Meet Our Coaches: Sam Carreon - South Loop Strength & Conditioning

Sam Carreon

Lead Coach

Where were you born?
Chicago

Where did you grow up?
Naperville/Plainfield area

What schools did you attend?
Mount Carmel High School
Plainfield North High School
University of Illinois – Chicago (Kinesiology)

When did you start CrossFit?
Spring 2011

What made you start CrossFit?
A buddy of mine that I used to train with as he was preparing for BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) came home from a deployment and introduced me to my first CrossFit workout.

When did you come to SLSC?
Early 2015

What do you enjoy about SLSC?
I’ve always enjoyed SLSC’s way of embracing all forms of fitness as valuable. You will meet people here that are knowledgeable about CrossFit, people that are gifted specifically at powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting, or even people that have experience with other specific sports that can make you a better all-around athlete.

What do you enjoy about coaching?
The members at this gym are easily the most coachable people I’ve ever worked with. People that are hungry to learn and work hard are always the most fun to coach.

What would you say to someone who is considering trying out SLSC but is unsure?
I see a lot of people walk by our doors every single day that, if they were honest with themselves, probably would love to walk in and try us out. Some people don’t because they let fear hold them back but the ones that decide to take a leap of faith are always satisfied. Whether that’s deciding to become a member or at least being able to say that they’ve given it a shot. It’s always better to know than to assume.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Social Media

Instagram: @sc_emp