athletics, Krystal B found herself missing competition in her daily life until she first heard about CrossFit from coworker Elisabeth Akinwale.  In June 2011, Krystal took a chance on CrossFit Chicago, bought a Groupon for the Women’s Only Class, and hasn’t looked back since.  Her dedication, awesome determination to be the best she can be, and daily mid WOD cheerleading are just a few of the reasons why Krystal is our March Member of the Month.  Find out how CrossFit has touched all facets of her life including getting better at time management (aka burpee avoidance) and apartment shopping.  We are so lucky to have Krystal in our community so next time you see her, make sure to congratulate her on all her accomplishments!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | KrystalB

February 2013

RichG

Although it was his wife Andrea who found Crossfit Chicago first, our February Member of the Month Rich Grostern has become a vital part our community since joining in May 2011. Rich’s upbeat attitude and persistence has allowed him to continually improve at Crossfit, stay in shape for life, and get stronger and faster playing his favorite sport, hockey. See what made Rich give what he used to call “Cross-blah”a try in the first place and why he’s stuck with it this far. Next time you see Rich, make sure to congratulate him for being our February Member of the Month.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | RichG

January 2013

KevinJ

Ever since his first warning to Coach Alison during his intro, Kevin has been making gains across the board and has made himself a staple presence in the Noon class.  His ability to ‘check his ego’ and willingness to take the time to listen and observe have allowed him to continually take steps forward while finding new areas to improve in.  See how Kevin celebrated his 50th birthday and also how he really feels about working out with athletes half his age.  There’s also some great advice he has for new members coming in from similar situations, or actually, for anyone joining.  So next time you see Kevin, make sure to congratulate him for being our first Member of the Month in 2013.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | KevinJ

December 2012

ChristineC

Find out how walking into CrossFit Chicago in the Summer 2010 changed the life our newest member of the month. ChristineC tried CrossFit by way of her Ultimate Frisbee team and she’s excelled ever since. From learning the lifts to pushing herself to achieving her goals, ChristineC does her best to make the most out of each training session. This 6AMer loves being part of the 6AM class with their “fun and crazy antics” and says that the best way to describe the 6AM class is just to take a class. Learn more about ChristineC and see what advice she has for people interested in CrossFit. Congrats again Christine and don’t forget to watch the end of the video to see our December Member of the Month get after it in a game of 1 against 30 in dodgeball.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | ChristineC

November 2012

MathiasD

A large part of the CrossFit Chicago community, MathiasD has done so much to help build a rec sports program for CrossFit Chicago, volunteer for events, and help out after classes. With great pleasure, we’re proud to announce that Mathias is our November Member of the Month! With a busy travel schedule, he maintains his fitness level by preparing meals and doing body-weight workouts. Even though he often works out alone on the road, Mathias “kicks his own self in the butt” to get himself moving, but this goal-motivated person prefers sweating in a group environment. See who he keeps tabs on and what he thinks new CrossFitters should do to get started in the video interview. Congratulations to Mathias for a well-deserved award and make sure to contact him if you want to be part of a rec team.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MathiasD

October 2012

KateM

Not only does KateM run her own apparel line, she’s also our October Member of the Month! She’s a big part of our community and has helped out at our events and  represented us at competitions at other affiliates. A RudyFit member, KateM has a strong competitive drive and more importantly one of the nicest people at our affiliate. As one of our original Women’s Only Groupon members, she’s come a long way and setting goals has played a large part. Watch the video to learn more about her goals, her CrossFit story, and how CrossFit connects KateM with her husband, GeoffM. If you see KateM, please give her a big smile and congratulate her for being our newest Member of the Month! Don’t forget to see the extended footage at the end of the video too!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | KateM

September 2012

MegRaz

This month we mark a monumental occasion: the first CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month couple. Joining her husband BrettR, our December 2010 Member of the Month, MegRaz is our September 2012 Member of the Month! Our very first Women’s Only Member has a fiery competitive streak to her, but she’s all heart. Outside of taking care of a happy home that now includes newborn Robert, who makes a guest appearance in the video, MegRaz gives it all she’s got each and every time she’s at CrossFit Chicago. From making friendships at the gym to talking a little smack on the blog, she’s a big part of our community and we can’t wait to see her back at the box. Please congratulate her on being our newest member of the month and watch her interview to find about her first time stringing box jumps, living in a CrossFit family, and tips for women interested in CrossFit. Congrats MegRaz!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MegRaz

August 2012

DaneS

Dane was introduced to CFC by his girlfriend back in early  2011.  Since beginning his journey with CrossFit Chicago, he has seen some huge gains with our Strength Programming,  lost over 30 pounds and got married to that girlfriend (the beautiful Jessie).  Dane was chosen as our latest MOM because of his diligence with his training and also his contribution towards our community.

