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Cranky MJ

2 September 2019

Outstanding coaches who will encourage and push you regardless of level. But the best part of the great diverse community.

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Autoforce Crete

30 June 2019

Very nice box with professional trainers and good community!! Learned a lot there! Thank you for everything Bobby

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Kristin Schmistin

23 May 2019

Everything! Love my fit fam ♥️

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Ethelbert Luna Gazmen II

22 February 2019

Since I have joined this gym, nothing but great things, everyone is very friendly... everyone treats everyone like family... great place, great vibe. Glad I joined this gym! More...

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Petar Kostur

30 December 2018

Great coaches, great people. The crossfit programming was good. Large place with room for growth. Great experience

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Steve Berger

28 November 2018

The best place to do CrossFit. Not full of people who are high on competition and low on empathy. Consistency in correct form is valued and has a great family atmosphere.

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Drew Rossi

14 August 2018

I had originally reviewed my experience with Crossfit Illumine in late October of last year. As of today, I've been a member for almost six months and completely stand by my five-star review.

Their specialty focus programs are instructed and supervised by some of the best in their area of concentration. I participated in their Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 course and walked away with a better understanding of the fundamentals of the correct body mechanics and form that is utilized in every workout of the day that is offered at convenient times through out the day. Their other programs include kettle bell, rowing, endurance - or fundurance, diet & nutrition, and a masters and legends program for those with a few extra years on their shoulders who are looking for a path to regain the strength and functionality of their younger years.

The daily WOD's are varied and easily accessible via the Wodify app to keep you up to speed if you're on the road or curious to check what's on the docket. It's also handy to check class times and reserve a spot in case there's a popular workout scheduled.

The coaches and members are some of the most salt of the earth people you'll come across. Everyone is beyond approachable and would give you the shirts off their back as quickly as they would give you a few minutes of their time to answer a question or two. Recently, I sustained a knee injury that I thought was going to take me out from participating in daily workouts but as soon as word began to spread, I received messages from almost every coach on plans to keep me moving forward and options to scale my workouts to work around it. It was a very eye opening and reassuring experience to remind me of what a great community Crossfit Illumine has developed since the first time the doors opened.

If you've ever wanted to look into Crossfit as a new approach to your personal fitness or just wanted to see what the hub bub was about, drop them a line or stop into their Niles or Northbrook locations. There'll be a friendly face to greet you.
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Ed Kaihatsu

14 August 2018

Place is well equipped and the staff are really friendly. It's not a chrome and mirror type of gym, it's more industrial and no one is there to pose but to work at improving themselves. Kimmy is great and I can't wait for more workouts there! More...

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Jorge Soto

14 August 2018

What would I do without this place? Illumine has changed my outlook on life, health and family. The people are what make such a difference. It’s been an amazing year and I can honestly say, there is no other place for my family and I. Caring, Consistent, Disciplined, Positive and Optimistic are just a few characteristics to describe the atmosphere at Illumine. Illumine, where would my life be, had we not stumbled on to you? For that I am eternally grateful. Welcome to your life change. More...

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Ryan Chislett

14 August 2018

All I can say is get yourself down to Cross Fit Illumine. Brian and Charlene are wonderful people along with all of the coaches. I have never felt so dedicated to getting in to shape, and it is all down to this awesome place. More...

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Alicia Marini Bloom

14 August 2018

I enjoy dropping in here when I'm in the area on business. The facility and equipment are excellent, and so is the coaching. I always feel welcome and appreciate the coaches take time to offer me encouragement and corrections, even though I'm not a member. More...

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Britni Calzada

14 August 2018

Awesome

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Adrianna Oregarro

14 August 2018

What an amazing experience I did the New U Challenge for 6 week. Now I have signed up for the next 12 months!!!! Great coaches ( Jen, Adrian & Grace ) you guys Rock!!!

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Katy Walsh

14 August 2018

I really, really, really like our New You Challenge Legends. I thought there was no way I'd ever be able to work out like this. Our coaches Adrian and Heather made a believer out of me. I look forward to our class and improve each time. It's great! More...

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Tracy Hathaway

14 August 2018

I'm out of shape and I HATE working out, but this place and the people in it have me coming back for more! I was super intimidated to start but everyone here is encouraging and will make you feel at ease and really comfortable. All the coaches are down to earth and truly want to see you succeed. The workouts can suck at times, but you'd be surprised at how much you can do if you just push yourself a little. Everyone here supports each other and that definitely gives you that extra push when you need it the most. More...

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Cherry Mary Santiago

14 August 2018

I won't lie, at first I was kind of skeptical and quite scared. The stuff I seen on YouTube were things I could never imagine myself ever doing. Until Brian seen my posts and kept on me about joining and trying it. So I decided to try it out back in June 2013. Trust when I say the level and intensity of the workout was something outside my comfort zone. I cried the first week because I was in so much pain. Until I got used to it and loved it ever since. I've met some great people along the way and may I also add the awesome support system you get when you are there. I had to stop due to some aliments but I plan on coming back and staying for as long as I can. You could never go wrong with Brian and Charleen. They both rock and they are great coaches! See you guys soon! More...

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Anne St.John

14 August 2018

Crossfit Illumine has welcomed this masters athlete from day 1, it'll be 3 yrs this May. I've made great friends and am in the best shape of my life, 54 yrs young! Thanks Illumine!!

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Sean Allen

14 August 2018

I dropped I tot his place a few times this past week,

This place is huge! All of the equipment is up to date, current and great to use.

Lots of space in the classes and 2-3 coach supervision is a great attribute to the gym

Very welcoming atmosphere, I'd definitely drop in again
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Connie Lopez

14 August 2018

You won't really understand how this particular box and the people in it will move you until you get out of your own way and give it a shot.
"If you try, you risk failure. If you don't try, you'll ensure it."
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Michael Rice

14 August 2018

CrossFit affiliates are hit or miss. Good coaches and owners are key to a good affiliate. CrossFit Illumine hits it out of the park. The facility has everything you need (oly lifting spaces/big Rogue rig/lots of equipment). The programming accommodates all skill levels and they provide one on one training. This translates into a great atmosphere and a true fitness community. The coaches are knowledgable and kept a close eye on all athletes despite a big 0530 class. I will visit again whenever I am in Chicago. More...

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Summer Oleksy

14 August 2018

My husband and I dropped in while on vacation. We found the staff and members to be welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. We'd recommend Illumine to those on vacation looking for a box and those looking to join CrossFit for the first time. They even offer CrossFit kids though we didn't personally experience this, but think it's cool. More...

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Jeff Evens

14 August 2018

I started swimming competitively when I was 5 years old and continued to swim and train throughout high school. By graduation, I was totally burned out on swimming. Ever since then, I've been looking for some kind of training to get me back into shape. A million diets and a dozen different gym memberships later, I found CrossFit Illumine. This place is amazing. For the first time in 25 years, I'm totally motivated to get to the gym and workout. The coaches and staff are professional, knowledgeable and motivating. I've only been there for 7 months, but I'm already in better shape than I've been in over the last 25 years. They've created an atmosphere that makes me want to go to the gym every day. As a bonus, the community there is incredible. I've made many new friends who all have the same goal, to continue to build the best versions of themselves through fitness, heath and community. I'm thankful to be a newer member of the Illumine family and I know this is the last "gym membership" I'll ever need. More...

