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!
MEET OUR INCREDIBLE TRAINERS
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 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.
Between full contact sports, circus, and physical theatre, Cole has connected to the world around him through his body for longer than he has been in Chicago (since 2009). He grew up knowing the unhealthy messages that are out there for people about their body types. It was in 2016 that Cole discovered CrossFit and, with that, he threw out the ethos of trying to subtract what we aren’t proud of. Instead, he focuses on what makes us excellent and he nurtures it. Cole believes that what is within us, physically and mentally, is as infinitely astounding as the outside world. We have a physical and mental capacity to become true super heros.
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.
Matt Cohen is from Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in Chicago for about a year now. He’s been practicing yoga for five years and got into it with an athletic background.He playedsoccer at Ohio Wesleyan University and although he loves the physical benefits of yoga, the breath work and mental aspects of coming to your mat each day is what keeps him going!
Helen has been a daily practitioner of yoga since 2012, and has taught since 2016, after completing her 200 hour teacher training at yogaview Chicago. Helen is certified Trauma-Informed instructor, and her yoga training includes meditation, breath work, and pre-natal instruction. Her classes are based on powerful, fluid, and intuitive movement, focused on the development of flexibility, strength, and an understanding the body’s remarkable abilities. Helen is dedicated in all her classes to inclusive instruction, the safety and growth of her students, and the credo that yoga is for absolutely everyone.
Kyle joined Primary CrossFit in 2016, having recently moved to Uptown. He was immediately hooked, not only by the challenging workouts and satisfying results, but also the community and new friendships that came along with it. Sports and physical activity were a constant in Kyle’s early years but started to fade away post-college, outside of the occasional lifting session at a big box gym and intramural sports leagues. Discovering CrossFit, staying committed to fitness, and eating clean has led him to be in better shape now than at any point in his 20s. Favorite WOD = Bradshaw Favorite movement = Deadlift Least favorite movement = Toes to bar. Attend a class with Kyle and you’ll get a killer workout, solid instruction, all set to the tune of hip hop, country, or some good old HS weight room music!
Brendan Linas Butkus
-NASM Certified Personal Trainer
-Precision Nutrition L1 (Nov 2018)
-200HR Registered Yoga Teacher
Jamie’s love for fitness started at a young age. For she was a multisport athlete throughout high school. In college she went on to play softball, which exposed her to strength and conditioning for sports. After her first year of college she found CrossFit and instantly loved the functional yet competitive side it entailed. During college she became A.C.E. certified to work as personal trainer for the university. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Art in Movement and Exercise Science, Jamie spent a year and a half coaching in Chicago at South Loop CrossFit before becoming the head coach at CrossFit 7070 in Colorado. During her time in Colorado, she was fortunate enough to take her USA Weightlifting certificate at the Olympic Training Center. Life then lead her to Kansas City area, where she was head coach at Overland Park CrossFit. She since then has obtained her CrossFit L2 and currently resides back in Chicago. Her joy of coaching stems from impact that can be made on someone through fitness. She focuses on living a healthy lifestyle and strives to help create that for others as well. Aside from CrossFit, Jamie enjoys competing in weightlifting meets, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, and adventuring with her puppy.
University of Northern Iowa-Bachelor’s of Arts: Movement and Exercise Science: Emphasis in Exercise Science
-CrossFit Level 2 Certificate
-CrossFit- Lesson Planning Course
-CrossFit- Spot the Flaw Course
-CrossFit- Scaling Course
-USAW L1 Certification
-A.C.E. Personal Trainer Certification
-TRX Suspension Training Certification
-Attitude Nation Seminar
-CPR and First Aid Certified