CrossFit Virilis January 2024 Member of the Month: Samantha Barber

Meet Samantha Barber, our January 2024 Member of the Month, whose CrossFit journey began in August 2020. For the last 3.5 years, she’s found joy in cleans and snatches—the former for its fun factor, the latter for its intricate challenge. Initially about strength and weight maintenance, CrossFit has become an inseparable part of Samantha’s life, providing not only physical strength but also a cherished community at CFV (CrossFit Virilis). She treasures the mental resilience gained as much as the close-knit relationships within her CFV family. Beyond the gym, Samantha finds happiness in warm weather, sandy beaches, family time, and live music—an embodiment of her zest for life. Her story showcases how CFV’s supportive environment transcends physical fitness, enriching lives in meaningful ways.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in August of 2020, so about 3.5 years.
What’s your favorite workout?
“Mind Eraser” 20-minute AMRAP of 7 power cleans, 7 burpees, 200m run.
What’s your favorite movement?
I love cleans and snatches. Cleans because they are fun and snatches because I appreciate the complexity of the movement, and I love improving on it.
Why do you do CrossFit?
It started off to build strength and maintain weight loss, but it’s morphed into a part of my life that I can’t imagine living without. The mental and physical strength I’ve built is just an added benefit to the relationships I get to share with my CFV family <3.
What meal could you eat every day for the rest of your life?
Canned corned beef hash and eggs! With a mimosa 😉
What has CFV helped you do, achieve?
I’ve always felt like CFV has invested far beyond the physical in its people and I appreciate that. I always feel like I’m the only member because of the constant support, thoughtfulness, and accountability in and outside of the gym.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Paul Walker…..because he so cuttteeeeeee 😉
Top three favorite movies.
Twilight Series
Dirty Dancing
What makes you the happiest?
Warm weather, hot sun, soft, white sand, hearing the waves, being with my family and live music.
Anything else you want to add?
I love CFV, and I’m so thankful for all the good it brings being a part of such an amazing community of people. <3

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