The Weekly Dose of Awesome: Sam R!

Sam is actually pretty new to UB, but honestly we can barely remember a time when he wasn't around. He blew into the gym bringing with him a breeze of enthusiasm, a great attitude, and a love of fitness. In fact, he's booked to get his CrossFit Level 1 certificate later this month. We're excited to see where he goes from there. Sam - you're awesome and we appreciate you!

Name: Samuel Reese

Occupation: Compliance Analyst at Lyft

When did you first start CrossFitting?: Feb 15 - Oct 15

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: Oct 16

Favorite WOD: Anything for Time

Least favorite WOD: Anything for Reps (Me and pacing don't really get along)

Simple Graph of my AMRAPs

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            |          \                       last 15 seconds -->   /
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            |___________\__laying on the floor__/____

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Our Kinesiology class studied the CrossFit US team in 2012. I then got first involved in Austin and fell in love with the style of programming. Only now am I beginning to take it seriously though.

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? It has made me much more patient both for chasing my goals and daily activities. It has also taught me how to time manage better, WODs for time really teach you how much you are capable of in a short time if you plan and put your mind to it.

What is your favorite shower song? Really anything from the Frank Sinatra Pandora Station

Where IS Waldo? Hanging out with Carmen Sandiego

Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.