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  • 7 Reasons You Should be Doing Pull Ups

    Coach Shawna is a believer in the Power of the Pull Up for all Athletes. Here’s why: 1) Strengthen Your Grip
    . Stronger hands mean stronger forearms, better coordination and control when lifting weights, controlling a bike or even typing. You also never know when you might fall over the side of a cliff and need to pull yourself back up :) 2) Improve Posture.
    Keeping your body upright and neutral keeps lungs open, helps you breathe better, keeps shoulders from rounding/hunching and reduces soreness in upper back and neck. 3) Build Core Strength
    . Your core is what keeps you upright when your body is in motion. Remember that first ....

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  • Personal Training in Chicago - EDGE Athlete Lounge - Tales of a Pregnant Triathlete

    Tales of a Pregnant Triathlete

    Starting a family was something my husband and I were clear we wanted to do. We just didn’t know when it would happen….and I had no idea how much my life would transform during the pregnancy, especially in ways related to my athletic identity. I kind of assumed that I would feel just fine during pregnancy. I also imagined myself being the extreme go getter female athlete throughout the whole 9 months. I’m not sure where I got that notion, besides the fact that my mom said she felt fine during pregnancy (or perhaps she’s repressed it all by now), or maybe it was due to my flawed moral superiority that I was above nausea and fatigue or something. Regardless, ....

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  • Personal Training in Chicago - EDGE Athlete Lounge - How Posture is Impacting Your Performance

    How Posture is Impacting Your Performance

    With the increase in technology use and more career paths that force a more sedentary lifestyle, poor posture has become a worldwide issue. Craning the neck too far forward to peer at keyboard screens and cell phone screens causes a loss of the cervical lordosis. Every time we lean forward 60 degrees, the stress on the neck is increased by approximately 60 pounds - for every inch our heads are moved forward, an extra 10 pounds of weight is added to the neck
    . This constant added pressure cumulatively leads to chronic pain, numbness in the arms and hands, improper breathing, and pinched nerves. What does all of this mean? For athletes who are constantly placing added stressors on their ....

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  • Personal Training in Chicago - EDGE Athlete Lounge - The WHY of EDGE: 9 Axioms We Live By

    The WHY of EDGE: 9 Axioms We Live By

    A few weeks ago, our EDGE Team came together for a meeting. Not just any meeting, however. One where we talked about WHY do we do what we do. What it MEANS to make better athletes, better teammates, better people. From that meeting we generated Axioms that speak to our culture and our purpose, we came up with 9. And so we invite you to settle in, grab a coffee and prepare to be inspired. Brought to you by the very people that make everything that we do at EDGE possible, our TEAM.

    LIVE WITH INTENTION, COME BACK TO IT OFTEN.
    Lydia N: This is how I've tried to live my life every day since February 2013. In that month, my family lost my uncle Chris to leukemia ....

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  • Personal Training in Chicago - EDGE Athlete Lounge - Race Report: Shamrock Marathon = BQ! (by EDGE Athlete Miana)

    Race Report: Shamrock Marathon = BQ! (by EDGE Athlete Miana)

    March 19, 2017: Waking up to the sound of howling wind and pouring rain, I almost laughed. Yes, this is just as it should be. After last year’s slugfest on this course, I thought the conditions HAD to be better. This is the world reminding me to Let Go and to accept life as it unfolds, especially when it isn’t what I want. I’m sure Robyn was wondering why in the hell she signed up for this particular BQ quest. Surely any of my other five attempts would have been more fun. Instead, we sipped coffee, chatted with our awesome cheer squad, prepped like two trail runners do for any long run, and pretended we weren’t heading out into 40F rain, wind and a Feels Like ....

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  • EDGE October Athletes of the Month - Pat & Marge!

    In all of the fall racing mayhem, we failed to bring you a September Athlete of the Month - so this month we are doubling up with one of our favorite endurance couples. Meet Pat & Marge - two of the hardest working, most inspiring athletes that we know!
    How many years have you been racing?
    Pat: I have been racing since 2009, my first triathlon was the Chicago Triple, in 2010 I did my first Ironman (Wisconsin). Marge: I have been racing since 2011 - I did my first Marathon and in 2012 I did my first Triathlon.
    How did you get started in triathlon?
    Pat: I wanted to be a more well-rounded athlete, I figured training for and entering a triathlon was the way to go. Marge: In ....

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  • Weekend Recap 9.10-9.11.2016

    This weekend was nothing short of epic. It seemed that every time we turned around, our EDGE Athletes were dominating their races, chasing their dreams, kicking ass and taking names. We wanted to try and capture some of the CRAZYGOOD performances….so sit down, buckle up (grab a cup of coffee) and read on!
    Mag Mile Half Marathon
    Becca earned herself a big ‘ole PR on her BIRTHDAY (1:28 on her 28th!) Cameron nailed his 13.1 with a fifth place OVERALL finish and made a super solid deposit heading into the Chicago Marathon
    Big Shoulders
    Jeff completed his first open water 5K and came out smiling (yep you read that right – 3.1 miles of swimming!) ....

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  • EDGE August Athlete of the Month - Geoff Smith!


    How many years have you been running and trail running?
    Running: 10 years Trail Running: 6 years
    How did you get started in running?
    My wife Jenny and I were transferred to Saint Paul, MN, where the closest gym was 30 mins away and we found ourselves making excuses to not go. At the time, we lived above a running store (The Running Room) and decided to cancel our gym memberships and invest that money in running apparel. It was winter at the time, so we got winter gear and started training outside in sub-zero temps for a half-marathon.
    What was your first race?
    The Frozen Half. It was in Janurary in Saint Paul, MN. As you can imagine, it lived up to it's name. It was a balmy -15 degrees at ....

