How/when did you get involved in CrossFit? I got involved with CrossFit after the challenge in the end of last year. Do you remember your first workout? How was it? My first workout was really hard, and I struggled a lot How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.? I’ve grown…
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.”
“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
Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Certified
Ramon Shalit - owner operator. Ramon is Level 1 and Level 2 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.
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.
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.
Brianna discovered her yoga practice in 2012 when training for her first full marathon in college. In 2015, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at a power
vinyasa studio in Philadelphia, PA. Since her training, Brianna has taught yoga at gyms, corporations, and studios in Philadelphia, Charleston, and Chicago. Her classes are a blend of flow, power, balance, and relaxation. Her intent is for students to live mindfully on and off the mat.
After spending most of her teenage years as a competitive horseback rider, Erin discovered her passion for fitness. While obtaining her Master’s degree in Florence, Italy she found CrossFit. She has experience training in Power and Olympic Lifting, Strength and Conditioning, bodybuilding and Muay Thai. Erin is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and is working towards obtaining her StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Certification this April. She believes fitness and nutrition contributes to our overall state of well-being - physically, mentally and emotionally - and has the potential to impact our lives. When Erin isn’t at the gym, she is spending time with her dog Gabe and husband Michael outdoors, cooking or writing.
EMILIE HAYEK- DARLAND
Emilie Hayek-Darland started yoga after the unexpected passing of her older brother, Mike, in 2013. The practice had countless physical benefits (when she started, she couldn’t touch her toes!), as well as emotional- shewas able to slow down, breathe, and see the beauty and joy in the present moment even on the days when everything seemed lost. Since then, yoga has been a constant anchor through many transitions- most recently when becoming a mother to Liam-Mikel on October 26. With her Biology background, RYT 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification and recently completed Yoga Sculpt Certification, she is passionate about always learning and bringing others the peace, fun, and strength she has felt on and off the mat.
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