Next time you’re doing box jumps, you can thank him as he crafted all of our plyoboxes or the next time you are stashing stuff and/or having a seat on the newest addition of bench/cubbies, you can also thank him. Congratulations Dane!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | DaneS

July 2012

BrianC

For the month of July, we honor one of Chicago’s Bravest. Mr. Brian Clarke is our latest Member of the Month! He’s made tremendous changes since he joined a couple years ago and is continuous improving, especially after the 3rd month when he stopped cherry picking his workouts. Brian helps out at the box, sets up events, and is one of the very first guys to step up whenever we need volunteers. He’s one of the leaders of the noon class and one of the reasons why everyone in that class is so close. Brian isn’t done recruiting other first responders to join though. He wants to keep Chicago safe and he’ll continue pushing for more of his co-workers to pick-up CrossFit. Learn more about Brian, how CrossFit has changed his life, and tips to new members in the video.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | BrianC

June 2012

JeanJ

We’re lucky to have JeanJ as a CrossFit Chicago member. She’s been with us since January 2009 and through CrossFit, she’s living a healthy lifestyle. Jean participated in the 2012 CrossFit Games Open, is a current strength program member, and has some great advice to new members. She’s also our June member of the month! Learn more about Jean, what she thinks about the 6am class, and how taking the time to mobilize has helped her CrossFit.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JeanJ

May 2012

TeresaMc

We’re lucky that TeresaM-C aka T4 picked up a GroupOn last year and joined the CrossFit Chicago Women’s Only Class because she’s been absolutely wonderful. She worked with the coaching staff to set and crush goals (including rope climbs) and has been an active member at numerous events including the Women’s Only Throwdown and most recently the 2012 CrossFit Games North Central Regionals. Teresa brings a contagious enthusiasm to every class, so be prepared co-ed members cause she’s joining her husband Mat in the weekday afternoon classes. For those reasons and many more, we’re proud to announce that T4 is our May Member of the Month. Watch the short video above to learn out more about Teresa including why we call her T4 and how CrossFit has changed her life.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | TeresaMC

April 2012

JasonK

He may not always listen very well, but Jason “JK” Kearns has been a tremendous force in the CrossFit Chicago community and we’re proud to announce that he’s our newest member of the month. He’s been a member for over 18 months now and has done a great job making progress from knee push-ups and banded pull-ups to muscle-ups and winning the marginally elite competition. Watch the video below to find out what he thinks of the community, his favorite CrossFit moment, and how he lost so much weight while getting his butt kicked. Congrats again to JK for being our April 2012 Member of the Month and next time you see him, do the “JK” to make him feel right at home.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JasonK

March 2012

JoelR

A husband, a Chicago Fire Department fireman, a CrossFitter, and an all-around positive person, JoelR can now add Member of the Month to his titles. Joel’s been with us for almost a year now and you can usually see him at the noon class, judging during the open, or dressed up as a condiment at the Annual Halloween Party. Find out how he keeps such a positive attitude, what drives him to be a better CrossFitter, and how CrossFitting has changed his life. Also learn which good looking Irishman introduced him to CrossFit and what advice he would give to new members.  Congratulations JoelR for being our March Member of the Month!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JoelR

February 2012

KarenC

Our February Member of the Month is KarenC! Karen has been a proud member of the CrossFit Chicago community since July 2009 and has done quite a bit with the community including attending the last CrossFit Games sectional in Missouri, competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open, traveling to LA for the 2011 CrossFit Games, and bringing the fun to every party. A leader in the community, Karen has seen great improvements by focusing on mobility, technique, and doing her best day in and day out. Find out about her experiences in the Open, what she thinks of Coach AlisonS, and what she thinks of “Karen”. Please join us in congratulating our February Member of the Month, KarenC!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | KarenC

