Donny Shankle

USA Weightlifting


Name: Donny Shankle

Team: California Strength

Coach: Glenn Pendlay

Weight class: 105kk

Height: 6'0

What year did you begin lifting? 2003

How did you get involved? While deployed with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during operation Iraqi Freedom I came across a website which directed me to a Mike's Gym in Bonsall, CA. I always enjoyed lifting weights and somehow I knew I would do well as a weightlifter. I am very happy I decided to make the transition from serving my country to representing my country as an athlete. I love competition and especially competition amongst fierce competitors.

Favorite Competition Lift? The third attempt clean & jerk.

Favorite Training Lift? None, on most days I hate the bar.

Education: High School Graduate, National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, USAW Level 1 certified.

Personal Goals: To introduce a new philosophy for the sport of weightlifting and to continue to improve. Also, to win a Gold Medal either at the games or worlds.

Favorite Food: Fried Oyster PO-BOY

Favorite Book: Anything involving American history, religion, war, or biographies about great men and women of accomplishment. I also enjoy reading dystopian novels like Aldous Huxely's Brave New World. Classics of course are also a favorite of mine like, Dante's Inferno, Homer's Odyssey, Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo, and Hugo's Les Miserables. Other books which stand out are Rand's Virtue of Selfishness, Morris's The Naked Woman, and Seneca's Letters from a Stoic. I picked up my avid love for reading in the service.

Favorite TV Show: Anything on the History channel or Discovery. Shows like Curiosity or Through the Wormhole I find to be fascinating. I enjoy watching Science Fiction movies like Star Wars and I tend to laugh my butt off when I watch Family Guy.

Favorite song that gets you motivated: Oddly enough I don't listen to that much music. Sometimes before training I will listen to some Johnny Cash or Joe Bonamassa. I like the blues and gospel. What I do tend to listen to before training is great speeches. One of my favorites is Ronald Reagan's A Time For Choosing or General Patton's Speech at the opening of Patton. I admire men and women who can inspire with words.

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Right now I am enjoying personal training. I am also slowly working on a book. My blog was initially started to help me write something each day. When I am not working I like to cook to relax and living in California I try to make it to the beach as often as I can. One day I would love to own my own beach house. My favorite beach to visit is a quiet little spot in Cayucos, CA.

Most people don’t know that…. I have a great sense of humor and a sharp wit.