Noah LaPorte - Owner

Noah LaPorte

My goal has always been to help people. When I was young, my initial idea was to go into ministry or become a doctor. I pursued a degree in ministry and was trained in how to manage and care for groups of people and to teach them. However, after finishing my degree, I realized that ministry might not be the best application of my skill set. Nonetheless, the idea of interacting and communicating with people to better themselves has been a constant goal. I have always loved sports and athletics.

After discovering CrossFit three and a half years ago, I instantly fell in love with all aspects of the program.  I loved the actual CrossFit classes and community, but I also loved how it affected every aspect of my life.

CrossFit means so much to me because it changed my life, and I want to pass on my experience to others. Money and fame are all things that can come and go, but the opportunity to change peoples’ lives is something that will stay around forever.

I love this city and want to put down roots in Lincoln Park and create something amazing for this city.

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit L2, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Coaches Prep, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Competitors Course, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Defense, CrossFit Kettle-bell, USAW L1 Coach, USA Track and Field L1 Coach.

Tim Burgess

I have always been involved in competitive athletics from a young age, but found myself without an outlet after my college baseball and golf experiences.  I took up bodybuilding until I burned out from the constant dieting and injuries and after a friend introduced me to CrossFit in 2010, I could finally say I found a healthy solution to competition and fitness together.  

I see myself as a coach first and athlete second.  I truly get more enjoyment from one of our members hitting a PR or making great progress than I do for my own successes.  

 

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit Coaches Prep, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Strongman.

 Tim Burgess - Coach 

Tim Burgess - Coach 

 Alex Carrion - Coach

Alex Carrion - Coach

Alex Carrion

Born in Chicago and raised in Miami, I was like any other kid. Video games and junk food but it was through video games that I developed my competitive tendencies. At 16 I started training martial arts, soon after I itched to learn more which led me to mixed martial arts.

MMA changed me. I still and will always love a good video game but I immediately fell in love with this new craft. It wasn’t long before I was fighting in rings, cages, and a few backyards. It felt incredible to be in an environment where my competitive nature was praised. The years I trained and traveled the east coast fighting were some of the hardest and most rewarding years of my life. Fighting has epically colored my human experience and I am grateful for it daily. During my training, I knew I needed to be stronger and faster. I became obsessed with getting stronger and that’s what ultimately led me to CrossFit in 2010. Three years later I earned my CrossFit Level-1 certificate and since have competed with elite level athletes in 10+ CrossFit and strongman competitions in South Florida.

I’ve always set out to introduce people to sides of themselves they’ve never met. That small part of you that really wants to grow, that last rep you pulled out of nowhere, that steady flame that burns in the deepest corner of your gut; I want to capitalize on that. Gather all your courage and all your light, you bring it to class, you put in the work, and WE will grow. Every time.   

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit L2, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics

 

Rachel LaPorte

I grew up in a musical household, studying violin and piano intensively. Prior to CrossFit, my only interest and experience in sports was my time as a goalie from age 5-18. I enjoyed the game, the practices, the comradery and the overall competitive aspect.

 Rachel LaPorte - Coach

Rachel LaPorte - Coach

In 2006, I began attending the DePaul School of Music as a violin performance major. Throughout my college career, I attempted to stay active by visiting the gym, but had no idea how to motivate myself. My eating habits were terrible, and it was beginning to take a toll. The following year, I took on another major in Music Education and juggled private violin and piano students.

In the summer of 2012, I spent a summer at a CrossFit gym in the Loop where Noah was currently working. I absolutely hated it. I would only attend classes he was teaching, cherry picked so I would not have to run, and generally felt unwelcomed. I know now that most of this was my own problem. I was convinced people were judging me, and I let that eat away at me and I discouraged myself. After that summer, I swore my brother and sister-in-law were crazy and I would never do CrossFit.

When I took on my first teaching job in 2012, I was the most unhealthy I had ever been. Regularly eating out for at least two meals in a day, I had managed to gain 70 pounds since beginning college, and I was overwhelmed by the stress of teaching. In 2014 when Noah opened Goose Island CrossFit, I had to start over. Through the next two years, I saw my life transform. I lost 50 pounds through consistent time in the gym, learning how to prepare quality meals quickly and weekly, and fell in love with the community we had built at Goose Island.

In 2016, I became interested in coaching and took on more responsibilities at the gym, and I earned my Level 1 certification in March of 2017, and my CrossFit Kids certification in 2018. Today, I handle our social media accounts, events, and other administrative tasks, but enjoy coaching the most. I love to welcome people into our amazing community and show them that no matter where they are on their fitness journey, it is never too late to change. It will be difficult, but I promise it will always be worth it. 

Outside of coaching, Rachel handles the Goose Island CrossFit social media pages, photography and event planning. 

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Gymnastics

Ingrid Blix 

 Ingrid Blix - Coach 

Ingrid Blix - Coach 

Ingrid has been a CrossFitter since mid 2010, at an early age she realized how the CrossFit regimen was changing her life, and the lives of members in her community.  Immediately after starting CrossFit she became passionate about teaching others.  She recruited high school friends and taught them in her garage to prepare them for their swimming and basketball seasons. 

After graduating high school, she obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate and became a coach at her local CrossFit box.  The next summer she started the CrossFit Kids and Teens program and attended her CrossFit Kids Trainer Course.  Throughout the next couple of years she sought her USAW Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Level II and further educated herself in different nutrition approaches for athletes of all levels. 

Ingrid is extremely passionate about the CrossFit community and the mental toughness that develops when doing CrossFit.  She has continued her passion for health through obtaining her nursing degree from the University of Michigan, with a special interest in international healthcare.

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit L2, USAW Level 1, CrossFit Kids, BSN-RN

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Kris Leasure

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and for most of my life, athletic activities weren’t really something I cared about. I figure skated until I was 13, but until I eventually found CrossFit I really had no idea what I was doing with fitness & nutrition.

I discovered CrossFit through a few friends on posting on social media, while I was living in central Virginia. After a few months I was surprised to find out I had access to a local box, so in May 2013 I immediately joined and never looked back.

The next year I moved back to where I went to college in Lynchburg, VA, and I switched to another box that had an unforgettable impact on me. The athletes there were more competitive, and the community consistently inspired me to work hard and chase my goals…most of which probably wouldn’t have ever become a reality if I hadn’t also discovered flexible dieting and the serious power that mindset can have on performance, both in and outside of the gym. These two things changed my whole approach to life, and I started to think about coaching so that I could share with others the same experiences the CrossFit community has given me. 

In the summer of 2017 I moved back to Illinois and finally took my L1 course later that year. I moved into the city in 2018 and since I’d known Noah years ago, I found myself at Goose Island CrossFit with the opportunity to coach. One of my favorite quotes is, “Difficult is not bad. Difficult is not impossible. Difficult is just difficult, and you can do difficult things.” I’m so excited to be here, to learn from the GICF community, and encourage my fellow members to feel awesome about themselves for all the difficult things they can accomplish. 

Certifications: CrossFit L1