I remember meeting Sam when she came in for our first New You Challenge back in the spring of 2016. She always works hard at the gym and always comes in with a smile!

What was the biggest struggle you had before joining Recursive?
The biggest struggle I had before joining Recursive was getting to the gym and feeling like I was productive enough for it to be worth taking time away from my small children (ages 1 and 2.5 at the time).  I didn’t have time to go to the gym and putz around for hours like I did all the time before I had kids.  I needed to get in, work hard, and get out.  Also, after having kids, I lost a lot of my muscle mass.  Many women struggle with losing “baby weight”.  My babies stole my weight – all my muscle.  I wanted it back!

What made you choose Recursive for your fitness needs/goals?
I came across a six-week women’s “new you” challenge that opened the door for me.  Although I was not unfamiliar to the weight room or fitness facilities, I don’t think I would have tried CrossFit in classes with men in the beginning.  The intimidation factor is high.  I can’t imagine what it feels like for people who are brand new to weight training and fitness.  The idea of personal training in a group setting was really exciting to me.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned at the gym?
The most important thing I’ve learned at the gym is the importance of doing things that are uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and hard.  I’m not a stranger to hard work, sweat, miles and miles of running, sore muscles, any of that.  Learning NEW skills.  Learning NEW lifts.  Learning NEW ways to challenge your body and then realizing your body is capable of these new things.  That’s pretty incredible.

What are you most proud of (so far)?
If you are friends with me on Facebook you’ll know the answer to this one: being able to do a pull up.  I’ve never had much (ok… any) upper body strength.  Naturally, I’m quite skinny.  Being able to do a pull up is a big deal for me.  I have along way to go until they are something I can do in workouts on a regular basis, but that’s what’s so great.  I’ve accomplished something that makes me want to accomplish more.

What’s your favorite gym memory?
My favorite gym memory is a Saturday morning workout that was lead by Coach Cam and Coach Aaron.  We warmed up doing aerobics.  Like, legit step-up aerobics.  I wished I had legwarmers.  It was amazing.

What do you hope to accomplish next?
This is actually a hard one for me.  Fitness, for me, is about staying healthy, rather than hitting PRs or mastering new skills.  I hope to stay healthy and strong, grow my upper body strength, continue to be a good role model for my children, and to continue improve on form. 

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