The CrossFit Bothell October Member of the Month shows up to so many classes that you have probably all met him, he is always smiling, and always cheering on his fellow athletes. This member is also the best Ragnar van co-pilot; and I have learned while preparing for this post – incredibly photogenic – I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures! He’s just so happy all the time!
Please join me in congratulating Sam – our CFB October Member of the month!!! If you have not met him, he can sometimes be invisible, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard Alec say “where’s Sam?” when he was standing right in front of him … what’s the deal with that Alec?
And now, let’s hear from Sam himself:
Q1: What is CrossFit to you?
A1: I think CrossFit is about improving ourselves, physically and mentally. Sure there is the obvious fitness component, but I think there is a lot more to it that applies outside the gym. CrossFit teaches us that we are stronger than we think we are, but keeps our egos in check at the same time. CrossFit reminds us that what we get out is directly related to what we put in. CrossFit teaches us to think smarter and be efficient. Things that of course apply in the gym, but also at home and work.
Q2: What do you love about CrossFit?
A2: I love that every day is different and every day there is something for me to work on; usually many things. I don’t know that you can get bored doing CrossFit. Other than a few benchmark WODs, I can’t think of any workout I’ve done twice. Sure the core movements are the same, but the combination of movements and weights changes and keeps things interesting. You have to figure out what’s going to tax you, where and how, and then adapt to get through it. And, just when you “master” a particular movement, you can work on doing it better, doing it faster, doing it heavier.
Q3: What do you love about CrossFit Bothell?
A3: I love that there is a spot for everyone, no matter where you are on your fitness journey. When I started, I couldn’t do a strict pull-up and that was okay. No one made me feel weak or inadequate. Whatever you are able to do, as long as you push yourself and are working hard, then you’re encouraged, applauded, and high-fived.
Q4: What’s your biggest accomplishment at CrossFit thus far?
A4: My biggest accomplishment at CrossFit so far, in my opinion, is having developed a passion for fitness. I was a very in-active kid growing up, which followed into adulthood. I hated physical activity. I never stepped foot into a gym. Before coming to CrossFit Bothell, I had never touched a barbell. Today, I can’t wait to get to the gym at the end of the day. If I don’t get in a workout for a few days, my mood changes … you don’t want to be around me – just ask my wife!
Q5: What is the goal you are working on at CrossFit?
A5: I could list all the different movements here, but I think the biggest challenge for me that I’m currently working on is to ignore the white board (to a point) and to not beat myself up over my performance. As long as I know I gave it my all and put in the work, then that’s all that matters.
Q6: What’s your favorite thing to do at CrossFit?
A6: I really get excited for rope climb day. Maybe because I seem to remember not being able to do them as a kid. I was pretty excited the day I was able to figure those out and continue to enjoy climbing up that rope and tapping the beam.
Q7: What’s your favorite thing to do outside the gym?
A7: My favorite thing to do outside the gym is probably travel. Short trips, long trips, doesn’t matter. Getting away with the family, seeing new places (and old favorites), experiencing new things, always creates some fond memories.
Q8: If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
A8: Maybe a bear? You get a nice long nap during winter. Fish and berries are both pretty tasty. You’re strong, can run, and climb trees. Seems like a pretty good life. You were probably looking for something a little more profound or inspiring as a response here … sorry!
Q9: What’s the greatest band ever? (Editor Note: the only right answer to this question is METALLICA)
A9: Well it’s certainly not Metallica! I like to get back to my Arlington, WA roots. Rap and Hip Hop all the way.
Q10: What’s your favorite cheat meal?
A10: Just thinking about it is making me hungry … biscuits and sausage gravy! Whenever I go out to breakfast, it’s the first thing I look for on a menu and if they have it, I’m getting it!
Q11: What is your CrossFit story and what has CrossFit done for you since you have been coming?
A11: Prior to coming to CrossFit Bothell, I was working out at the Y down the street, but really wasn’t working out very hard. Certainly wasn’t pushing myself. I would jump on the treadmill or elliptical for an hour, trucking along at a moderate pace, watching TV. I saw the signs go up 3+ years ago announcing that CrossFit Bothell was opening. I drove by for over a year and regularly checked out the gym’s Facebook page, before I got up the courage to come in and try a class. I was so intimidated from what I had seen on TV (CrossFit Games) and read online – turns out I had nothing to be afraid of. Thinking back, I don’t remember what the trigger was that finally got me in the door, but two-plus years later, I’m so glad I finally did it. Today, I am the fittest I have ever been in my life. I do things I never thought possible for me. I enjoy being healthy. It has become a significant part of who I am.