Schedule Update – Moving into Fortress!

The day has finally arrived! The new Fort(ress) has passed all building inspections, and is ready for us to move in.
In order to accommodate our tight deadlines, we will be canceling all Friday evening and Saturday morning classes.
We will resume our regular class schedule as of Monday in the Fort(ress)!!!
The new location is 1020 Hillside Lane in McHenry. If you take 120 to Hillside and turn north, we'll be the 2nd building on your right hand side. We share a parking lot with Northwest Electric Supply and Rose Auto Sales. When you arrive, park in any of the striped parking spots. There's about 52 of them. (HOORAY!!)
Our main entrance is on the south side of the building, just to the right of the big bay door. The new fancy door still hasn't arrived, so please excuse the scary old rusty door.
If you'd like to pitch in and help us with the move, we would appreciate the help! Just email me and let me know what hours you are available.
It's like Christmas came early, and my birthday! This is so exciting! I can't wait to show all of you our amazing new facility. I truly hope you all love and enjoy the new space.
See you at the Fortress!

Give it Everything

Press: 15:00 to establish heavy single

12:00 AMRAP of:
15 Push-ups
300m Run

Sometimes you push hard for yourself. And other times, you push hard for your team. In this particular photo, that's the west end of an east facing Mad Dog after pushing hard for his team. It was a particularly horrible Team Saturday workout that involved carrying a loaded barbell OVER HEAD for long distances. He could have stopped. He could have rested. But instead he gave it everything he had.

Don't feel bad for him though. This picture has a happy ending. Him and Drew ended up winning the championship belt that week! It might only be a plastic belt, but sometimes it's worth pushing extra hard just so your team gets to hold it!

This Team Saturday moment will forever live in my memory as a Great Fort Moment! And speaking of the looks like this will officially be our last week of classes there. If there are any long lost CrossFit Fire Family members out there who would like to come back and drop in for a workout, drop-ins are only $10 this week. Come back and visit us in our home sweet home before we move!

Moving Party is Changed

Clean: 15:00 to establish heavy single

In teams of 3, complete 5 Rounds each of:
1:00 Wall Ball Shots (20/14)
1:00 Box Jump-overs (24/20)
1:00 Burpees
1:00 Rest

Our Great Fort moment for today comes from February of 2012. Nicole and Bill headed out to Boston for the Crash B's indoor rowing championships. Nicole climbed onto the rower right next to an athlete from a gym down in Chicago, and she was prepared for battle. She rowed with everything she had, and took 2nd place IN THE WORLD for her age group with a time of 7:00.7. The Chicago athlete next to her took first, with a time of 7:00.3. Yep. She was .4 seconds behind first in the world. I can honestly say that I've never screamed so loud in my entire life! Nicole is a great athlete, and an inspiration! We are lucky to have her as part of our Fort Family!

I have to give some props to Sammi and her clean PR! I wasn't there to witness it first hand, but she has been working HARD, and finally PR'd her clean at 75kg's! Atta girl, Sammi!

As a heads up - the moving party this Saturday has turned into a painting/tiling/project party. The new Fortress is not quite ready for occupancy. We are thinking we need another week or two to finish everything up before making the move official. *groans* I know it's disappointing, but we've hung in there this long. If you'd like to help paint/tile/do projects at the new Fortress we'd love your help. Regardless of your level of handi-ness, we can find some way for you to help!

A great surprise

5 sets of:
3-5 Push Press
2:00 Rest

3 Rounds of:
10 DB Man-makers (35/25)
20 Toes to Bar
30 Double-unders

Today's Great Fort Moment was not only a great moment for the Fort, but a great moment for the Yundt family. We had a big Team Saturday workout, and I insisted that everyone gather around for a big picture. Right as Bill was about to snap the picture he said, "everyone say....JENNIE AND BILL ARE PREGNANT!" *Click*

Thank you to everyone who was there with us that day to share in our special news. It was a great, great Fort Moment.

Team George, Team Jamie


In teams of 2, complete 5 Rounds each of:
20 Wall Ball Shots (20/14)
10 UB Deadlifts
400m Run

Here is another great Fort Moment. Jamie is always full of surprises! One morning at GYG she surprised George with matching shirts! A little known fact is that if you look in her workout Log, she keeps a running tally of every time she beats George in a workout - no joke! (love ya, Jamie!) :-)

The new Fortress is coming along so fast now! The flooring should be delivered this week, and the dry wall guys are just about ready to sand. Once it's all sanded, I'm going to need a ton of help painting. I'll post on facebook and let you guys know when I'll be up there, and if you have some time to spare, you'll know where to find me!

Great Moments

Upper Body Pressing or Pulling Progression

Tabata Push Press (35/25)
Tabata KB Swings (24/16)
Tabata Push-ups
Tabata Sit-ups

It's not that I'm not excited about moving into the Fortress, because I am definitely excited. It might actually be one of the most exciting milestones in my life so far. It's just.....there have been so many great moments that happened in our little Fort. So many accomplishments. So many lives changed. From now until our move, I want to highlight some of the great Fort moments, starting with Kinsy's very first muscle-up. Kinsy first MU This was October 18th, 2012, and she worked her ASS OFF to accomplish this! She failed over, and over, and over, but never gave up. And now look at her today! She can string together 7 consecutive muscle-ups!

I also wanted to pass along some very sad news. I heard that yesterday, Dolores's father passed away suddenly. She will be returning to Scotland to be with her family, so we won't see her for a few weeks. Please keep her in your thoughts during this very tough time.

Run and be glad

10/11/2014 - Team Saturday
In teams of 2, complete 20:00 AMRAP of:
20 Power Cleans (60/45)
20 T2B
400m Partner Run

BOOM! Looks like it's going to be another AMAZING team Saturday! This workout couldn't be any more perfect.

And while you're out on your partner runs, I want you to remember our 3 friends who will be doing the ULTIMATE partner run on Sunday. Barrett, Melissa and Tabitha are all participating in the Chicago Marathon! Yep, that's right. They are actually PAYING to go run for like....hours. :-)

Seriously though - we wish you guys good luck, and hope you all PR!!! GO TEAM FIRE!