How/when did you get involved in CrossFit? It was 7 years ago when my personal trainer transferred and told me about a box where he trained. I checked it out and like most I became hooked. Do you remember your first workout? How was it? It was a humid spring Saturday free class. Us newbs…
WELCOME TO PRIMARY CROSSFIT & YOGA
Our facility, in Up-Town Chicago, is state of the art with a separate Yoga area and beautiful clean locker rooms. CrossFit is a combination of training principles including cardiovascular, strength, agility, balance, flexibility, coordination and more. We offer small group classes, including CrossFit, Kids CrossFit, Yoga, Row-Flow, Rowing, and Private training, led by a certified trainer who will motivate you to perform at your best, regardless of your current fitness level. From 8-80 years old, beginner to super athlete alike!
“I knew I needed to make a change and had been looking to get into CrossFit because I was hardly working out at all by going to a normal gym. Saw that Primary opened just a few blocks away and it was a no brainer that I join. Seeing results definitely keeps me going back; that’s always been where I stumble with other workout regimens. I usually don’t see results fast enough and I give up, but I have continuously seen changes since I started at Primary. I’ve noticed changes in the way I feel, the way my clothes fits, the way I look, my weight, and also huge improvements in my performance during the WODs and my strength too. All that, along with meeting some seriously wonderful and friendly people has definitely motivated me to make it to class 4-5 times a week. Like I said above, quite a few things have changed since I joined Primary. My diet has begun to change and I’m excited to see what more changes will come when I start eating Paleo. I’ve lost close to 55 lbs, my clothes fit way better than they used to, and I’m down two notches on my belt! My long term goal is to Rx every WOD,- I know it’ll be awhile before I get there. For now, I’d like to get to the point where I am able to do some unassisted pullups and handstand push-ups, and I really wanna master the overhead squat.”
Before starting CrossFit (left) — March 2016, 155lbs. and 18% body fat. After almost 1 year of CrossFit and eating clean (right) — March 2017, 147lbs and 13% body fat.
CrossFit has become part of my everyday routine. I joined Primary in June or July of 2016 and started with 3 classes per week but I quickly fell in love with it and couldn’t get enough. So I upgraded in September to an unlimited membership and started attending 5 classes per week. I felt stronger almost immediately and discovered a competitive drive I didn’t know I had. Each day I started pushing myself harder to lift more, finish faster, or complete another round. Since then I’ve started doing 4 classes a week with 1-2 open gym workouts mixed in. I have also learned how important nutrition is. I rarely eat anything with added sugar and eat primarily whole, organic foods. This helped me cut my body fat percent way down and has helped with mental clarity and focus too! I love CrossFit so much that I was inspired to go out and get my Level 1 Trainer Certificate and hope to start training part-time at some point. ????
The work isn’t finished my next goal is to increase my strength while maintaining the progress I’ve already made by adding more Olympic Weightlifting sessions to my program.
“As a collegiate softball player, team settings have always been more motivating for me. While working out at other gyms, I always stuck to the machines I knew; treadmill, stair master, elliptical (boring). It was so easy to lose sight of my goals from feeling bored and not seeing the results I wanted.
When I learned that Primary Crossfit & Yoga had opened so close to me, I knew I needed to try it. The change I saw in my body was almost instant and I’ve made incredible friends in my area that I love to see everyday at the box. It is so fun to share the success (or compete for it) with each and every one of them!
It’s not about the weight loss or being fit for me, anymore. CrossFit has given me the team atmosphere I thrive in and now consistently pushes me to be a better athlete, even after all these years. I’ve stumbled upon a long-term health journey and I can’t wait to see where CrossFit takes me!
Come join us! You won’t regret it!.”
WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements
With constantly varied movements and activities, CrossFit is not just another boring gym fad. CrossFit is a community, a philosophy, and a lifestyle. Our workout of the day or WOD’s keep you motivated and challenged.
Our WOD’s are scalable, so everybody, regardless on your fitness level, can participate in the workout. We mix cardio, weight training, and bodyweight movements to help YOU get in the best shape of your life.
Our goal at Primary is to provide our members with a fun path to achieving their health and fitness goals. Getting fit and healthy shouldn’t be boring or monotonous. It should be fun, varied, and done with a community!
