Ashley Hood: CFB May 2016 BAM!

Meet Ashley “Hoodie” Hood…our May Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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Hoodie is one of our “locals”; she grew up in Prospect Heights, IL, and now lives in Mount Prospect.  She is one of four children and is a high school nurse.  She recently became an Auntie to an adorable baby girl and when she’s not visiting and playing with  that bundle of joy, she’s spending time with her other 2 fur-babies: her cat and dog.

Hoodie began CrossFitting in July of 2015 and has already got one competition under her belt.  She recently competed in the Athena Classic 2016, where she finished 13th out of 48 fierce competitors!  One of her other BIGGEST accomplishments came just days ago, when she successfully completed her first rope climb!!!  Talk about dedication and hard work!

Ashley is always eager and willing to try new things, even if they scare her. Needless to say, she faces her fears head on and brings a level of focus and determination that inspires so many people.  Hoodie, we are so grateful that you’re part of the CFB family and we couldn’t be more proud to call you our Breakout Athlete of the Month for May.

We are so excited to celebrate you this month!  Thank you for what you bring to the CFB community, and welcome to the BAM family!

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Hoodie and to see our past BAM athletes!

David Stern: CFB April 2016 BAM!

Meet David “Gentleman Dave” Stern…our April Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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David was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts and lived in New York for 20 years before coming to his senses and moving to the Chicago area. J  David is a self-proclaimed “number cruncher” and for the past 30 years, he has been crunching big numbers for the world’s largest chocolate, cookie and candy company (thank goodness he doesn’t bring his work to the box because we’d all be in trouble!!!).

David has been CrossFitting for 2 years now and his biggest motivation for being at the box as often as he is, besides seeing his CFB family, is knowing how great he will feel after each WOD.  David works incredibly hard each and every day, and it’s totally paying off.  In our last 1RM cycle, David achieved 10 PRs in 10 days!  Now that’s an accomplishment!

Congratulations, “Gentleman Dave”.  We are so excited to celebrate you this month!  Thank you for what you bring to the CFB community, and welcome to the BAM family!

Visit our BAM! page to read more about David and to see our past BAM athletes!

Johnny Angel: CFB July 2015 BAM!

Meet Johnny Angel … our July Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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We are so excited to celebrate “John Boy” this month!  Johnny recently moved to the Buffalo Grove area with his wife, Ursula, and their two dogs, Motts and Bow.  He started CrossFitting when he joined CFB a little over 7 months ago and has already experienced countless gains and PRs, including recently participating in a local CrossFit team competition.

Speaking of PRs, one of the things that Johnny loves about CrossFit is seeing other people succeed…which absolutely speaks to his character.  Johnny is always there to cheer others on, even when he’s in the middle of his own WOD!

One of the things we love most about Johnny is his unwavering commitment to WORK.  He constantly sees opportunities for growth and improvement in everything he does, and he is always willing to work on his GOATS.  There are days he spends so much time at the box working on technique, strength, skill, you name it…that we wonder if he’s just gonna spend the night. :)

Here’s to you, Johnny Angel.  We are so excited to celebrate you this month!  Thanks for everything you bring to the CFB community.  Congratulations and welcome to the BAM! family.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Johnny and to see our past BAM! athletes.

Ken Bruckner: CFB March 2015 BAM!

Meet Ken Bruckner: our March Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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One thing you need to know about Ken is that he LOVES hockey!  When he’s not in the box PR’ing his Deadlift, he’s usually either on the ice, coaching his team or watching a game.

Ken has been CrossFitting for a couple of years and joined CFB this past summar.  Since then, he’s definitely created a presence in the box and adds a TON of laughter and energy to our Noon classes.  Ken will be celebrating his 1 Year Anniversary with us in August, but what’s even more awesome is what he’ll be celebrating on November 1st this year…his 20th Wedding Anniversary!!!

We are so excited to celebrate you this month, Ken!  Thanks for everything you bring to the CFB community!  Congratulations, and welcome to the BAM! family.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Ken and see our past BAM! athletes.

