Monday, January 22nd, 2018


Announcements & Upcoming Events

CF Kids Open House: Join us for a CrossFit Kids/Family Day on Sunday, January 28th from 11a to 12p at CFD Lincoln Square. We are hosting an open class for 5 to 10-year-olds so they can experience first hand what this program is all about. Find more info and registration here. 

Adaptive Athlete Clinic – Saturday, Jan 27th from 11a to 1p. CrossFit Defined is developing an Adaptive Athlete Program, and the concept behind this initiative is simple: We want to increase accessibility to the health and fitness world to those folks that may require workout program modifications due to the need for adaptive equipment. For more details and to sign up click here.

Next available Onramps: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your sweat free intro session and hold your spot in our next Fundamentals Program! (limited space available in both)

Lakeview: Next onramp open for registration: Sunday, January 28th
Lincoln Square: Next onramp open for registration: Monday, January 29th


4 Weeks till the 2018 CrossFit Open begins! Register for the CF Open here! 

Week’s Preview: Week 3/4 Programming details for Cycle 1!  
Tuesday: Skill training on pullups/Muscle ups + long wod
Wednesday: FS + Jerk combo
Friday: Shoulder Prep + Wendler W3 Bench Press + Open WOD 16.3
A.
3 Position Clean or Snatch: Athlete’s Choice!
-(1+1+1) touch and go
-Hi-hang + hang + low hang
-Take 15 minutes building to a heavy for the day!
-Scale to Power  position if needed.
*Compare loads to heavy set from week 1 on this cycle!
B.
7 Rounds (14 minutes)
Every 2 minutes complete the following as fast as possible:
10 X OHS or BS
35 X Double Unders

-Rest remaining time of each round
-Scale for Double Unders: Perform singles till 90 second mark then rest remaining time of each round
-Squats should be performed unbroken every round with whatever weight chosen
-Competition BB RX: 115/75lbs or using no more than 40% of C&J 

#CFDfamily

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Oly Concepts Weightlifting Seminar – Sunday, Jan 21st from 9a to 4p.  Come spend the day with Danny Camargo going through drills, video technique breakdowns and a hands-on lifting approach with the Clean, Jerk & Snatch. Registration and details here.

Adaptive Athlete Clinic – Saturday, Jan 27th from 11a to 1p. CrossFit Defined is developing an Adaptive Athlete Program, and the concept behind this initiative is simple: We want to increase accessibility to the health and fitness world to those folks that may require workout program modifications due to the need for adaptive equipment. For more details and to sign up click here.

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, January 20th from 11am-Noon. Classes offered at both gyms (Lakeview & Lincoln Square). Register here.

Next available Onramps: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your sweat free intro session and hold your spot in our next Fundamentals Program! (limited space available in both)

Lakeview: Starting Sunday, 1/7, First onramp of the New Year, limited space available!
Lincoln Square: Starting Monday, 1/8, First onramp of the New Year, limited space available!


Week 3/4!  For programming details, click here!

A.
Back Squat or Overhead Squat: Athlete’s Choice!
-Find heavy 3 for the day with pause
-Pause for 3 seconds at the bottom of each rep
-Build to a moderate/heavy set over 15 minutes

B.
4 Minute Amrap
Barbell Front Rack Step-ups X Max effort
-Option #2: Using a kb in Goblet position
-stepping up to a 20/16” height
-Set height so top leg is 90 degrees at knee and hip
-using no more than 40% of C&J or 55% of Pushpress

Rest 2 minutes

4 Minute Amrap
Russian KB Swing X 10 reps 70/55lbs
Pushups X 10 reps
Kip Swing or Kipping pullup X 10 reps
-Option #2: Sub kip swing with active hold x 30 seconds

Rest 2 minutes

4 Minute Amrap
Rollouts X 10 reps
Russian Twist X 20 reps
Hollow Body Flutter Kicks X 30 reps per side

*Recording heavy 3 from Part A

Lift-mas 2017, #winning

Friday, May 5th, 2017


 UPCOMING SPECIALTY CLASSES

**NEW CLASS** Olympic Weight Lifting Technique Class  with Coach Jenny, This Saturday @ Lincoln Square from 11am-Noon. All levels welcome; a beginner friendly class! Warm yourself up and be ready to go!

Recovery Yoga with Coach Rachel, This Sunday @ Lincoln Square from 10:30-11:30am.  All friends and family of members are welcome free of charge!


UPDATES & UPCOMING EVENTS

Cycle: Week 2/4 PROGRAMMING DETAILS FOR THIS CYCLE!

“WORKING OUT IV”: Registration is now live!  Chicago’s original LGBTQA dedicated CrossFit Competition.  All levels are welcome!  4th Annual, hosted at CFD Lincoln Square. Teams of 2, with all proceeds going to Lambda Legal!

