Success Story-Sam Shank

Name:  Sam Shank

Age: 14

What is your athletic background?

I played soccer from age 7 to 9, flag football from 8-10 and tackle football from 9-12 years old.


What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero?

Conditioning during sports seasons and paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming in the summer.


What was your first experience with CrossFit?

I stopped playing football, so my Dad recommended the Spero Teen Class as a great way to get into shape.


When did you start CF?

May 2017


Why did you choose CF Spero?

My Dad is a member and recommended it when he heard there was a Teen Class.


What keeps you coming back?

I have Type 1 diabetes and exercising and being fit really helps me keep my diabetes in check.


How do you like to spend your free time?

Hanging with family and friends, listening to music, skiing, swimming, video games, playing violin and I’m a part of Brooks Middle School BRAVO stage crew.


What do you like about Oak Park?

There’s always something fun going on – like swimming at the pools, riding my bike around and fun events like Oaktoberfest.


What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF?

I think my overall strength/conditioning and confidence.


What are your goals for 2018?

Being on the Honor Roll at Brooks, getting to CF 3x/week and being an actor in a BRAVO play.


What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF?

Keep at it and don’t give up!


What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement?

Favorite is rowing and least is the overhead barbell squats


What’s your favorite meal?

Steak and fries.


Anything else you would like to share with the Spero family?

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone and being a part of the Teen Class.



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