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Carrie Livingston Luxem

14 August 2018

The coaches and athletes at CrossFit Illumine are the most amazing group of caring, charitable, and passionate people I have ever met. This place is filled with people from all different ages, fitness levels, and backgrounds - and I have become very close to so many of these people. The skills I have learned from Char, Brian and all of the coaches at Illumine go beyond exercise. CrossFit has played an enormous role in building my confidence as a mom, an entrepreneur, and a leader. Thank you CFI! More...

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Letitia Torgerson Mika

14 August 2018

Seriously did not think I would like this when I started in September 2016...but the core group I work out with in the early mornings keep me coming back. Adrian and his wife Grace are awesome coaches as well as all the others that work there. They keep you motivated and realize your abilities and modify the exercises to help with injuries or back problems. I can feel myself getting stronger and I am able to move easier than before I started. You just got to get your butt off the couch and you too will feel better. More...

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Christopher Peckat

12 August 2018

As a suburban transplant it was hard to gain my stride and get the umph I needed to push myself every time. I went to the gym quite often but became complacent. Not here. The trainers make me want to be better and assist in not just the workouts, but the motivation I was starting to lack. CrossFit or Illumine might not be for everyone, but it is a perfect fit for me. Keep up the great work guys (and gals)! More...

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Lauren Condon

12 August 2018

Love Illumine! I started CrossFit as a way to get in shape for my wedding and found myself loving it in no time. The instructors are great! Lots of one-on-one attention. Classes are fun and everyone is supportive no matter what your level of fitness. More...

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Pieter Jan Buysmans

12 August 2018

Brian knows his stuff! Beautiful box with expert staff.

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Jess Knigge

12 August 2018

Excellent. Great coaches and athletes. Equipment is top notch. Best move I have made recently was joining Illumine North.

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Alex Witt

12 August 2018

One class and you will never go to another gym. How fitness should be done.

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Eddie Bonilla

12 August 2018

This place is great because their trainers are great. Every coach I've met is concerned with movement and avoiding injury. I'm a big guy starting slow and I feel like I'm in the right hands. Thanks guys! More...

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Jonathan Root

12 August 2018

Amazing facility and a wonderful staff of coaches! Made me feel welcome and motivated from the start. I'm doing things athletically I haven't done since college and honestly never thought I'd be able to do again. I look forward to every workout and I am excited about continuing the journey! I highly recommend CrossFit Illumine!! More...

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Andrew Cann

12 August 2018

I've been in Northfield staying with friends for the holidays and needed somewhere to train. Rocked up to Crossfit Illumine North for some drop-ins and was made very welcome by coaches Heather, Donny and Kai during five sessions over a week.

Great box with brand new Rogue equipment and Chiropractor Damir on site who I had a session with after one wod. Got to workout with their first set of on-ramp/foundations graduates as well.

Thanks for making me feel welcome and like a long time member for the week.

p.s. Hopefully they'll get a sign up outside so others can find it too ;)
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Craig Walter

12 August 2018

I honestly did not know what I was getting in to, but I am glad I tried the "New to You" program and I have stayed with it. I am extremely happy with the progress I have made. Kai, Heather and Donny are fantastic coaches. I would recommend this to anyone no matter your age. You won't regret it. More...

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Rhonda Katsiamakis

12 August 2018

Cross-fit Illumine has given me my life back - pain free for a year now. I am in the best shape too, best I've been in decades. I can't thank the coaches enough! Simply the BEST! More...

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Marilyn Soto

30 July 2018

What can I say! Best place and atmosphere to get fit and make friends! I’ve been a member for 1 year and lost 30lbs of fat because of the workouts and nutritional guidance these amazing coaches have given me. If you’re a woman and trying to be healthier and fit this is the place! Never bulky but extremely strong! Give it a chance you won’t regret it! More...

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melinda polan linas

30 July 2018

CrossFit Illumine is the perfect place for anyone no matter what your current abilities are. I was new to CrossFit and a little intimidated and afraid of injury. After realizing the Coaches actually care about each individual and respect your own goals and abilities, I have truly enjoyed each workout and have made amazing progress. I've also met some pretty great people who I now consider friends. It's a great environment for anyone looking to improve their health. More...

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KILEY STOJANOFF

30 July 2018

This crossfit box is absolutely amazing! The community is like nothing you have ever seen before. Everyone is so nice and the coaches are great at helping you improve your form to avoid injury! I have nothing but positive and good things to say about this place. The owners are amazing and I love seeing the changes in my body from when I started 2.5 years ago! If you’re ready for a change, come on it to Illumine! More...

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Timea Gulyas

30 July 2018

Joined CrossFit Illumine 2 years ago and it was the best decision ever. My only regret is that I have not started earlier. At 44 years I feel the best in my life, not only physically but mentally as well. Amazing coaches and a supportive community. If you are looking for a great box, this is it! More...

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Charles Hanson

30 July 2018

A great place to workout. Well equipped with both free weights and machines. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The locker rooms are always well maintained and clean.

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Jeff Voiles

30 July 2018

Great opportunity to improve yourself without dedicating your life to fitness. Been pretty easy to stick with this for almost 3 years now because of the great people here. With relatively minimal effort I’ve been able to have steady success. At this point I can confidently say I have lost at least 20 lbs and gained strength and skill to comfortably lift twice the weight as the day I walked in the door. Still improving every day! More...

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Christine Alkass

30 July 2018

I only have positive things to say about this place. I come here almost every morning to start my day off on the right foot. I rely on my morning workout to get me going for the day. The coaches and the athletes are now my framily (friends that have become family). The workouts are so enjoyable and satisfying. The atmosphere is welcoming. I can't imagine ever leaving this place. More...

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Sarah Yazdani

30 July 2018

By far the best decision I’ve made was to join this community. It’s a great place to learn how to push yourself and makes strives in your physical ability. You will be pleasantly surprised as to how well you succeed. More...

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Nancy Leong

30 July 2018

Decided to take up CrossFit at the age of 55 and so glad I did. CrossFit Illumine Niles coaches, members, (+ their kids), are amazing peeps. The coaches helped eased me into the workouts, providing the direction and motivation to challenge myself and wanting to continuously self-improve. Any age, gender, or condition, CrossFit Illumine Niles will help you with your goals. More...

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Kyla Stancy

30 July 2018

Great Gym even better community! Couldn’t imagine going to another gym!

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Jonathan Root

30 July 2018

Crossfit Illumine truly is in a category all by itself. I had some apprehension and quite a few misconceptions about Crossfit when I fist walked in the door. That evaporated immediately when I met the coaching staff. Brian/ Donny/ Charlene/ Heather & Kai have all been professional, helpful, motivating and above all inspiring. They have shown me how to do things physically and think of things mentally I did not think were possible. They really love what they do and it shows. Whether you are an experienced Crossfiter or are looking to take the first steps you need to check them out. You will be glad you did! More...

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Vanessa Rios

30 July 2018

Great place with positive fun vibes. The coaching staff are amazing. Instantly family who wants the best for you overall.

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Gloria Lloret

30 July 2018

CrossFit Illumine is just so much fun! You get a great workout, are coached well and make so many friends. The culture is like no other since everyone supports each other and there is no judging! Give it a try! Edit: a year later now and I still feel the same way! Just come in and check it out! More...