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  • Leadville SilverRush 50M Race Report

    Ahhhh Leadville. Where to begin. The journey to race day was long and grueling in an effort to take a stab at the 50 mile distance. My prior attempt didn’t end so well. I was training for the San Diego Trail 50 in 2015 and had logged a good 5-6 months of training before having to abruptly back out of the race due to injury a mere 6 weeks out from competition. It was a very humbling experience and the first race that I had to bow out of. The rest of my 2015 was focused on being a husband to Jesi and new father to baby Leo. 2016 was time for revenge. I had to wipe the slate clean, train smarter and get that 50 under my belt. I had been keeping my eyes open for a race but hadn’t ....

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  • 6 Ways to Workout WITH the Heat (not 'BEAT the Heat’)

    Welp, we’re in the sludge of summer - when you head outside and are met with a wall of heat and humidity. What does that mean for your workout? It means all of us athletes need to learn to workout WITH the heat. So instead of avoiding it (or trying to “beat the heat” – spoiler alert: you can’t! ), start to think about how your body can adapt to it instead. Here are a few tips to help you tackle your Summer Heat Monster:
    1. Pick your gear.
    Wear light colored, loose-fitting clothing that wicks sweat. Technical gear allows moisture to pass through and evaporate, keeping you cooler for longer. To protect your skin and eyes from the sun, wear a hat/visor, ....

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  • EDGE July Athlete of the Month - Rachel LaPorte!


    How many years have you been doing CrossFit and how did you get started?
    2 years in August, and I've lost 50lb since I started. My brother is the owner of Goose Island CrossFit on Kingsbury and his weight loss of almost 100lb was a huge inspiration to me. At first I was convinced it wasn't for me, but as I grew to find a love for weightlifting, I couldn't stay away. I've learned to overcome challenges and the variety always keeps me excited for what's to come.
    What is your favorite and least favorite workout?
    My favorite workout is snatches paired with overhead squats, and my least favorite is the 5k row for time. I used to hate running, but over the last year I've really changed my ....

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  • EDGE May Athlete of the Month - Jeff Cook!


    You are one of our busiest multi-sport athletes! What all do you do sports-wise?
    Currently, hockey and running.
    How many years have you playing hockey?
    Almost two years. I played baseball and softball my whole life and needed a change. I used to rollerblade a lot and played floor hockey on and off so I was not starting from scratch.
    How many years have you been running?
    Two and a half years.
    How did you get started in running?
    While I have played sports my whole life, it wasn’t until a season-ending softball injury in 2013 that forced me into finding something to do to stay active. The trainers at On Your Mark talked me into doing a 5K and it took off from there.
    What was your ....

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  • EDGE April Athlete of the Month - Annie Byrne!

    Meet our April EDGE Athlete of the Month - Annie Byrne! We’re so pumped to follow her cycling season after a helluva lot of hard work this winter, she’s hot out of the gates (seriously, this gal has been sweeping up first place podiums at the early season races!)
    How many years have you been racing?
    I started racing in 2012 so this is my fifth year. I raced a lot my first year, then started training and raced even more my second year. Then we opened BFF Bikes so I couldn't get out as much or really train during the last two years with the shop bring brand new. Now I'm training again and hope to do some bigger races this year.
    How did you get started in cycling?
    I rode a ....

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  • EDGE Athlete Weekend Recap

    There are moments when our EDGE Athletes exceed all expectations. Where we stand back, jaws dropped in awe as they transcend our four walls, blow past barriers and prove that ANYTHING is possible. This weekend, we had these moments over and over and over as our athletes were (quite literally) spread West Coast to East Coast conquering their goals. Fresh Legs, Fast Times, and a helluva lotta hard work and heart. So here it is, the EDGE Athlete Weekend Recap:
    Tour of St. Louis Cycling Omnium
    Annie: Not only did Annie have her first win as a Cat 3 on Saturday (with a 7 lap solo break away….!), but she repeated at the top of the Podium on Sunday too! Big things coming her way and to ....

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  • EDGE Athlete of the Month - Joon Park!

    Every month we're going to feature one of our badass EDGE Athletes. This month we bring you Joon Park - who also happens to be our very first EDGE Member! And apparently he is a champion karaoke singer too (read on!)
    How many years have you been racing?
    5
    How did you get started in running and triathlon?
    I was a social runner but I really started serious training in 2011. Brian and Robyn peaked my interest when they started training for their first Ironman. In 2011, I took a year off of work to focus on family, health and to find balance in my life. I haven't looked back since ... Basically it's Brian and Robyn's fault...
    What was your first race?
    JPM corporate challenge 5k in 2005. ....

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  • It's World Cancer Day. Meet Jen.

    Today is World Cancer Day. It’s all about raising awareness, looking cancer in the eye and staring it down. For all of us, it’s personal. For me, it’s about my cousin Jen. Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer and she fought like hell. She looked cancer in the face and told it to suck it. She ran through all of her months of chemo and radiation – even when it meant running was a slow shuffle on the lakeshore path before or after her treatments. So today, we’re going to tell her story. Spoiler Alert: She won. And she is a badass.
    How did you get into running?
    I had always been a pretty reluctant and unhappy runner but was always athletic. One day, ....

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  • It's World Cancer Day. Meet Jen.

    Today is World Cancer Day. It’s all about raising awareness, looking cancer in the eye and staring it down. For all of us, it’s personal. For me, it’s about my cousin Jen. Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer and she fought like hell. She looked cancer in the face and told it to suck it. She ran through all of her months of chemo and radiation – even when it meant running was a slow shuffle on the lakeshore path before or after her treatments. So today, we’re going to tell her story. Spoiler Alert: She won. And she is a badass.
    How did you get into running?
    I had always been a pretty reluctant and unhappy runner but was always athletic. One day, ....

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