About Defined

Our Identity

A strength and conditioning programming at its core, CrossFit is an approach to functional fitness that is coach-led with an effort to optimize physical ability within a team-oriented environment. At Defined, we place an emphasis on community, hands-on coaching, intelligent programming, and continued education. We interview all athletes that walk through our doors to gain a better understanding of their goals, needs and interests. Nobody slips through the cracks.

All new athletes are set up for success and begin their first workouts in our Foundations program: a progression-based approach to training. In eight sessions, athletes meet in small groups with two of our coaches where they are introduced to strength and conditioning movements and proper technique. During Foundations, we learn about the athletes, and they learn about us.

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“Defined” programming is diverse and includes daily workouts, Weightlifting and Powerlifting classes, mobility, kettlebell and endurance training, recovery techniques, pre and post-rehabilitation, and yoga. With a coaching team that is both knowledgeable and approachable, athletes of all levels are guided through classes with proper technique and safety in mind. We believe that teaching extends beyond the gym, and we’re committed to prioritizing a well-rounded approach to healthy living for everyday life.

Who is Defined for?

Defined, and the CrossFit methodology can be for anyone. But it’s especially good for athletes looking for structure, accountability, a team-oriented approach, and continued education. It’s intended to be a challenging but positive experience where athletes learn to embrace difficulty with strength and patience: no egos, no excuses. All levels welcome.

How is Defined Different?

Our community, our coach’s attention to detail, and class programming are what set us apart from other gyms. Each class begins and ends with a high-five between athletes and their coaches to cultivate a team-oriented atmosphere. We host monthly events that cater to our community and its interests, and while these events are ever-changing, "Murph" Day, Summer BBQs, Movie Nights, our annual Halloween party and In-house Weightlifting and Powerlifting meets are constants. Our coaches know our athletes on a first-name basis and are here to support and encourage them along the way. The variety in our programming keeps training fresh and challenging, but remember: It’s your consistency that escalates your progress.

What about
the Rumors?

Will I get hurt?

The truth is, most athlete injuries are pre-existing—or due to other lifestyle practices. Consider the following: How often are you sitting throughout your workweek? Do you spend time before and after your workouts warming up and addressing your limitations? Do you eat foods that fuel your body? Have you taken time to rest and sleep properly? Answering these questions honestly is the first step to understanding that these common misconceptions surrounding CrossFit are just that.

Proper training is key, and Defined considers this: No new athlete enters our training floor without going through our "Foundations" first. We prioritize teaching you how to address your limitations, scale movements properly, and understand a healthy rate at which to progress.

Will I get “bulky?”

We get asked this question often, and our answer is always the same: Nothing happens overnight. In fact, it takes years of training and specific alterations to your diet and supplement intake to acquire this type of physique. To “get bulky,” you have to desire the result, nurture it, and train for it—much like a career.

Do I need to “get in shape” before I start training?

No previous training or experience is needed! No matter what level you’re at, we’ll work around your current level of fitness—and at a speed that aligns with your needs and goals.

The majority of our new athletes come to us with no previous fitness experience, which we love. With education at the forefront, we’re always excited to work with beginners and coach them into understanding their strengths, limitations, and habits. Additionally, Defined always allows the athlete to dictate his or her own approach to intensity on any given day: because we know every day is different. While consistent class attendance sets you up for success, each day at Defined offers a new opportunity to improve.



Defined Foundations

You’re one step closer to becoming the best version of YOU! Healthy, fit, strong and confident. Defined creates an an athlete in everybody and . . .

Defined Foundations

You’re one step closer to becoming the best version of YOU! Healthy, fit, strong and confident. Defined creates an an athlete in everybody and . . .

The best coaches and teammates
in Chicago. Hands down. This place has changed
my life.

F. Almeda, joined in 2016

Good morning Coach, I just did a workout at a CrossFit gym here in DC and I want to tell you how much I appreciate the team at Defined. You guys "spoil us" with not only amazing equipment but also amazing coaches who know how to bring the best out of us.

Eurenice Houndjahoue, 2019

I could go on...If you're on the fence about spending a significant chunk of change every month, think of it as one of the best investments in yourself you can make - physically, mentally, and socially. It doesn't matter if you've had trouble going to the gym regularly in the past or you've been a competitive athlete, this place is for you. Seriously. Do it.

Valerie K., 2019

From day one, everyone has gone out of their way to learn my name and relate. It really is an awesome community. I imagine CFD is CrossFit the way CrossFit was always meant to be - gritty (no mirrors - sorry, no selfies), casual, warm, and effective.

Dan T., 2019