Deadlift Max: Whatever Holly says I can do. (aka I don’t know so check back with me in a year.)
Back-squat Max: Whatever Holly says I can do. (aka I don’t know so check back with me in a year.)
Got Muscle-ups? Haha. No.
1 mile run: 13:28 (Check back with me in a year.)
Name: Samantha Weaver
Occupation: Parish Secretary
Any WOD that makes me wake up and say “Ow” the next morning. Did I just say that? Can I take that back? By the way, it hurts to laugh today, so Monday’s WOD was awesome!
How long have you been CrossFitting?
4 months (Yep, only 4 months). . . I honestly thought I was being “punked” when I was told I was the Spotlight Athlete.
Which class time do you usually attend?
How did you find CrossFit?
I was on a weekend retreat where I was sitting next to Cindy Renaudo every day. And pretty much every day, she was wearing her Clear Lake CrossFit sweatshirt. I asked her about it later and she went on and on and on and on about how great CLCF was. I told her I wanted to join. Only then did she fill me in on the fact that she went to the 5:15am class…sneaky, very sneaky.
What is your athletic background?
I played an assortment of sports growing up. I played softball and field hockey in high school and part of college. I went hiking in Alaska for a month one summer in high school. I eventually decided to quit playing sports, so I could major in Theatre. (Yes, I was a mix of a jock and theatre geek.) Then, I basically let myself go over time.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
Well, I’m definitely stronger. And I can tell you that I’ve lost 50+ pounds. And now I’m an early to bed and early to rise person...but that is more by necessity. Getting up at 4am to go workout feels somewhat normal now...insane, but normal. One of my favorite things is that I’ve tapped back into that underdog, “I’m not really very good at this, but I’m going to try really hard” version of myself. Oh and I did just run the whole 800m (for the first time in these 4 months) this morning!
What motivates/inspires you?
God – I talk to him a lot during WODs. Mostly stuff like…”Dear God, if you could just get me through this WOD, it would be awesome! Okay, I’m out of breath, so I’ll talk to you later.”
Cindy – My rock star friend who totally schools me on every WOD! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for being an awesome friend and always holding me accountable. “Pick up the ball in 3-2-1!”
Coach Holly – I know I have a good coach when they can push me to succeed while still making the workout fun. Plus, anyone that can make me laugh at 5:15am right before a WOD is aces in my book! Thanks for telling me to “Suck it up and smile about it!!!” when I didn’t think I deserved to be the spotlight athlete. I truly appreciate all your support and I won’t let you down!
The 5:15 morning crew (Ashley, Bonnie, Cindy, Drew, Holly, Mariel, Oscar, Perry, Rhin, Warren) – Thank you for being my cheerleaders! I just hope I’m doing a good job at repaying the favor. I have a love/hate relationship with people cheering me on. I love the cheering in general, but the fact that they are cheering for me means that I am yet again the last person to finish the WOD. So, you have full permission to tell me to suck it up and accept the love the next time.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement?
Signing up for the CrossFit Open while only having 4 months experience and then having the guts to post my 1 and 0 rep scores.
Name one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit.
First, I would like to actually figure out what my max is for different lifts and exercises. Then my goal would be to look back in a year and have crushed them all.
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit?
I work and volunteer at my church, so I’m there a lot of the time. I still love theatre, the arts and techie stuff. And I’m a big time animal lover.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I don’t really have one. Okay fine, I would have to say Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, I realize that is not so much a meal as it is a time of year. And that makes the fact that I joined CLCF 2 weeks before Thanksgiving even more hysterical!
Any advice for new members?
Just keep showing up. Just keep showing up. Just keep showing up. Did I mention “Just keep showing up?”
Everyone is your friend at CLCF whether you know it yet or not. They will go out of their way to help you out, cheer you on and/or call you to make sure you get your rear end to the box. Never be afraid to ask questions…even the dumb ones.
For me, CrossFit is (and will continue to be) a HUGE lesson in humility. I showed up 4 months ago totally out of shape and weighing twice what a healthy person should weigh. Every WOD was the equivalent of a Birthday WOD or Hero WOD at that point. I had to keep reminding myself, “Now Sam, you weigh twice as much as most of these people. If you factor that in, then you are doing awesome!” So, if your story is anything like mine, there’s probably going to be a period of time when you feel like you can’t take any more lessons in humility. Just remember: Your coaches and “teammates” want you here and want you to succeed. And all you have to do is just keep showing up.
Oh and lastly, cut yourself some slack….CrossFit is not easy and it’s not supposed to be. That’s part of the fun – You finish the WOD and look back thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe I just finished that!” Then…sooner or later…something crazy happens…you will find yourself spending a perfectly good Sunday afternoon trying to teach yourself how to do a double-under with your brand new speed rope. True story. And that’s when I realized that I had officially drunk the Koolaid!
Have you met Pukie?
No. That’s one of the plus sides of the 5:15am class…I don’t have much in me for Pukie to work with.