New Athlete Starter Package Now Available!

ResultsNotResolutionsNow through January 2, 2015, we’re offering athletes new to Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights a special training “kick start” package. The New Athlete Class Package includes EAD | CFAH Training Essentials PLUS two months of CrossFit, Strength & Conditioning, CrossFit Women, Indoor Rowing Boot Camp, Boot Camp, Mobility & Recovery or Open Gym. The New Athlete Class Package is $350 (a $477 value) … that’s less than $10 / class hour to train with the highest credentialed, most experienced performance coaches in the area.

EAD | CFAH Training Essentials is a two-week / six-class session featuring instruction, skill development & practice, training sessions, and more. Training Essentials is offered Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. OR Monday-Tuesday-Thursday at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The next Training Essentials session starts the week of January 5. Athletes who claim the New Athlete Starter Package are encouraged to register for one of the following Training Essentials sessions:  January 5, January 15, February 2 or February 16. Once athletes complete Training Essentials, they are eligible to join in any of the more than 60 classes offered each week at EAD | CFAH.

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Endurance Athletes Warm Up to Off-Season Training Options

Join Us For A Free Class.Experience a Fresh Approach to Your Off-Season Training.  

Don’t let the seasonal drop in temps put a chill on your endurance training. Warm up to one of the challenging and results-based classes offered by the nationally-certified health and fitness professionals at Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights.

IndoorRowingGraphibIndoor Rowing Boot Camp. This class is for you if you like a low-impact, high-intensity, ever-changing and fun hour that will work every major muscle group in your body. Indoor Rowing Boot Camp will help you increase endurance, gain strength, improve flexibility, and cross-train for other sports.

CompuTrainer Rides. Billed as “the most interesting indoor bike experience yet created”, CompuTrainer rides offer an unparalleled indoor cycling experience for the serious racer or recreational cyclists. Once the dorides will increase your cycling power by 20 percent to 30 percent, and your speed by two to four mph. USA Triathlon and USA Cycling test and train their team athletes with CompuTrainer.

Fit4T5LogoFit4T5. Fit Interval Training 4×5 — Fit4T5 — is a 45-minute, high-intensity interval training session that targets multiple muscle groups through a series of functionally-based movements. Fit4T5 is the perfect training experience for athletes of all levels looking to improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance, drive body composition change, and enhance performance. Fit4T5 class size is limited to five athletes to ensure a personal training experience.

Fitness Boot Camp. Reap the benefits of training with the most experienced and credentialed performance coaches in the area during this one-hour mix of exercises and movements – body weight, dumb bell, kettle bell, plyometric, indoor rowing, and more.

Endurance Coaching, Strength & Conditioning, CrossFit, and More. Join the area’s leading sports conditioning and performance specialists for one-on-one, tandem or small group training sessions, and nutrition education / performance fueling coaching. With more than 100,000 athlete training hours, no facility in the area can match the experience of the Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Performance Coaching Team.

Train with the best. You deserve it. Arlington Heights-based Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights helps competitive and “every day athletes” from across the greater Chicagoland area achieve a staggering array of results thanks to innovative strength and conditioning programs, a top-caliber coaching staff, and a unique ability to understand the needs and motivate each athlete.

Learn more about Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights health and fitness programs for endurance athletes. Better yet, register today for a FREE class Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m.

Elite Training Camp Starts February 6.

Registration is now open for Elite Training Camp.

The nationally-certified health & fitness professionals at Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis are pleased to add Elite Training Camp to our Class Schedule effective Monday, Feb. 6

This innovative class is a mix of essential movement instruction, cardiovascular conditioning, and strength training. The class is perfect for the athlete who loved our Fitness Boot Camp, wants to shake up their training schedule, or is new to our health & fitness community.

Elite Training Camp will initially be available at Elite Athletic Development North – CrossFit Arlington Heights, with plans to launch at Elite Athletic Development Downtown – CrossFit Axis in the coming weeks.