January 2012

AndreaG

Member of the Month returns for 2012 and our first Member of the Month is AndreaG! Andrea demonstrated incredible resolve and has continuously pushed herself, her family, and her classmates to never settle and to be better every day.  A wife, a mom, an avid hockey player and more, Andrea juggles quite a few responsibilities but still makes the time to attend class a few times a week.  Find out a little more about Andrea during her interview. You’ll learn how she got into CrossFit Chicago, her previous exercise program, and how she got her husband (RichG) into CrossFit. More importantly, she tells us how she got the monniker “The Ambassador”. Please join us in congratulating AndreaG on being our January 2012 Member of the Month!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | AndreaG

December 2010

BrettR

BrettR’s dedication to hard work, focus on improving his weaknesses, and competitiveness has lead the coaches to honor him as the newest Member of the Month.  He has been a member for well over a year now, but BrettR really turned it up a notch last year while competing for the affiliate team.  After competing in Denver, BrettR and his wife and fellow CrossFitter MeganR, both welcomed two baby boys. While juggling a full-time job, being a dad, and supporting his wife, BrettR still made time to get a WOD in almost every day.  From coming in to the 6am, his normal 4 and 5pm classes, or the night cap 8pm class, BrettR continued to work hard. Watch his video to see what his summer athletic goals are, how he convinced MeganR to join CrossFit, and his tips for regional athletes.  BrettR can now add another title to his growing list of 2010 accomplishments: husband, father, 2010 CrossFit Games Regional competitor, and now Member of the Month.  Congratulations BrettR!

CFC Member of the Month | BrettR

November 2010

JohnK

With his tremendous enthusiasm, boundless kindness, and willingness to go above and beyond, it was just a matter of time before JohnK would join the CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month club. Even though John travels quite a bit, he continues to make strides towards his fitness goals. Want dedication? John drives in from the suburbs for class three times a week and when he can’t make it down into the city, he has a garage gym to be a “Bad MoFo” in. Find out how a new trainer in the suburbs changed his life, his love for sailing, how he became CrossFit certified in multiple disciplines, and what he did last year for his birthday by watching his video interview. It really isn’t a surprise.  Congratulations JohnK on being our newest Member of the Month!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JohnK

October 2010

GinaP

We celebrate a member who has been an integral part of our community since Day 1.  Gina P came to us via Myrtle Beach and hasn’t stopped learning, training, and providing great advice to our new members. Find out about her sports background, what she used to do at the gym, and what puts her in her place.  Also learn what why she got her Level 1 CrossFit Certification, what her short-term CrossFit goals are, who she likes to compete with, and why we call her Jamba Juice.  Congratulations to GinaP (now Coach GinaP) for being our Member of the Month.

CFC Member of the Month | GinaP

September 2010

MarkC

It may be snowing outside, but we’re still living up the fall with our September Member of the Month, Mark C. aka “Carp”.  Mark has been a CrossFit Chicago member for almost a year now and has seen tremendous gains.  From  a banded pull-up to kipping in 3 months and breaking the 300 score barrier on Fight Gone Bad, Carp sets goals and conquers them.  His next goals include getting a muscle-up and improving his FGB score, which this determined man will surely do.  Watch the video below to see this Lincoln Park 6AMer discuss footwear, Paleo recovery, his favorite workouts, and how he got into CrossFit.  Please join the staff and coaches at CrossFit Chicago in congratulating Carp for being our September Member of the Month!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MarkC

August 2010

RachelB

We celebrate another wonderful addition to the esteemed CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month club.  For the month of August, we honor Rachel B aka Rae Rae from CrossFit Chicago West Loop.  Rae Rae has been CrossFitting for only 6 months and has entrenched herself as one of the greatest assets to the CrossFit Chicago West Loop community.  Not only was she one of the first at CrossFit Chicago West Loop to do a kipping pull-up, but she’s also the first person to introduce herself to new members.  We are very thankful to have someone like Rae Rae in our community and we encourage you to listen to her story below.  She discusses community, benefits of paleo, incorporating CrossFit into her life and what is beautiful.  When you see Rae Rae, give her a big CrossFit Chicago congratulations as she’s earned being our August Member of the Month.

