Monday, December 3rd, 2018 Testing week at Defined!

Today’s Specialty Class

“Life Lifting” with Coach David, 8-9pm. All members welcome, no experience needed. A class inspired by the sport of Strongman; including awkward object lifting, conjugate training, and sprint work. This class replaces the 8pm WOD class.


Third “Testing Phase” of 2018!  Every 4 months we have a 2 week window where we  test many of your core barbell lifts, Girl/Hero WODS, and baseline CFD workouts.

Use these next 2 weeks to either establish and record new numbers or check in with your last testing results.  Each testing element will be a great way to gauge your current conditioning and strength! Recording your numbers for these next 2 weeks is extremely valuable to being accountable to your training and making sure you are growing and progressing in our program.

Last Cycle of 2018 starts on Monday December 10th.
Test Week 2/2 preview:
Tuesday: Front Squat or Overhead Squat
Wednesday: “Defined Physical Fitness Test”
Friday: Bench Press + “Fran”

A.
Athlete’s Choice-

“The Bear”
Every 5 Minutes X 4 Rounds; Perform the following: (20 minutes)

7 Unbroken Cycles of:
Power Clean
Front Squat
Jerk, any style
Back Squat
Jerk, any style

-Cannot drop bar until 7 cycles are completed (35 reps total)
-Must add weight each round
-Rest the remaining time of each round
*Recording heaviest Cycle completed!

OR

“The Bull”
Every 5 Minutes X 4 Rounds; Perform the following: (20 minutes)

7 Unbroken Cycles of:
Power Snatch
Overhead Squat
Snatch Grip Pushpress
Snatch Balance
Snatch Grip Pushpress

-Cannot drop bar until 7 cycles are completed (35 reps total)
-Must add weight each round
-Rest the remaining time of each round
*Recording heaviest Cycle completed!

B.
CrossFit Benchmark WOD: “Annie”
For time: (10 minute cap)
50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders or Single Unders
Abmat Situps

OR (if you are proficient with your doubles and can go unbroken for most of your sets, try Big Annie)

“Big Annie”
For time: (10 minute cap)
50-50-50-50-50
50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders
Abmat Situps


Announcements & Upcoming Events

“Lift-Off 2018”: This Saturday from 12-3pm. An informal community lifting event for Defined members/coaches of all levels. Find your Snatch and Clean & Jerk one rep maxes in this fun and friendly lifting event. Only 10 spots left! Details here! 

Next Defined On-Ramp – This Sunday, December 9th – A newly designed 2 week onramp course that will get you into classes before the Holidays! To register for an upcoming onramp and/or if you have any questions regarding memberships; contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com,

Schedule a “No Sweat Intro Session”: If interested in scheduling an introductory conversation to sit-down to discuss your goals, athletic background, injuries/limitations, tour the facility and answer any questions you may have. Click here! 

Personal Training @ CFD – Our Defined Personal Training program allows athletes an opportunity to work one-on-one with our knowledgeable coaching team to refine or review specialty skills, general technique, and/or lifestyle practices.  To learn more about our 8 different personal training options: Click here!
“Get What You Came For” – New article by David Sutor, here.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Today’s Specialty Class

“Mobility” Class with Coach Ben W, 6:00-6:30pm. October Focus: Focusing on  LOWER LIMBS of Runners, Squatters, Jumpers- If you are lacking range of motion in your ankles and lower legs you have to compensate in other areas; primarily the knees, hips and Lower Back.

Come in and learn an effective mobility strategy to better your squat, deadlift and overall power. Learn how to squat comfortably and heavy!


Announcements & Upcoming Events

8th Annual Defined Halloween Party: It’s time for our favorite spook-tacular bash of the year. This Halloween weekend, we’ll dress up to get down at DIAG Bar (2856 N. Southport Ave.) on Saturday, 10/27 from 8pm – 11pm! $40 at the door gets you open bar and unlimited food! Dj, games, private venue! All friends of CFD are invited!  Registration here! 

BYO-BAE (before anyone else) – Friday, October 19th w/ Coach Allyn & Danny. Ever wonder what BAE does at Defined? Don’t sweat (or do!) because CrossFit Defined is hosting your next date night. You and your favorite human are invited to BYO-BAE: a FREE, all-levels partner workout + social. Here’s what you need to tell BAE…

Personal Training @ CFD – Our Defined Personal Training program allows athletes an opportunity to work one-on-one with our knowledgeable coaching team to refine or review specialty skills, general technique, and/or lifestyle practices.  To learn more about our 7 different personal training options: Click here!

Next Defined On-Ramp – Sunday, October 21st – Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to register for any upcoming onramp and/or if you have any questions regarding our program. (Only 2 spots left!!)

Schedule a “No Sweat Intro Session”: If interested in scheduling an introductory conversation to sit-down to discuss your goals, athletic background, injuries/limitations, tour the facility and answer any questions you may have about our program. Click here! 

“Goosebumps” – new article, click here to read more.


