OCF Member of the Month – July 2017

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Detty

July 2017

Detty has been a member since our 21 for $21 program and has taken advantage of a lot of what OCF has to offer.  Detty has stepped out of her comfort zone and has grown completely as an athlete and individual.   She is a regular 5:15 am #dawnpatrol member and her dedication has not wavered since she became part of the morning mamacitas crew! Detty has taken part in the Lifestyle Nutrition program where she saw great success with losing weight, feeling better, and performing better in the gym.  She also took a big leap by signing up for the In-House Competition where her team got second place!   We love seeing her smiling face in the morning and she always brings positive energy to have around.  Congratulations Detty, well deserved!

Get to know Detty! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? I started with the 21 for 21 group last September. I had seen how O’Hare CrossFit member motivated each other in the Trek for Rec 5k at Leyden Township in previous years and it made an impact on how they helped each other out throughout the race. 2. What time of day do you come in? I usually come early in the morning, Dawn Patrol at 5:15 am. 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? I still dislike box jumps. I’ve working on getting over the hurdle of thinking about the movement and just getting it done. I love back squats, and deadlifts. 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? A baby goal is climbing the rope and a bigger goal is strict pull up. And continue to improve and become a better athlete. 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) Growing up I didn’t get to be inspired by women athletes, especially in my community it’s mostly driven by men. I hope these changes in the near years. I do get inspired by my peers and member of the gym who get better and better. 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. I’m in the board for Thunder Soccer in Franklin Park and I sometimes coach. I like helping motivate kids in the area and helping them reach their potential. Grades from pre-k through 8th grade. 7. You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc...) would you want to be left with you? I will take unlimited amount of tacos and boom box to keep me entertained since I can either dance or sing. 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? CrossFit has helped be more confident in all aspects of my life. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? I have always workout at gyms on my own. I noticed my routines would be repetitive and I would work the same muscles. And I would often get bored. I also would try to get a friend with me to join the gym but often my friends would not continue. I would also hit plateaus and it was frustrating. At OCF, I have built relations with people to motivate and encourage each other. Now, I recently did the 3-month nutrition challenge and I learn a lot, I lost 20 pounds and my body-fat percentage went down. My body feels stronger and I will continue to work with my nutrition and practice the skills learn from the program. 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10:

Check in for Charity – August 2017

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We started Check-In for Charity to help support the many local charitable organizations that are near and dear to our members. We want to be able to give back and get the entire community involved in the process. Our community is the backbone of O'Hare CrossFit and we are here to support you! How It Works Each month we will select a new local charity based on a member recommendation. Members then need to check-in to OCF on Facebook at every visit. We will then donate $1 for every check-in to a different local charity each month. (Donations will be limited to $500 per month) Charity for August 2017 Member - Natalie Kempa The cause hits close to home because two very important women in my life have been victims of domestic violence. It is a horrible thing to live through, but they are living proof that there is a way out and that there are inspiring survivor success stories out there. I joined this team because many women feel that they are stuck, or are too afraid to leave, and by raising money I hope it helps more women seek out help and realize they deserve better. Run Domestic Violence Out of Town is a group of runners that supports 10 domestic violence agencies and shelters in the Chicagoland area. Their goal is to raise money and awareness. All money raised is used by the agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors and their families. I will be running with the team on September 24, 2017. For more information or to recommend a charitable organization, contact Rocio at rocio@oharecrossfit.com.

OCF Monthly Newsletter – July 2017

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Gym Closed - Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th for CrossFit Games!

NO CLASSES on Saturday August, 5th and Sunday, August 6th!

The CrossFit Games is the biggest event in CrossFit every year, but usually they are held in California. Not this year! They will be in Madison, WI - just a few hours away! All of our coaches will be heading up the Games on Saturday and Sunday, so we will have no classes that weekend. We will have normal hours on Friday, August 4th and normal hours starting again on Monday, August 7th. If you plan to head up to the games, make sure the coaches know so we can meet up and see everyone! If you need a workout, we will be posting a couple of at home workouts you can do or get out in nature and enjoy the summer weather!