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, support someone new! Saturday, May 20th from 11am-Noon. Classes offered at both gyms (Lakeview & Lincoln Square). Register HERE.

Spotlight Athletes: Sean & Chelsea. Read their story here! 

Next available Onramps: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your intro sessions and hold your spot in our next beginner’s program! (limited space available in both)

Lakeview: Starting Thursday, May 4th
Lincoln Square: Starting Monday, May 1st (late registration open till Wednesday)


TODAY’S WOD

A.
Back Squat with pace: (3.1.1.1)
-Find heavy 3 for the day
-Take 8 sets, every 2 minutes, building in weight each round
-Try to meet and/or beat your heavy set from last week!

*Follow each set with: Kneeling Fire Hydrant Hip Circles X 4 reps each side

B.
4 Rounds: For time;
Sumo Deadlift Highpull X 10 reps 95/65lbs (CFD Master’s 40+: 75/55lbs)
Pushpress X 10 reps
Backsquat X 20 reps
Box Jumps X 20 reps 24/20″
(15 minute cap)

*Barbell weight should not exceed 45% of Pushpress or 25% of BackSquat!

C.
Bonus: “The Grind”, (to be completed after class)

3 Rounds; not for time
25 X GHD Situps or Medball Vups
1 Minute Sandbag BearHug (AHAP)
Rest as needed after each round

**Recover from WOD fully before starting. For all post class bonus work, make sure to give class priority on space and equipment as well as check in with the coach on duty before starting!**

Wong Wang working on his Split Jerk technique in OLY class. Join us this Saturday for our newest OLY class at Lincoln Square with Coach Jenny from 11-Noon!

Wong Wang working on his Split Jerk technique in OLY class. Join us this Saturday for our newest OLY class at Lincoln Square with Coach Jenny from 11-Noon!

 

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Week 2/4

The 2017 CrossFit Open Starts in 10 days!  Register with the CrossFit Defined team HERE! 

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, support someone new! Saturday, February 18th. 11am-Noon. Classes offered at both gyms. Register HERE.

Olympic Weight Lifting Technique Class @ Lincoln Square 6-7pm with Coach Noal. All levels welcome; a beginner friendly class! Warm yourself up and be ready to go!

Next available Onramps: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your intro sessions and hold your spot in our next beginner’s program!
Lakeview: Starting Thursday, March 2nd
Lincoln Square: Starting Monday, March 6th

Whole30 Nutrition Workshop – Saturday, February 18th @ CFD Lincoln Square from 12:30p – 2:00p

Manage Your Macros Nutrition Workshop – Sunday, February 19th @ CFD Lakeview from 12:00p – 1:30p


A.
Back Squat
-Take 8 minutes, building to working weight @ 65%+ of 1rm
-Add 5-10lbs from last week’s working weight
-Maintain the same amount of reps for each working set from week 1!

B.
3 Working Sets:
Back Squat @ 65%+ X 6-10 reps
Kipping Handstand Pushups X sub max set
(Aim for 1/2 the number of reps of a max effort unbroken set)
Single Arm Bent Over Row X 6-10 reps each side (AHAP)
Rest as needed after each set

C.
8 Minute Amrap
Ascending Ladder: 3,3,6,6,9,9,etc…
Power Clean and Jerk
-using no more than 50% of 1rm
-Competition RX: 135/95lbs
Bar over Burpees

D.
Bonus: “The Grind”, (to be completed after class)

3 Rounds:not for time;
Banded Face Pulls X 20
Bent Over Plate Raise: Y,T,W X 10 each
rest as needed after each set

**Recover from WOD fully before starting. For all post class bonus work, make sure to give class priority on space and equipment as well as check in with the coach on duty before starting!**

Another great packed OLY class at CFD!

Another great packed OLY class at CFD!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Deload/Transition Week. Next cycle starts on Monday, 10/17.

3rd Annual In House Olympic Lifting Competition: For all levels. For CFD members only!  Saturday, Dec. 3rd. @ CFD LS. Registration is now open! 

6th Annual CFD Halloween Party: Save the date! Saturday, October 29th! Rocks Bar on Lincoln, 9-Midnight. Drink package, food and DJ. Costumes highly encouraged!  Invite coming soon!

Lincoln Square: “Life Lifting” with Coach David and Drew, 8-9pm. All members welcome, no experience needed.

Lakeview: “Mobility” with Coach Alex, 6-6:30pm.  Focus: Fix your posture to increase your gains! Achieve better mobility in your Thoracic Spine and upper back! If you sit more than 1 hour a day this class if for you! Limited T-Spine mobility is a byproduct of our desk chair culture. Come do something about it!

