Sam Ellison
Sam Ellison
Over double body weight squat - 286lbs Snatch - 170lbs Clean and jerk - 215 lbs Strict Ring Muscle Ups


CrossFit Level 1 Burgener Strength Weightlifting Level 1 Precision Nutrition Level 1 Healthy Steps Nutrition Certified Coach

CrossFit & Nutrition Coach

Sam Ellison

As a child, I spent a decade as a competitive cheerleader, dedicating most of my time to school, the gym, and traveling for out-of-town competitions. However, when I aged out of the sport, I found myself lost, struggling to find my purpose. I briefly explored collegiate cheerleading but soon realized it wasn't the right fit. It was then I felt completely lost, fell into the wrong crowd, and neglected not just my physical fitness but my overall well-being.  Years passed, during which I saw my weight fluctuate drastically, reaching 210 pounds at one point. It was only when I decided I'd had enough that I began running, shedding pounds until I reached a very tiny 110 pounds. This is when I stumbled upon CrossFit. CrossFit gave me a new life and a better one at that. It became a place I eagerly anticipated visiting every day, where I made new friends with clear goals and a strong sense of purpose. I began weightlifting as well. I wanted to spend all of my time there, so I immersed myself in the community. I started cleaning the gym, then working the front desk, until I realized I wanted to do more. I wanted to give back that feeling it gave me to others. I  started my journey to become a coach. During this time,  I also became fascinated with nutrition, realizing its critical role in fueling my newfound strength. Why would I want to keep shrinking my body when I could be strong?! This is when I found my passion for nutrition coaching and teaching others what a powerful tool it is. Within the walls of CrossFit, I made a new fulfilling life for myself. I discovered my 'why,' and I wouldn't have it any other way. Witnessing the spark in others' eyes as they gain confidence in their bodies, reach new personal records, and embark on their own journeys of growth and learning fills me with joy and purpose.

My turning point arrived when I hit rock bottom. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. It seemed like my never-ending poor choices had let down not only myself but also everyone around me. Then, I stumbled upon CrossFit, and within its walls, I discovered a haven for self-discovery. Weightlifting, in particular, became the anchor for my personal growth. The barbell became my refuge, offering solace and empowerment. I no longer aimed to shrink myself to fit in; instead, I embraced taking up space. I uncovered my physical and, more importantly, mental strength. Through this journey, I not only fell in love with the barbell but also rediscovered love and respect for myself.
My passion for coaching arises from my own experiences as someone who once felt lost and lacked the necessary tools to achieve their goals. I am committed to helping those who may find themselves in a similar situation. I want to guide everyone into feeling competent and confident in their everyday lives, and have fun during the process!