Thank You For Coming to the Boat Party!!

We were fortunate to have the most amazing weather for our Summer OCF Boat Party, but we were even more fortunate to have the amazing company of everyone that came out!

We hope you guys enjoyed yourself as much as we did! Keep your eyes peeled for an end of the summer event in September that will be more local!!

This Week at OCF – 7/10

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Boat Party THIS Weekend!

We are sailing the Lake Michigan together and we want you to come! Here are the details::
  • Date: Saturday, July 15th
  • Time: 4:30 pm (board) 5-7pm (Sail, Dinner, Drinks, Dancing)
  • Location: Navy Pier (If you drive, try to park in the East Garage and use door 10)
  • Cost: $95/person (includes dinner, boat ticket, and a great time - Cash Bar not included in price)
  • How to sign up: Get your name on the sign-up sheet at the front desk!!

Driven Nutrition is here to stay!!

You guy have given us GREAT feedback on the new supplements, and it seems like you love them!! We are glad they taste good, but here’s a quick rundown of WHY they’re going to benefit you pre or post-workout! Driven GrassFed Whey Protein -
  • Vital to build and maintain lean muscle mass
  • Ideal for helping you meet your daily protein requirements
  • No additives or fillers
  • When to take it? Post workout is best!
Driven PreWOD PreWorkout -
  • Designed to increase energy for workout
  • Delivers maximum blood flow, oxygenation and nutrient delivery to working muscle tissue
  • When to take it? PreWorkout only!
Driven AMINO -
  • Blend of BCAA’s and Glutamine for lean muscle growth and recovery
  • BCAAs are metabolized directly in the muscle, and are considered “essential” because the body cannot build them from other compounds
  • When to take it? You can take it anytime of day, but it’s great pre-workout if you don’t want the caffeine included in PreWOD
Driven Casein -
  • Premium, slow-absorption protein designed to feed muscles during extended time periods without food, such as between meals and overnight
  • When to take it? Nighttime - having it before bed can give you a sweet treat AND help you recover while you sleep!

Front Area Renovations

We hope you like all of our new front area changes!

The last installation will be new cubbies, and our design is intended to make what you need as easily accessible as possible. Now the supplements, apparel, and all of our other products are right at your fingertips so hopefully you can take advantage of them! Thank you for your patience during the updates!

OCF Member of the Month – June 2017

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John

June 2017

Since John began in September, he has been consistently bettering himself with no sign of slowing down. He took part in the nutrition challenge at OCF last Fall and followed it up with individual nutritional coaching until just recently. He has lost over 30 pounds and he isn’t done yet!

He decided to challenge himself outside of classes and signed up for OLY 101, which he just recently completed. His consistency in classes has not wavered since he started and he continues to always be a positive influence on other members, and a smiling face to have at his regular 4:30 class.

We are lucky to have him as a member and know that with his determination and hard work, his potential is endless. Great work John! Keep it up!

Get to know John! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? From the recommendation of my brother-in-law I started with the 21 for 21 group last September. I was out of shape at the time with a 6 month old baby at home, I knew I would need to do something to keep up with her in the future so I decided to give OCF a try. 2. What time of day do you come in? I tend to stick to my 4:30 family at the gym, depending on my work schedule I may change it up, but 4:30 is my home. 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? I dislike pull ups, being a larger guy for most of my life I've never had an affinity for them, but hopefully I can get my first set soon. I love anything squat related, I've always had strong legs and enjoy using them greatly. I also really enjoyed the the OLY movements also. 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? I want to get into the performance group and get my first strict pull up next year 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) I honestly can't name too many athletes I'm inspired by, but I am inspired by anyone who has the ability and drive to overcome hardships to reach a goal. Sometimes I'll watch an OCF class and see everyone working hard, it makes me want to work harder each day I come in. 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. Whenever I get the chance I like to get friends or family over to play board games or card games, I have a decent collection of them. 7. You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc...) would you want to be left with you? I would want to have a knife and shaved ice. The knife for utility purposes, the shaved ice because well, why not. 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? Crossfit has helped me out in plenty of ways, I can run around and carry my daughter without too much difficulty, there isn't much else I can ask for. Overall I'm a happier guy now because I'm not as self conscious about how I look now that I'm down 40 pounds from when I first started. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? Over the years I've tried different workouts and diets and they each worked for a short while, crossfit is the one thing that's stuck with me longer than anything else. I'm bettering myself physically and mentally and I'm having a good time along the way. For the first time I'm not dreading the idea of getting to the gym and working out, it's what I look forward to doing each day. 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10:

This Week at OCF – 7/3

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4th of July Holiday Hours

Hey guys! We have just a few small changes with our class schedule for the 4th of July Holiday.
  • Monday (7/3) - We will have normal hours, but NO 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm classes
  • Tuesday (7/4) - 9 AM Class ONLY
  • Wednesday (7/5) - Normal Hours
Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

The Waiting List is GONE!

You’ve probably seen the news, but we have opened up the waiting list! We are only opening it up for 20 spots though, and they are filling up fast.

If you or someone you know are interested in joining the OCF Family, make sure you jump on this opportunity!

Contact us by filling out THIS FORM to schedule your FREE consult today and get started.


Congrats to all recent WL 101 graduates!

The most recent OLY 101 session just ended and we wanted to extend a CONGRATULATIONS to all of the members! Everyone crushed it throughout the past 8 weeks and we saw a ton of improvement in their lifts.

The next session starts August 7th, so if you want to reserve your spot, email info@oharecrossfit.com TODAY! We can’t wait!

OCF Monthly Newsletter – June 2017

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4th of July Hours

Sat/Sun - July 1st/2nd Normal Hours

Monday - July 3rd No 6:30 or 7:30 pm classes (normal schedule otherwise) Tuesday - July 4th 9 am class ONLY! Wednesday - July 5th Normal Hours


Summer Party Date Change

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have changed the date of the boat party!!

We will now be having the boat party on Saturday, July 15th. All of the other details are the same, so if you like to party, make sure you are attending!! Here’s some information and how to sign up!
  • Time: Boat boards at 4:30pm, Sails from 5-7pm
  • Location: Navy Pier (carpool and park in East Garage using door 10)
  • Cost: $95/person (includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and a good time!)
  • How to sign up: Get your name on the sheet at the front desk and bring cash or check payable to O’Hare CrossFit for the $95!

Front Area Renovation Nearly Complete!

Thank you for your patience with our renovations! The front area is nearly complete and we love how it has turned out! Some of the final updates to be made include more cubbies and storage, as well as a new front desk! We hope you like the new set up as much as we do!

This Week at OCF – 6/12

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Summer Party 6/24

This week is the last week to sign up for the BOAT PARTY! We will be venturing out onto Lake Michigan, Saturday June 24th, for drinks, dinner, and dancing! Here are the details:
  • Date: Saturday, June 24th
  • Time: Boat boards at 4:30pm, Sails from 5-7pm
  • Location: Navy Pier (carpool and park in East Garage using door 10)
  • Cost: $95/person (includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and a good time!)
  • How to sign up: Get your name on the sheet at the front desk and bring cash or check payable to O’Hare CrossFit for the $95!

In-House Competition Results

We had SO much fun this weekend competing and we could not be more proud of our members. The 2017 In House Competition will go down as one of the best competitions yet

Here are the final standings and we cannot wait until next year!!!

  1. 1. Ryan Q./Flavia G./Carlos N.
  2. 2. Kevin P./ Neena Z./Frank M.
  3. 3. Angelo S./Dan L./Detty G.
  4. 4. Dave P./Jenn K./Joe C.
  5. 5. Nick C./Lupe G./Mags G.
  6. 6. Becca C./Kevin M./ Cindy Lou
  7. 7. Matt T./Andrea F./David S.
  8. 8. Joe C./Jeff T./Antonio
  9. 9. Ernie M./Ryan R./Ali D.

OCF Shred / Tone Completion Highlights

We are so proud of all of you that took on the OCF Tone and Shred programs! Most of you are nearing the end of your 6-week programs, just in time for summer!

