OCF Monthly Newsletter – November 2016

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Thanksgiving Hours

It’s Turkey time and we have some special hours this week.  Don’t worry, we will help you earn that Thanksgiving feast! Wednesday, Nov. 23rd - Normal Hours Thursday, Nov. 24th - 9 am class ONLY Friday, Nov. 25th - Normal Hours Come in and join us on Thanksgiving before you go gobble down some turkey!  Finally, OCF wants you to take some time this week and think about what you are thankful for.  It is Thanksgiving after all!

OCF Winter Formal!

The OCF Formal is NEXT WEEK!! That’s right, one week from Friday, we will be dressed to kill and dancing the night away to celebrate this past year at OCF and CFHH!

Make sure you’re able to join us by getting your tickets NOW so we know you’re going to be there.  Here are the details and where to purchase, don’t delay any longer or it’ll be too late! Date: Friday, December 2nd Time: 7:00 pm - Midnight Location: Villa Brunetti Banquets (9775 Grand Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131) Price: $50/ticket (includes dinner, open bar all night, and endless fun!)

Purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocf-winter-formal-tickets-28312588715

Remember, it is cocktail attire!  So come dressed to impress!


Toy Drive!

OCF is giving back this holiday season by teaming up with Toys for Tots!! We are working as a community to provide toys to those less fortunate this year and we are asking for your help!

We have a box in the lobby where you can place the toys, and here are some details to know when purchasing:
  • We are collecting until Saturday, Dec. 10th.

  • Toys for all ages are accepted - teenagers and young adults as well.

  • Please consider a toy for a special needs child.  Look for items that have buttons, make noise, light up, or is easy for hands/fists to work.

  • Toys must be unwrapped, as well as new and in unopened boxes.

  • These toys will not be accepted: stuffed animals, toy guns, toy knives, handcuffs, etc.

  • Ideas include:

    • Sports Equipment: bats, baseballs, gloves, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, bicycles)

    • Board Games and books

    • Dolls

    • Toy cars, toy trucks, toy planes, toy boats, and toy motorcycles.

    • If an item requires batteries, please tape them to package.

This Week at OCF – 11/14

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OCF's 6-Year Anniversary Potluck THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the anniversary potluck!  We all left will full bellies and love in our hearts.  This community is nothing short of amazing and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone of you for bringing all of your delicious foods!!

We had a big announcement for what’s to come in 2017!! Check social media soon for that announcement if you couldn’t make it to the potluck.


Winter Formal Tickets

I know it may seem far away, but the infamous OCF/CFHH party is LESS than 3 weeks away!! Make sure you get the tickets NOW before they sell out! Here are the details:

Date: Friday, December 2nd Time: 7pm - Midnight Location: Villa Brunetti Banquets 9755 Grand Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131 Link to buy the ticketshttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocf-winter-formal-tickets-28312588715 *Cocktail Attire


At The WhiteBoard November 17th

THIS WEEK - At the Whiteboard, we will be meeting some of our newest members.  They’ve each been here less than 90 days and in that short time, they have made a big impact on the community. Date: Thursday, November 17th Time: 9 pm Where to watch: O’Hare CrossFit’s Facebook Live feed!! Who will be the guests?
  1. Alicia - has a very infectious personality and is always smiling, even when she isn't feeling so hot from a long night on the comedic stage.

  2. Norma - took advantage of our 21 for $21 offer and has not looked back since. Norma heard of OCF from friend Alicia and the two are always working hard together!

  3. Jake - recently moved to the Chicago area from Wisconsin. While preparing for some difficult actuary exams, Jake's competitive side from the basketball court ignites after hearing the "3-2-1 GO!"

Food Drive

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry believes that no one should go hungry. Their mission is to work together as a community to reduce hunger locally through:  Direct hunger relief services hunger awareness education and advocacy to influence anti-hunger policy. Please help us support the Oak Park/Forest Park Pantry by bringing in packaged food between:

October 24th-November 23d!  

Only a few weeks left, help us help feed those in need this holiday season! A bin is in the lobby area to leave food!


This Week at OCF – 11/7

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OCF's 6-Year Anniversary Potluck!

Come help us celebrate this amazing community you all have developed and hear about the awesome things we are bringing to you all in 2017!!

We will be providing chicken, burgers, salads, and water!  All we need you guys to do is bring an extra appetizer, dessert, or beverage of choice to enjoy if you’d like!  Families are welcome!

Date: Saturday, November 12th Time: 1pm Location: O’Hare CrossFit (the one and only!)


OCF/CFHH Winter Formal Tickets

We know that your holiday calendar can fill up quickly, so before you mark down any other date, mark down the OCF Formal date!!

We will finally be able to see each other all dressed up (hopefully you recognize everyone out of gym clothes!) and we will enjoy a wonderful dinner, open bar for the night, and lots of dancing!

Make sure you get your tickets NOW so we know you are coming.  It is $50/ticket, and feel free to bring a significant other or guest so long as you both get tickets!  We cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with everyone!!

