This Week at OCF – 12/12

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Are YOU ready for The CrossFit Open?

Is this year your year that you will finally sign up for The Open?

Have you been seeing the weights on the board and wish that you could lift the Rx weight more often? You might want to look into the FitBot Accessory Programs that OCF has to offer then! What are they?
  • 6-week long programs (2-3 days per week sessions)
  • Complete them at your convenience!
  • Receive personal coaches feedback on your workouts!

What do they cover?

  • Absolute Strength
  • Olympic Lifting
  • Endurance
  • Muscle Up
  • Handstand Push-Up
  • Strict Pull Up

How much do they cost?

  • FREE (only if you finish them on time, though!) They are $147, but if you complete the entire 6-weeks of the program, then you receive a full refund if you are an OCF or CFHH member.

Looking to hear someone that did one and saw results….? Here is one of the many testimonials of success:

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Last Chance for Sign up for CF Classes!

Final Call! If you have a friend that has been on the fence about OCF, let them know that they must get in before the holidays so they aren’t waiting on the waiting list! In 2017, OCF will stop taking new members and will develop a waiting list for those that would like to join the gym. Make sure your loved ones don’t miss out! January 1st to start that New Year’s Resolution will be too late!! Contact info@oharecrossfit.com to make sure you get them signed up before it’s too late!!

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This Week at OCF – 12/5

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2017 OCF Waiting List - notify your loved ones before it's too late!!

As you may recall, we recently announced that we will no longer be taking new members in 2017. We will be creating a waiting list that will only open up when a membership spot becomes available.

If you have a friend or family member that you know is interested in OCF, let them know that they may want to start their New Year’s Resolution early…. They can sign up for a free intro class and try it out here: http://oharecrossfit.com/try-crossfit-session/new-to-crossfit/ AND….if they needed another reason to get going sooner rather than later, let them know that referrals receive a great discount on their foundations!

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OCF/CFHH Winter Formal was a SUCCESS!

We want to thank each and every one of you who dressed up and danced the night away with us at the Winter Formal this past Friday. We hope you had an incredible time, and we couldn’t imagine a more amazing community to celebrate this past year and the holidays with. If you pledged to donate that evening by writing down your name and pledge amount with Natalia, please get money to Rocio this week via check or cash. Thank you!!

Start your New Year's Resolutions Early

Are you afraid that those pesky Holiday pounds are going to add up by January 1st? Get ahead of everyone else and start your resolution to finally reach your goals early!! In 2017, due to high demand, we will be increasing the prices of the nutrition program to:  OCF Members: $125/month Non-Members: $150/month The program offers:
  • Individualized Meal Plan Help
  • Weekly check-ins via email to assist with accountability
  • Monthly body-fat testing with a state of the art Body-Scan Machine (will give calories burned each day, total body fat, as well as body-fat distribution among the body)
  • Assistance in understanding food, developing a better relationship with nutrition, and working towards your goals
If you want to get in before the big rush and price increase, email becca@oharecrossfit.com to find out more information on the program and go into the New Year already working towards the new you.

OCF Member of the Month – November 2016

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Maciek

November 2016

As you can tell from his questionnaire answers, Maciek has an amazing colorful personality.  Aside from that though, he has become one of our most dedicated members.  Since joining about 6 months ago, Maciek has quickly become a staple of the community.  He is one of the most consistent members OCF has, he is currently finishing up the most recent cycle of OLY 101, and he is always present at all of the OCF community functions.

In classes, he is extremely hard working and always willing to push himself in the workouts.  Outside of classes, he is a very friendly face towards all members after a workout or at a community event on the weekend.

We are extremely grateful to have Maciek as a member and we can’t wait to see what potential he reaches in 2017!

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Get to know Maciek! 1. When did you start CrossFit and why? I went as a guest/freeloader a number of times while on vacation in Florida over the past 3-4 years. Hated sweat pouring out of me for hours after class in FL humidity--What? No showers? What kind of a gym is this? Then continued with my chain gym membership, which was nice but expensive for what it offered. Then I moved and the new gym was too small and crowded. In April I was finally talked into trying OCF. I cancelled my other membership and didn't look back since. 2. What time of day do you come in? Usually, I'm in for the 5:30 pm class; occasionally I'm in at 4:30 pm. 3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love? Hate-thrusters. Not sure which I love more, rowing or wall balls. 4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year? Just now I decided I'll get to 10 HSPs, 20 kipping pull-ups and 5 muscle-ups. That should keep things interesting for the next six months. Also intrigued with that disused pegboard. I wonder what that's about. 5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter) Sorry, I'm drawing a blank here. I've never followed sports, pro or others, except for F1 and WRC but I know few people who follow those. In general, I'd say what inspires me in others is consistency of purpose and perseverance--once you've set a goal, you're like a homing missile until you get there. 6. Tell us one fun fact about you. This is a tough one. I'll have to think hard and come back with an answer later. 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? Is there a refrigerator on the island? If so, I'll take a fridge full of cold lager. It's bread in a bottle. Also, I'll take a lifetime supply of sunblock. It's a tropical island, right? I can figure out everything else from there. 8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life? I can fit into pants I bought for my senior prom. Why do I have pants from high school? And where's the jacket I bought? I have more energy during the day and tend to sleep better. I can change wheels on my car and not hurt my back in the process. Hanging out with you CrossFit lot has made me see the glass half full more times than not and been a confidence and motivation boost. 9. How have workouts changed for you over the years? From a lot of running in HS, I went through clueless attempts at lifting in college, picked up rowing somewhere along the way, more running, free-weight and body-weight circuits, personal training that combined all of the above with HIIT and had very nice results while it lasted, small-group supervised training of the same sort with some kicking and hitting a heavy bag, gym cable equipment circuits and back to running and finally CrossFit. 10. Rate the following on a scale of 1 to 10: mom_scores_november_2016  

Check in for Charity – December 2016

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Member - Lori K.

The Children's Oncology Services Inc. send children to camp or take them on trips. along the lines of make a wish foundation. I believe all children going through what they are going through deserve all the fun and love and laughter that they can have. This is dear to my heart because my nephew had 2 brain tumors removed when he was 6. He is now 25 and cancer free.

The Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., which is is a leader in providing empowering, supportive, educational and fun experiences for children (5-19) who have been diagnosed with cancer. The Children's Oncology Services Inc. is the only local organization to offer 11 different programs throughout the year serving children and families who live in Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. Thanks to our 350 annual volunteers, including medical professionals, children who are in different stages of treatment have the ability to attend our One Step Programs. Over the last 38 years The Children's Oncology Services Inc. has served more than 13,000 campers.

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!

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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.
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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.

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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

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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!"
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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!

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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!)

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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

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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!!

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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!

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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.