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What's up Windy City!

That went fast! Here we are…final month of 2019, and it feels like we just got started. A lot to look forward to this month. Windy City is celebrating 12 years this month! Come out and join us on December 14th — 7pm at Schubas (more info below) to celebrate! That same day, we’ll be running our annual Barbells for Boobs workout and fundraiser (Fight Gone Bad). Make it a Windy City day…sweat in the morning, and celebrate with us that night! Another great Saturday workout to look forward to…our 13th annual “12 Days of Christmas” will be going down on December 21st. In addition, we’ve got ‘Yoga with Lilly’ continuing on in December (22nd and 29th)…and another awesome AOM to feature. All that and more below. Check it out!

Keep livin' BIG!


  • Holiday Hours
    Xmas Eve: 8am–1pm
    Xmas: Closed
    New Years Eve: 8am–1pm
    New Years Day: Closed
  • Holiday Food Drive
    Holiday food drive by Guaranteed Rate & Fulton Grace Realty for Common Pantry. Collection bins at the front all week. Dec 6th drop off 1-5 pm, drinks/music from 3-5 pm.

    Most needed food items: Cereal, tuna, oatmeal, chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium canned goods, canned fruit, easy prep meals (i.e. Rice-A-Roni®), pasta, rice, vegetable oil, pancake mix and dry beans.

    Most needed personal items: toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, diapers and Ziploc® bags (any size)
  • WCSC Anniversary Party + Barbells for Boobs Event — Dec. 14th
    Get sweaty with us in the morning, then get cleaned up in the evening for this full day of celebration!

    Morning: Fight Gone Bad WOD x Barbells for Boobs
    Join us the morning of Dec. 14th with a classic old school CF workout (Fight Gone Bad) and fundraiser for Barbells for Boobs. To date, WCSC members have raised over $21,000 for this awesome organization. Everyone has a right to know if they’re living with breast cancer. There’s a tremendous need for all types of support, from being proactive, to detection, treatment and survivorship.

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    Can't make it but still want to show your support? We are accepting any donation amount.

    Donate here 

    Evening: WCSC Anniversary Party at Schubas
    Leave the gym clothes in the laundry and break out your finest holiday outfits to celebrate WCSC's 12th anniversary the evening of Dec. 14th. This is a great way to meet people, and we promise, you won't want to miss this!
    - Location: Schubas
    - Time: 7pm–10pm
  • Welcome Coaches Haley and Violet!
    Please welcome Haley Kopach and Violet Maka to our staff. They both have several years of coaching experience. Haley recently graduated with a B.S. in Exercise science and she has her CF-L2, USAW, and Crossfit Gymnastics certifications. Violet has been a full time RN for several years and she has her CF-L1, scheduled for CF-L2 this month, and her NASM certifications. We’re excited to have them both on our team!
  • New Year. New You. 6-Week Challenge Offer: $247 $99 for current members
    For the month of December, we are offering all WCSC members a big discount on the upcoming 6 Week Challenge with weigh-ins starting Jan. 4th. Check out this deal if you are looking to:

    • Lose Weight
    • Lose Body Fat
    • Get Stronger
    • Get Faster

    Sign Up
  • Reserve your spot in class
    We encourage everyone to sign up for your classes through the ZenPlanner app or website. This helps us keep track of capacity in classes so we can make sure there are enough coaches per class. Thanks for your cooperation!
  • Yoga is back!
    Join us for a free class. Non-members welcome.
    Dec. 22 - 12:30pm
    Dec. 29 - 12:30pm
  • Thanksgiving Recap
    This time of year makes us reflect and feel so much appreciation for all of you for choosing WCSC as your #FitFam. This board just proves that we have the best community in Chicago. Thank you!

  • Member WINs
    One of our core beliefs at Windy City is to take small steps, celebrate each little victory and enjoy the process. In an effort to do just that, we would like to start celebrating member wins. If you have one, and you’d like to share, please email Chris (!

    In addition to these awesome PRs, we also had the following WINS last month:

    Allie Stigall - ran her first 15k and said "I honestly think the strength has helped with that. I've been running on my "off" days from WCSC" — WIN!

    Laura Houghton (teacher at Blaine elementary) PRed the Chicago Marathon and then ran the NYC Marathon 3 weeks later — WIN!

    Ethan Borgren did 20.5 with his dad, Eric, and got all 40 of the pull-ups — WIN!

    Melissa Hill is down 2%BF! — WIN!

    Chris Huss and his son did the Spartan Race at Wrigley. First rope climb there — WIN!

    Luke got his very first rope climb — WIN!

    Matthew Sove and his wife Mandy had their baby on Nov. 22 — WIN!

    Love seeing all these WINS! Nice work everyone... keep up the good work!

  • December Challenge: Max Strict Chin Up
    Where's the gun show? At the pullup racks. This month's challenge is max strict chin up. Get pumped and let's see how many you can do. Congrats to everyone who participated in last month's challenge. Hannah C. and Ed Z. are the best sitters we've seen in a long time!


Brian Ringley

We're excited to announce our last 2019 athlete of the month—the one and only Brian Ringley. Since joining in 2018, Brian has been a regular part of the 5:30am crew, the Murph Team training as well as achieved massive results during the 6 week challenge and our ongoing nutrition program. He was chosen for his commitment to his health and fitness and support for his fellow athletes. He aims high and actively achieves the goals that he puts in front of himself. He's a real inspiration to us and we're honored to be part of his personal journey.

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Here's a list of what we're loving and learning this month:

  1. Bradley: Book I'm reading
    The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook by Joe Kenn—We are always trying to get better. I found this book during one of my usual trips down the rabbit hole of periodical research. It lays out an integrated, whole body sttenth training program based on functional movement. 
  2. Travis: Thing I'm loving
    Living closer to the gym—I used to live off of Navy Pier in Streeterville. But I just moved to Lincoln and Foster so traffic is much more consistent, I spend what feels like half my life at the gym. So now I feel much closer not only to the gym but the community.  
  3. Esther: Show I'm watching
    Dancing with the Stars—I don’t normally watch TV but my roommate does and I’ve caught myself watching with her this season.
  4. Justin: Shoes I'm loving
    Reebok Nano 9—Thanks Reebok!


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New Year. New You. 6-Week Kickstart Challenge Member Discount

For the month of December, we are offering all WCSC members a big discount on the upcoming 6 Week Challenge with weigh-ins starting Jan. 4th. Check out this deal if you are looking to:

  • Lose Weight
  • Lose Body Fat
  • Get Stronger
  • Get Faster

What you get:

  • Coaching
    Personal coach that will teach you and hold you accountable
  • Workouts
    Unlimited access to group classes 7 days per week
  • Nutrition
    Meal plan, recipe book and grocery list
  • Weekly Analysis
    Body composition analysis weekly to track progress

Any questions, please email

$247 $99 for existing members

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