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.”
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 signed up for the 6 week challenge with very little expectations. I was turning 42 in a month, hadn’t worked out in years and my eating was out of control. I’ve really never enjoyed working out until coming to CrossFit. The variety of WODs keep it fun and the camaraderie is amazing. After only 6 weeks of Paleo eating and doing CrossFit 3 days a week I’ve already dropped 25 pounds and 7% body fat. Thanks Ramon and the rest of the team for helping keep me motivated. Best trainers ever! I’m smiling more today, feeling more confident than ever and in the best shape of my life.
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!.
How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
“October 2017. I walked by Primary for almost two years before I got the guts to walk through the door.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
It was an AMRAP featuring a 10 calorie row, air squats, burpees (woof) and push ups. In case the “woof” wasn’t enough of an indicator, it was really tough to workout at such a high intensity for the first time in a LONG time.
Favorite lift and WOD?
Favorite lift = back squat or deadlift
Favorite workout = any of the Saturday partner WODs! I love the team dynamic and the motivation that comes from having someone else counting on you.
What about your least favorite?
Least favorite lift = Overhead squat
Least favorite WOD = Just about anything that involves running over 200 meters at a time haha. Murph is a rough one that comes to mind!
What are your fitness/health goals?
It’s easy to focus on seemingly obvious metrics like “be able to squat ‘x’ weight” or “run a ‘x’ minute mile” or “lose ‘x’ pounds,” and that works for a lot of people. But goals like that don’t provide the intrinsic motivation I need to be able to stick with something. In fact, I usually end up feeling worse about myself in the end and fall back into old patterns.
So now I focus on more of the intangible measurements like how comfortable I feel in my own skin. Taking the focus away from metrics also helps me not beat myself up when I fall off the wagon…which makes it that much easier to jump right back on again =)
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
With regards to my diet, continuously making simple, marginal changes rather than drastic, sweeping ones has been the biggest key for me over the last two years. For example, I substitute cauliflower rice for white rice when I make meals at home. If I’m dining out with friends, OF COURSE I am going to order sushi, but making this minor tweak at home has made a huge difference! Also, if you haven’t tried cauliflower pizza, you need to.
What motivates you?
Successfully implementing small, sustainable changes! And small wins like an old pair of pants fitting a bit more loosely =)
Do you have any advice for new members?
Positive self-talk is everything! Cheer yourself on the way you would cheer on your best friend.
The debilitating soreness goes away after the first 2-3 weeks!
No matter what your fitness level, there is a way to modify the workouts so that anyone can do it. Trust me!
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I’m traveling to South America this winter and am planning to hike Machu Picchu! So I plan to really focus on my mental toughness, endurance and leg strength.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just a big ‘thank you’ to Ramon and Stephanie, the coaches, and the other members for being so supportive as I travel down this path! Your positive energy and genuine support is contagious and keeps me coming back!
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
Owner / Operator
Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Certified