Week’s Preview: Week 4/4 (Last week on this cycle!)
Wednesday: Long WOD
Friday: Speed Squats

A.
Athlete’s Choice: Week 4
2-Position Clean + Split Jerk: (1+1+1)
or
2-Position Snatch + Snatch Balance: (1+1+1)
-2 Position: Ground + Hang
-Take 10 minutes building to a moderate/heavy working weight

B.
“Running Bear”
3 Rounds: 4 Minutes ON/ 2 Minutes OFF
Run 400 meters or Row 500 meters
*Finish remaining time of each round with max reps Cycles of “The Bear Complex”:
-Power Clean
-Front Squat
-Jerk, any style
-Back Squat
-Jerk, any style
OR
“The Bull Complex”
-Power Snatch
-Overhead Squat
-Snatch Balance
-Back Squat
-Snatch Balance

Rest 2 minutes

*Recording total cycles completed over  3 rounds

-Barbell weight should not exceed 40-45% of 1RM C&J
-Rx Barbell weight: 115/75lbs

C.
Mobility X 4 Minutes
Couch Stretch 
-Focusing on opening the hip flexors, quads and abdomen!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Today’s Specialty Class

“Mobility” Class with Coach Ben R, 6:00-6:30pm. September Focus: Anterior Chain; Ankles, Shins, Quads, Hips, Forearms, and Pecs. Healthy athletes know how to recover fast so they’re ready for the next day. Learn how to restore the tight muscles of the anterior chain by using a mobility ball, barbell & foam roller.


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, September 29th from 11am-Noon. Register here! 

Personal Training @ CFD – Our Defined Personal Training program allows athletes an opportunity to work one-on-one with our knowledgeable coaching team to refine or review specialty skills, general technique, and/or lifestyle practices.  To learn more about our 7 different personal training options: Click here!

Next Defined On-Ramp – Sunday, September 30th – Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to register for any upcoming onramp and/or if you have any questions regarding our program.

Schedule a “No Sweat Intro Session”: If interested in scheduling an introductory conversation to sit-down to discuss your goals, athletic background, injuries or limitations, tour the facility and answer any questions you may have about our program. Click here! 


Deload/Transition Week, Next cycle starts on Monday 9/23

A. 
Power Clean and Power Jerk
-Build to a heavy (1+1) for the day!
-Take 15 minutes, building in weight each round
-If you find a heavy with time left on the clock, drop weight by 20% and perform drop sets EMOTM until time expires!
B.
“Hang In There”
Team WOD: Teams of 2
7 Minute Amrap-
Player 1: Performs the following;
Power Cleans X 5 reps
Bar Over Burpees X 5 reps
-Using no more than 50% of C&J or using 50% of your heavy from Part A
Player 2: Dead Hang from Cage
-Player 2 must be hanging from the cage in order for Player 1 to perform work!
Rest 90 seconds
7 Minute Amrap-
Player 1: Performs the following;
Front Squats X 5 reps
Lateral Hurdle Hops X 15 reps
-Using same weight from Amrap 1
Player 2: Dead Hang from Cage
-Player 2 must be hanging from the cage in order for Player 1 to perform work!
*Add up total rounds and reps from both amraps for 1 total team score!

 

Monday, July 30th, 2018


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Personal Training @ CFD – Our Defined Personal Training program allows athletes an opportunity to work one-on-one with our knowledgeable coaching team to refine or review specialty skills, general technique, and/or lifestyle practices.  To learn more about our 7 different personal training options: Click here!

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, August 11th from 11am-Noon. Register Here! 

Next Defined On-Ramp – Sunday, July 29th – Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your Q&A intro session or hold your spot in our next On-Ramp. (Late registration open till Tuesday @ Noon)

Gym Guide for Success (& Safety) – New article posted here.


Our 2nd testing phase of the year will follow this cycle and start on: August 6th.
Week 4/4
Week’s Preview-
Tuesday: Wendler Benchpress W1 revisit + HPC/HSPU Amrap
Wednesday: Wendler BackSquat W1 revisit + Team WOD
Friday: Long WOD

A.
G.P.P.: 3 Rounds:1 minute ON/ 15 second transition
Plank with Banded Row
Single Leg RDL with Medball Reach
Active Bar Hang

B.
Wendler: Week 1 revisit, Sumo Deadlift: Take 15 minutes

When working with a Wendler progression, base your percentages from what is called a “working 1RM”. You can find this number by taking your most current 1RM and multiply it by .9 which will give you 90% of your 1RM which equals your “working 1RM”.
*All percentages below are based on your “working 1RM”.

Warmup Sets: 5×40%, 5×50%, 5×60%
Work Sets: 5×65%, 5×75%, 85% X Max Reps, Unbroken
(Goal for Week 1 revisit: 8 reps or more, secondary goal: meet or beat week 1 effort)

*All sets today are in preparation for your max effort set.

**Record weight and total number of reps achieved for today’s max effort set!

C.
“100%”
For time: (6 Minute Cap)
30 X Burpee Box Jump overs 24/20″
30 X SlamBall 40/30lbs

Friday, July 27th, 2018


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Defined Beach WOD – This Saturday, July 28th on Montrose Beach @ 9:30a. Details here.