Owner / Operator
Stephanie Shalit has been practicing yoga since she was in her teens and teaching since 2000. Originally trained by Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea. Her classes are an extremely powerful, physically challenging flowing vinyasa style. Stephanie has taught in NYC at David Barton Gym, Boom Fitness, Practice Yoga, Yoga Effects ...as well as privately to the elite of NY and Chicago. She continues to grow as a teacher and continues to study, most recently completing her CorePower Yoga training and extension program.
Owner / Operator
Ramon Shalit - owner operator. Ramon is Level 1 CrossFit certified and ACE certified. He has been involved in sports his entire life having played soccer around the world and a nationally ranked
tennis player in his youth.
Growing up, I was always playing sports and being competitive. I played soccer and rugby for many years before finding Crossfit. I began Crossfit in 2012 while living in North Dakota.
When I returned to Michigan, I obtained my L1 and started coaching at a friend's box. In 2016 I qualified for Wodapalooza Miami and had the chance to compete. I hope to qualify again in 2018. I enjoyhelping others get fit and feel confident, so I am glad I have the opportunity to coach at Primary Crossfit! Fun Fact: My family dog looks like Chewbacca from Star Wars!
Mara Ingerham has been teaching yoga for over a decade. She teaches classes to challenge, inspire, and bring balanc to her students. As a Cross Fit-er she understands the important role that yoga can play in recovery for athletes who push themselves to the limits. Between 2006 and present she completed Teacher Trainings with Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn and Corepower Yoga, among others. Mara has taught yoga and lead various yoga Teacher Trainings in Chicago, Colorado and Hawaii and is excited to be living back in Chicago permanently where her roots are. When Mara is not teaching you can find her worshiping her pit bulls, Hana & Miles, and dreaming about being Top Chef in a future life... paleo, of course 😉
Caitlin began practicing yoga in high school after a spinal injury. She immediately noticed the strength and flexibility that allowed her to return to everyday life. Flash forward a few years, and
Caitlin returned to yoga to find relaxation and a peaceful mind during her first year as a middle school math teacher. Upon recognizing the connection between physical and mental strength, she was hooked. She completed her RYT 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training and extensions program through CorePower Yoga and incorporated yoga into her day job, holding after school yoga sessions for middle school girls and track runners. Her classes employ vinyasa flow and pranayama breathing to reflect the balance between physical and mental strength.
Ten years ago I was drawn to yoga for the Physical benefits. Yet, through practice and training every day I became aware of the others beneficial aspects of yoga. Each step of my journey has helped me to developing my own practice, teacher trainings and through Svadyaya (self-study) of it all. It became much more clear that through yoga I was transforming myself into a better person not only in a physical aspect but also positive transformative growth emotionally and mentally. It is because of this transformation why I would love to share this powerful practice with others. Moreover, the beauty of yoga played a big roll while I was an expected mother. It allowed me to connect deeply with my baby, reduced stress, and tension, as well as keeping me in great shape.
Sean has spent his entire life participating in sport and recreation--growing up playing basketball, baseball, and football. He played football in college, during which time he became interested
in Olympic lifting and endurance training. Sean was first introduced to workouts similar to CrossFit in 2010 while serving in the military. Ever since then, he has incorporated the techniques, skills, and mentality of CrossFit into his everyday training regiment. He firmly believes in the positive health benefits of functional fitness and is excited to share and facilitate those benefits to others! He is a full-time graduate student at Adler University seeking his M.A. in Counseling and Sport/Health Psychology.
I first began practicing yoga while training pre-professionally in ballet and modern at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Upon fracturing a metatarsal during a performance, I found I
could enhance my physical therapy through aiming my practice at re-balancing and tending to my weak areas. As I completed my dance training in 2014, my asana and meditation practice carried me to continue learning about wellness, holistic medicine techniques and how the physical aspect of our well being plays a role into the greater whole, being one with the Self.
Jess Hanch has been involved in athletics the majority of her life, her primary sport was swimming, which she participated through college. She discovered CrossFit during the off-season and instantly found how it's high-intensity workouts resonated well with her work in the pool. Upon graduating, Jess continued with CrossFit getting her Level 1 in November of 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree and hopes to continue working with others sharing the benefits of CrossFit, not only in the gym but also within the community and everyday life.
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