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A Workout For All

CrossFit Prevail is a unique workout that bridges generations, genders, abilities, backgrounds and lifestyles.

Dede Gill is a mother of four and works full-time as a special education coordinator for the Wauconda School District.

Gill certainly has a chaotic and hectic schedule, but this wife and mother finds time to fit in a workout at CrossFit Prevail in McHenry.

The 1993 graduate of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, who was a three-sport (volleyball, basketball and softball) athlete there, works out four days during the week at 5:30 a.m.

“I took the free class and loved it,” Gill said. “It’s intense but I like the variety of the workout. You might have a workout with weightlifting, running and wall ball shots. I have learned to fail in this class and have learned that failing is OK. I have learned life lessons and met some amazing people.”

Well-Rounded Approach

Husband-and-wife team Brandon and Kristina Harvey opened CrossFit Prevail in McHenry on September 11, 2011.

What attracts people of all ages to CrossFit Prevail is the variety of the workout and the cross-training. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. It is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Athletes are trained to bike, swim, lift weights, run and perform gymnastic-type activities. CrossFit Prevail attracts men and women of all ages.

Brandon states that participants range in age from 3 to 64. There are former Division I athletes and people who just want to stay in shape who are involved in the class.

The Workout of the Day (WOD) might consist of weightlifting, running sprints outside, wall ball shots, sit-ups, pull-ups and sledgehammer strikes.

Brandon believes people enjoy the CrossFit Prevail experience because of the variety of the workout. “We integrate weightlifting, aerobic training and gymnastics training,” he said. “We have people with all different fitness levels. We want people to enjoy their workout while working hard.”

He also states outdoor workouts in the winter continue if the weather cooperates.

“We do not abandon running in the winter,” he explained. “For high-intensity interval training, and longer single modality sessions, we transition that work primarily to the Concept2 rowers. We will run outdoors when the weather permits.”

A Workout That Does Not Discriminate

Proving that CrossFit Prevail is for all ages, 64-year-old Linda Young, who competes in many 5K races, is a regular at the classes and likes the variety of classes that might include flipping tires, sledgehammer strikes, pushups and pull-ups.

Young’s daughter Kelly Witt is a coach at CrossFit Prevail.

“It’s a family thing,” Young said. “I don’t feel like an old granny or a sissy after a workout. The coaches are so positive and supportive. The workout relieves a lot of stress in my life.”

On the other end of the age spectrum is Quinton Pilat, a 16-year-old junior at McHenry High School. He is definitely a CrossFit Prevail success story.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Pilat said. “There is individual attention and it has helped me mentally. I have so much more self esteem now.”

An athlete from yet another background is 30-year old Kyle Dahlke. Dahlke, a current Navy reservist, is back to the states after four years of active duty.

The native of Harvard will graduate from Northern Illinois University in December with a degree in physical education.

Dahlke, who tries to attend classes up to six days a week, likes the intensity and balance of the workouts.

“I can work on strength, cardio and a lot of different things,” Dahlke said. “They also have competitions like the CrossFit games which are fun.”

Phil Baggio, owner of B&B Auto Repair in McHenry, is a married father of two.

He likes the variety of the workouts and the fact that he meets a lot of different types of people. “I like the social aspect and the fact that CrossFit stresses family-oriented workouts,” Baggio said. “There’s no cell phones. It is focus on the mental part of the workout.”

Kate Knaack, an elementary music teacher in McHenry, loves the challenge of the CrossFit Prevail workout. “It is an awesome workout and a challenge physically and mentally,” Knaack said. “The coaches are positive and always encourage you to do well.”

Chris Truelson, who works at Breckenridge Homes full time, is a coach at CrossFit Prevail.

He teaches the 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. classes three times a week.

“Every athlete has their own ability and personal goals,” Truelson said. “I tell

people to check their egos at the door. We hold people accountable for their workout. People come to CrossFit with little self-esteem and leave the workouts with great self-esteem.”

 CrossFit Prevail at a Glance

  • Classes are held Monday through Friday: 5:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (M-W-F) & 9:30am (T-Th), 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m
  • Olympic weightlifting classes are one to two times per week.
  • Free Introductory classes are two times per month.
  • Monthly, individual and family packages are available. Discounts are given for first responders and active military.
  • Fall Kids Session starts in the next few weeks.
  • Kids’ birthday parties are available.

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