Personal Training @ CFD – Our Defined Personal Training program allows athletes an opportunity to work one-on-one with our knowledgeable coaching team to refine or review specialty skills, general technique, and/or lifestyle practices.  To learn more about our 7 different personal training options: Click here!

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, August 11th from 11am-Noon. Register Here! 

Next Defined On-Ramp – Sunday, July 29th – Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your Q&A intro session or hold your spot in our next On-Ramp.

Gym Guide for Success (& Safety) – New article posted here.


Our 2nd testing phase of the year will follow this cycle and start on: August 6th.
Week 3/4

A.
Wendler: Week 3, Back Squat: Take 12 minutes

When working with a Wendler progression, base your percentages from what is called a “working 1RM”. You can find this number by taking your most current 1RM and multiply it by .9 which will give you 90% of your 1RM which equals your “working 1RM”.
*All percentages below are based on your “working 1RM”.

Warmup Sets: 5×40%, 5×50%, 5×60%
Work Sets: 5×75%, 3×85%, 95% X Max Reps, Unbroken
(Goal for Week 3: 3 reps or more)

*All sets today are in preparation for your max effort set.

**Record weight and total number of reps achieved for today’s max effort set!

B.
4 Rounds: Spend 1 Minute @ each station

Min 1: “Strict Cindy” X 1 Round
5/3 X Strict Pullups
10 X Pushups
15 X Air Squats

Min 2: Row X 15/12 Calories

Min 3: Power Clean and Jerk
-Using 35% of 1rm C&J

Min 4: Rest

Our most recent graduating onramp! Partner up with one of these new athletes and show them around! #hoozah

Friday, July 6th, 2018


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Lakeview Schedule Additions: Starting Monday July 2nd.
Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday: 4pm WOD added
Mon-Friday: Extended Open gym from Noon-4pm
Thursday: Additional Mobility Class with Coach Cara, 6-630pm
Sunday: Extended Open gym till Noon

Row Raiser 2018 – Saturday, July 14th from 9a to 12p at Defined Lakeview. Charity rowing event for the Special Olympics of Chicago. Register here.

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, July 21st from 11am-Noon. Register Here! 

Next Defined Lakeview On-Ramp – July 8th: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your Q&A intro session or hold your spot in our next On-Ramp.


*We are on a Deload/transition week. Next cycle starts on Monday July 9th.

A.
Athlete’s Choice-

“The Bear”
Every 5 Minutes X 4 Rounds; Perform the following: (20 minutes)

7 Unbroken Cycles of:
Power Clean
Front Squat
Jerk, any style
Back Squat
Jerk, any style

-Cannot drop bar until 7 cycles are completed (35 reps total)
-Must add weight each round
-Rest the remaining time of each round
*Recording heaviest Cycle completed!

OR

“The Bull”
Every 5 Minutes X 4 Rounds; Perform the following: (20 minutes)

7 Unbroken Cycles of:
Power Snatch
Overhead Squat
Snatch Grip Pushpress
Snatch Balance
Snatch Grip Pushpress

-Cannot drop bar until 7 cycles are completed (35 reps total)
-Must add weight each round
-Rest the remaining time of each round
*Recording heaviest Cycle completed!

B.
10 Minute Amrap
Russian KB Swing 70/55lbs X 10 reps
Pushups X 5 reps
Wallballs 20/14lbs X 10 reps
Pushups X 5 reps

Murph Day 2018

Friday, June 22nd, 2018


Announcements & Upcoming Events

Murph Day – This Sunday, June 24th from 7a to 11:30a with a huge potluck style BBQ to follow @ CFD Lincoln Square. Registration and details here.

Row Raiser 2018 – Saturday, July 14th from 9a to 12p at Defined Lakeview. Charity rowing event for the Special Olympics of Chicago. Register here.

Free “Intro to CrossFit” Class for anyone completely new to CrossFit. Tell a friend, bring a friend, come support someone new! Saturday, July 21st from 11am-Noon. Register Here! 

Next Defined Lakeview On-Ramp – July 8th: Contact Coach Cara@crossfitdefined.com, to schedule your Q&A intro session or hold your spot in our next On-Ramp.


Week 3/4

A.
OLY Complex: Athlete’s Choice
Power Clean + Hang Power Clean: (1+2)
OR
Power Snatch + Hang Power Snatch: (1+2)
-Take 15 minutes building to a heavy set for the day
*2 X Drop Sets: 20-40lbs less than your heavy set from Part A.

B.
12 Minute Amrap: (Teams of 2)
Row 1,000 meters
-Alternating every 100 meters with your partner, with only 1 partner working at a time
in remaining time, complete Amrap of the following;
Power Jerks X 50
Kneeling Ball Slams X 50 40/30lbs
Partner Medball Russian Twists X 50

*Rx Barbell weight: 115/75lbs
-Barbell weight should not exceed 40% of C&J or 55% of Pushpress

Working OUT V. Event 3: “De-Tour”