Meet Sami Preap, our latest featured athlete. She’s trained diligently five days a week, putting her all in to every WOD, determined to perform it to her highest level. A regular at the 7:30 pm class, Sami is the picture of consistency here at CFE, showing us that CrossFit is her kind of workout. She came in as a pure novice and in a relatively short time has managed to find her “groove” at CFE. One of her fellow athletes described Sami as having “happy energy that is contagious to those who work out with her,” gotta love that! Sami pushes herself beyond her comfort zone and the results are obvious when you read her Q&A below. Congratulations Sami!!
Q&A with Sami:
What have you learned about yourself in doing Crossfit?
Crossfit Everett has impacted my life in many ways. The results I’ve seen are both mental and physical. I live a healthier lifestyle. I eat better, sleep better, look better, and physically have more energy. Every day after leaving the gym, I have such a huge sense of accomplishment. Even though I might be exhausted, bruised up, and my hands are callused and body sore, all I can think about is how proud I am of what I’m doing. I’m not a quitter. No matter how much I dread the WOD (workout of the day) I still show up for class at least 5 days week because I know I’ll feel like a million bucks after WOD.
What is your Athletic and Fitness background?
Nadda! I have no athletic background. Growing up I’ve always been a lazy couch potato and call it good after a 3-miles walk around Green Lake. I was very out of shape and 20 pounds heavier prior to Crossfit. I went from a size 10 to a 3/4 in 3 months. I adopted the Paleo diet and did Crossfit 5 days a week. I never lift weights because I was afraid of bulking up (it’s a myth women do not have testosterone and we do not bulk up without the help of steroids. Strength training prevents osteoporosis, builds strength, and burns more fat). I have a gym membership at L.A. Fitness. The only machines I ever make use of at the gym are the dreadful Stair Master, Elliptical, and boring Treadmill. I would spend at least 2 hours at the gym doing cardio and not seeing any results. I sweat more doing a 10 min WOD than 1 hour on the Elliptical. Crossfit pushes me past my limits and delivers results. I’ve gotten stronger and more energized.
What changes have you made in your nutrition program?
I’m currently adopting the Paleo way of life. Ever since I started Paleo and Crossfit I no longer suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I was leading a very unhealthy lifestyle, eating out 3 to 4 days a week, hitting the buffet and over indulged on red velvet and pink champagne cupcakes every weekend prior to converting to Paleo. I knew I had to change my diet when I missed a week of work due to an IBS flare up episode. Consuming all that junk is not worth the pain I had to go through. Paleo is a lifestyle change not a diet.
What is the hardest part of these changes for you?
I can cut out dairy and pasta but my biggest temptation is white rice. Rice is a staple in an Asian household. We eat rice with every meal.
What are some remaining fitness goals that you have for yourself?
My fitness goal is to be strong, build endurance, get fit, reduce my body fat percentage, and look good naked. I want to able to do legitimate pull-ups without bands, hand stand pushups, and rope climbing.
Anything box jump, overhead walking lunges, thruster, deadlift, and burpees. I know the majority of people hate burpees but I love them. What is there not to like about burpees? It gets your heart rate up and very effective at delivering results.
Least Favorite WOD:
Anything 800m and 400m run. I hate running. I still dread running a full lap during warm up. However, it’s all mind over matter. I try to run as fast as I can so I can finish sooner. Another dislike would be the overhead snatch (I need to work on my balance), and my nemesis; the wall ball toss. I always cringe when I see that medicine ball.
What do you think about the trainers at CFE?
I love all of them. They’re very passionate at what they do. They’re willing to work with you, correct you if you make any mistakes, encourage you, cheer you on, and make you feel welcomed. Thank you Randy for making me laugh at your lame jokes, Chris for staying after your WOD to help out and train me, and Coach Jesse keeping the gym open. You guys are awesome! Thanks much!!!