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Sam Horenstein

Hometown: Upton, MA
Start @ ONE Nation: December 2014

Why do you coach?

Sam began CrossFit in 2010, started coaching at CrossFit Fenway in 2011, coached at Reebok CrossFit ONE from 2014 – 2015, and has been with ONE Nation since 2014. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006 with a major in sculpture and a minor in art history. As a youth and collegiate athlete, Sam competed in track & field (throwing events) and fencing. Post college, Sam worked in corporate marketing and illustration.

CrossFit has provided him with a new way of life, and an opportunity to give back to his community. In his own words:
“During my professional career as a desk jockey, I went from a collegiate athlete that competed at a bodyweight of 190 to someone who was walking around at 270-pounds at my heaviest. The support and motivation I received from my adopted and ever-evolving CrossFit community has provided me with the tools to better my own life, and to the opportunity to share the same with others. Helping people move better and lose weight, helping people keep up with their kids, helping kids to love fitness and play from an early age, and generally just helping people live their day-to-day lives better—it’s only going to continue to change my community for the better. That’s what I believe is significant about coaching at ONE Nation, it’s that we are actually bettering and molding the greater communities around our little gyms. Myself and my team are helping athletes of all ages live stronger, healthier, and happier lives.”


CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
CrossFit Kids Course
Strength & Conditioning Coach, The Roxbury Latin School
USA Weightlifting: Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

2012 Northeast Regional – Team CrossFit Fenway
Collegiate Fencer – UMass Amherst, USACFC National Champions 2004

Fun Facts:

Favorite Food: Top 3 — Hot wings, tacos and sushi.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hammock. Instant vacation.
Favorite Sport to Watch // Play: Play: Ultimate // Watch: Football
Favorite Cheat Food: Donuts
Favorite Adult Beverage: Oban Scotch Whisky, but I’m a sucker for trying any new beer and wine I haven’t seen before. Used to buy and sell beer and wine as a post-college job.
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner and why?: Breakfast.
Horror, Action, Comedy, RomCom?: Schwarzenegger.
Dogs or Cats?: Louie.
Life Pet Peeve(s): When people are mean…not cool and when people drink water in the middle of their workout!
3 Hobbies outside of CrossFit: Cooking, Construction (large and small scale), Dog Parenting.
3 Things on your Life Bucket List: 1) See all National Parks, 2) Ride in a submarine, 3) Live in a portable house — trailer, rv or houseboat. I’m not picky.
Embarrassing Childhood Memory: Ask me about my scars.
Favorite Childhood Memory: Family Cape house rentals and time out on the water in whatever dinky boat we owned at the time.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Loyal, curious, enthusiastic, handy & helpful.