CFC Member of the Month | RachelB – August

July 2010

ScottR

Congratulations to our July Member of the Month, Scott “Skins” Radis.  Scott has been an active member for over 15 months now and has seen tremendous gains.  His enthusiasm for CrossFit, fellow athletes, and social events is certainly his trademark calling.  A founding member of “Midnight Mayhem” and “Executive Lunch”, you’ll usually see Scott at the CrossFit Chicago Lincoln Park during the 9AM and Noon classes.  CrossFit is a family affair for Scott; as his wife Jeni is a member and his 3 children, Phoebe, Ruby, and Harrison, are members in CrossFit Kids Chicago.  Whenever he is out of town, Scott makes sure to stop by other Crossfit boxes and hotel gyms to continue training for the 2020 CrossFit Games Master’s Division.  Due to his enduring love for Crossfit, it’s no surprise that Scott and Jeni are getting their Level 1 certifications next month.  Please join us in congratulating Skins in becoming our latest member of the month.  Watch the video below to learn more about his first workout, how he approaches workouts, what it’s like to workout with Jeni, and more.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | ScottR

June 2010

BillyS

For June, our member of the month comes from CrossFit Chicago West Loop and can be seen there destroying WODs and encouraging all members throughout the workout. After winning the Men’s division of the Paleo+ Challenge, BillyS has demonstrated the unique ability to tackle every workout with intense vigor and determination. No matter the weight, duration, or rep scheme, BillyS consistently finishes strong. He is also a member of the CFC Powerlifting program and CrossFit Chicago Endurance class, and you’ll see him at CrossFit Chicago Lincoln Park rolling out on foam rollers and tennis balls, running, and rowing. He is also an original member of the CrossFit nocturnal group that we don’t talk about. Our member of the month can run, no matter what the distance. For example, he completed the Chicago Marathon last year in 3:38, placed 6th at the Path to Progress 5k this May with a ridiculous time of 19:09, and took down 10 miles for breakfast on Sunday. An avid music lover, TomW often describes Billy as the “jack of all trades” and Billy can certainly do it all at CrossFit. Please congratulate our June Member of the Month, BillyS.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | BillyS

May 2010

TimR

This month, we salute one of CrossFit Chicago’s first members. Tim R. has been with CrossFit Chicago almost from the beginning and has transformed his body through proper nutrition and hard work. Not only has his physical health improve, but Tim will be the first to tell you that he is mentally stronger now more than ever. Our May Member of the Month doesn’t make any excuses and gives his best every time he steps into CrossFit Chicago – Lincoln Park. You’ll see Tim exercising his extensive certification background by giving new and veteran members solid technique tips, encouraging every member to finish strong, and attending almost every social event. Congratulations to Tim R. for being an inspiration to all of our members and becoming our May Member of the Month. Check out the video below to hear more about his story of joining CrossFit, sharing the CrossFit Chicago experience with his wife, Eileen, his favorite memories, and even his dream WOD.

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | TimR

April 2010

JessicaO

Our newest member of the month has been with CrossFit Chicago for less than a year, but has made tremendous gains since day 1. Congratulations to Jessica Otte for becoming CrossFit Chicago’s April Member of the Month. The coaches have been continuously impressed by her dedication to do her best every day and to help others do the same. You’ll find Jessica at the Lincoln Park evening classes and at nearly every social event with her husband, Zack, and their dog, Lilly. Watch the video below to learn more about how and why Jessica joined the CrossFit community, having a Crossfitting husband, competing for a spot on the Affiliate Team, and the excitement leading up to the North Central Regionals. Congratulations again Jessica!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | JessicaO

March 2010

AnthonyD

For March, we honor a hard-working athlete who has turned it up a couple of notches.  Anthony Dayrit came to us with a solid fitness foundation based in endurance running (half and full marathons) and boxing at Notre Dame.  Due to his willingness to learn and a commitment to become a better athlete, CrossFit has helped him become a stronger, faster, and more well-rounded athlete.  You’ll see Anthony around the Lincoln Park box during weeknights and at the West Loop space on weekends pushing and cheering on his fellow athletes.  In our interview below, check out why Anthony got into boxing, what he enjoys about CrossFit, why he competed for the affiliate team, and a tip for new members.  Once again, Congratulations to Anthony Dayrit for being CrossFit Chicago’s March Member of the Month!

CFC Member of the Month | AnthonyD

January 2010

MikeH

Please help us in congratulating our first Member of the Month, Mike H.  We had a chance to sit down with Mike and discuss life before CrossFit, being a Golf Pro, running the Chicago Half Marathon, returning from an Achilles injury, and tips for new members. Congratulations Mike H!

CrossFit Chicago Member of the Month | MikeH