Date: Friday, December 2nd Time: 7pm - Midnight Location: Villa Brunetti Banquets 9755 Grand Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131 Link to buy the tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocf-winter-formal-tickets-28312588715 *Cocktail Attire



Shoe Drive

Is your closet getting a bit full with old gym shoes, but you don’t want to throw them out?  Well now you can free up some closet space AND give to a good cause.

One of our awesome members, Eliza Buckner, is helping us get connected with “Share Your Soles”.  Share Your Soles is a charity that takes gently used gym shoes and either cleans them to provide to those in need OR breaks them down to use the rubber for building playgrounds.

We couldn’t think of a better way to put our old Reebok’s and Nike’s to use! Bin is in the lobby area for donations until Thanksgiving!!


OCF Member of the Month – October 2016

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Sandra Morales

October 2016

Sandra has been doing CrossFit now for just about a year and her transformation is nothing short of amazing.  She came to CrossFit with an old injury to her ankle that was limiting, but she didn’t let that stop her from working towards her goals.  She is always full of energy and fire during her normal 7:30 pm Wolfpack class.

Since she has started at OCF, she has taken full advantage of everything the gym has to offer to help her get closer to her goals.  She has been working with Coach Becca on nutrition for multiple months and has lost over 40 pounds.  During her time off of teaching this summer, she also utilized her extra time by doing accessory work with the FitBot Accessory Programming on top of classes.  Lastly, she most recently joined the Performance Group and has been crushing all of the new movements!

Keep steamrolling towards your goals Sandra, nothing will stop you with the determination and dedication you’ve shown!


Get to know Sandra! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? I started Crossfit (Foundations Class) in November of 2015 - I think. I wanted to strengthen my ankle after my accident and get fit. 2. What time of day do you come in? 7:30- I'm a Wolfpack Gal fo' life 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? Hate- toes to bar Love-deadlifts, wall balls 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? I want a set of traps!!! 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) Katrín Davíðsdóttir. She is a great example of persistence, discipline, and girl power!!! 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. I love to Salsa dance!!! (Any kind of dance, really) 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? My iPod with a plethora of music and Tacos de Carne Asada 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? Crossfit has helped me get stronger. I'm doing things, lifts, maneuvers I would never think of taking on. This has carried over into other parts of my life. I've become more of a risk taker, more confident and more energized. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? I tried everything out there but nothing filled me. I stuck with Cardio for a long time, but I never saw the results I wanted. The Crossfit workouts make me feel empowered, wear me out, strengthen me, and it's everything I was looking for!! 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10: mom_scores_november_2016  

Check in for Charity – November 2016

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Member - Sally Wasiqi-Venturini

The charity I walk for is Out of the Darkness, I had never even heard of this organization until the year after I had lost my son.

His friends from college were participating in this event and they were walking to honor my son. The team name was "Team Shades" shades was his nickname.

Ever since then I have done the walk. I do the DeKalb community walk because that is where he was living at the time and where I first walked.

There are several walks done all over the country including downtown Chicago.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.

OCF Monthly Newsletter – October 2016

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Halloween Costume WOD!

THIS Saturday, October 29th, make sure you are costume-ready for the 9 and 10 am class workouts!! We will be giving prizes for the BEST costume in each class!! So come with your best and be ready to sweat. All of the coaches will be dressed up as well, we can’t wait to show you what theme we decided on. halloween_wod_2016

6-Year Anniversary OCF Potluck + Big Announcement!

Date: Saturday, November 12th Time: 1-3 pm Location: O’Hare CrossFit Details: We will provide the protein (chicken, burgers, and steak), and we just need you to bring some sides, desserts, and beverages of your liking to share!

This is going to be an event for us to hang out, celebrate our amazing community, and share a big announcement OCF has regarding plans for the New Year!! You won’t want to miss it!! If you are not on Facebook or a member of the OCF Family, please e-mail becca@oharecrossfit.com to RSVP!  We hope you can all make it!!


OCF Winter Formal!

Date: Friday, December 2nd Time: 7pm - 12 pm Cost: $50/person Location: Villa Brunetti Banquets in Franklin Park Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

For once we get to put down our gym shoes and dress to impress.  We will be having a formal dinner, an open bar, and lots of dancing!  We cannot wait to celebrate the holidays, and amazing year, and all of our amazing members together!

You can sign-up and purchase your tickets here today!


This Week at OCF 10/17 – 10/21

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Pumpkin Carving was a SUCCESS!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the pumpkin carving event this past Saturday!  We had such a blast with everyone and their family and friends.  We were impressed by the overall carving talent we saw!



We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and added your awesome pumpkin to your Halloween decorations at home.  We can’t wait for the next #ocffam event coming up!  Mark your calendars everyone for Saturday, Nov. 12th @ 1pm!  More details to come soon on this event that you will NOT want to miss!


