Can't Stop, Won't Stop.
Owners Frank Dowie and Luke LaHaie became friends in 2016 as most CrossFitters do…at the squat rack. During conversations between sets, while warming up, or doing post-wods, the two found out they had a lot more in common than a love for the sport of CrossFit. In addition to both being Big Ten alumni (Luke – Michigan State, Frank – Iowa), lifelong athletes, and having careers in the financial world, they shared a dream of building a fitness community. The idea of building a community rooted in fitness isn’t all that unique but combined with their interest in nutrition and a strong charitable drive, the distinctive seeds of MagMile CrossFit (MMCF) were planted.
As the journey to realize MMCF unfolded, Frank and Luke partnered with additional like-minded fitness enthusiasts who have the expertise to improve the physical and mental fitness of the MMCF community. Using these tools, MMCF offers a holistic approach to assist athletes in their fitness journey. Through that process MMCF provides additional opportunities for charity, education, and fun!
Ross BradleyHead Coach
Ross grew up in Illinois where he was introduced to gymnastics at an early age. He started to compete in the sport at age 7 and continued through the collegiate ranks. He competed at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he was a two-time All American on the Horizontal Bar and part of a Big Ten Championship winning team in 2009. After college Ross went on to perform with Cirque Du Soleil as an acrobat in multiple shows. He discovered CrossFit toward the end of his career and it has been a passion ever since. Due to his gymnastics background, he’s developed a very good eye for technique, which has translated well into helping athletes improve in their CrossFit journey.
- CF L1
- NASM CPT
- Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS)
Casssandra Coronado (Cassie)CrossFit Coach
Cassie was born in Sonora, Mexico, and grew up at the border of Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in healthcare and society.
Cassie just moved to Chicago to begin work at Northwestern Hospital, with plans to begin nurse training soon.
Cassie has been an active CrossFitter for 5 years, has been a coach for over a year, and has an L1 certification. She has made it her goal as a CrossFit coach to foster a safe and welcoming environment for every person that walks through the door.
Hunter AngileriCrossFit Coach
After finishing his 4-year collegiate football career, Hunter was looking to lose his offensive line playing weight.
However, he wanted to maintain his passion for weightlifting and to find a new competitive outlet. CrossFit was the perfect fit and Hunter fell in love with the community. Over the course of a year he has lost almost 80lbs. Hunter graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2020 with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular biology. He is currently a medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Hunter also has experience in powerlifting, strongman, and coaching high school football.
Shaun MickleCrossFit Coach
There he stumbled upon Crossfit and fell in love with this style of fitness. With an athletic background he began to incorporate Crossfit style movements and workouts in his weekly programming until graduation then joined his first Crossfit gym in 2013. Opportunity knocked in 2014 when he moved to Chicago to pursue a graphic design career. Since then he’s been immersed in the Crossfit community while working full time as a designer and artist. He first joined MMCF as a dedicated member and since then joined our coaching staff.
- CrossFit Level 1
Tony GrippandoCrossFit Coach
Tony is a Chicago native who has been involved with CrossFit for 8 years.
An avid competitor, Tony enjoys participating in local competitions and lifting heavy weights. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Robotics at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Drew ZbihleyCrossFit Coach
Drew found CrossFit early in high school and was hooked from the first WOD.
A lifelong baseball player, he was drawn to CrossFit’s translational applicability to sport. As his interest grew, he earned his CF-L1 certificate and USA Weightlifting certification nearly 5 years ago and has been coaching since, specializing in Weightlifting. Drew graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with degrees in Neuroscience and Economics. He is currently a medical student and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and loves starting every day with a heavy lift and fast WOD. When he isn’t in the gym or classroom, you can find Drew recording a new episode of his podcast, Science in Society
Austin CornettMarketing & Sales
Austin moved to Chicago to pursue a career in public relations and theater.
While attending Loyola University he received a Theater and Communications degree. That is also where he began a passionate journey into fitness. With the help of a kind and talented mentor, he began learning about the fascinating and complicated world of fitness. This eventually led him to working at several fitness studios throughout the city before discovering that he felt most comfortable in the community of CrossFit. Since then he’s dedicated himself to being a positive force for individuals that are still looking for a fitness community to call home.
MMCF’s workouts are based on functional movement guidelines for fitness that are broad, all-encompassing and infinitely scalable. MMCF’s programs are appropriate for anyone aged 5 to 105. MMCF offers community-based fitness in River North encouraging athletes to be involved in everyday workouts and social interaction, while making the workouts highly intense, including constantly varied functional movements. MMCF’s Integrated Fitness Programming allows athletes to have a better understanding of their specific nutritional needs based on group education and one-on-one access to an in-house nutrition expert.
MMCF’s charitable drive is easily apparent through their seasonal charity workout events held at the gym. In addition, MMCF gives athletes the opportunity to participate in off-site charity workdays where athletes are encouraged to put their functional fitness to work in support of a good cause. Feel free to stop by MMCF’s location in Chicago at 7 E. Illinois (one block from Red Line State/Grand CTA train stop), or call (312) 577-9669 for additional information.