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RUTH SULLIVAN

30 July 2018

Great place to work out. Love the coaches and encouragement from the other athletes. You don't have to be young & fit to go to Crossfit Illumine. They work with all ages to help us improve our health and fitness. More...

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adrianna oregarro

30 July 2018

I love this place, great coaches come a day check them out.

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Tina Debenedictis

30 July 2018

Great group of people and coaches and awesome box! Check out Illumine North if you are closer to Northbrook. Same equipment and coaches!

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Nicole A

30 July 2018

Awesome coaches, Clean facilities, great community! Been working out here for two years. Would never go back to the standard fitness facilities.

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Matthew Chmura

30 July 2018

I began my CrossFit journey at CrossFit Illumine back in August 2015, and I have enjoyed every single minute of that. Great community spirit and atmosphere, awesome facilities, excellent and easily accessible and the best coaches in the industry. What more could you ask for!! Check them out today!! More...

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Melvin Stanislaus

30 July 2018

Great community and fun workouts!

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Jorge Soto

30 July 2018

This place changed my life! I have made so many new friends that I would never have met, had it not been for Illumine. The coaching is A++. The atmosphere and energy is nothing like I’ve ever seen. I cant imagine where I would be without them. Hands bown best Box ive been to. That’s why they are stuck with me! Lol. #CrossfitChangedMyLife More...

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Carla Johns

30 July 2018

Love every part about this place. The coaches are fantastic and so knowledgeable. They push you for your best work out but also keep you in check for safety to protect against injuries. I have worked out at many other forums in the past and nothing beats the comradiere of the other athletes working out with you. I get excited every day I am able to attend. More...

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anne st

30 July 2018

I’ve stuck with this for almost 4 yrs , and at 54 y/o I am the fittest I’ve ever been. Great community, great coaches, great fun!!

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Jordan Hanson

30 July 2018

Love this gym. Its usually well organized and clean and the staff are extremely friendly.

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Damir Simunac

30 July 2018

Love this place!!! Amazing coaches and staff and a great community!

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Candace Gurewitz

30 July 2018

Love this place! Excellent community, amazing coaches, and the workouts are scaled for every fitness level! Wonderful place to reach personal fitness goals and overall better yourself!

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Joel Rivamonte

30 July 2018

Best. Gym. Ever!!!! Amazing coaches and members!!!!!

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Ninette Voiles

30 July 2018

Found this place a little over 2 years ago and couldn't be happier. The programs are amazing, the coaches are great, and the people truly make this a one of a kind box!Fast forward another few years and I’m still here, now with a son who just turned one! So thankful to have a place like this to workout out during my pregnancy and even help get me stronger post baby! The coaches and people are still amazing:) More...

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Katy Walsh

30 July 2018

Never in my life did I think that I would be a CrossFitter! I've been going for a year and a half and will continue. It's a great community, the coaches are knowledgeable, the workouts can be scaled to your level and support for you abounds. If you want to get in shape come to Illumine and be part of our fitfam. More...

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Benjamin Cook

7 June 2018

Great gym with very clean facilities and state of the art equipment. Staff is incredibly friendly

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Pavel Botev

29 March 2018

Great place to work out. CrossFit Illumine has exceptional coaches that will answer every question. I am not worried that I will get hurt, since I am being corrected for every movement we do.
Also I started loosing my belly fat. Won't be missed.
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molly stamer

19 March 2018

I started cross fit a year ago as a way to remember my father, a life long Marine, after he passed away. I wanted to pay tribute to his disciplined, healthy and buoyant approach to life. I knew I was in the right place to find this the minute I walked into CF Illumine. Beyond the workouts that are carefully and knowledgeably designed is the attention and one on one supervision you receive. The coaches LOVE what they do and their passion for helping you attain your goals is contagious. My 5am workouts have a crew of friends that bring a smile to my face and a belief that you can in fact succeed in anything you put your heart and soul to. More...

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Nadim Badran

6 February 2018

Joining Crossfit Illumine has been one of the best decisions I have made. The coaches push you to achieve more than you ever thought possible. They are supportive and truly care about your progress and goals. Highly recommended! More...

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Eddie Bonilla

17 January 2018

It seems the popular criticism for cross fit is that you can get the same workout at all of these “boxes”. While that may be true, what separates Crossfit Illumine from any other box is the quality of people. Brian Alexander has created one of the most nurturing, caring and inspiring environments I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I joined in May of 2017 and lost 66lbs by end of year. The support from both the coaches and members is quite humbling. Cross Fit Illumine has changed and improved my life. I’m a member forever!

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Craig Walter

17 January 2018

Great coaches. Great culture. Great athletes. Crossfit Illumine is a great place to create a better you. I began with their New You on-ramp class. It was 6 weeks and basically an introductory to Crossfit. I wasn’t sure what to expect but Brian, Donny, Heather and Kai made it a great experience. Workouts are tough and rewarding. Emphasis is placed on form and function over just lifting heavy weights and injuring yourself. You build up and before you know it, you used to scale and now you an go at the RX weight. Well, I made it through that 6 weeks and haven’t looked back.

If you are looking for a variety of workouts, something different every day, and a workout for all ages (members are 17-mid-70’s), this is your place! Come in and try it.
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4 January 2018

Love this place! Every time I'm in town for the holidays visiting my parents, I make sure to stop by and get a workout in. The coaches are all super friendly and helpful - they're great at making sure your form is always on point and they push you to do better, no matter what your skill level is. The facilities are amazing. There's always plenty of room, and they always have the newest equipment. And the community - I cannot say enough about the people here. It's a great group of people to work out with. They're super friendly and fun. Super jealous of the people that live nearby and get to work out here all the time. If you live nearby...join this gym! You won't regret it! More...

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Lisa Collins

10 October 2017

Just started going here but really like it so far.

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Alexandra Sanchez

28 August 2017

Great place and awesome work out! Would highly recommend it to anyone looking to change their work out. Kicked my a**

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Michael Manson

14 August 2017

I was introduced to Crossfit a little over 5 years ago. I have been a part of multiple gyms and have experienced the "good" and "bad" ones throughout the Chicagoland area. I can say all of the crossfit gyms offer the same workout. Meaning the WOD and strength programs are usually the same. To me, what makes the difference is the community and the range of experience members at the gym have. Crossfit gyms where everyone thinks they are "regional" athletes, can be unwelcoming to the new members and the coaches only pay attention to the better athletes. The best gyms are those that have people who are brand new to Crossfit and those who have been doing it since this started. Crossfit Illumine is the best gym I have ever been to. The community, coaches, and level of commitment from every member keep me coming back, ready to take on whatever workout is thrown at me. If you are new to Crossfit or might be "intimidated" by what you "think" Crossfit is... give this gym a shot. The workouts are tough but tough enough for everyone to participate. Oh, they also have the best equipment too :) Do not pass this one up. You will not be disappointed. More...

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Mike M.

