Athlete of the MonthJanuary

Missy Sampson

Career: Teacher

Years Doing CrossFit: 3

Before starting CrossFit, I had thought I was some sort of “fit.” I was not.

I LOVE CrossFit!  I love our box, our coaches, new friends, and (in a sick sort of way) getting my butt kicked every day and wanting to come back the next!

Before starting CrossFit, I had thought I was some sort of “fit.” I was not.  I have always been competitive, but I didn’t realize just how competitive until I tried CrossFit.  Putting into words what FireTower means to me is hard, because at the end of the day this is an emotional journey.  I’m getting to a place in my life where I finally know what my body and mind are capable of and it is liberating. Health and wellness are a mental roller coaster and I have finally reached that point of the ride where I don’t want to get off.  I am in better shape than I was in my twenties and I am currently staring 50 in the face!

The best part of this journey of CrossFit has been being able to do this with my family.  Bob and I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is health and making workouts not something we HAVE to do but something we GET to do.  And don’t let the kid thing fool you, I am busting my hump every day to beat them at whatever the WOD is (mind you this is getting more difficult)!  It makes me happy to see their confidence grow with every pound they lift.  It is also a gift for my kids to see for themselves that their hard work pays off:  Our daughter Raelee played freshman volleyball this year and our son Holden will be playing offensive line for the MSU Bobcats in the fall!  Go Bengals!  Go Cats!

It is also very gratifying to see my “other” kids, both current and former students, in the box working out.  I have been blessed beyond belief to teach biology at Helena High School for the past 25 years.  Now I have a new-found empathy when they start talking about the material being hard—I get it!  The challenge of having something be difficult and then finding the perseverance not to quit is a delicate balance and an important lesson.  This delicate balance is something I deal with every day at the gym.

I started CrossFit because my brother-in-law and family were doing it in Butte and I thought Raelee would love it. With a little push from Krista three years ago, I started by dropping Raelee off at the 4:30 class, then I stayed and watched a class.  Then I joined a class, and now I can’t imagine not doing CrossFit.

My typical day:

5:30am:  wake-up

7:00am: coffee and breakfast (eggs)

7:30 am – 4:00pm: teaching, 20 minutes for lunch.  I usually have a salad with cottage cheese, cauliflower and a lean protein.

4:30pm: CrossFit

6:00- 10:00: Depending on the time of year some sporting event, spring and summer we team rope (horse activity), dinner and then bed!

“Exercise not only changes your body. It changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.”


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