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MAY 2019

What's up Windy City!

May is here! And you know what that means… we’re only a month out from our 12th annual Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser event (MURPH!) -- June 1st -- and open to all. We’ll have an amazing workout (scaleable to all), awesome music provided by Cage & Aquarium, the best BBQ in Chicago (Smoque) and refreshing beverages. Don’t sleep on this one! Beyond that, we’ve got a lot we’re excited about coming up at Windy City. As always, we’re fired up about this month’s AOM; we’ve got a new online store for fresh Windy City gear; a new challenge; and a number of announcements. All that and more below. Check it out!

Keep livin' BIG!


  • MURPH Day 2019!
    Every year, the Windy City community comes together to celebrate a year of growth, raise money for a charity that is near and dear to our hearts, workout, eat, drink and have lots of fun! This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our year. Last year, we had over 200 participants and donated over $10,000. To-date, WCSC has donated over $120k to The Navy SEAL Foundation. This will be a fantastic event for a great cause, so please do everything you can to get friends, family, and the greater community involved!

    Register Today
  • New Online Store
    If you love Windy City swag, you're going to love our new online shop. Some of your old favorites will be available as well as new designs that we will release on a regular basis. Check it out
  • Klokov Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
    CrossFit CE in Chicago is hosting a Weightlifting Seminar with Olympian Dmitry Klokov this June! The seminar will be held from 5-10pm on June 12th and 13th and cover theory and technique both evenings. A great seminar for beginner, as well seasoned lifters! For more info / to register, email
  • IK Gymnastics / Windy City SC
    You may have noticed a few weeks ago that a Windy City crew made the trip over to IK Gymnastics to work on some skills in a traditional, true gymnastics gym setting. Well, the crew over at IK has been kind enough to offer a $15 drop-in rate discount (normally $25) for all current Windy City SC members. They have adult classes based around tumbling; as well, aerial silks...and you’ll find excellent coaching, thorough warm-ups, and fun.  

    IK Gymnastics
    2630 W Bradley Pl
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Yoga at Windy City SC
    Join us Saturday May 18th at Windy City as Yogi Lily Ryan-Lozon will be leading a yoga class from 12:15 -- 1:30pm. This class is open to all, no additional charge, and appropriate for all levels.
  • Wedding Bells…
    BIG congratulations to members Maureen Ventura and Tim Jerome as they ‘tie the knot’ this Saturday. Congrats again you two...we wish you nothing but the best!
  • Sending Good Vibes… Windy City member Hannah Conway is currently over in Spain competing in the International Triathlon Union World Championships...April 26th -- May 4th. Good luck Hannah!
  • Monthly Challenge
    Got handstands? Prove it! This month’s challenge… longest handstand hold. And… we have two categories...freestanding and against the wall. Prizes for both Male and Female winners in both categories. And speaking of challenges… BIG congratulations to both April AOM Mark Krueger and Zana Patterson as they both completed 37 unbroken wall balls to win the April challenge. April and May winners will both win a bottle of Max Capacity by Nova 3 Labs.
  • 100K???
    We want to wish long-time members Dave and Ingrid Rockovich good luck as they tackle this month’s Booneville Backroads Ultra -- The Original Iowa Gravel Ultra. Dave and Ingrid will attempting the 100k distance. Cut-off is 18 hours...but we’re guessing these two will have no problem. They’ve been training hard...and, in the last year, they’ve completed the Chicago Marathon, a 50 mile GORUCK Star Course, and made it 48 miles in the Frozen Otter Ultra. Good luck you two!
  • If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It
    Reminder… Zen Planner offers workout tracking! With the app, you can... view published workouts; record your results for each workout; and view leaderboards for results logged each day. If you haven't downloaded the app, click on the links below to view it in the iTunes or Google Play store.
  • Vision Walk
    Windy City... Putting this out there again. A member of our Windy City community (Thara Nagarajan) has a loved one who has been diagnosed with Usher incredibly rare syndrome that causes hearing impairment and progressive vision loss -- starting with the loss of peripheral and night vision, leading to tunnel vision, and finally, possibly, to no vision at all. There is no current cure or medication; however, researchers are making progress every day. They need funds. Thara is one of our own. Her and her family have done nothing but support Windy City over the years, and we would like to do all we can to reciprocate that support. Windy City donated last year, and will do so again this year; however, we feel that this amazing community, mobilized together, can do so much more. Please consider donating to Thara's team for the Vision Walk (June 2nd). Funds will benefit the Fighting Blindness Foundation and research to cure blindness. If you have any questions or want to know more, Thara welcomes anyone to approach her in person. As well, more information can be found HERE.


Amanda De La Cerda

Amanda came to check out the gym and learn about our six week kick start program about a year ago. When she showed up, she brought her boyfriend with her.  After spending some time showing them around the gym and getting a sense of their goals, it became very clear that her boyfriend was going to think twice about committing to CrossFit, but Amanda was ready to embrace it and hold on tight. And that she did, by settling into the 6:30 am class and using the WODs as a means of improving her running (ask her about all the races she has done), learning a bunch of new skills and hitting all kinds of personal records. Watching her compete in her first CrossFit Open after tackling Coach PJ’s open prep programming was a personal favorite of ours. We are constantly impressed by Amanda’s dedication and hard work and really happy to recognize her as our AOM!

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

  1. Megan: Book I'm reading
    12 Rules for Life—New York Times quotes Peterson is "The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now"

  2. Jeff: Thing I'm loving
    Intermittent fasting—Been doing this for over 2 years and love every bit of it. The health benefits are incredible and I am excited to see where further research goes for long term celluar health and possibilty of reversing effects on diabetes

  3. Chris: Habit I'm trying
    Hot water and fresh squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning. My wife told me it was good for us.

  4. Justin: Adventure I'm planning
    Segment 1 of the Colorado Trail—The Colorado Trail stretches 567 miles from Denver to Durango and consists of 33 segments. I'd like to start a long term progject to complete the trail...and I'm starting with segment 1. Anybody want to join?


Exercise makes you happier than money, according to Yale and Oxford research

by Ruqayyah Moynihan, Business Insider Deutschland

  • Researchers at Yale and Oxford say exercise is more important to your mental health than your economic status.
  • The scientists found that while people who exercise regularly tend to feel bad for 35 days a year, nonactive participants felt bad for 18 days more.
  • The team also found that certain sports that involve socializing can have more of a positive effect on your mental health than others.

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