CrossFitter of the Month: Sam Grinter


Sam has to be one of the most coachable athletes we’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. He’s always asking questions, he listens intently, and his ability to correct form quickly is something we rarely see in new athletes. He is relentless in his desire to improve and we often don’t know he’s learned a new skill until he demonstrates it flawlessly in a WOD like it’s been there all along. It is for these reasons that we award Sam Grinter CrossFitter of the Month!

How long have you been attending CrossFit Fringe, and what brought you here?

I’ve been at CrossFit Fringe for seven months. I originally joined because I wanted to learn some of the technical lifts, but I ended up staying because of the quality and motivation of the instructors; it’s contagious, so you know that if you come to a class you will be pushed to your limit and your time will be well-spent.


Since starting at CrossFit Fringe, what has changed about your lifestyle or outlook on life?

I generally find that working out makes me fitter, happier, and more productive. After I started coming here my intensity has been higher and I’ve seen these effects much more.

What is your favorite movement/skill?

That would be the clean and jerk, I think mostly because of the primal joy of lifting weight overhead.


What has been the most challenging part of your journey with CrossFit?

I would like to do ring muscle-ups but I haven’t yet been able to do them.

What do you enjoy most about CrossFit/CrossFit Fringe?

The intensity and friendliness of everyone involved: coaches, members, competitors. It’s very motivating.

What do you like to do outside the gym?

As a grad student I mostly spend my time doing research, which I enjoy, but when I have time for other things I like to travel and meet people, try new foods, and go biking or hiking. Occasionally, I try to be artistic and do photography or play viola.