14 August 2017

I was introduced to Crossfit a little over 5 years ago. I have been a part of multiple gyms and have experienced the "good" and "bad" ones throughout the Chicagoland area. I can say all of the crossfit gyms offer the same workout. Meaning the WOD and strength programs are usually the same. To me, what makes the difference is the community and the range of experience members at the gym have. Crossfit gyms where everyone thinks they are "regional" athletes, can be unwelcoming to the new members and the coaches only pay attention to the better athletes. The best gyms are those that have people who are brand new to Crossfit and those who have been doing it since this started. Crossfit Illumine is the best gym I have ever been to. The community, coaches, and level of commitment from every member keep me coming back, ready to take on whatever workout is thrown at me. If you are new to Crossfit or might be "intimidated" by what you "think" Crossfit is... give this gym a shot. The workouts are tough but tough enough for everyone to participate. Oh, they also have the best equipment too :) Do not pass this one up. You will not be disappointed. More...

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Craig W.

13 August 2017

Are you looking to build a better you?  Better physically and mentally?  More focused on your nutrition?  Looking to push your limits with an emphasis on form and doing the work correctly over going heavy and hurting yourself?  CrossFit Illumine North is, in a word, amazing!  From their "New To You" classes or the experienced WOD participants, anyone can find a home here and better themselves.  The coaches are outstanding!  They are focused on you and your goals not what they think your goals should be.  The workouts are constantly varied and the weight is scalable.  I am not going to lie...the work is challenging and you will hurt in places you did not know you could hurt, but the journey is worth it and you will be better for it. More...

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Jess K.

13 August 2017

Love this place.  Great coaches and community of athletes.  Joined 8 months ago and I am loving it.  Great workout with a great group of people.  Best hour of my day.

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Rachel Martin

30 July 2017

I joined Illumine 3 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The owners, Brian and Charlene, want only the best for the community..health wise, safety wise, comfort wise. The coaches are amazing and spend time ensuring you are growing and enjoying the experience. The athletes there have become a second family to me supporting and challenging me. I was not athletic before I stepped into this box and have found a love for the sport ever since. More...

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Liz Perez

30 July 2017

I have been a member of CrossFit Illumine fit family for a year and only have amazing things to say about CrossFit Illumine. I came in to them without any athletic background and I had recently recovered from a back injury. Over time, they have helped me develop physical strength, mental toughness and turned my biggest weakness running into an enjoyable activity. The programming is varied & challenging and coaches are caring.The owners put in a lot of work making sure members are happy and are invested in helping people of all levels to achieve their goals. I highly recommend giving CFI a try, you won't be disappointed!!! More...

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Sherman Merricks

30 July 2017

The facility is excellent! The coaches are very knowledgeable and friendly. If you can get to this gym do it! I couldn't imagine going anywhere else in Chicago.

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Jason Brown

30 July 2017

Hands down the nicest box I've ever been to! Not to mention, their staff is knowleable and goes above and beyond to ensure you're getting the most of our their programming. Highly recommend!

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Jeffrey Evens

30 July 2017

I started swimming competitively when I was 5 years old and continued to swim and train throughout high school. By graduation, I was totally burned out on swimming. Ever since then, I've been looking for some kind of training to get me back into shape. A million diets and a dozen different gym memberships later, I found CrossFit Illumine. This place is amazing. For the first time in 25 years, I'm totally motivated to get to the gym and workout. The coaches and staff are professional, knowledgeable and motivating. I've only been there for 7 months, but I'm already in better shape than I've been in over the last 25 years. They've created an atmosphere that makes me want to go to the gym every day. As a bonus, the community there is incredible. I've made many new friends who all have the same goal, to continue to build the best versions of themselves through fitness, heath and community. I'm thankful to be a newer member of the Illumine family and I know this is the last "gym membership" I'll ever need. More...

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Larry Li

30 July 2017

Whether your new to CrossFit or an experienced CrossFit athlete, CrossFit Illumine offers training to all levels of athletes. The moment you walk-in through the doors you will be amazed with the gorgeous facility. The Coaches at Illumine are knowledgable and attentive to the training goals of every athlete. Most importantly the community at CrossFit Illumine is welcoming and friendly. You're always guaranteed a good workout and have a great time doing it. More...

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Lindsey Lerner

30 July 2017

I've been coming to Crossfit Illumine for over 3 years now. It's become apart of my daily routine and one I definitely look forward to at the end of a long work day. The atmosphere is inviting from the moment you walk in the door and the other athletes and coaches keep you coming back for more. I have done drop ins at other locations when I travel for work but nothing comes close to the Illumine community. If you're in the area, stop in and gives us a try! You won't be disappointed! More...

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Heather Bartuch

30 July 2017

CrossFit Illumine cares about each and every member at the gym. From extras like having an onsite physical therapist, nutrition coach (☺), to numerous healthy products, Brian, the owner, is constantly thinking of ways to enhance member experience and make everyone as healthy as they can be. The atmosphere is family friendly and extremely supportive. More...

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Adrian Herrera

30 July 2017

From the minute you walk into this box, you'll know the trainers are here to help you reach your goals. They are extremely knowledgeable and know how to push you to work your hardest.A strong sign of a successful business is customer satisfaction and the crossfit peeps that challenge themselves daily at Crossfit Illumine completing well programmed WODs (workout of the day) are completely satisfied...knowing they were pushed to their limits, keeping proper form, and hitting personal strength/conditioning goals previously never thought possible.Technology meets efficiency with Wodify sw accessible during workouts or at home. Equipment is the latest and greatest, box is always well kept and clean. More...

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Andrew Rossi

30 July 2017

I had originally reviewed my experience with Crossfit Illumine in late October of last year. As of today, I've been a member for almost six months and completely stand by my five-star review. Their specialty focus programs are instructed and supervised by some of the best in their area of concentration. I participated in their Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 course and walked away with a better understanding of the fundamentals of the correct body mechanics and form that is utilized in every workout of the day that is offered at convenient times through out the day. Their other programs include kettle bell, rowing, endurance - or fundurance, diet & nutrition, and a masters and legends program for those with a few extra years on their shoulders who are looking for a path to regain the strength and functionality of their younger years. The daily WOD's are varied and easily accessible via the Wodify app to keep you up to speed if you're on the road or curious to check what's on the docket. It's also handy to check class times and reserve a spot in case there's a popular workout scheduled. The coaches and members are some of the most salt of the earth people you'll come across. Everyone is beyond approachable and would give you the shirts off their back as quickly as they would give you a few minutes of their time to answer a question or two. Recently, I sustained a knee injury that I thought was going to take me out from participating in daily workouts but as soon as word began to spread, I received messages from almost every coach on plans to keep me moving forward and options to scale my workouts to work around it. It was a very eye opening and reassuring experience to remind me of what a great community Crossfit Illumine has developed since the first time the doors opened. If you've ever wanted to look into Crossfit as a new approach to your personal fitness or just wanted to see what the hub bub was about, drop them a line or stop into their Niles or Northbrook locations. There'll be a friendly face to greet you. More...

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Tara Keating

30 July 2017

I've been a member since June 2014. I started CrossFit because I was looking for a more challenging workout. Illumine has provided that and so much more. The coaches and community here are outstanding. I never anticipated when I walked in the doors that I would not only become stronger physically, but also mentally. More...

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Scott Kowalski

30 July 2017

It's a wonderful place that truly cares about your health and well being.

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Ryan Fleischhacker

30 July 2017

Best CrossFit Community in Chicago.

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JR Ocampo

30 July 2017

What a great place to be! You'll never find a more positive group of people with the same wellness goals as the folks here at Crossfit Illlumine! Great Facility, awesome coaching staff, and even better community! More...

