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  • Placed second in his age group (5 hours 20 minutes) in the 21st annual Bataan Death March Memorial where he had to carry a 40 pound pack over a 26.2 mile course in the high desert hills of New Mexico.
  • Took 4th place in the Biggs Army Airfield Strongman competition for the under 200-pound contestant category.
  • Father of three boys who can do burpees (and dance!) with the best of them!
  • Is a paid on call Fire Fighter with the city of Grandville.


Sam is the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Grand Rapids.  He is a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer, a CrossFit Endurance trainer, a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Trainer, and a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist.  After graduating from Aquinas College Sam joined the army and traveled around the world.  He was stationed in Seattle, Germany, El Paso and was deployed to Iraq before returning home to Grand Rapids.  While in the Army, Sam was a Recon Squad Leader and a Sniper Team Leader.

Sam can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at 616-808-1732.