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If you’re unfamiliar with CrossFit, it’s easy to get the wrong idea about this fitness movement and its loyal following.
But the concept is pretty simple. When it comes to CrossFit programming, variation is the name of the game. This is especially true here in Chicago, where gyms have established communities in almost every neighborhood. Whether you’re an experienced athlete who wants to condition for an upcoming event or a workout newbie looking for ways to get your best body, check out some of the best spots to get your high-intensity workouts in below!
Want a CrossFit community where people know you by name? At this Lakeview facility, you’ll find a close-knit group that participates in workshops and events around the city. Workouts here are intense but scaled to your fitness level. There are also awesome on-ramping programs and classes focusing on specific skills, so you’ll never feel like you’re in over your head.
Located in an airy and open loft in Ravenswood, Windy City Strength & Conditioning offers general and specialty CrossFit classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes — Olympic weightlifting, anyone?. Workouts train major lifts, push you in the art of gymnastics, and get you sweating with cardio. There’s also specialty “tracks”, like to help you keep things interesting and prevent any workout ruts.
Located in downtown near Union Station, The Foundry’s workouts are based on real-life movements. Weightlifting, gymnastics, and sports conditioning help you move the way humans are meant to move; nutrition seminars help you eat the way humans are meant to eat; and endurance programs are meant to help hardcore athletes reach peak performance in events such as marathons, rowing championships, and relays.
Between its 10,000-square foot River North facility and its newer Logan Square locale, CrossFit Logan, expert coaches at Atlas strive to create an environment where individuals “can improve physically, focus mentally, and thrive socially.” Their CrossFit program features compound strength and bodyweight exercises, as well as plyometrics and endurance training. You’ll also find alternative classes such as TRX Circuit suspension training, Kettlebell Strong, and Fit360 gymnastics.
What makes this Lincoln Park CrossFit gym so special are the small classes. You’ll receive personalized attention on your form and goals from some of the country’s top trainers. There’s a supportive team, amazing coaches, and workouts that will kick you in the behind — in the best way possible.
As demonstrated by its name, Movement Republic is all about getting your bod going — more specifically, with small, precise movements. Located in Ravenswood, this multifaceted facility offers training in CrossFit, weightlifting, and mobility. This place also boasts a super-supportive community, offering fun events, competitions, and lifestyle coaching.
If you want to push yourself, this is your place. The philosophy here is that success comes from steady hard work — really hard work. With a community of like-minded individuals, highly-certified trainers, and challenging programming, this South Loop box is your desired destination for taking your fitness routine next level.
Serving Logan Square, this facility from the same folks who brought you Atlas Performance offers a 360-degree approach to health. It’s a community where trainers and members alike encourage one another’s training, diet, and lifestyles. WODs are intense and varied: whether you’re doing kettlebells, pull-ups, rows for calories, or squats, you’ll be constantly moving and constantly conditioning yourself for greatness.
If you’re looking for an elite fitness experience, this is the place for you. Located in Avondale, it offers CrossFit and 30-minute fitness classes that allow for a quick, high-energy workout. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time leftover to hit the gym as you please. Bonus: the first class here is totally free, so you can try before you buy.
In addition to the serious sweat sessions you’ll find here through cardio, strength, gymnastics, and more, this Bucktown gym features state-of-the-art workout equipment, motivational jams, and highly-educated expert trainers to guide you in your CrossFit journey. The first class is on them, so there’s nothing to lose — except those unhealthy habits!
Fitting your CrossFit classes into your hectic schedule has never been easier — this centrally located facility hosts 70 classes each week, with hours that start at 5pm and go through 8pm. There’s also an above-and-beyond vibe here — while CrossFit training is at the crux of this gym, other feel-good services (think fundamental and nutrition training) are also available to keep you well-rounded.
**Updated by Nicole Briese, December 2018
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