Success Stories

Name: Jennifer Shafer

Age: 29

Occupation: FBI

What is your athletic background?

I was a collegiate athlete and have played sports my whole life

What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero?

A little gym and seasonal softball

How much weight have you lost since you began?

Around 10 pounds and about 8% body fat

What was your first experience with CrossFit?

Actually, it was the on ramp class. My friend is a die hard Crossfitter and convinced me to give it a try. I’ll admit, I was a skeptic.

When did you start CF?

In December 2015

Why did you choose CF Spero?

I didn’t want to be unable to do something in class because then I knew I wouldn’t come back. I never got that impression during the intro class and I was intrigued. The coaches and family have kept me coming back for more.

What keeps you coming back?

I love learning new tricks and techniques! In just over 15 months, I’ve learned so many things and I’m able to do movements I’ve never been able to do! Me? Pullups? I think I laughed at you before and now I’m that girl doing pullups!

Why do you live in Oak Park?

I’m from a small, tight knit community and wanted that same experience. I feel like Oak Park offers me that “just like home” experience.

What do you do for a living?

I work for the FBI

How do you like to spend your free time?

A little bit of everything! Primarily anything I can do with my dog

What do you like about Oak Park?

Small town feel, but so close to the city! It’s beautiful, affordable, and safe.

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

Knee pain! You’re talking to the girl who has had two reconstructive surgeries on her knee and was in pain all the time. It’s amazing the difference increased strength and movement has made and I’ll be forever thankful! Also, my cardio has drastically improved! I’m currently gearing up for my first half marathon obstacle course in two months and am using only CrossFit and running to train!

What are your goals for 2017?

A muscle up (FINALLY got it), my Spartan race trifecta, competing in the CrossFit Open, learning how to do double unders, 10 pullups, 30 pushups, and it would be amazing to get a sub 7 minute mile for the first time ever.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF?

It’s not the bad stories some people try to make it out to seem like. It’s a family experience in which you can get a workout in!

What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement?

My favorite has become the snatch because I think I’ve finally figured it out. Least favorite would have to be between rowing and double unders (probably until I figure out double unders)

Whats your favorite meal?

I’m a sucker for fajitas!

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

Thank you for letting me be a part of the family and for putting up with my craziness! (costumes included)

 

April 3, 2017

Success Story-Jen Shafer

Name: Jennifer Shafer Age: 29 Occupation: FBI What is your athletic background? I was a collegiate athlete and have played sports my whole life What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero? A little gym and seasonal softball How much weight have you lost since you began? Around 10 pounds and about 8% body fat What was your first experience with CrossFit? Actually, it was the on ramp class. My friend is a die hard Crossfitter and convinced me to give it a try. I’ll admit, I was a skeptic. When did you start CF? In December 2015 Why […]
March 6, 2017

Success Story-Naz Hanna

  Name: Nahza (AKA Naz) Hanna Age: 24 Occupation: Full time law student at John Marshall Law School   What is your athletic background? Not much. I played softball in high school and had gym memberships here and there. In college I started home work out routines including going to the gym and started doing yoga regularly at CorePower. What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero? Lots of cardio at the gym and yoga whenever I could get to a class. Never had touched a barbell in my life at that point. How much weight have you lost […]
February 6, 2017

Success Story-Kris Tohtz

Kris Tohtz Age: 42 years old Occupation: Chiropractor What is your athletic background? Danced from 6-19 yoa (loved it)  – even won a tap scholarship to study in California; yoga teacher for 16 years  am graceful but not coordinated enough to play sports L – I will however try my heart out! What was your first experience with CrossFit? I had a few at some other gyms but none were like CrossFit Spero (I am picky) When did you start CF? This summer – can’t remember my on ramp date Why did you choose CF Spero? The intro class was well […]
December 12, 2016

Success Story-Paul Seavey

Paul Seavey Age: 47 years old Occupation: CFO What is your athletic background? Don’t really have anything specific to mention – I didn’t play HS or college sports. I started focusing on fitness about 13 years ago when I turned 35. What was your first experience with CrossFit? About three years ago I started working out at CF 312 in the west loop. That wasn’t the right fit for me so I switched to a local personal trainer who incorporated CrossFit principles and movements into my workouts. When did you start CF? I became more committed when I joined CF Spero […]

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