November 2021

Karie V (She/her)s success story

Karie V (She/her)

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I am an attorney, a mom to two incredible kids, Nicolo and Isabella, and I am married to my amazing husband, Franco. WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO TRAINING AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COM...

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October 2021

Josh C. (he/him)s success story

Josh C. (he/him)

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Life outside of the gym is quite busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way! For a career, I work for an environmental non-profit and have been working in that field for about 7 ye...

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September 2021

Brian H.s success story

Brian H.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I live in Uptown with my wife and fellow Hardware member, Jackie, and our 2-year-old daughter. For work, I run national online sales for a home fitness equipment company, and...

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August 2021

Emily Vs success story

Emily V

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I'm the finance director for a start-up based in Seattle. I've been in tech for a long time, but took a 3 year break to attend pastry school and worked as a pastry cook in rest...

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July 2021

MICHAEL N.s success story

MICHAEL N.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of the gym, I’m a professor at Northwestern University – I’m a psychologist, and I direct a research center dedicated to understanding health disparities that imp...

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June 2021

Heather D.s success story

Heather D.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I work for two shops in Andersonville (Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal). I also sew and recently joined Lillstreet Art Center as the Intermediate Sewing Instructor. ...

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May 2021

David P.s success story

David P.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of the gym I am a middle school school teacher. Teaching takes up alot of my time; getting my classes to understand content material is like playing whack-a-mole. Before co...

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April 2021

Christy C.s success story

Christy C.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I've been working in university undergraduate admission for 15 years, the last 8 have been at Northwestern University working with first-year international students.  I also h...

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March 2021

Joel H.s success story

Joel H.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I am currently fun employed thanks to "Rona. However, my usual job is being a Company Manager (Tour Manager) for touring Broadway musicals (Les Mis, Phantom, etc). It soun...

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February 2021

Emma R.s success story

Emma R.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Hi! Ok, this answer in the before times was less complicated than it is now, so I'll (try to) keep things as brief as possible. I'm an actor (mostly theatre), but since theatre...

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January 2021

Lucy Z.s success story

Lucy Z.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I am currently a senior in high school at Walter Payton, so a large portion of my time is dedicated to homework and college applications. I don’t know where I am going to college...

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December 2020

Dennis G.s success story

Dennis G.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of my time at the gym I am an actor as well as a live, experiential, and broadcast events producer.  I also love to walk all over the city and try to get 3-5 miles ev...

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November 2020

Luke S.s success story

Luke S.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I grew up in Maryland (born in Baltimore, raised in Cumberland in western part of the state) and lived many places (D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, western New York, central Massachus...

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October 2020

Gisselle G.s success story

Gisselle G.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?  I am originally from the Philippines, but Chicago has been my home for almost nine years now. I work as a Physical Therapist in a rehab facility on the Southside. M...

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September 2020

Parker G.s success story

Parker G.

    TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   My name is Parker, and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. I'm originally from South Louisiana, though I've been in Chicago for ten years. I moved here to...

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August 2020

Nat S.s success story

Nat S.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   This fall, I’ll be starting my 10th year of teaching—a year that is sure to be (and hopefully is!) the wildest in my career. I currently teach third and fou...

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July 2020

Jim D.s success story

Jim D.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of work and the gym, I like to travel with my partner Mark, going out to eat with friends, reading, watching movies, listening to podcasts and spending time w...

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June 2020

Martin C.s success story

Martin C.

    TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of the gym I'm a teacher. I work at National Louis University in their undergraduate college, teaching courses in the humanities and social sciences...

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May 2020

Mary K.s success story

Mary K.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   Well.. pre pandemic, and when I am not at work,  I enjoy getting out and enjoying as much as I could that this city offers. The theatre, dance, comedy, eat...

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March 2020

Brian D.s success story

Brian D.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I’m the Sr. Account Manager/Director at Bag Tags, Inc. Bag Tags is a printing company located in Evanston. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my girlfriend and chil...

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February 2020

Connie M.s success story

Connie M.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I work at Northwestern Mutual where I train and coach Financial Advisors as they build their businesses and help people achieve financial security.  I am married to...

