Athlete of the Month: Shawn Sampson

This November, Shawn will be celebrating his 2 year anniversary with 6S. But he’s the type of guy you feel like you’ve known for much longer. Ever since he joined our community, he arrives at every class with a smile, ready to work, and always pushes himself to be better.
Shawn has always been very engaging in our community also. He participates in so many of our events, from The Open Saturday workouts, to our in house competition The Underground Throwdown, and is always a team player. He’s always willing to lend a hand, and make others around him feel welcome.

Shawn’s dedication is also very admirable. He was a regular Zoom class attendee during our closure and lockdown, and while he’s battling a hip injury, he still finds a way to get his workouts done, modified to fit his needs. His dedication to his health and fitness is a chapter we can all take out of the book of Shawn!

We are so proud of everything Shawn has accomplished through the years and look forward to seeing what he’ll accomplish next!

What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?

Tough one.  In 2020 is anything surprising anymore.  I was a sprint kayaker a long time ago.  I won a gold medal at the Canada Games in 1993.

How long have you been doing functional fitness? At 6S?

I’ve been doing functional fitness since December 2018. I’ve been at 6S since the beginning.

Why did you start functional fitness training?

I saw the CrossFit games documentaries and  I thought that it looked challenging and I wanted to try it.  I’ve been working out for a long time (on and off since the age of 13) and I wanted something different and functional fitness seemed like it offered a lot of things I was looking for including a great community and variety in my workouts. 

What is your proudest 6S moment?

I think that would be my first Open workout.  Rowing and wall balls. It was only three months after I started and I  was a bit nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I also decided to do that one Rx. Midway through the workout I thought I was going to die, and I was getting so many no reps on the wall balls, but I somehow managed to finish it.

What impact has CF6S had on your life inside and outside the gym?

Inside the gym, CF6S keeps me motivated and continually making progress towards my goals. Outside the gym, CF6S is one of the most important parts of my everyday routine.  It is great for reducing stress and is quite often the best way to turn around a bad day or week. 

What’s your biggest CF goal right now? How close are you?

I have quite a few goals. I’d say one of the main skills I’m working on is the muscle-up.  I was pretty close to being able to do them consistently prior to the pandemic and it is something I’d like to be able to do for the next Open.  We won’t mention the sub-20 5 km until I am able to run again. 

Other than fitness, what do you do for fun?

I love to travel.  We normally do at least one big trip per year.  Greece and New Zealand are high on our list of future destinations.

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished reading Find Me by Andre Aciman.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

Sky blue…. There is nothing I like better than a clear blue sky. 

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?

Sandro or the Onitsuka Tiger store.

What was your favorite TV show growing up? Why?

I can’t remember much before 1990.  In the 90s, I was a huge “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan.  Really, what’s not to love about battling vampires in high school.

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

If At First You Don’t Succeed.

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