If you are looking for something more to continue on with, consider starting the program over or re-doing it with heavier weights this go around! Great work everyone, hopefully you enjoyed it and are feeling ready for these summer months with less clothing :)

Here are two special OCF ladies that have been taking advantage of the program this spring to get ready for summer!

This Week at OCF – 6/5

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In House Competition - THIS WEEKEND!

  • Dates: Saturday, June 10th and Sunday June 11th
  • Time: Saturday - 10 am - 2 pm, Sunday 9 am - 2 pm
  • Class Time Changes: We will have ONE class on Saturday at 9 am and NO class on Sunday.
Make sure you come check out your fellow classmates throw down all weekend long! Everyone is welcome to come watch, cheer, and join us after the final workout on Sunday for a celebratory drink/meal at Underpass!

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Summer Boat Party - Saturday, June 24th!

If you haven’t heard, we are having a BOAT PARTY! We will be venturing out onto Lake Michigan, Saturday June 24th, for drinks, dinner, and dancing! Here are the details:
  • Date: Saturday, June 24th
  • Time: Boat boards at 4:30pm, Sails from 5-7pm
  • Location: Navy Pier (carpool and park in East Garage using door 10
  • Cost: $95/person (includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and a good time!)
  • How to sign up: Get your name on the sheet at the front desk and bring cash or check payable to O’Hare CrossFit for the $95!
We will see you there!!

OCF Member of the Month – May 2017

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Manal

May 2017

Manal has been a member since our 21 for 21 offer last summer. Over the past couple of months she has really committed herself to the gym, her health, and her nutrition. It has paid off dividends!

She recently completed the 5-week nutrition challenge with Coach Becca and lost close to 10 pounds and body-fat percentage went down! She chose to continue working with Becca after the challenge one on one to keep progressing towards her goals.

On top of her nutrition game being stepped up, Manal has been stepping it up in classes too. She comes in each day and is always willing to try new things, push her limits on the weight she is lifting, and get out of her comfort zone.

If you put everything you can into your goals, you won’t be disappointed in what you get out of it. Manal has been doing just that, and we are excited to see where her hard work takes her in the future. So happy to have her as part of the #ocffam!

Get to know Manal! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? I started with the 21 for 21 group back in Sept of 2016. I had been practicing yoga regularly for over a year and loved it but despite that I had reached a record high in my weight and I felt and looked out of shape. It seemed that everyone around me was taking yoga as a supplement to their regular work out. I decided I needed to rethink what I was doing as clearly it was not working. I knew I liked working with weights, I knew I didn’t want to go back to my local gym and I loved how bodybuilders looked. I didn’t really know what CrossFit was at the time but I knew it involved weight training and each person I talked to at OHCF every step of the way was knowledgable and friendly and that held and appeal. 2. What time of day do you come in? I’m usually in at 6:30. When I work from home I’ll come in at 5:30. I used to come in every Saturday and Sunday but I have recently rethought my plan of action and decided I’m going to be doing three days on and one day off, per cross fit recommendations. 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? I don’t like to think of the movements as those I hate or love but more as areas of opportunity. I think if you get in the mindset of hating something you may be avoiding the very thing you need. 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? I’m making good progress with OHCF so I want to continue to get stronger, faster and change my body composition. As far as life outside CrossFit , I would love to move to the South I don’t know if it’ll happen within the year but it is a goal. 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) I think the women in my age group, the 40/50 somethings, inspire me those such as Barb, Ali and others…they look awesome and are so very good at this…I can relate to them and would like to be just as good. 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. I used to be a yoga teacher 7. You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc...) would you want to be left with you? I don’t know how long I will be on this island, hopefully not long, but I will take a book probably the Game of Thrones and a pizza. 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? I think CrossFit has helped me realize that if you put in the work you will see results, so never give up. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? I’ve tried just about every workout no matter how brief. I've always enjoyed going to the gym getting on the treadmill for a half hour and alternating upper body with lower body weight training days. Then I discovered a love for Eastern philosophy and that led me to become more involved in yoga but then I found CrossFit and the rest is as they say is history. 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10: