OUTWOD Chicago - Market Days 2015


LGBTQ Chicagoans Band Together for Group Fitness Event Benefitting Chicago House

Today, OUTWOD, the largest national organization for bringing together LGBTQ athletes and their allies to sweat together in a safe, inclusive group fitness environment, will be expanding for the first time to the Chicago community. The inaugural workout and event will be hosted in conjunction with Chicago Elite Fitness, home of Bucktown CrossFit on August 8, 2015, with proceeds benefitting Chicago House, a local organization serving the needs of individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity.

OUTWOD was founded by LGBTQ athlete and advocate, Will Lanier, who has grown this unique organization to a network which expands across multiple markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Dallas, and Nashville and includes over 2,000 members nationwide.

“I’m so proud of everything OUTWOD has accomplished in its four short years,” shared Lanier. “In a time where the LGBTQ community is fighting for equality and respect, OUTWOD is honored to unite a tribe that can come together to not only raise awareness and funds, but also raise heads because nobody should feel that they have to keep their heads down in times like these.”  

Since its inception in 2011, OUTWOD has been the catalyst for over $20,000.00 in donations to LGBTQ friendly charities and organizations including the Ali Forney Center, the Family Equality Council, Immigration Equality, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the New York City LGBT Community Center, and more.

“OUTWOD events are open to all LGBTQ community members and friends,” said Lanier. “In the same way being a feminist means you stand for equality of the sexes and doesn’t require you to be female – joining a local OUTWOD event means you’re hopeful for a better tomorrow, regardless of your gender, sexuality or orientation.”

Event Details:

What: OUTWOD Chicago

But really...what? OUTWOD is an hour long event where LGBTQ athletes + allies come together for a fun workout and raise funds for local LGBTQ charities.  Athletes should come prepared to workout and have fun. The WOD will be announced leading up to the event. If the WOD calls for a partner or a team, there will be time to do this at the event. At 11am, the event will begin with a welcome announcement, high-fives, and a group warm-up. Then, WOD standards will be covered and we'll commence. Afterward - for those who wish to join - we will head to a local watering hole and eat, drink, and be merry.

Where: Chicago Elite Fitness, 2271 Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Time: 11:00am

Cost Per Participant: $30.00


In teams of 2, complete the following for time:

800m partner run with medicine ball, 20lb/14lb

50 Jumping Squats

50 Pull-Ups (scale: ring rows)

50 Overhead Lunges, 45lb/25lb (scale: lunges)

50 Partner Medicine Ball Sit-Ups, 20lb/14lb

800m partner run with medicine ball, 20lb/14lb

*While inside the walls of Bucktown CrossFit, teams will perform 5 burpees every minute on the minute.

About Chicago House

Chicago House and Social Service agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.

About Chicago Elite Fitness

Chicago Elite Fitness is a veteran-owned and operated strength and conditioning facility located at 2271 N. Clybourn between the Bucktown and Lincoln Park neighborhoods of Chicago. Chicago Elite Fitness offers programs for CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting and strength and conditioning. 

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Available, click here for the OUTWOD Sponsorship Packet for the 2015-2016 season.