November 2015 | Samantha Sandusky – 32 Years old


What is your sports/fitness background?

I was a cross country and track runner in high school and college.  Post college I played beer league football, volleyball and softball.

What brought you to PCR?

I was initially anti-crossfit because I put a stereotype on the people and what I thought the workouts were.  Jamie brought me in after a lot of encouragement and put me through a workout – where I really thought I was going to die.  After a lot of thinking I decided to put all my theories aside and give it a try.  My brother’s wedding was in 6 months and to be frank I just wanted to not look awful in the dress I was wearing and I needed something to focus on and get me to that goal.

What are your fitness goals?

My initial goals were to make it through an entire workout – which took some time.  Now they are to be better than I was yesterday – add weight, improve on technique and eventually be able to do pull-ups on my own as well as push-ups on my own.

What do you see as your greatest improvement?

My greatest improvement is showing up as much as possible – and it doesn’t feel like a chore.  I really enjoy coming and working out with a great group of encouraging people as well as coaches.  Physically – I dead-lifted 200lbs – I never thought I would do that and know that I will be able to add more weight and lift more.  I finally got on the rig and did a pull up – with a band, but I had been doing ring rows for so long that making it on that rig seemed daunting, but I finally have overcome that fear of not being able to pull / hold myself up on the bar.

What is your favorite and least favorite workout?

My favorite workout has been dead-lifting and the 5k row for time.  My least favorite usually involves jump rope DUs and Crab-walks.

What’s your favorite PCR memory so far?

We were offered a rowing clinic – I was having a rough go at it.  I think my head just wasn’t in the game.  I got really frustrated with technique and trying to get everything to gel and the motion still wasn’t happening.  In my head – I had checked out I just wanted it to be over so I could go home and forget about it.  The last part of the workout was a team relay row.  Kimberly was on my team – and we were down to the last few minutes of the row –when out of nowhere she BELTS out  “let’s go” in my ear.  At first I thought I was going deaf – then I just laughed and she snapped me out of my own head and we finished.  I didn’t accomplish anything spectacular that day – but I always know when I come in to the gym there is someone there to encourage me when I don’t think I can do it myself.

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