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January 2020

Caitlin F.s success story

Caitlin F.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   Professionally, I am a buyer for a food service distributor in Rosemont. In my free time I play ice hockey and softball, go to see live music, and read.     WHAT I...

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December 2019

Mélon D.s success story

Mélon D.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Outside of the gym, I am a UPS Account Exec and part time day trader. When I’m not working or at the gym, I’m home with the wife and kid. WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU...

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November 2019

Jana M.s success story

Jana M.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do outside of the gym? I was born in Slovakia where I studied medicine but my curiosity to learn new things and explore other options brought me to US. I have been working as a physician since I lande...

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October 2019

Eddie C.s success story

Eddie C.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I work in financial regulation. I try to make sure trading firms comply with government and stock exchange rules and regulations when they trade stock. Outsid...

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September 2019

Gizem S.s success story

Gizem S.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I am a licensed real estate agent in Illinois and Michigan and support a team of talented field agents and introduce our company to new clients. As a kid, I loved all types of diff...

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August 2019

Jeff J.s success story

Jeff J.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? In a nutshell: I'm from a small, rural town in Northwest Iowa (think flat land with corn and bean fields as far as the eyes can see), and I moved from Des Moines to Chicago in...

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July 2019

Pete B.s success story

Pete B.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE  GYM? I’m currently a personal chef – at home for Sarah! After a 20 year career with a special event production company in the suburbs, I’m enjoying my first ever career break...

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June 2019

Lily L.s success story

Lily L.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I’m the Technical Specialist of a blood bank laboratory in a hospital on the southwest side.  In addition to overseeing the lab, I ensure patients receive compatible blood trans...

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May 2019

Katie G.s success story

Katie G.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I was born outside of Philadelphia, moved to  Chicago in 2014, and have lived here for the past 5 years. I'm a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Other Dr...

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April 2019

Vasilis M.s success story

Vasilis M.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I grew up in Massachusetts and lived in Canada for 12 years before moving to Chicago. I’m proud to have accomplished my goal of becoming a scientist, and I current...

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March 2019

Sarah P.s success story

Sarah P.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? By day I’m a Training Team Lead for ProQuest, which is a library services and content company. After years of working in marketing and sales I obtained a Master...

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February 2019

Alesia T.s success story

Alesia T.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?  I work as a mechanical engineer in the downstream side of petroleum refining with a main focus on maintenance and reliability.  When I'm not working or at CrossFit, I try to ...

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January 2019

Kyle K.s success story

Kyle K.

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I was born and raised in Indianapolis but moved to Chicago a little over 9 years ago. In the day time I work in supply chain for Ulta Beauty where I lead a supplier per...

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December 2018

Torry B.s success story

Torry B.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Most of my days, and quite a few evenings, are spent serving as a high school principal.  I am also the proud mother of an 8 year old girl, whose interests in gymnastics, cr...

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November 2018

Eric S.s success story

Eric S.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   I'm originally from Wisconsin, but I've lived in Chicago for over 15 years. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years and being from Wisconsin, cheese will always be a part of...

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October 2018

Brandi V-L.s success story

Brandi V-L.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   I was born and raised in California and moved to Chicago in 2011. I am currently a PhD candidate in Criminology, Law and Justice with a research focus on juvenile justice p...

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September 2018

Vic B.s success story

Vic B.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? Faith, family, my girlfriend (Jasmine), and work keep me bus...

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August 2018

Stacy Rs success story

Stacy R

  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?   Outside of the gym I drink coffee, pet dogs, eat lots of cheese, draw things, and repeat.   WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU C...

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July 2018

Jackie T.s success story

Jackie T.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM? I have an MA in psychology and currently work with the homeless. My husband is working on his PhD at Loyola so he’s able to be home with our kids during the day, and when I get h...

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June 2018

Alia Ks success story

Alia K

Alia has only been a member of Hardware CrossFit since September of 2017, but in those short 9 months, she has demonstrated several qualities that we love to see in an HWCF athlete: a positive/encouraging attitude, involvement with the community, and cons...

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May 2018

John Ks success story

John K

John Kehoe has a 405 pound squat, a sub 3 minute Grace, and can run a sub 6 minute mile. Let those numbers sink in a bit. Each of those accomplishments are impressive on their own, but the fact that he has done all three since being a member at Hardware C...

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