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Andy W

30 July 2017

AMAZING facility, kind and professional coaches

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Nickie Cremins

30 July 2017

The coaches are great! They motivate you to do your best and to keep challenging yourself.

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Fred Parker

30 July 2017

I joined Crossfit Illumine at the urging of a Illumine member/friend and when a brother in-law who is a Crossfit Instructor suggested Crossfit was NOT a good fit for me (I was 54 at the time .... he thought I was too old) that sealed the deal I was all in. I've been a member of Illumine since December of 2015 and I lost 20 pounds since I started and I may be in the best physical shape since high school when I played varsity football, basketball and track. It takes commitment and it is a "challenge" (ie: euphemism for it will kick your ass) but Crossfit Illumine is way worth doing.Illumine facility, equipment, and ancillary programs are a step above most other Crossfit facilities and the people are awesome.If your considering Crossfit definitely check out Crossfit Illumine. More...

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30 July 2017

This place changed my life!! The coaches, the workouts and the other members make this place an ideal place to reach a goal of being a better personOh btw, that's me in the bottom left of the first pic

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Daniel Senra

30 July 2017

This place is amazing! I have been bouncing around from gym to gym, and workout to workout, but the entire experience at Crossfit Illumine is completely unique, and makes me want to continue coming back. The coaches are amazing, and focus on your safety and education. Highly recommend!!! More...

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Keil Barnhisel

30 July 2017

I've been coming here for over a year and I can't say anything as about this place. Great coaches, great athletes, and great friends! If you want to try crossfit or just want a box to drop into then come bye Illumine! More...

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Carlos Ayala

30 July 2017

We have the most amazing Coaching Staff EVER!!! ..... They help me transform my body from a tubby out of shape guy, to a person who now doesn't feel ashamed to take off his shirt out in public.....My wife, my son, my sister, and my mother-in-law attend Crossfit Illumine, and we are proud to be a Crossfit Family! More...

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Paul Sopanarat

30 July 2017

After two year at Crossfit Illumine. So far I lost just over 100 lbs. I can proudly say that Crossfit Illumine saved my life. I was way overweight and out of shape and was on my way to heart disease or diabetes. It was very hard to get out of my comfort zone, as I was always in denial that I was overweight. However my journey for the past 2 years wasn't easy, but with the help and support all the coaches and my fellow athletes at Crossfit Illumine I was able to transform to the healthy person I am today. More...

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Nathan Holt

30 July 2017

Awesome coaching/staff! Awesome facility! Offers variety of programs and programing options. I've made this my fitness community for the last 2+ years!

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Vanessa Rios

30 July 2017

Crossfit Illumine is my happy place for two years now. The coaches truly care about you and your well being. The support from this community is just amazingly genuine.

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Jay Munce

30 July 2017

The coaches and athletes at CrossFit Illumine, and I use the word athlete instead of member intentionally, are one of a kind. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is encouraged. Everyone leaves a better person than when they arrived – every workout, every week, every month.A member belongs to a gym. An athlete strives to improve, strives to excel, pushes him or herself to get better at their skill. Illumine recognizes that we are all athletes, some further along their path than others, but all athletes who should be encouraged and celebrated. The vibe simply emanates from everyone associated with Illumine. Stop by and check it out. More...

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Catherine Rader

30 July 2017

Joining CrossFit Illumine is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The atmosphere is very supportive and inspiring. The coaches are incredible. They make sure you are following the correct technique and they are your loudest cheerleaders. More...

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Tina Camarena

30 July 2017

Started about a year ago! Great coaches and community. They motivate a healthy environment. Because of the inspiration I have lost lots of weight and gain loads of confidence! Over all great place to workout and accomplish personal goals. More...

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Zoe Batzer

30 July 2017

Amazing staff and great facility. Nothing but the best coaching and training here!

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Jesse Johnson

30 July 2017

If you're looking for a place with great coaches, awesome atmosphere, workouts sure to make you sweat, and friendly faces then look no further!

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Mireya Beaton

30 July 2017

If you're ready to look your best, feel your best and be surrounded by a community of people with the same health goals; Crossfit Illumine is the place for you. The coaches at Crossfit Illumine are truly one of a kind. They are knowledgeable and always willing to help. Safety and helping you reach your personal health goals is their priority. The only regret I have is not finding this place sooner. Thanks to Crossfit Illumine, I am in the best shape of my life. More...

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Mat Koym

30 July 2017

Knowledge bombs. Thanks.

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Francis Floresca

30 July 2017

This is the best box in the chicagoland area. I've visited various places throughout chicago and nothing compares. Both the coaches and community are warm and welcoming. The facility is huge and has some of the best equipment. They offer a lot of class times as well as various specialty programs like olympic weightlifting, kettlebell and endurance. I've been a member since July 2013 and this place has made me a better athlete and human being. More...

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Timea Gulyas

30 July 2017

I've joined Crossfit Illumine in April 2016 and my only regret is that I wish I would have joined much earlier. It's an amazing positive community with first class coaches! I recommend this box to anyone who is looking for great workout experience, whether just dropping in or contemplating joining. More...

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Rodolfo Moreno

30 July 2017

Awesome coaches, athletes and crossfit space! Find it hard NOT to workout! :)

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Laura Perez

30 July 2017

Love love love this place!! After working out for years at a big box gym, I really value the culture and community of Illumine. From day one, all the coaches and athletes were so welcoming and it was easy to keep coming back. My husband and I have been coming to classes for almost a year and I can't imagine leaving. More...

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Ely Bhong

30 July 2017

Awesome place! Been here for 3yrs. It's my playground to get stronger and get fit. Awesome owner. Awesome coaches. Awesome community. Always makes you feel welcome. I would recommend this place to everyone who wants to get fit or stronger. You won't get disappointed. More...

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Ali Haider

30 July 2017

Incredible place to change your life and be part of a special community. Brian and Charleene (owners) are amazing and the coaching staff is knowledgeable and very helpful.

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J Perez

30 July 2017

Illumine is filled with great people who love fitness and love having fun!

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Imee A

30 July 2017

There is not one person who won't motivate you.

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Kathryn Joy Caneda

30 July 2017

Family. Community. Growth. Development. Want these? You will find them here! This has become my second home. Here you will find amazing training, great fundamentals, safety, and an amazing time.

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Abigail Garcia

30 July 2017

The coaches and community are second to none! Everyone is so welcoming. There's something for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you want to improve your health and fitness, check out CrossFit Illumine. More...

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James Riosa

30 July 2017

Awesome experience! Awesome coaches, people, facility, programs, community, etc. I would not join any other affiliate, as a matter of fact, there are plenty of places much closer but I would rather drive over 30 minutes each way.

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David Maestro

30 July 2017

Amazing facility with a friendly, welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Unlike some franchised and corporate chain establishments, Illumine takes you where you are and will help you achieve your own personal goals and is not focused with pushing product or personal training sessions. I went on the "bring your friend" day and my instructor Heather was kind and encouraging in a I-AM-GONNA-PUSH-YOU kind of way that motivated me. The workout was a healthy balance of strength, cardio and flexibility. Great experience. More...

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Juan Beaton

30 July 2017

Illumine is much more than a Crossfit gym; it is a community of people that support each other in meeting each person's goals. I have never been fitter in my life, thanks Illumine community. More...

