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  • Meet our August Athlete of the Month - Toni Feldstein

    Meet our August Athlete of the Month - Toni Feldstein

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here
    ?
    My name is Toni Feldstein. I was born in Italy, raised in France and moved to Manhattan in my early twenties. My husband, James, and I just moved to Lake Bluff from Chicago. We love being closer to nature and the change of pace from living in the city. I've been in residential real estate but I am re-focusing my career and looking at new opportunities. My Crossfit workout and the support I'm getting from my new community is helping me improve my health and reduce my stress tremendously. I'm so grateful to have found Lake Forest Crossfit! In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, great ....

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  • Meet our July Athlete of the Month - Colleen Jaacks

    Meet our July Athlete of the Month - Colleen Jaacks

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job, school, etc)?
    I live in Chicago and work as a Marketing Manager at Terlato Wines in Lake Bluff. On the weekends I try and stay outside as much as possible and see friends. I also spend a ton of time in Wisconsin at my family’s lakehouse boating, waterskiing, swimming, etc. Pastathletichistory?
    I played several sports when I was younger, mostly Volleyball. A few years before joining CrossFit, I was part of a small group personal training gym that was mostly interval training with some deadlifts & presses. Why CrossFit? How did you find CrossFit Lake Forest?
    One of my closest friends has been ....

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  • Meet our June Athlete of the Month - Jim Bennett

    Meet our June Athlete of the Month - Jim Bennett

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job, school, etc)?
    When I’m not at CrossFit I’m busy managing my transportation companies of taxicabs, delivery vehicles and dispatch management services throughout the Chicagoland area. After work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. In the summer I like to spend time on Lake Michigan boating, playing tennis and golfing. In the winter time you will find me playing paddle tennis with my team. Pastathletichistory?
    My past athletic history was playing 4 years of college football. Why CrossFit? How did you find CrossFit Lake Forest?
    Why CrossFit? Two of my good friends Tom ....

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  • April Athlete of the Month - Jason Hauer

    April Athlete of the Month - Jason Hauer

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job,
    school, etc)?
    I worked at Caterpillar for 18 years. Caterpillar allowed my family to travel all over the world and we lived in Brussels, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland. Then my wife (Kim) and I decided that our family couldn't keep up with her extremely demanding work/travel schedule so I became a stay-at-home dad in 2011. While being a stay at home dad, I was elected to our local Board of Education in Peoria, IL. I was also an elected official in Peoria County.I love to hang out with friends....dinner, bars, concerts, etc. I can't sit still and have to be doing something constantly. I am currently working on ....

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  • Meet our March Athlete of the Month - Charlotte Van Schooten

    Meet our March Athlete of the Month - Charlotte Van Schooten

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job, school, etc)?
    I grew up in Sunnyvale, CA but moved to North Chicago after being accepted into Chicago Medical School in 2017. I've lived here for about 1.5 years and have been with CrossFit LF for about 6 months and loving it! Why CrossFit & what do you love about CFLF?
    I originally started CrossFit last year when I was in Cleveland for research and wanted a new way to challenge myself physically. I found CrossFit to be a good stress relief and enjoyed meeting new people with a similar passion for physical health. I love CrossFit LF because of the amazing coaches who really push me to reach new ....

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  • CrossFit Open 2019!

    CrossFit Open 2019!

    To be “CrossFit” is to possess a general physical capacity that lends itself generally well to any and all contingencies: to the likely, to the unlikely, to the known, to the unknown. The fitness of the CrossFit athlete provides a solid foundation from which to take on any sport or any task. CrossFit Sport highlights the feats of everyday athletes applying this general physical capacity to the demands of their individual lives and chosen sports, along with the CrossFit Games , the world’s premier test of broad and general fitness, and its qualifying events. The CrossFit Open is for ANYONE! If you want to learn more and sign up, Here’s the link. ....

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  • Meet our February Athlete of the Month - Jessica Ostrom

    Meet our February Athlete of the Month - Jessica Ostrom

    Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job,school, etc)? I am a historian of Anglo-Saxon Britain and the Vikings, but am currently a teacher. I teach History, Latin, German, and Archaeology. I don’t do much since I am at heart a lazy sloth; so I am either at work, the gym, or at home. Past athletic history? I was a competitive swimmer in high school and college. I focused mostly on freestyle and backstroke. My event was the 200 Free. Why CrossFit?? How did you find CrossFit Lake Forest? I was bored at the gym. I’ve been a gym addict since I was injured out of swimming. I would spend 3 hours at the gym getting everything in that I wanted to do, but I ....

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  • Meet our January Athlete of the Month - Mike Maka

    Meet our January Athlete of the Month - Mike Maka

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job,school, etc)?
    When I’m not doing CrossFit, I’m either at one of my three jobs or spending time with my wife. With my doctorate in clinical psychology, I have been fortunate enough to begin private practice work in Lake Forest, continue to administer neuropsychological assessments, and aid adolescents with emotional and behavioral disturbances at a local therapeutic day school. Pastathletichistory?
    A bulk of my past was consumed by training and competing in MMA. Why CrossFit?? How did you find CrossFit Lake Forest?
    Oddly enough, I was in opposition for quite some time to even try CrossFit. My ....

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  • Meet our December Athlete of the Month - Mary Ann Barry

    Meet our December Athlete of the Month - Mary Ann Barry

    Your story. Who are you? What do you do when you are not here (job,school, etc)?
    When I am not at the gym I am managing a CPA firm in Lake Forest, preparing taxes, and responsible for several rental properties in Illinois and Colorado. I am very involved in a couple non-for-profits that provide jobs for those with special needs. I am on the Board of Directors and the Treasurer of Best Futures, Inc. Best Futures, Inc. provides jobs to 25 individuals with Developmental Disabilities at the Centennial Ice Rink Snack Shop in Highland Park. I also created Eggceptional Abilities, a micro-business, that provides meaningful tasks for several young men on the ASD Spectrum by ....

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  • November Athlete of the Month - Tevni Loria

    November Athlete of the Month - Tevni Loria

    Hi my name is Tevni. I am a first generation Belizean/American. In my free time I like to go out the movies with friends, watch scary movies, read books, listen to records and spend time with my daughter. I chose CrossFit because it has a wide range of exercises that keep me challenged with every workout. I found CrossFit Lake forest because I work at Yuppy Puppy which is in the same plaza and have been with you for five and a half months. To me the best part aside from the workouts; are your phenomenal coaches and the way they offer great one on one guidance and encouragement even in a group setting. My favorite workout over all would have to be Deadlifts. Box Jumps are still a challenge, ....

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