GameDay fans…. Meet Sam Cady of CrossFit Supercell!
Tell us about you!
I grew up in Erie, IL. Being a town of less than 2000 people, hobby options were limited. Sports were always my favorite. I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track growing up. Football was always my favorite, and I played for 4 years at Rockford University. Currently I teach PE and am the head football and softball coach at South Beloit High School.
What made you start CrossFit? How long have you been doing it?
I wanted to compete right away. Being a former athlete, I missed that feeling of competition. CrossFit gave me that competition that I craved! I was asked by one of the other members at the gym if I wanted to join her for a partner competition last year, and I jumped at the opportunity. GameDay Chicago 2018 was my first ever competition. Since then, I’ve competed twice more, once on a team at CrossFit Kenosha and individually at BrewCity CrossFit.
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I love the barbell movements and the fact that you can always improve. I also love the mental games you play with yourself to always push harder.
What’s your favorite all time workout or movement?
I love anything with a barbell. Having played football for years, I spent quite a bit of time with one in my hands. A close second is muscle ups. Starting CrossFit those were my number one goal and I always look for an excuse to practice them.
What’s your proudest accomplishment as an athlete?
My proudest moment actually came as a coach! My softball team that I coach won a regional title this spring. It was the first softball title in school history. Going into the season, we weren’t expected to be very competitive, but the team worked extremely hard and their hard work payed off!
What do you enjoy most about competition day?
The feeling of competing with friends in front of a crowd. Growing up playing football and basketball, there were always high crowds at games. Those people cheering gives you an energy that’s difficult to describe. Competing in CrossFit brings back that same feeling.
Do you have any advice for people thinking about trying CrossFit?
Don’t be afraid to struggle. Too often people avoid competitions because they are afraid of struggling in front of others. The atmosphere of a competition is all positive. People want to see everyone succeed, and strangers will cheer you on as if you’ve been friends for years.
Will we be seeing you at GameDay Chicago?
Unfortunately my football team has a game that same day, but I’m hoping to make it back in 2020!