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Keith Mercado

30 July 2017

Great owners and knowledgeable trainers! But most importantly, a great community l.

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Rob Evenboer

30 July 2017

I have been coming to Illumine for several years and recommend it to anyone that is interested in getting in better shape. The facilities and coaching staff are great and there are a wide range of class offerings to fit all ages and abilities. More...

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Nolan Cavanaugh

25 July 2017

Crossfit Illumine is a great box with a big, beautiful, well kept space and even better coaching. Highly recommend for anyone looking to get better and have fun doing it.

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Juan Beaton

9 July 2017

Wasn't too big on fitness prior to coming Illumine. Now I'm hooked and healthier then ever in my life. It truly is a lifestyle change.

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Charley Charmelo

8 June 2017

Feeling much stronger, just 5 weeks into it. The Trainers are knowledgeable & they make sure your doing everything correctly.

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Ieva Pucinskaite

8 June 2017

Joining Crosstfit Illumine has been one of the best life decisions I've ever made. I've been going to various gyms regularly for last few years, I've had personal trainers and tried out various workout programs however, joining crossfit has surpassed all my results just in 3 months. The coaches at Illumine are extremely encouraging and help you push yourself to the next level. Even in a class setting they help you customize the workout fit for you, so you can get the best out of the class. And if that isnt enough, all of the atheletes at Illumine are amazing. I've met many incredible people and everyone's so encouraging, always trying to help you get to your goals. Best gym I've ever been a part of and I hihgly recommend it! More...

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Franco Francese

8 June 2017

Great coaches...always a good workout.

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Jon Rogosich

8 June 2017

Great facilities and great coaches. I highly recommend this gym.

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Jess Knigge

8 June 2017

Great coaches and athletes alike. Facility is top notch. Really glad I joined Illumine North.

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Elliott Hile

8 June 2017

Fantastic crossfit gym! Supportive and energetic coaches who push all members to achieve new levels of physical performance.

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Maciej Kowalczyk

8 June 2017

Great place to train! Awesome coaches, amazing atmosphere!!

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RHONDA KATSIAMAKIS

4 April 2017

I joined Crossfit Illumine North in Nov 2016. I can't say enough great things about this place. The coaches are second to none. They are knowledgeable and genuinely care. The atmosphere is positive, uplifting & full of energy. I look forward to going there each day. Crossfit works, especially with coaches like these guys. Best coaches ever! If you want to get in shape and do it the right way, this is your answer. Not only have I lost weight, I've gained muscle & strength & no longer have chronic back pain as a result of strengthening my core. Thank you Donny & Kai! More...

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Anthony Hernandez

4 April 2017

Such a great box and even more amazing coaches. With just being there 4 1/2 months, I've seen the gains and learned so much more about myself. Donny and Kai are the best coaches around! More...

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Susan S.

24 March 2017

I was very intimidated walking into Crossfit Illumine my first day but the staff and gym is so welcoming. Being over 50 with knee issues I was desperate to find something different and challenging but a program I could handle. The staff is quick to help with modifications but will motivate you to push. The group workout is fun and you will meet people just like you who want to make a healthy change.I'm truly impressed with the Crossfit work outs and truly impressed with myself that being over 50 I can do it!! Kudos to the incredible staff at this location that cheer us on and give us such positive energy. You will meet your goals if you join! More...

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Keil Barnhisel

14 March 2017

Great People. I've been doing crossfit here for a year, and everyone has been really awesome. I'm really glad I found this group!

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Tina DeBenedictis

13 March 2017

Been attending Illumine since November and have found there are so many great coaches and athletes!

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Samuel Farrell

5 November 2016

I had a great time and the Coach, Heather was awesome!

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Jackie B.

19 October 2016

I am going on my third year at Illumine and cannot say enough positive things about this place. In the past I have tried several gyms and never really stuck with any type of work out. It is the community here and the coaching that has kept me around this long and the positive changes in my body that will keep me coming around for much longer. If there were 10 stars this place would have them. More...

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Joel Rivamonte

9 October 2016

If you want to make a significant change in your life toward something positive with the support and motivation needed to get there, please include CrossFit Illumine in the necessary steps to achieve that goal!

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Desiree Francesca

24 September 2016

So glad we found this place, love all the coaches, they rock !!

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John Lobo

30 July 2016

I love this place! I've visited other boxes in the area and I feel most at home at Crossfit Illumine. Not only do they have a staff of great coaches who care about your well being but also a great community for support. The part I really like is that they have an area for the little kids to play while the parents lift ALL OF THE WEIGHTS! Check it out. More...

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Marni E.

30 July 2016

I visited Crossfit Illumine as a Saturday drop in and had a great experience. Staff greeted me soon after I entered, helped me get signed in and even found me just the right size shirt (they have great shirts). Then we did a very fun partner WOD and my partner Jill was friendly and a great teammate. Their facility and equipment are very impressive and shorty friendly. More...

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Tim Reid

30 July 2016

This place has changed my life. 10 months ago when I stepped in Illumine I wasn't exercising at all. The coaches are fantastic and the community is always positive and encouraging. Top notch equipment and a huge facility. Highly recommend to anyone and any level of fitness. More...

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Aaron Troyer

30 July 2016

Great place to drop in. Very welcoming drop in culture, the coaches are knowledgeable, and the facility itself is amazing. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. More...

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Dana Oswald

30 July 2016

This is the best box in the USA. Your entire quality of life will change for the better when you walk in their door. Every coach cares, the owners are very much involved and every single time I leave that box I am happy.

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Vanessa

30 July 2016

Wonderful crossfit gym!! The members are like family to me!

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Alec K

30 July 2016

Top box in the Chicagoland area. Top of the line equipment, engaging and well trained coaches, incredibly welcoming atmosphere. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Bob Sundevil

30 July 2016

The atmosphere is one of success. Everyone wants to help each other reach their goals. Great group of people...Love them all.

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Chanoy Montoya

30 July 2016

My fitness journey at Illumine started in September of 2014 and like I tell everyone, its one of the best choices I've made. I went from boring workout routines and unsustainable diets to a way of life that thrives on motivation, support and diversity. I've learned so much here, from how to lift weights, to proper nutrition. Best of all we're a tight knit family with open doors. More...

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Allen Buenaventura

30 July 2016

Five star experience without a doubt! The owners, coaches, and members all care about your well-being and comfort. I have been a member since 7 months into CrossFit Illumine's inception and have loved every minute of it.Aside from the community aspect, their programming TOP NOTCH. I highly recommend this facility whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the CrossFit game. CrossFit Illumine will make sure your health and your personal outlook on life improves starting with day one! More...

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Vinnie Paul

30 July 2016

Great owners. Great coaches. Great community. Great experience. Huge gym.

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Kimberly Almeida

30 July 2016

If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. This gym amazes me everytime I step in. The owners and coaches understand your needs, limitations, and provide excellent feedback on how to move more safely, efficiently, and effectively. Got a question? Someone is always available to answer it. Need to scale a workout? Everything, I mean, everything is scalable. Intimidated? Don't be, The community Crossfit Illumine has will encourage you, challenge you, and work with you with any goals you may have. More...