AWB #7 - 10/20 Episode

Check out a BRAND NEW episode of “At the Whiteboard” this Thursday, October 20th @ 9pm! We will be featuring a number of amazing members that help us with our #checkinforcharity you see every month! Tune into our social media this week to find out who the special guests are going to be!! You can watch “At the Whiteboard” on O’Hare CrossFit’s Facebook page via Facebook Live OR you can catch it afterwards on our O’Hare CrossFit’s YouTube Page!
In case you missed Episode #6, click below to watch it! awb_6

This Week at OCF 10/10 – 10/14

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Welcome all new members from 21 for $21!

We want to extend a HUGE welcome to all of our new #ocffam that has joined us after the 21 for $21 session!  We couldn’t be more excited to have everyone in classes and welcome you to our ever-growing family here at OCF.

To our current members, we hope you can think back on the first few weeks of your time at OCF and remember how over-whelming everything can be.  With that in mind, let’s try to welcome our new friends and help them with anything we can.  In the very least, let’s be the friendly, inviting family we’ve always been and introduce yourselves!

WL101 Starts Today!

OLY 101 starts TODAY! You’ve been asking for it, so we are starting another 8-week session tonight!  There is still time to sign up, but only 1 spot left, so jump on it while you can!

OLY 101 is an 8-week long, 3 days per week class which teaches the Olympic lifts to those hoping to learn more about the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.  There is NO experience required in the lifts and ANYONE can take part!  You do not need to be an OCF member to join the class. The details are:

   Dates: Oct. 10th - Dec. 2nd    Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays @ 6:30-7:30 pm + Saturday’s @ 12-1pm    Price: $150 for the 8-weeks

If you’ve EVER considered wanting to learn the olympic lifts, NOW is the time!

10/15 - Pumpkin Carving!

Date: THIS Saturday, Oct. 15th Time: 3-5:30pm Location: O’Hare CrossFit

You’re Invited to a Pumpkin Carving Party!!! THIS Saturday, we are hosting a Halloween Pumpkin Party.  Bring your family, bring your friends, and come show off your pumpkin carving skills! We will provide the pumpkins, music, and a few halloween themed snacks.  All you need to bring is:
  • A carving utensil
  • A creative idea!
  • Optional: Your favorite snack/beverage to enjoy!
We can’t wait to have some fun with everyone carving up a storm!  See you Saturday!

Check in for Charity – October 2016

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Member - Laura Reeves

The Hephzibah Children’s Association serves more than 1,000 children and their families each year with group homes for neglected and abused children.  They also provide services for families struggling with issues such as poverty, chronic disease, mental illness, substance abuse or homelessness. They give foster care and adoption programs in children in need of loving homes, as well as award-winning after-school daycare on a sliding scale for families of all income levels.

Laura, one of our 7:30 pm Wolf-pack crew, talks about her experience as a teacher with students from the program:

“At my school we service students who live at Hepzibah. I have had the pleasure of having a student in my room this year who has really touched my life. She and her twin sister are fourth grade students who suffered from extreme emotional and physical abuse before being removed from their home. They both live at Hepzibah.

At the beginning of the school year, she was extremely angry, defiant and untrusting of others. I have seen her transform back into a fun, loving, caring, creative, smart, and beautiful girl. She has truly become one of my favorite students this year. Next week she is leaving me sadly, but for a great reason; because both of the twins have been placed with a foster family. I have been beyond impressed with the staff at Hepzibah, their care, compassion and the love they share with the kids there.”

So next time you are at OCF for another tough workout, keep in mind those a little less fortunate and #checkinforcharity by “Checking-In” on FaceBook to O’Hare CrossFit.  The gym donates $1 for every check in we get!

OCF Member of the Month – September 2016

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John Rudin

September 2016

John has been a member now at OCF for close to 2 years now!  He works a job at UPS where he is bouncing back and forth between here and his home in Ohio.  He will be here for a few weeks or months at a time, and then be back in Ohio for long periods as well.  While he is here, he manages to be extremely consistent and always great energy to have in class.

While he is back home or traveling for work, he actually checks the OCF Website for the workout and does it on his own!!  How about that for dedication?

He also recently just signed up for the Strict Pull Up FitBot Accessory program to improve his pull up strength and endurance.

He loves CrossFIt and he loves OCF, and we couldn’t be happier to have him as part of the gym (when he’s around!).  If anyone exudes what a CrossFIt Community should be about - John does.  Congrats John, keep up the hard work!!


Get to know John! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? September of 2014 2. What time of day do you come in? Usually between 5:30 and 7:30 depending on my schedule at work.  7:30 class is my favorite! 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? I dislike Thrusters….Ok, I hate them. I am enjoying the Olympic lifting movements. 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? Become more dedicated in eating healthier than I am now and preparing meals for the week to stay consistent. 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) Heather Dorniden - She was the Minnesota University track star that fell on her face during the 2008 BIG10 600m and got up and still won the race. Never give up. 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. My wife and I make our own wine. 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? Doritos and a fishing pole. 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? I don’t play any sports, CrossFit and Running are my two athletic activities.  CrossFit has decreased my mile time during my runs and has me being more active when I am back home in Ohio.  Less TV and more activities outside, whether it’s yard work or home improvement. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? I am younger today than I was the day before I started CrossFit. 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10: mom_scores_october_2016