Sarah joined 6S in April 2022, beginning her functional fitness journey. As an athlete, Sarah is familiar with the benefits of a supportive, community environment of like-minded people. She applies her extensive athletic background to each and every class, and consistently brings her energy and hard work. In doing so, Sarah has continued to check off many amazing accomplishments along the way. We are so glad to have Sarah’s positivity and enthusiasm in the 6S community and know she will continue to inspire our athletes and coaches!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m from a small town south of London (Ontario) & moved to Toronto in 2019 when I finished my Masters. I studied neuroscience in school and now work at a health tech start-up! Oh – and as Adam always seems to tie into QOTD, I’m a diehard Swiftie
What is one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?
I didn’t have cable or watch many movies growing up (my mom still doesn’t have a TV in her house). Despite my partner’s greatest efforts to catch me up, I still probably don’t know your favourite movie or who your favourite actor is.
How long have you been doing Functional Fitness? At 6S?
I joined 6S in April 2022 & it was my first time formally doing functional fitness!
Why did you start functional fitness training?
I grew up playing competitive team sports and eventually varsity hockey. I’ve always worked out in group settings and had a coach or trainer. Self-led workouts at chain gyms have never been for me & I knew I needed a change after a pretty sedentary few years during covid. I’ve followed the CrossFit games for a while and always thought it looked fun and came across 6S when looking for gyms in my area!
What is your proudest 6S moment?
Recently I set my PR dead hang at over 1 minute. I’ll never forget the first ever class I went to at 6S had TTB programmed and I couldn’t even hang on for 5-10 seconds & I was second-guessing whether this was for me. It’s so cool to see how far I’ve come, especially on “little things” we often overlook like hanging from a bar.
What impact has 6S had on your life inside and outside the gym?
Honestly, it translates into so much. Most of all I think it’s built confidence and encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. I no longer hesitate to say yes to a workout class I’ve never done before with friends, join an intramural team at work, or make my partner hike through the mountains with me for 8 hours 🙂
For someone just starting at 6S, what advice would you give them?
Stay consistent & don’t get caught up comparing your scores to others. It can be intimidating to see people crush a workout you struggle to finish. I try to just be proud of my performance and wait for the chance to see how much I’ve improved the next time a similar workout rolls around.
What’s your biggest health & fitness goal right now? How close are you?
Working on upper body strength and maybe one day doing a pull-up! Still got a long way to go.
Other than 6S, what do you do for fun?
I love an outdoor adventure – travelling, hiking, snowboarding, you name it. I’m a trivia buff and attend weekly trivia nights with friends. I play hockey 2-3x a week and love to curl up with a book on a rainy day.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Don’t live in a world of “what if?” – No one can predict the future or change the past, so it’ll probably just hold you back from experiencing some pretty amazing things in the now.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
- See the northern lights in Norway
- Go skydiving
- Sit front row at a Taylor Swift concert
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Switzerland! My partner and I recently spent 2 weeks hiking (& getting engaged!) in the Bernese Alps and it was so magical. Everything is so vibrant, the people are so kind, and there are cute cows with cowbells roaming freely everywhere (the hills are truly alive with the sound of music). My dream dog has always been a Bernese mountain dog, so it basically feels like fate.