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Debbie Sabin

30 July 2016

Ive been CrossFitting for seven years and have been to many 'boxes' in the area and around the country. I've also been an owner of a CrossFit box. What got me to Illumine was location. What kept me at Illumine was the space and the equipment. It's a huge space, there's plenty of equipment and it's all top notch. Parking is easy and that's a huge plus.After being a member for four months, the best part of Illumine is the professional coaching staff and the programming. As a master CrossFitter, I'm very particular about who's coaching. While I like a cheerleader and someone encouraging me, I'm really paying for a coach who can watch my movements, make suggestions and tweak for improvement without risk of injury. The class I attend is large and there are always two coaches. That's not something I've always seen in other facilities.The programming is done with thought and integrity. It's clear to see what the coach's goal is and where we're headed as athletes.While most CrossFit boxes have an amazing community, Illumine takes it steps ahead of that game with their coaching. I highly recommend you stop in and say hello! You'll not be sorry. More...

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Tracy Collings

30 July 2016

Best workout experience you'll ever have. Owners and coaches who really care about their members. The only problem I have with this place is figuring out how I can spend more time here!

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Jan Garcia

30 July 2016

This place is amazing! From the owners, to the coaches and right down to the athletes, Illumine is about family! Great place to not only get your fitness in check, but also your life! Hands down one of the places to be at. Highly recommended to join or just drop-in. More...

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Michael Saavedra

30 July 2016

I thought I was just going to work out, I instead got a family and a great community!! Can't beat that!!

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Jenn Paracuelles

30 July 2016

Been a member for 3 years and I've got nothing but 'Love' for this place! Great coaches, great community, great environment! ...Easily one of the best Crossfit Boxes out there! More...

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laura decico

30 July 2016

How do you describe a piece of your life that is so wonderful? Hard for sure, but this box is it. I can't imagine my life without it!!!

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Enrique Garcia Jr

30 July 2016

Amazing Box, Owners are extremely knowledgeable and will walk with you as you become familiar with crossfit. Coaches out of this world. Super friendly but will push you to achieve goals. More...

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Iveliss Gonzalez

30 July 2016

Great Crossfit gym. Crossfit illumine offers various programming to fit your fitness needs. Intimidated by Crossfit? Try illumine's lite fit program. All programming includes fun and healthy results :). Take my word, check it out. More...

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Stacey B.

4 June 2016

I did a drop in while staying at a hotel near O'Hare and it was easy to find with good parking. Great coaching (warm up and strength were coach led, much like my home box)- super facility -friendly athletes! Would definitely return if back in Chicago. More...

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Rosemary Guerrero Pannell

7 May 2016

The coaches are so supportive and caring. They are a fantastic group of people!

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Dean J.

1 May 2016

Great gym just like the other crossfit i have tried, the staff are amazing as well as the coaches who are really friendly even though you don't look as ripped as them. You can tell they are not in it for the money but to help you reach your goal. More...

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Ali H.

27 January 2016

Coaches are great, variety of classes to accommodate schedule, great environment to get fit and make positive changes your life.

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Susie Bothur San Roman

16 January 2016

The staff and clientele here are awesome if you thinking about doing CrossFit this is the place!

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Charlie Breneman

27 December 2015

Great atmosphere, and great people! I dropped in twice over a holiday weekend and had a great workout both times.

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Diana Cervera

21 December 2015

Awesome box. The coaches and the community is great. I will definitely be here every time I'm in the area! Thanks guys!

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Alex Witt

19 December 2015

There is no other gym that exists. I live 40 minutes away and still work out here.

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Robert M.

16 November 2015

I was a lost soul.  Hadn't worked out for 10 plus years.  170 pounds over weight.  I could barely walk up a flight of stairs and my years or maybe months were numbered.  My two girls under 3 years deserved better.That's when Crossfit Illumine stepped in!  The Owners and Coaches are amazing.   There are programs for everyone at all levels.  Do not be afraid or intimidated.  The community that has been created is as supportive as can be.  If you truly want change in your life, come get it!In just about 6 months, I have dropped 100 pounds and rather then dreading the future, i cant wait to wake up the next day to make further Gains in my life. More...

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Christopher M.

16 November 2015

If you are curious about Crossfit and want to change up your workout routine with great coaches with a variety of programs then you need to check this place out. They have a great 'onramp' program that teaches beginners the basics of body movement workouts and Olympic lifting in a safe and friendly community. It's also great for the more experienced with programs like Olympic lifting, endurance, and gymnastics, or if you just want to drop in. They even have programs for kids and teens. The facility is large enough to have multiple classes going on at the same time and they have great equipment. It's worth stopping in. More...

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Carlos Ayala

4 September 2015

It is a fun and energetic environment with GREAT coaches.....I've seen so much improvement in my strength and physical shape in the 4 months that I have been part of Illumine.....I wish I had joined earlier

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Irina R.

22 July 2015

If you want to try a crossfit this is the place to go. All the bad rep Crossfits get about injuries is usually because people don't follow good form and this place will not even let you join the regular classes unless you do a month of onramp focusing on safety. Once you join the regular classes you really feel like you get welcomed to a family. The owners are fantastic and so nice to everyone. Ohh and you aren't going to find a better box anywhere around. More...

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Alec Kinczewski

1 April 2015

Best box in the area hands down; great facility, fun coaches who know their craft, wods are challenging but always conquered

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Afrim Delisi

17 March 2015

Very welcoming environment. All the coaches are great to work with and attend to each individual. Very organized as well.

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Milana Grosfiler

10 March 2015

I love this place, coaches, people in general. Totally recommend:)

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Marinela S.

21 November 2014

When I signed up for crossfit I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. I just know I have to do something to get fit and be healthy. I'm not young anymore and I was never athletic my whole life. I have tried gym membership at least every year ( New Years resolution) then Zumba and even Pilates. None of which I stuck with long enough to get the result I wanted. They just don't hold my interest that much. So off I went to the on ramp program to see if it's a good fit. The coaches I had, Brian and Charlene are the nicest and the most supportive ever. They make you feel important because they really spend time teaching me the right way to do stuff so I don't get hurt. It was an amazing experience and I can believe how I'm able to complete the program with so much energy and enthusiasm. I was looking forward to every class I had to attend. Not once did I think of not coming because of some lame excuse. Now I'm on the regular program and things are just getting better every single time. I'm improving my form and techniques, at the same time I'm increasing my strength and endurance. I know I have a long way to go but I'm not worried because I know every single member of the illumine crossfit community is cheering for me! The greatest thing about this is my husband's approval. He actually said he's proud of me and that he sees the difference. I even got my daughter to sign up for the teens class!!! More...

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Chanoy M.

21 November 2014

If youre looking to change your daily routine Illumine is a great place to get an awesome workout! Going on 3 months now and I'm very happy with the results. I've learned a lot and the coaches are very thorough especially in the beginners class. Illumine is a tight knit group that make newcomers feel welcomed and we are constantly encouraging each other. I can go on but I say it's worth the time to come see for yourself. More...

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Victor G.

19 October 2014

Great place to workout, came in for a month from texas.  The coaches and members made me feel at home.  I enjoyed the WOD's.  This is a good place to workout! The equipment is good and there is a great crowd every class to help keep motivated. More...

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Tracy H.

