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By CrossFit Chicago 18 Dec, 2017

Most of us tend to start thinking about Vitamin D during the winter time due to our lack of exposure to the sun. And this makes sense - Vitamin D is the only vitamin we obtain through sun exposure, as well as the easiest way to get it. But let’s take a closer look into this vitamin.


What is Vitamin D and what does it do for me?

Vitamin D is actually a group of prohormones, which play important roles in the body. These include helping the body absorb calcium, help the immune system function, regulate glucose intolerance, and help regulate blood pressure. It has been shown to prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, diabetes, and possibly even slow the aging process.

By CrossFit Chicago 11 Dec, 2017
Hi, I’m JB. I’ve been CrossFitting and a member of CrossFit Chicago, since October, 2013. I think I know most members, but if you’re new or are one of those crazy 5:30 a.m. folks, perhaps not. Whenever I get into something, I think about it a lot. I find stuff out, and I pass it along. Sharing helps benefit our CFC community and is how I acquire personal knowledge. One topic I find incredibly interesting is nutrition, so l wanted to share a little bit about my experience experimenting with different “diets.” Primarily, Paleo VS counting Macros. First a few basic definitions:

Paleo Diet: In a nutshell : If a caveman didn't eat it, neither should you. ... Quality matters more than quantity. You can eat as much of anything we could hunt or gather way back in the day – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, seeds and bacon (real food).
By CrossFit Chicago 04 Dec, 2017

In the gym and in my PT practice, I hear the term “core” used a lot. “Dude, I have such a weak core,” or “my abs are so sore from that core work I did yesterday.” But often, no one has any idea what their “core” actually is. When I do core training, or when I’m treating musculoskeletal conditions, I like to differentiate the core into two categories – stabilizers and movers.


Stabilizers

These are the important tonic muscles that help to stabilize the spine. They are made up of slow twitch muscle fibers which enable them to maintain contraction for longer periods of time without fatigue. While some may argue differently (some specialists include the vocal cords), I believe the stabilizing core is made up of four key muscle groups:


By CrossFit Chicago 27 Nov, 2017

There aren’t too many things that we suggest outside of a clean diet but protein supplementation is one of them.


Protein is only supplemented because the vast majority of us are unable to get the daily required amount through our diets without taking in too much additional fat. Protein aids in many functions but primarily to reduce muscular breakdown, increase synthesis for muscular growth, fat loss/satiation, stimulate insulin sensitivity… 

By CrossFit Chicago 19 Nov, 2017

The Hook Grip

Writing has never been something I’ve excelled at. In college, the guys on my floor would get together and read my papers together just to laugh how awful my grammar was. I never worked at it, always just dismissing the skill and saying to myself ‘it doesn’t matter, I’m a math and science guy’. Well, as it turns out, writing is an effective way of communicating information to all the people I can’t speak to in person. That being said, here goes my attempt at writing something.


I think sometime in second grade we learned (the last time I really learned anything about writing) that skillful writing needs a what, how, when, why, who and where to be complete. Today, our topic is the hook grip, so let’s go ahead and walk through all of the pieces and see if a complete message is the result.

What  is the hook grip?

The hook grip is an overhand grip on a barbell where your thumb is held between the barbell and your Index & Middle fingers.

By CrossFit Chicago 06 Nov, 2017

Nutrition Program

Meet Our Coach

Hi everyone! My name is Dana Chicoine and I am a Level 2 Crossfit Coach and Level 1 Precision Nutrition Certified Coach here at CrossFit Chicago. As we begin our new nutrition program, I am excited to introduce you to myself and what we will be offering!

Where I started

If you were to have asked me (or anyone else) 4 years ago if I would have ever seen myself in the role of a fitness and nutrition coach the answer would have been a resounding - no! I began my journey over 4 years ago overweight, barely active, and eating poorly. One day I decided I couldn’t live that way any more and began trying to get healthier through CrossFit and nutrition.


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By CrossFit Chicago 18 Dec, 2017

Most of us tend to start thinking about Vitamin D during the winter time due to our lack of exposure to the sun. And this makes sense - Vitamin D is the only vitamin we obtain through sun exposure, as well as the easiest way to get it. But let’s take a closer look into this vitamin.


What is Vitamin D and what does it do for me?

Vitamin D is actually a group of prohormones, which play important roles in the body. These include helping the body absorb calcium, help the immune system function, regulate glucose intolerance, and help regulate blood pressure. It has been shown to prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, diabetes, and possibly even slow the aging process.

By CrossFit Chicago 11 Dec, 2017
Hi, I’m JB. I’ve been CrossFitting and a member of CrossFit Chicago, since October, 2013. I think I know most members, but if you’re new or are one of those crazy 5:30 a.m. folks, perhaps not. Whenever I get into something, I think about it a lot. I find stuff out, and I pass it along. Sharing helps benefit our CFC community and is how I acquire personal knowledge. One topic I find incredibly interesting is nutrition, so l wanted to share a little bit about my experience experimenting with different “diets.” Primarily, Paleo VS counting Macros. First a few basic definitions:

Paleo Diet: In a nutshell : If a caveman didn't eat it, neither should you. ... Quality matters more than quantity. You can eat as much of anything we could hunt or gather way back in the day – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, seeds and bacon (real food).
By CrossFit Chicago 04 Dec, 2017

In the gym and in my PT practice, I hear the term “core” used a lot. “Dude, I have such a weak core,” or “my abs are so sore from that core work I did yesterday.” But often, no one has any idea what their “core” actually is. When I do core training, or when I’m treating musculoskeletal conditions, I like to differentiate the core into two categories – stabilizers and movers.


Stabilizers

These are the important tonic muscles that help to stabilize the spine. They are made up of slow twitch muscle fibers which enable them to maintain contraction for longer periods of time without fatigue. While some may argue differently (some specialists include the vocal cords), I believe the stabilizing core is made up of four key muscle groups:


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