Lift like an Olympian at CTF
  • January 16, 2014
  • With the Winter Olympics around the corner, all eyes are on Russia. If you want to get a taste of the podium, peel your eyes away from the TV and step into a CrossTown Fitness for an olympic lifting workout with CTF certified trainer Michael Mendoza.

    Michael is a huge advocate of Olympic lifts, which he says help to get his clients “more explosive, stronger, leaner, and quicker.”

    Whether you’re taking his total body class or something more focused on lifting, Michael likes to incorporate elements of Olympic lifting “for functional fitness because it gets everyone to where [he] thinks they need to be.”

    One of those functional fitness benefits is strengthening areas of the body that may have been neglected. He says “a lot of the population has weak hips, so addressing that issue will improve quality of life.”

    He doesn’t want ladies to feel intimidated by the barbell. He says, “if you do olympic lifting right … you’re not going to get bulky if you don’t go heavy that way.”

    CrossTown Fitness client Kelly Patterson, pictured below demonstrating some of the featured lifts from the Olympic lifting class, talked about the changes she’s seen in her body in the two months she’s been lifting. “I’ve gotten a lot more toned, I’ve never really had this kind of strength before.”

    When: February 7 through 23. Class times vary in the morning, afternoon and evening.

    RSVP: Classes can be booked through CrossTown Fitness’ online scheduling center.

    Price: $25 per class, but it’s also included in unlimited memberships




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    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.