A testimonial from a WLC winner

I still remember coaching the 4:30 CrossFit class and looking over to see Sam Wolfe sitting on the couch trying to study while the child she nanny-ed did jiu jitsu but instead being too interested in what was going on on the other side of the gym with the crazy group of people working themselves to exhaustion and yelling at each other. After a while, I went up to her and said, “Let’s get you in for an intro so you can just start participating already, shall we?”

You can imagine my joy to see her go on to partake in the Whole Life Challenge and proceed to take 2nd place! She then took it upon herself to send us this amazing testimonial:

Sitting on the couch and watching this group of strong people with PVC pipes over their heads was my first introduction to CrossFit. I was in my last semester of undergrad, had a babysitting job for one of the kiddo’s in Jiu Jitsu, and I would try and study while I waited for him but couldn’t stop watching class! I had done the traditional one week of intense treadmill runs, and then go into a depressed state of lying on the couch and eating my weight in chocolate. I would always get back at the treadmill or pick up 5 pound weights, having no idea what I was or wasn’t doing right. I never had participated in sports, and my asthma always held me back from attempting to try. I have never been “fit”.

I think I made enough awkward eye contact from the couch with Nate that he finally came over to me, because hell, the coaches are intimidating without a doubt. I signed up for my intro and was terrified. Being one-on-one helped me ease into this new idea of being strong, eating Paleo (I always ate somewhat clean, I thought, other than the chocolate) and trying new movements for my body. This was the start of what I thought was going to be a hobby- not a new life.

My first class was December 20th. I went to a full 5:30 and was so overwhelmed with people running around me grabbing hard plates and bars and I just stood there. I believe the end of the WOD was to find your heaviest deadlift and I just stared at this 35 pound gigantic barbell at my feet. I didn’t try enough that day; I definitely didn’t produce one drop of sweat. I told myself the next time I went in I would do whatever it takes to kick my ass, and little did I know I would be introduced to the “wood chipper” .

For my second class, I was thrown into a 100-90-80-70-60, etc. whirlwind of double-unders, ring dips, and burpees and discovered my first black out of the workout. I didn’t hear Heather mention there was a scaled version because my adrenaline was making my ears ring. I remember Dario and Dorsey yelling to keep trying but I know I didn’t finish. I went home and threw up. I slept until noon, and couldn’t walk for 3 days. After the holiday break and me contemplating what happened in that one hour, I went in as a new person. Determined that I would make it through an intense workout, and learn the proper form and techniques, I began to see myself conquer things I never thought I would or could do.

It’s been an interesting 4 months. I have dropped 75 lbs. on my head, fallen on my ass when attempting snatches, bruised my knees and thighs from those deadlifts to a point when I wear shorts people stare like I was kicked around. I find myself on YouTube in the middle of the night watching athletes and WODs from all over the world and how they perfect what they do. I lose my voice while yelling at my members to keep going. I don’t even need my inhaler half the time anymore. When people tell me I look athletic, I still have to look behind me and make sure they are actually talking to me.

Signing up for the Whole Life Challenge could not have come at a more perfect time. Without school I had been pacing for an activity, and this allowed me to have control over something in my life for once. I had just been through a bad break up, panicked of what I was doing in my life, but I knew that no other place made sense than at Undisputed. Towards the end of the 8 weeks, I found a ton of new recipes, fantastic insight and lifestyle adjustments that are now an everyday part of my routine.

Growing throughout this challenge has made me look at my life in every other aspect as well. I felt I could stick with it for those 8 weeks, that I could try other new things and be independent. I signed up for Warrior Dash with a ton of kickass guys who can surely out run me. Saturday at the finals and potluck, I think I have cried more than I have in years. I came in 2nd place for ladies and stood in front of people who cheered, for me. While I am still feeling mentally exhausted from this experience, I feel so grateful for this journey in my life. I still don’t know where I am going to end up at the moment, but every smile and hug I have given or received from Santa Fe has been genuine and I can’t express any further of how much I love the people at this place and what they stand for. I will take what I have learned and keep it with me forever. Probably preach it, too. While life can twist and turn, in whatever circumstance it may be, just give 110% to whatever makes you happy. Live in the now. When it hurts, it’ll always be for the best. Shit gets scary, but you overcome and with support from a family like this, you are unstoppable.

-Sam Wolfe

Sam in an overhead squat


And coach Ruben again shows his amazing videography skills with this beautiful and emotional video of the WLC Finals.


4rds for Time
20 KB swing
15 KB clean (squat)
10 KB Push Press
200mtr run

Mobility WOD