Sam BSWhen did you join Crossfit ParaBellum?

April 3, 2015

Favorite WOD?

I don’t have a particular favorite, but I really like Hero WODs and the meaning behind them.

Least Favorite WOD?

Anything that includes running…

Favorite Lift?

Back Squat

Least Favorite Lift?


Sam runningTell us a little bit about yourself:

I grew up in St. Helena where my family raised and exhibited livestock. I studied Animal Science at Chico State and was a member of their 2011 Livestock Judging Team. From there, I went on to get my M.S. in Feedlot Nutrition from Texas Tech University. I currently work as an Operations Supervisor for a Foster Farms feed mill in Delhi. I live in Denair with my three (fur) children, Australian Shepherds named Abby and Chloe and a cat named Chewy. Outside of work, I enjoy being creative with different projects including jewelry making, sketching, and refurbishing furniture.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Running or wandering around a gym with no clue what to do

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I loved the challenge!

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

I wanted to be healthier, both physically and mentally. My job is both stressful and fairly sedentary, so I thought exercise would be a good way to balance things out.

Sam before and afterHave you achieved any of these goals?

Yes! I am down 20 pounds and am more comfortable in my own body than ever before.

Has CrossFit affected your life?

Not only has it greatly improved my health, but the box has become my daily escape, and after a rough day at work I know that a good WOD will make me a much happier person.

What achievement are you most proud of inside the gym?

When we recently did the Crossfit Total, I added 15 lbs to my back squat max and 20 to my dead lift max in the same day… that felt really good!

Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?

When I FINALLY got my first kipping pull up, I was super excited because I had been working on them for months!

Sam BxJWhat advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit ParaBellum?

Just stick with it and keep coming back. Embrace the suck and have fun!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Parabellum?

The atmosphere, hands down. I have never felt so supported or encouraged. The coaches all have their own way of pushing the athletes to succeed and I have already made so many friends within the CFPB community.