Our Story

CrossFit Wilmette was founded and is owned by John Poulos and Steve Woodall who decided to start an affiliate because of their personal passion for CrossFit. They both desired to create a welcoming place where anyone can achieve their fitness goals in a positive, encouraging, and nonthreatening environment.

First and foremost, at CrossFit Wilmette we want our athletes to truly enjoy our challenging workouts and walk out of every class with something that they can continue to work on. We help our athletes achieve true health and wellness and offer regular nutrition challenges to complement our work inside the gym.

We are sticklers for good form because we want our athletes to stay healthy, and our athletes are in good hands at our affiliate with our talented coaches who set us apart. Our coaches include a personal trainer with more than a decade of experience, physical therapists, a chiropractor, and accomplished athletes. Our experienced coaches provide personal one-on-one training options to athletes in Wilmette and all throughout the North Shore. Our goal is for our athletes to feel challenged, have fun, stay safe, and use CrossFit to help fuel their pursuits outside the gym.

CrossFit Wilmette opened in 2010, many, many years before there were affiliates everywhere. We were the first Box to open in our area, and we’re proud to have many of our founding members with us still today. We truly consider our athletes part of our extended family, and you see that warmth and friendliness the minute you walk in our doors.