 

Renee Nickele: CFB February 2015 BAM!

Meet Renee Nickele: our February Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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 Renee has always been an active person and involved in all kinds of sports activities.  From biking and running to skating and swimming…Renee has tried it all without abandon.  She grew up with the constant support and encouragement of her mom who always told her “if I can do it, you can!”  So when Renee was introduced to CrossFit 7 months ago, she faced this new challenge and experience like all others: ALL IN!

And her effort shows!  Renee has Shattered Her Limits countless times since she joined the CFB Family.  From her most recent Snatch PR to cleaning up her diet and eating to PERFORM, Renee has been an amazing example of what hard work and dedication can do for a person.  (Just ask her about her new love of post-workout recovery shakes!)

We are so excited to celebrate you this month, Renee!  Thanks for everything you bring to the CFB community!  Congratulations, and welcome to the BAM! family.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Renee and see our past BAM! athletes.

January 2015 CFB Foundations Graduates!

Congratulations to our January 2015 Foundations Graduates, and WELCOME to the Breakout Family!

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Thanks for your hard work over the past 2 weeks!  We are excited to watch you Shatter Your Limits!

Check out our Foundations page for more information on upcoming classes and to view our past graduates.

 

Hideko Szymanski: CFB January 2015 BAM!

Meet Hideko Szymanski – our January Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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“Dek” never misses a chance to get in a little mobility!

 Hideko (or “Dek”, as most of the CFB community knows her) was first introduced to CrossFit in 2011, but it wasn’t until December 2013 that she began training “full time”.  Since then, she has shattered countless limits at CFB and has seen tremendous changes in her strength.

While Double Unders still remain at the top of her list of skills to “master” (who’s list AREN’T they on, really??), Dek is most excited about her recent improvements on the Clean & Jerk and Snatch.  She’s been working hard and putting in extra time before and after WODs to get her timing down on both lifts – and we couldn’t be more proud of her recent accomplishments!

We are so excited to celebrate you this month, Hideko!  Thanks for everything you bring to the CFB community.  Congratulations, and welcome to the BAM! family.

Visit our BAM! page to read more about Hideko and see our past BAM! athletes.

Amy Grossman: CFB December 2014 BAM!

Meet Amy Grossman – our December Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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 Amy has been CrossFitting since July 2013 and has definitely found her place here at CFB!  In the past couple months, Amy has reached countless PRs by challenging herself beyond her own expectations.  Her most recent PR is her 210# Deadlift, a 35# gain over where she was just a few months ago!  She has been a great inspiration to many of our athletes and continues to show our community just what it means to Shatter Your Limits.

We are so excited to celebrate you this month, Amy.  Thanks for everything you bring to our community.  Congratulations, and welcome to the BAM! family.

To read more about Amy, visit the BAM! page on our website.

Steve “ESTIF” Ferrer: CFB November BAM!

Meet Steve Ferrer – a.k.a. ESTIF – our November Breakout Athlete of the Month!

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“ESTIF” has only been CrossFitting for 5 months, but he’s already Shattered more Limits than he even knew he had!  Steve attacks each and every WOD head-on and always pushes himself, and those around him, to the next level.

ESTIF is every bit the “typical” CrossFitter: when asked what he loves most about CrossFit, he responded, “I enjoy the pain & soreness”.

We enjoy watching you accomplish your goals and Shatter Your Limits, ESTIF!  Keep up the awesome work.  We are so excited to celebrate you this month.  Thanks for everything you bring to our community.  Congratulations, and welcome to the BAM! family.

To read more about Steve “ESTIF” Ferrer, visit the BAM! page on our website.

September CFB Foundations Graduates!

Congratulations to our September 2014 Foundations Graduates…and welcome to the Breakout Family!

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We are excited to watch you Shatter Your Limits!

Check out our Foundations page for more information on upcoming classes and to view our past graduates.