October Member Spotlight: Nick R.
October 3, 2015
Please tell us about yourself. 
36yr old male. Married with 2 kids (Gus and Olive). I spent 12 years in the city, but just returned to my hometown (well, county) 2 years ago. I work for an environmental engineering firm, but spend more time in the field than an engineer. I typically attend the morning classes at CFCL. 
How long have you been Crossfitting?
Since late April 2015. (6 months)
Why did you start Crossfitting? 
I understand the basic concepts of fitness- but lacked the discipline, motivation and technical skill. I realized I could keep spinning my wheels working out at home or local gym, but without a proper training regiment my workouts would never push my body where it needs to go. It was just too easy to quit. 
What “changes” have you noticed since you started Crossfitting?
Most notably, I lost 20lbs in the first 3 months and the results from my recent health screenings and physicals show that my cholesterol has dropped 25 points. The mobility in my hips and shoulders has drastically improved- which has curbed some nagging injuries. 
What has been your favorite memory while at CFCL?
Murf came up very early in my training. I stared at the prescribed list of exercises the entire week leading up to that Monday, hoping that I'd survive. I had convinced myself that I was only ready for a half, but with a little coercion my coaches and other members, I attempted the full workout (minus the vest). After finishing, the pride and camaraderie from members and coaches was only overshadowed by the relief of being done.  I'm looking forward to Memorial Day 2016.
What advice do you wish you received when you first started Crossfitting?  
Number 1: Never skip stretching and rolling after workouts. Ever. 
Number 2: Nobody cares how little you're lifting. Everyone cares how good your form is. 
Number 3: You can always do one more rep, one more round or one more minute. 
September Member Spotlight: Troy Olsen
September 4, 2015
  Please tell us about yourself.   I am a firefighter and paramedic. I have been in this career for 6 years and love it! I am married to my wife Angela. We have a 3 month old daughter named Zoey. We also have two Boston Terrier dogs named Ozzy and Toby. I wen
Still Have Punches Left on Your Card?
May 7, 2015
On June 1st, CrossFit Crystal Lake will be going Live with Wodify! In our constant pursuit of excellence we are always evaulating ways to improve our clients exeperience and progression, and we believe Wodify will help you track your progress easier and offer more payment options for membership, specialty courses, and merchandise available inside the Box. Wodify gives our athletes an online Lea
Kidfit and On Ramp starts in May!
April 28, 2015
Get ready for the Beach with these two great programs in May! First, we have our beginners On Ramp Program staring May 4th. This course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of CrossFit and proper movements and how to substitute exercizes you can not yet do. Its followed by two weeks of regular classes to get you acclimated to our programming. Register H
Our Athletes did great at Local Competitions!
April 19, 2015
Congratulations goes out to our CFCL Athletes who competed this weekend and did some great work! Jess O. competed in the Festivus Games and took a very close Second Place in the Interediate Division, while across the Burbs, Julie P. and Laura P. competed in the Athena Games and both had some remarkable PRs pushing Thrusters. We are all very proud of their accomplishments and shows just how much
CrossFit Crystal Lake Barbell Club Begins!
February 26, 2015
Its Official! CrossFit Crystal Lake Barbell Club is scheduled to begin next week! This class is designed to achieve two objectives, increase overall strength and improve our Client Athletes abilities in Olympic Weightlifting. Using the O-Lifts and other accessory strength work, we can increase our work capacity, that not only translates into better CrossFit performance, but overall heat