Welcome, Coach Sammy Jo!

Please join us as we welcome Sammy Jo Mahler to the EAD | CFAH Performance Coaching Team!

Sammy Jo is a USA Swimming Certified Coach and an NCAA All-American Swimmer. She has been a member of the EAD | CFAH training community since 2011 and is an accomplished CrossFit athlete, competitive pole dancer, and aerial arts enthusiast. She recently placed 3rd at her first bodybuilding show (Figure division).

In addition to coaching at EAD | CFAH, Sammy Jo is an assistant coach at CATS Aquatic Team. She is studying for her NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification and her USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach certification.

Sammy Jo is currently finishing her orientation process and will be a regular on the class schedule in the coming weeks.

January Olympic Lifting Seminar Athletes Post Significant Gains.

Submitted by Coach Alida. Train with Alida in one of the following classes based at Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights:
> Monday, 5:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., CrossFit
> Wednesday, 5:30 a.m., CrossFit
> Saturday, 7 a.m., Olympic Lifting Seminar

Register Today for the March 15 – April 5, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Olympic Lifting Seminar

The Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights January Olympic Lifting Seminar concluded Saturday, and the results were fantastic! The six athletes who participated worked hard on cleaning up their technique and can now approach the Olympic Lifts with much greaterconfidence. On the final Saturday, the athletes maxed out on the Snatch and Clean & Jerk and we saw new PRs and high percentage lifts being hit with much better technique.

Registration is now open for the March 15 - April 5 Olympic Lifting Seminar. Space is limited ... register today.

Registration is now open for the March 15 – April 5 Olympic Lifting Seminar. Space is limited … register today.

If you are in class with Steve S., Tim F., Talya, Bob D., Jim T. or Juan you may notice their improved technique, or you may see their new PRs being added to the Wall of Fame and wonder “Is this Olympic Lifting Seminar for me?” The answer is a resounding yes! The Olympic Lifting seminar is designed to help athletes of all levels, from those who are fresh out of Training Essentials, to those who have been training for a few years and would like to take an in-depth look at their technique in order to add pounds to their 1RM, or increase efficiency while doing the lifts in WODs.

The seminar is a four-week commitment and is designed to take you back to the basics, and build a solid technique foundation before adding weight. There is a strong focus on positioning and making sure you understand where your body should be in relation to the bar during each phase of the lifts.

During the first week, the focus is solely on the Snatch. Athletes will be lead through a series of exercises with an empty bar or PVC learning the “double knee bend” technique, the method that is taught at all USA Weightlifting seminars, and is employed by nearly every competitive Olympic Lifter. During the second session, the focus shifts to learning the technique for the Clean & Jerk. Once again, the athletes will move through the exercises with an empty bar or PVC, to make sure they are concentrating on technique and not the weight. At the end of these two sessions, athletes will perform a series of strength building assistance exercises that reinforce the positioning that was just taught. The third session continues the focus on assistance lifts. The assistance lifts can be used to focus in on specific weaknesses and help to build strength during the pull or catch phases of the lifts. The final Saturday is max out day! Athletes will be given the opportunity to test their improved skills, and shoot for a new PR or the ability to hit their old PR with confidence and perfect technique.

Still have questions? Talk to Coach Alida to discuss how the Olympic Lifting Seminar will support your training goals. The seminar is run on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. -8:30 a.m., and is limited to six athletes.

Alida Bray started her training at EAD / CFAH in one of the very first Fitness Boot Camp classes. She soon transitioned to CrossFit, where she quickly feel in love with the barbell and is now a seasoned Olympic Lifting. Alida is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Concept 2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

EAD / CFAH / CFAX to honor “31Heroes” with Special Workout.

Elite Athletic Development will host a special workout open to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 to honor the 31 U.S. special operations troops killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

The Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis Community will honor the troops killed when their military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan with the 31Heroes WOD, 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at CFAH.

 The “31Heroes” workout — named for the 31 U.S.special operations troops, most of them Navy SEALs — will raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation. All funds raised during the workout will be distributed to the affected families. The EAD Community will join CrossFit gyms from across the nation and around the world in a show of support for the families.

“Hero WODs are one small way the CrossFit Community bands together to honor the courageous sacrifice made by our military men and women,” said Coach Jim. “We encourage our athletes to encourage their friends, family members and co-workers — regardless of their current fitness level — to join us for this special workout.”

Prior experience with CrossFit is not necessary, said Jim. “Our performance coaches will adapt the workout to meet the current fitness level of anyone who signs up for the ’31Heroes’ workout.”

The EAD Community last hosted a “Hero Workout” – “Murph” –in June for Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29. Murphy was killed in Afghanistan 2005.

 The “31Heroes” workout has not been released, but organizers promise that it will uniquely serve as a fitting “moment of silence” — CrossFit-style — to honor the fallen troops.

Registration for the event is now open at http://www.31heroes.com/registration/. The $31 entry fee includes a commemorative tee-shirt, which will be available for pick up at CFAH.