Also effective the week of February 6 is New Athlete Orientation, an opportunity for folks just starting with our community to meet with a senior performance coach to learn more about the EAD / CFAH / CFAX training philosophy, gain insight about our community, define health & fitness goals, ask lots of questions, and build a quarterly training program.

Have Watermelon, Will WOD.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 17 for the Watermelon WOD for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Join the entire Elite Athletic Development Community as we move a perennial picnic favorite from the checkered tablecloth to the checkered flag 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 during the Watermelon WOD for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

A $10 or greater donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital is entry to the workout where participants will use a watermelon instead of weights. This fun workout is open to people of all fitness levels, ages 8 and older. Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis will host a potluck picnic immediately following the Watermelon WOD. Grab a friend and join in the fun. Watermelons will be provided.

Register today for the September 17 Watermelon WOD. For more information,

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

New Class Structure Overview.

By Josh Sroufek, Director, Training Programs & Athlete Performance

“MetCon. Strength & Power. CrossFit Women. Mobility & Recovery. Which class should I be in after Labor Day?”

This is a great question, and one we’ve heard several times since we announced the new EAD training options last week. So what’s the answer?

The people who train at EAD are on a shared journey to do better and be better, regardless of what “better” means to each person. It’s that “community” aspect I love about this place. I sometimes watch people talking and laughing after class and wonder if they would have made that kind of meaningful connection had they not just sweated through a really killer WOD. But even though we share a destination – “better” – the path to get there is unique for each person.

That’s why starting Tuesday, Sept. 6 we’re changing up our training options. The restructured classes will help each athlete within our Community achieve “better” in the way which best suits them, while supporting the CrossFit tenets of “unknown and unknowable”, General Physical Preparedness, and the 10 General Physical Skills (see related post). 

A few athletes have questioned the change – “I’m getting results. Why change?”, they say. We agree, you absolutely did get results from the previous class structure. And we stand by what we offered. However, we believe that in order for our athletes to reach their genetic potential, we need to challenge you in a different way. We also appreciate your honesty. Many of you admitted that you hold back – sometimes intentionally, sometimes sub-consciously – during the strength portion of a WOD in order to go harder during the MetCon.

Based on the goals you set during the 3-2-1 Goal!™ Workshop (register today / “Seminars”), we will help you select the “right” mix and frequency of MetCon, Strength & Power, and Mobility & Recovery classes to support goal attainment. Key to the mix will be periodization, or the progressive cycling of training elements over a defined time period, variety, performance fueling, and recovery. 

Here’s an overview of the new training options.


The Science. Metabolic Conditioning, affectionately known as the MetCon, challenges the body’s three energy systems (also known as metabolic pathways), and increases how efficiently we store and deliver energy.

What Are the Benefits? MetCon WODs are a fun and incredibly effective way to improve overall fitness, achieve specific sports-related goals, and change body composition.

What Can I Expect? Workouts combine strength, power, conditioning and core exercises in a constantly-varied mix. They are shorter, intense and will challenge you.

What Is a Sample WOD? For time: 100 Double Unders + 400m Run + 80 unanchored sit ups + 60 box jumps (24/20) + 400m Run + 40 Double Unders + 20 Wall Balls (20/16)

Can I Do It? Yes! Fitness Boot Camp, CrossFit Women and CrossFit athletes will quickly recognize the movements. Instruction / skill development at the start of class will help you acquire new movements, and the performance coach will scale the WOD to your current fitness level. 

Strength & Power.

The Science. This strength-biased workout will activate more muscle fibers, more rapidly, than any other modality of training.

What Are the Benefits? Strength & Power training is a solid foundation for all sports movement; enhances athletic performance; drives body composition changes; and builds confidence.

What Can I Expect? Olympic and Power Lift instruction, skill development & practice, and plenty of hard work. Make no mistake: this is no “sun’s out, gun’s out” lifting; we’re talking fully-functional movement.

