Athlete of the week: Sam Sipler
After trying out crossfit for the first time back home in New Jersey and becoming immediately
hooked, I went online and looked for a gym back at school and here I am.
I grew up in a small beach town in New Jersey. I played field hockey for 7 years, after two
surgeries for constricted compartment syndrome, herniated calf muscle, and potential permanent
nerve damage in my foot, I decided it was time to throw in the towel. I swam for 11 years and
was captain of my high school swim team. I’ve always enjoyed working out and once I started
crossfit it took my love for working out to a whole new level.
I live and grew up at the beach, but in the winter I love to snowboard.
Just about a little bit of everything.
I am currently a senior nursing student at USC and will be applying to medical school this
summer. Fingers crossed I will get into MUSC and be back at CCF before I know it. I plan
to keep training with Paul and pushing my self to new limits everyday. I hope to one day be
competing and the best athlete I can be.
My most memorable workout had to have been the Crossfit Games Open WOD 12.1, the 7 min
of burpees. I had only been doing Crossfit for 3 months when Paul told me to sign up for the
Open, so I thought why not try it out. When I got to the gym that Saturday to do my 7 min of
burpees I was petrified. I also didn’t know very many people at the time but people kept giving
me advice and strategies in how to complete the workout. Other athletes cheered me on till the
very last second. That day I realized I was part of one of the best crossFit communities. My
greatest accomplishment so far had to have been completing the 30 snatches at 75# during the
13.1 Open WOD. The year before I couldn’t snatch 75# once and after a year of hard work and
coaching from Paul, I was able to complete all 30 reps.
If someone had come to me interested in training with CCF, I would highly encourage them.
CCF is not like any other gym, there are athletes from all ages and all fitness levels and you
never feel like you’re being judged. It’s like one big family; everyone cheers each other on, offers
advice and encouragement. There is a place for everyone at this gym. You will not only become
stronger, faster, and an overall better athlete but you become a better person. The experiences
and coaching I have been given are because of the dedicated and caring coaches and I can say
that I would not have gotten this anywhere else.
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