OCF Member of the Month – April 2017

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Katie and Jake

April 2017

Katie and Jake are an amazing young couple, engaged to be married (this summer!) and they came to OCF last summer and have become a major staple in our community ever since. From the start, they completely welcomed the methods of CrossFit and nutrition for their success. They both are young, competitive, fire-filled individuals that wanted to better themselves as athletes from the start.

They were both big time athletes all through high-school and college, but CrossFit created a new challenge for them and they have risen to that challenge. They have worked on their weaknesses and both competed in their very first CrossFit Open this past year not even a full year into CrossFit! They crushed the workouts and have both moved into Performance since then and continue to improve each day.

They are a big part of the “6-flirty” crew during the 6:30 pm class and have made fast friends with lots of our members. We cannot wait to see where CrossFit takes them in the future and we love having them as part of the #ocffam.

Get to know Katie!

1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started consistently attending CrossFit in July 2016. I tried a class one time in college and loved it. I have always been a competitive athlete and the one time I tried a class I fell in love. It wasn’t really in my budget during college, so I worked out on my own until I graduated and started CrossFit at OCF.

2. What time of day do you come in?
I would definitely consider myself a part of the 6:30pm crew also known as Six-Flirty. Although sometimes I join the 5:30 and 7:30 classes.

3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
One movement I hate is the snatch. I hate it because I feel like it is a hard movement that just doesn’t come naturally to me. One type of movement I love is the deadlift.

4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
I’d say a big goal of mine is to get more confident in my gymnastic work (i.e. get a strict pull-up, muscle up, etc.) and just to become a better athlete.

5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
I definitely have to say my spirit animal, Becca Chilczenkowski. She reminds me a lot of myself and knows exactly what to say to me in a workout to get me going. She is inspiring, a beast, great athlete, and I mean, come on, she is my spirit animal so I have to say her.

6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
One time I fractured my skull by falling off a car. Ask me for the deets!

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?
Honestly, probably fruity pebbles and some device that plays music.

8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
CrossFit has helped me became patient, dedicated, confident, and self-loving. I hate failing at anything, but in CrossFit you fail all the time. Without failure, you never feel success. It has helped me enjoy the process in all aspects of my life.

9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
I started off my athletic career as a three sport athlete, transitioned my workouts to lifting and cardio at the gym while always playing intramurals. I was always looking for something that was more competitive than the gym. Once I found CrossFit, nothing compared.

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Get to know Jake!

1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit two month after I received my undergraduate degree in July 2016. Katie and I had just moved to Chicagoland, were looking for something new to do, and thought CrossFit at O’Hare would be challenge and enjoyable (PS – Katie talked me into it!).

2. What time of day do you come in?
I usually come in at 6:30 pm, right after my workday. If I’m working longer, I can be seen at 7:30 am. Occasionally, I’ve been seen in the mornings and try to make it Saturday mornings as well.

3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
Love: Handstand Push-ups
Hate: Rowing

4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
Since starting CrossFit I have gained about 10 lbs (may not look like it, though). It’s my goal to put on another 10 lbs before I start to just maintain my body. The way I’ll accomplish that is to hone in my eating a little more, try to eat enough to get over my outrageous metabolism, and get stronger in Olympic style lifting workouts.

5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
One athlete that inspires me is Chicago’s own, Jabari Parker. The first time I learned about Jabari was when he committed to Duke out of Chicago’s Simeon High School. I’m a huge Duke fan and I loved watching him play and was excited when my Milwaukee Buck’s drafted him into the NBA. Since then, I’ve learned that Jabari seems to be one of the most humble, amazing dude’s in the NBA. His commitment to his Mormon faith, giving back to both the Chicago and Milwaukee communities, and his ability to fight through 2 torn ACL injuries (on the same knee) before he turns 22 is inspiring to say the least. In a league full guys making crazy amounts of money, Jabari is as real as they come.

6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
My mom still buys and wraps a Lego set every Christmas because I told her if she’s going to get me a gift until I die, I want it to be Lego’s.

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’m a practical person, so I’ll go with an a stick lighter with unlimited fluid. That way I’ll be survive longer than the person who picked their childhood stuffed animal. As for food, I’ll take a nice steak to kick things off right on the island.

8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but I’d have to say CrossFit is the one sport that I have not been able to rely on my raw athleticism or talent to succeed. CrossFit will always expose something you are not good at, and even when you think you’re good at something, there is always someone better. This everyday grind to get better has transferred into my “other” life; professional, personally, and emotionally I feel more confident in my work, actuarial exams, and everyday activities.

9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
Growing up in middle school and high school I was a part of many fantastic teams. My club soccer team took 2nd in the state of Wisconsin for a couple years during my high school years, and I was apart some above average basketball teams throughout these times as well. In college, I transition to playing intramurals and it was less competitive. I needed to regain that competitive edge, and found CrossFit. CrossFit is the first time I’ve done an “individual” sport and I find it more challenging because the only person you can rely on is yourself.

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