Within the past year, we have witnessed numerous transformations–from the walls of our box, to the mindset of our athletes, as well as the continuously growing community bond–we could not be more thankful to share CrossFit Des Plaines with you all.

A little over one year ago, our founding members, along with family and friends, helped build the very foundation of CFDP, both figuratively and literally!

And ever since then, we have experienced all this together: our first CrossFit Open, Coach Carl’s proposal to Molly, Memorial Day Murph, CrossFit Kids summer session, our Barbells for Boobs Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness, cheering on our athletes at local competitions, friendly competition in nutrition challenges and 6-week challenges, sharing post-WOD sentiments while laying on the foam rollers, Lance’s daily “stopped by the cop on the way to the 5:30” stories, and our one year anniversary in-house competition.

While these highlights have demonstrated evidence of our tight-knit community, your coaches at CrossFit Des Plaines have also recognized inspirational growth of each individual we have worked with. There have been countless times where your coaches have soaked in or shared the progress or “ah-ha” moment of an athlete during a lifting session, a skills session, a WOD or a nutrition consultation; the enthusiasm is just contagious–and believe us when we say–we live for moments like these.

“If there’s something I’ve picked up on most at CFDP is that I’m pretty much always in a good mood to be there. All of our members, my colleagues and friends at the box share this type of energy that you don’t always get anywhere else. It’s not quite the comfort of “home” because we’re all here to work and get things done, because there’s just this goal-oriented culture here. Yeah, we have our moments of goofing around and acting like kids again (the gym is basically our playground after all), when it’s time to get focused–that’s what each one of you all do–we’re all here to improve. Meanwhile, it’s far from the atmosphere of the many globo gyms I’ve been to, where people will give odd looks or keep their earbuds plugged in, rather than a helping hand or a friendly exchange. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” –Coach Cheryl

We thank you all for being a part of our box–every day brings us more excitement to see what the new day has to bring forth for your journey–fitness-related or not. Coach Scott summed it up when he said:
“From those that have been here from Day 1, to those who have just recently started their new journey with us, and the greatest coaches I could ever ask for, to the ones that hold us together… words cannot express how grateful I am to share this journey with you! Here’s to another great year! LOVE YOU ALL!”

To see the photos from our One Year In-House Competition, view them here!

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