Get To Know Sam Bastyr

You know him as Coach Sam, but he started much like most of us did, at a bootcamp.  Proof that hard work, a positive attitude, and a healthy dose of humor produce great results.  Read on to get to know the one and only Sam Bastyr.

What do you do for a living?

I am an EBD Special Education teacher at Elton Hills Elementary.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?

Outside of the gym I love to play rugby and go camping. As long as it’s outside, I’m


What made you decide to try Progression?

I was scrolling through Facebook and saw an ad for the Progression boot camp.  Figured it was worth a try. Best decision I ever made.

How long have you been at CFP?

I have been at CFP for about a year and a half.

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

I have been pretty active my whole life playing rugby and other sports. Prior to Progression I had a membership at Northgate. I would go at 5am and lift by myself. It was boring and I hated going.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

My biggest fear was not knowing the CrossFit “lingo/abbreviations”. I didn’t want to show up to a class and not know what to do for the workout.

Favorite cheat day meal?

Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza☺

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

My current goal is flexibility. Even though I am known for having the best flexibility in the gym, it is something I am working on daily. Yoga at CFP has really helped me in this area (shout out to Irene).

What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment?

The hardest part about my fitness journey at the moment is taking rest days. There are so many skills I want to get better at and I constantly want to be working on them. But rest days are a necessity and it’s all about finding the right balance.

What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?

I am an Eagle Scout.

What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or member at CFP?

There has been tons a great advice from all the coaches but the one that takes the cake is, “Anything can fit into your macros, even Kwik Trip breakfast burritos” Thanks Julie and Jen!

How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since starting CrossFit?

My biggest change has been with nutrition. I have been doing progression nutrition for about 8 months now and I feel great. My mindset is now eating right, eating enough, and staying consistent. Eating whole foods and being okay with cheat meals. I have never felt better!

What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?

Granite Games with Coach Rob and Drew. It was my first competition and I didn’t know what to expect. I learned very quickly that going to the “pain cave” and a “dark place” is a real thing.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?

I think I have stuck with CFP because of the community. Between the coaches and members, it feels like one big family. I went from a mindset of “I have to work out” to “I get to work out”. There is nothing like CFP.

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining CFP?

Learning new movements can get frustrating. Stay patient, practice, and ask questions!