From the moment I got on the phone with Sami, I was sure of one thing: girl is DRIVEN. She’s a pretty cut-to-the-chase, no BS kind of person, and with so much on her plate, she has to be. Sami’s in her senior year at The University of Iowa studying Human Physiology and Pre-Med. She’s graduating next month and will be returning home to place a lot of energy into studying for the MCAT, which she’s retaking in July with the hope of achieving a score that meets her high standards. We look forward to seeing her around at CrossFit 100 amidst her intense study sessions!
Growing up, were you always athletic?
I played soccer until I was a Freshman in high school. I lost interest in it midway through high school, and that’s when I got into CrossFit – about seven years ago. What inspired you to make that switch? Why CrossFit? My family was (and still is) big into CrossFit, so I guess I kind of just got sucked into it. I enjoyed that it was more of an individual activity where I could focus on my own
What about the self-focus was appealing to you since you’d been involved in team sports for so long?
There’s always something in CrossFit that I can improve upon and I knew I could really focus on those things on my own. That aside, I like that the Workout of the Day (WOD) is different every day, so I wasn’t getting bored.
How were the first few workouts? How did you feel?
Oh, they were SO tiring! I was sore, but I figured out pretty quickly how much I enjoyed it… and that I could customize it to be whatever I wanted it to be. My goal wasn’t to build muscle, it was really just to be fit.
So if your goal was to be fit, I imagine your favorite movement is something very different than Ian’s, who is trying to build muscle.
Yeah – I love the conditioning – burpees, box jumps, anything that improves my agility. I guess I just identified a common misconception amongst those who do CrossFit – not everyone is there to build.
So coming from an angle that’s more toning- focused than building-focused, what challenges does CrossFit offer you?
For me, CrossFit challenges my mental strength. I know I can PR, but I know I first need to overcome my own self-doubt then do the work to get stronger.
Well, you kind of just unknowingly blew up a misconception I had about CrossFit. If you had to consciously debunk a misconception you know about, what would it be?
CrossFit is far less about competition (especially with others) than it is about community – encouraging others to improve and reach their goals.
Shifting gears, let’s talk about your life at school. What do you miss while you’re away?
I really miss being physically active. The community at CrossFit 100, the encouragement I get and feel when I’m there. It’s a great way to connect with people.
How do you feel about your younger siblings being involved in CrossFit now?
Initially, Mya and Ian had NO interest, but it’s been fun watching them totally switch their thinking on CrossFit. They’re definitely into it now.
How has CrossFit changed – if it has – who you are as a family?
CrossFit has really helped build our relationship. It’s not even just that we share a hobby – though, it’s fun that we have something in common – it’s that we’re encouraging each other.