What Is a Sample WOD? 1 Rep Max Snatch + Every 30 seconds for 10 min perform the following triplet: 1 Power Clean, 1 Front Squat, 1 Hang Squat Clean. Once you power clean the weight you cannot drop until completion of hang squat clean

Can I Do It? Yes! This class is perfect for athletes who like Olympic & Power Lifting, and who want increased speed, agility, quickness and strength. Fitness Boot Camp athletes have performed comparable movements with dumbbells (vs. a barbell), and CrossFit Women WODs frequently feature Olympic & Power lifts.

Mobility & Recovery.

The Science. Mobility & Recovery is the “missing link” for most athletes. The single greatest limiter for a majority of our athletes is the lack of mobility & flexibility.

What Are the Benefits? Injury prevention, increased range of movement, improved performance and improved movement efficiency are just a few reasons why you should attend at least one Mobility & Recovery class per week.

What Can I Expect? Classes could feature sports yoga and Pilates; core stability progression, band stretching; self-myofascial release; dynamic stretching; and more.

What Is a Sample WOD? Instruction, skill development and skill practice.

Can I Do It? Yes … and you should do it.

CrossFit Women. This class is a combination of MetCon and Strength & Power WODs. Athletes will attack the same WODs as the mixed gender class – but in a class just for women, led by a female performance coach.   

So here’s my answer to the question “Which class is right for me?”

They all are. The real question is what is the right mix and frequency for you? You’ll know that after you set your October – November – December goals at the 3-2-1 Goal!™ Workshop the week of September 12. 

Here’s a few other tips:

  • Try each class a few times. Focus on what you recognize. Embrace what is new, different and challenging.  
  • Come to class with an open mind. Meet new people. Expand your Community connection. Learn something new.
  • Ask questions. Many classes will have two performance coaches, so you’ll have ample opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Have fun. Celebrate accomplishments.
  • Get better.

CrossFit founder Greg Glassman opines that you are as fit as you are competent in each of ten general physical skills. EAD's new training program is designed to improve performance each of these ten skills. A nod to CrossFit South Bend for the image.


Granting Yourself Permission to Succeed.

The cul-de-sac in my suburban Detroit neighborhood was home base for after-dinner games on steamy summer nights. Kick the can. Red Light, Green Light. Red Rover, Red Rover. And the dreaded Mother May I?

For the uninitiated, the sole purpose of Mother May I? is for players to yield power for their every move to the approval of another. Each player makes a request—“Mother, may I walk like a crab?” or “Mother, may I complete 100 burpees?” (I grew up on the tough side of town)—and “mother” denies, accepts or alters the request.

The creator of “Mother May I?” probably thought the game would instill manners, a sense of order and an appreciation for consequences throughout the pediatric pride. Not for me. I found continually seeking permission to take a baby step back or umbrella step forward ridiculous. It was probably a good thing “mother’s” back was always turned as we played; she might not have appreciated my silent protests.

Memories of those long-ago summer games recently returned when I described someone in the EAD Community as an athlete, much to her surprise. Quite simply, she never gave herself permission to compare the giant leaps she logged during Fitness Boot Camp and CrossFit Women with those of an athlete. But an athlete she is.

When is the last time you granted yourself permission to celebrate a training or nutrition success? To take note, breathe deeply and let pride wash over you? To brag to a friend without hesitation?  If you can’t list at least three times over the past week, it’s time to embrace the athlete within you. No Mother needed.

04.09.11 Fitness Boot Camp Location

The Saturday, April 9 Fitness Boot Camps will be at Elite Athletic Development North Arlington Heights / CrossFit Arlington Heights at 7 a.m., 8 a.m. & 9 a.m. , and Elite Athletic Development Downtown Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis at 8 a.m. Let’s hope the weather breaks soon so we can head back to Lake Arlington!