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Powerlifting Coach Michael Sampson

SampsonCoach Michael Sampson

What inspired you to start doing CrossFit?

I first heard of CrossFit via Mark Rippetoe’s Wichita Falls Athletic Club back in 2007. My first visit to did not impress me. I didn’t really get it. Over the next few months I kept checking out the site. Eventually I tried a few workouts which of course kicked my ass. In 2008 I got my level 1 certification. There wasn’t many CrossFit gyms in Minnesota yet so I just worked out in a garage with a friend. As some more local gyms opened I started to really enjoy the community aspect of the workouts.

What are some of your goals in the gym?

I’m always up for getting stronger or faster, but what really matters to me is just having fun. If you always dread having to workout find something else you do enjoy. The most effective workout will always be the one you show up to.

What do you love most about coaching athletes?

It is great to see athletes making progress. What I really like is seeing someone at the gym on a regular basis who would usually not stay motivated with the more conventional workout options.

What advice would you give to a beginner CrossFit athlete?

Take it easy. Slow and steady progress really adds up.

What do you like to do outside of the gym?

Work my day job. Try to build anything I can think up.

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