Success Story- Betsy Hart


Name: Betsy Hart

Age: The Big 40

Occupation: Clinical Exercise Physiologist – Cardiac rehab

What is your athletic background? College Softball

What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero? treadmill bike weights at home

What is your greatest struggle with your fitness routine and how has Spero help you overcome it? Get bored with the same routine. I love that I push so much harder at Spero. I love competition.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen since starting at Spero? Finding time to get in for classes.

What was your first experience with CrossFit? Spero

When did you start CF? April 2019

What keeps you coming back? It’s fun torture!

How do you like to spend your free time? Hiking with my family. Spending as much time outside as possible. Travel.

What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF? More energy. Feel stronger.

What are your goals for 2019/2020? Continue to build my strength and stamina and weight loss.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF? Try it. You will be hooked.

What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement?

Favorite: Squats

Least Favorite: burpees and running

What’s your favorite meal? A great steak and glass of red wine

Anything else you would like to share with the Spero family? Thanks for always making me try to do more than I ever thought I could.

Success Story-Danny DelPurgatorio


Name:  Danny DelPurgatorio

Age: 39

Occupation: Director / Creative Director

What is your athletic background? None

What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero? None

What is your greatest struggle with your fitness routine and how has Spero help you overcome it? I haven’t really had a fitness routine up to this point. I like riding my bike but other than that, I haven’t really done too much in terms of working out. Spero has been great in the sense that it has become my morning routine. The fact that every class is different and I am doing something new every day has really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Honestly, I have no idea what I am doing most of the time, but all the coaches (and members) have been diligent in helping correct and push me during each class. One day I won’t need so much attention, I promise 

What is the biggest change you’ve seen since starting at Spero? I can actually move around without feeling like I am going to fall apart. Up until recently, all my joints popped and creaked and it was a chore getting out of bed most days. Since starting Spero in April, I literally haven’t noticed any of that. It’s amazing how that works- all those years of people saying “if you exercise and stretch, you will have more energy and your body won’t hurt as bad”. Apparently they knew what they were talking about.  

What was your first experience with CrossFit? When I joined Spero!

When did you start CF? In April of this year.

 Why did you choose CF Spero? I’ve been driving by the gym on my way to and from work for some time now. I have always been interested in Crossfit, but I’ve been intimidated by the idea of it. After a surgery last year, I decided I wanted to introduce some form of a fitness routine into my life and Spero was the first place that came to mind. After meeting with Dave and talking about my goals, I was definitely sold. 

What keeps you coming back? The coaches, the members, and the support. Because I am very new to this, I really like the rigid structure and I need to be pushed. If I was left on my own to work out, it wouldn’t happen. Case in point- the last 38 years of my life. 

How do you like to spend your free time? I love to spend as much time with my wife and kids as possible and I really enjoy making movies.

What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF? Way more energy throughout the day and I am definitely not as tired as I used to be. 

What are your goals for 2019? I really want to get more fluent with my motions and form. I am still quite wonky when it comes to most of the workouts, but every day I get a smidge better. And hopefully sometime in the near future, I’ll be able to keep up with the rest of the class!

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF? Do it and don’t think twice. It’s life changing.

What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement?

Favorite: I really enjoy rowing.

Least Favorite: I know what’s going on here- if I list something, it will be a part of EVERY class!

What’s your favorite meal? Vegan Pizza (http://thechicagohouseofza.com has legit vegan deep dish pizza and it rules my world)

Anything else you would like to share with the Spero family? Thanks for all of the support and encouragement on this new adventure of mine. This is all very green for me, so I appreciate all of the help!

Success Story-Alisun Cashill


Name: Alisun Cashill

Age: 26

Occupation: Registered Nurse

 

What is your athletic background?  I ran cross country and did some track back in high school. In my early twenties, I participated in cardio kickboxing and biking/running outside.

What was your workout routine prior to CF Spero?  Before beginning CF Spero, I would take the occasional jog outside or on the treadmill. I dabbled a bit in weightlifting but didn’t progress much into it. It’s been a couple of years since I established a workout routine.

What is your greatest struggle with your fitness routine and how has Spero help you overcome it?  My biggest challenge would be pushing myself during a workout, sometimes I would give up too easily and psyche myself out that I am too weak. Spero coaches and the members are so sweet and encouraging. The coaches are always monitoring and assisting when needed. They encourage small, but achievable goals that are safe. If they feel that something is not safe, they will intervene immediately. The coaches are very friendly and easy to talk too.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen since starting at Spero?  I feel like I have more strength in my upper body and my sleep has been a lot better. I don’t feel as fatigue at work when I am running around.

What was your first experience with CrossFit?  Spero was my first experience with CrossFit!

When did you start CF?  I started with Spero CF around April/May.

Why did you choose CF Spero?  The gym is in a nice area and is very clean. The coaches and owner are very friendly and easy to approach. Members of this gym are at different levels of CrossFit which is nice to see because I was intimated by CrossFit at first.

What keeps you coming back?  I really like how I feel after a workout knowing that I pushed through something that I thought I could not achieve. Everyone is so encouraging, and you don’t feel alone. The fact that I feel myself becoming stronger is definitely a plus. What I like about CrossFit is that it is a workout for your whole body.

How do you like to spend your free time?  I like to watch YouTube videos and play video games.

What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF?  My sleep has been a lot better; I don’t find myself waking up several times a night. As mentioned previously, my upper body feels stronger, I don’t feel as weak!

What are your goals for 2019?  My goals for 2019 is to complete 10 push-ups that are not modified. It’s been a long time probably since high school that I was able to do one.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF?  I would say do it! Find a place that works well for you and become invested. Your body will become stronger and you will also meet a lot of new people!

What’s your favorite and least favorite CF movement?

Favorite:dead lift

Least Favorite: Power Snatch

What’s your favorite meal?  Mushroom pizza with mozzarella cheese!

Anything else you would like to share with the Spero family? Thank you for being so sweet! I look forward to achieving new goals with you guys!