Free “Intro to CrossFit Class” For anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, support someone new! Saturday October 29th, 11-Noon. Choose a location and register!  Lakeview Signup Lincoln Square Signup

Next Onramp Dates: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to hold your spot in our next beginner session!
Lakeview: Starting Tuesday, October 11th – Sold out! Next onramp with open availability, November 6th.
Lincoln Square: Starting Wednesday, October 12th, late registration available until Saturday  Oct. 15th.

A. 
Performance/Competition:
G.P.P.: 3 rounds; not for time
Single Leg RDL with BB X 10 each leg
(focus on square hips with neutral back)
Hollow body Hold X 1 minute
(scale to sets of smaller timed increments to accumulate 1 minute)
Pistols X 10 each side
(Scale to single leg squats off plyo box)

B.
Performance/Competition:
Athlete’s Choice: Back Squat or Overhead Squat
-Find heavy single with a 10 second static hold in bottom
-Take 12 minutes

C.
Performance/Competition: Athlete’s Choice!
For time:
Russian KB Swings 70/55lbs X 100 reps
Run X 1 Mile (row 2000/1500 meters)
*16 minute Cap

LS athlete POP reppin' CFD at the Grand Canyon. #Hoozah!

LS athlete POP reppin’ CFD at the Grand Canyon. #Hoozah!

Friday, September 16th, 2016

A great short read from Inc.com:   5 Reasons why so many entrepreneurs do CrossFit

Week 1/4: New cycle, new focus!

Free “Intro to CrossFit Class” For anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, support someone new! Saturday September 24th, 11-Noon. Choose a location and register!  Lakeview Signup Lincoln Square Signup

Next Onramp Dates: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to hold your spot in our next beginner session!
Lakeview: This Thursday, September 15th
Lincoln Square: This Saturday, September 17th

A.
Performance/Competition:
G.P.P.: 3 rounds, not for time
Single Leg RDL with single kb/db X 10 each side
(move slow, stay balanced for all reps)
Hanging L Hold X max or Flexed Arm Hang X max
(accumulate at least 30 seconds, option to partition into smaller sets)
Handstand Walk X max distance or Wall Handstand kickups X 10 with holds

B.
Performance/Competition:
3 Rounds: 1 minute ON/ 30 seconds OFF
Pushups or Dips
Walking Lunge with double KB/DB
(Hold weight in farmer’s carry position or  front rack)
Row for calories

Rest 5 minutes

C.
Performance/Competition:
4 Rounds: For time; (12 minute cap)
Toes to Bar  X 10
(Scale to hang tucks)
Pushpress X 10 reps 95/65lbs (CFD masters 40+ 75/55lbs)
Backsquat X 20 reps

 

Coach Cara and Sarah at Lincoln Square. Dancers who Squat Or Squatters who Dance? #TheSELDOMS

Coach Cara and Sarah at Lincoln Square. Dancers who Squat Or Squatters who Dance? #TheSELDOMS

 

Monday, August 1st, 2016 Testing week 2/2!

Testing week: 2/2. Next cycle starts on August 8th.

**Seems like perfect timing with our 2nd testing phase of the year immediately following the ultimate test of fitness; The 2016 CrossFit Games!  Power and Olympic Lifts, bodyweight challenges, Hero and Girl WODS, to just name a few.  Use these next 2 weeks to either establish new numbers or check in with your last testing week results from April 2016. Each strength test or workout will be a great way to check in with your current conditioning  and strength!  Recording your numbers for these next 2 weeks is extremely valuable for being accountable to your training and making sure you are growing and progressing as an athlete at Crossfit Defined. Additionally, our next cycle will be based off many numbers established in these coming week!***

Lincoln Square: Olympic Lifting Class, 6-7pm with Coach Noal. All levels welcome, even if you just graduated onramp!  Warm yourself up and be ready to go!

Next Onramp Dates: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to hold your spot in our next beginner session!
Lakeview: Thursday, August 25th
Lincoln Square: Monday, August 1st

Tuesday Preview: Shoulder Press + PushPress 1rm test!
Wednesday Preview: Deadlift 1rm test + Hero WOD “DT”

A.
Performance/Competition:
Back Squat: 1RM Test!
-Take 20 minutes, building to a heavy 1 for the day.
-Suggested Rep scheme: 5-5-3-3-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1
-Beginners: Anyone new to the program or have mobility limitations that does not allow you to get below parallel comfortably, build to a heavy 3.
Optional sub station: Tall Box Jumps X 5
(every 5 seconds X 5 reps jump to something that is under your max height box jump)

B.
Performance/Competition:
For time: “Helen”
3 Rounds
Run 400 meters (Row 500 Meters)
American KB Swings 55/35lbs X 21
Pullups X 12
*12 minute cap
*Compare scores to last time on 8.4.15

 

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LV OG “Jon L. training for the CF Games 2017! #Masters