3 September 2014

After having a kid 4 years ago, I've struggled with my weight.  I've tried everything, going to the gym, diets, workout DVDs and nothing was working.  Actually, I should say that nothing kept me motivated and interested enough to stick with it. I've seen a lot about Crossfit lately and was intrigued by it.I heard about Crossfit Illumine through word of mouth and wanted to check them out for a while but my schedule wasn't working out with their Onramp class schedule.  I was also very intimidated because I considered myself weak and out of shape and I thought I would look stupid.Finally my schedule opened up and it fit the Onramp schedule so I signed up before I would let myself change my mind.  I'm so happy I took the chance.  Onramp is a 4 week, 12 class session where you learn the basics of weightlifting and other exercises they use for their workouts.  I haven't had previous experience with the type of lifts they teach, so I'm glad they take the time to make sure you do everything properly and don't hurt yourself.  They also go over what kind of stretches to do prior to doing a workout.  The emphasize good form to prevent injuries.  The coaches will drill good form into your head hoping it becomes second nature.  They also teach you that the workouts are scalable, so you can adjust the workouts to your level.After completing the Onramp program, you are welcome to participate in their workouts.  Even though you have completed Onramp, there are still movements that they go over prior to each workout and are open to answering any questions you may have.  (I always have a lot of them!)The best part of this place is the people.  The encouragement you get here isn't like anything I've ever experienced before.  I've been to gyms where members look at you like, "Oh another newcomer to take my spot."  It's not like that here.  Everyone is down to earth and they're excited that you're there with them.  The coaches are very knowledgeable and give you useful feedback about what you can improve on.Here, it isn't about how much you can lift or how fast you can finish the workout.  It's about everyone becoming the best version of themselves and encouraging each other to work towards that goal.I'm glad I got over my initial hesitation and decided to check this place out.  I'm not where I want to be weight wise, but this place has me headed in the right direction. More...

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Iveliss G.

26 August 2014

I began my exercise journey about a year and a half ago. My boyfriend started coming to illumine in February and saw dramatic results quickly. I was skeptical at first since everything I hear about crossfit is negative. I was stuck at the same weight for 6 months and decided to give crossfit a try. Illumine has a fantastic 4 week on ramp class where they go through the fundamentals of crossfit and focus on good form to prevent injuries. After on ramp I began doing regular classes and have seen improvement in my strength and my physique. I have since lost an additional 10lbs and couldn't be happier.Everyone is friendly and supportive. Come check it out. Crossfit isn't as intimidating as it looks. More...

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Marcos Febus

29 July 2014

Best decisión I have made.......this place Illumine is great. Workouts are taught so you get the right form. Coaches listen and inform. Instructional. Very friendly and comfortable to be. AND YOU WILL SWEAT AND SWEAT ALOT. More...

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Ricardo Hernandez

27 July 2014

This place looks and feels amazing! I am definitely signing up!!!

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Jason Bienko

18 May 2014

Awesome box!! Went there for Trodo Games, and was like being at home. Illumine peeps are a great community and welcomed CrossFit Beverly and the other boxes graciously. Proud to be in the box league with them. Donny, you're awesome bro! More...

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Christopher S. Martin

14 February 2014

Great community, awesome facility, experienced and helpful coaches....nuff said.

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George Pappas

2 January 2014

One of my new favorite boxes! It is like family and I felt very welcomed. Thanks to Brian and Charleen (owners) for letting me work out at the box while I was home on leave!

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Keith M.

31 December 2013

Coaches that actually care and a community that pushes you to the next level. My wife and I have been going there since October and Crossfit Illumine/Brian and Char has/have truly changed our lives. We are committed to Crossfit Illumine and look forward to seeing others experience what we have in such a short time. More...

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Rachelle Bayuga

14 November 2013

home away from home where 'family' is formed.

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Pan Hompluem

29 October 2013

Amazing and knowledgable coaches, great space and awesome energy! Can't imagine a better box

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Veronica Cabrera

11 October 2013

The coaches are great. They help me break all my bad lifting habits that I developed over the years. The comeraderie is incredible. A great group of people.

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Rico Cuevas

12 September 2013

Great staff

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Adrian H.

10 September 2013

From the minute you walk into this box, you'll know the trainers are here to help you reach your goals. They are extremely knowledgeable and know how to push you to work your hardest.A strong sign of a successful business is customer satisfaction and the crossfit peeps that challenge themselves daily at Crossfit Illumine completing well programmed WODs (workout of the day) are completely satisfied...knowing they were pushed to their limits, keeping proper form, and hitting personal strength/conditioning goals previously never thought possible.Technology meets efficiency with Wodify sw accessible during workouts or at home. Equipment is the latest and greatest, box is always well kept and clean. More...

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Ray D.

3 September 2013

I didn't have a clue what Crossfit was till i joined this place. Started 06/13 and haven't looked to any other place to get my workout in. I have now just finished 3 months of Crossfit. The coaches Brian and Charlene are an amazing pair. They really pay attention to helping you reach your goals and make sure you're doing all the workout techniques right. Every illumine coach / members in Crossfit Illumine really help motivate and support ya through each workout. For the price you pay here, you get personal training, a great facility, an amazing support system and you meet great people too. There's also a great Workout app they use so you can see your progress.I don't even have to recommend this place to friends. They see the lifestyle change I've made since joining Crossfit Illumine and they ask me questions. If  your looking to check it out come by on Sundays for open gym. There's alot of people there to help answer questions. So stop making excuses and just sign up and do it. You will not regret joining. I'm glad  to be a member here. I needed a lifestyle change and this place did it for me. Now all I think about is getting Fit and eating better. More...

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Michele S.

31 August 2013

I recently moved back to Chicago land area and I have checked out five different crossfit boxes and have been looking for a good community to join nearby me. Crossfit illumine has great energy and coaches! The music is always jamming and if  you still trying to get your crossfit moves down there is always a coach to help you out. I have only been here a month (with a background of 6-7 months of crossfit in NY at crossfit DYNAMIX) and my techniques have gotten better and my strength has gotten so much better. I have reached more personal records in a months time which I am so happy about! If you are NEW to CROSSFIT they have on ramp classes for a month so you can perfect the movements and can tackle a regular WOD (workout of the day) classes. I know that the coaches are amazing because I have seen new crossfitters right out of onramp classes who excel in the workouts. They offer open gym which is great so you can take the time to try new things and work on your weaknesses. I have tried everything before crossfit and nothing has changed me mentally and physically, so definitely try it if you want to change it up and want to meet new people! :)****Also I started crossfit shortly after an injury and a bad back and have not had any problems and have gotten stronger since!******* More...

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Allen B.

17 June 2013

For all you avid crossfitters out there looking for a new box to train in, look no further.Crossfit Illumine is your place (if you live in Niles/Skokie/ and some parts of the Chicagoland area, geographically speaking that is). This fine establishment is fully stocked with the best and highest quality standard equipment that money can buy. Aside from the interior, the owners Brian and Charleen, are two of the most down-to-earth people you will ever encounter. On top of their great personalities, their coaching abilities are top notch. I've been crossfitting for over 5 years now (on & off) and just this past Sunday I finally performed my first muscle-up. Thanks to Brian and his ability to pinpoint my weakness I was able to correct them and immediately get crackin' on achieving a personal fitness goal of mine. Thank you Brian!I'll be there every Sunday folks, if you come by tell'em Allen sent you.Clean facility, great coaches, awesome environment. Go there now. More...

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