A taste of Atlas Performance with Windy City Blogger Collective
  • March 25, 2014
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    I’ve visited Atlas CrossFit in the past and learned quickly that its offering was much bigger than CrossFit (not that CrossFit isn’t already a huge undertaking). One side of the gym (or Box, as they’re known in CrossFit) is fully dedicated to the studio’s non-CrossFit group fitness classes, CircuitFit, TRX and Fit 360 Blitz, which is as serious as it sounds.

    Atlas 1

    For the Windy City Blogger Collective’s fitness-focused event at the gym, Atlas Performance put together a workout that ran the gauntlet. We started with a 30-minute Tabata interval style (20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest) TRX workout. We grabbed a partner and split into two groups, one group flying through exercises on the floor with kettlebells and one working out with TRX bands. On the floor, we used to the kettlebell to add a weighted challenge to exercises like sit-ups and squats. The TRX bands added body weight resistance to planks, rows, biceps curls and triceps curls. My arms were done-zo after that.

    Even though our muscles were screaming, that 30 minute workout was only a snack. Next up? A 12-minute intro to CrossFit. If you’ve ever done any type of CrossFit style workouts, you know that you can get a lot done in 12 minutes. I’ve dabbled in the CrossFit arts, so I know a quick, not-so-silent killer when I see one.

    In CrossFit, there’s always something to compete against, whether it’s the clock, your fellow athletes or yourself. In an AMRAP workout, a CrossFit athlete competes against herself and her fellow athletes trying to complete as many rounds/reps of the workout as possible. In a workout “for time,” athletes compete against the clock to get the fastest time possible.

    Our second workout was a 12-minute AMRAP workout that consisted of 4 exercise: 5 hand-release push-ups, 10 abmat sit-ups,15 kettlebell swings and 20 squats. We flew through the workout, and after 9 rounds, my legs were feeling those 180 squats.

    Our hard work did not go unrewarded! With light, low-carb, natural, alcoholic drinks from Social Enjoyment and snacks from Paleo Prime, we closed out the afternoon with a great chat.

    And have you seen these Chicago flag running shorts from Chi Chi Sport? They were on sale at the event and are the perfect way to put your pride where your shorts are on the Lakeshore path.

    chi chi shorts

    (Image courtesy of Chi Chi Sports)

    Miss the event, but still want to check out Atlas Performance? Visit atlasperformancechicago.com and use the code “BLOGATLAS14″ for 20% off until 4/30/14.

    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of aSweatLife.com, a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. After graduating from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism, she spent much of her career - before leaving agency life - creating and executing social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness. You can find Jeana - who’s certified as a personal trainer - coaching group fitness classes and hosting aSweatLife’s #Sweatworking events.

    4 thoughts on “A taste of Atlas Performance with Windy City Blogger Collective

    1. Kristen Geil

      I already ordered those shorts! Now to actually get some warm weather so that I can wear them…

    2. Maggie

      CARA is offering members $5 off those shorts and I ordered a pair as soon as I saw them! I’m running the Chicago Marathon for the American Cancer Society, so I need some more red, white and blue stuff for my raceday outfit to match my singlet! 🙂

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