What’s your go to ‘cheat meal’ or treat for you and Mat?
We don’t have “cheat meals”. If we want pizza, we have pizza. If we want beef stroganoff, we have beef stroganoff. If we want tacos, burritos or enchiladas, we have them! Everything is in moderation. We don’t have pizza every night but when the mood strikes, we make pizza. There are times in the year in which we don’t treat ourselves to whatever we fancy because the occasional pizza night might not fit within our metric of feel-good-foods at that time. It’s about as simple as that around here.
Mat and Sammy vs Tia and Shane in a partner CrossFit workout, who’s winning?
As much as I’d like to think I can hold my own and as much as I know Mat would be carrying the team, I think Shane and Tia would take it. Shane is sneaky fit! I would need to appropriately scale the workout to my fitness-level to bring the “W” within reach. Shane often hops in on the workouts he writes up for them and does it as prescribed. He can hold his own!
You’re quite the athlete yourself, running in particular? Do you & Shane ever jump in and train with Mat and Tia?
All the time! Shane more so than I because he’s with them at the gym all day. He stands back and gives the watchful coach’s eye on certain workouts and jumps into others. I enjoy jumping in with the crew on any given day but I’m only good for about 1-2 hours worth of time at the gym. I can’t handle much more, nor do I need to ensure that level of training for my own personal goals. I get my time in, get a good sweat and get to take advantage of my time with the group and then often heading home to work on recipes and making sure food is prepped and ready for a hungry #wellfedfraser. I’m mainly just taking advantage of the unique opportunity to be involved. Many people think the memories made at The Games is what will be remembered for years to come. We all recognize it’s the ordinary days, the training sessions in our garage or the long runs around the lake that we’ll remember the most.
Sammy, what did you do before Feeding the Frasers full time?
Before switching to Feeding the Frasers full-time I worked with Loud & Live as Director of Athlete Relations. I was an Athlete Manager for the 18 professional CrossFit Athletes on our roster. I got to work alongside Matt O’Keefe and learned a lot about the management industry, knowledge and skills I am now able to use to help grow my own business.
Do you miss your old job? Do you still help out the athletes that you used to?
I miss my old job a lot! I was fortunate to work with such amazing people and that was the hardest part about leaving that job. It’s something I knew I wanted as it would allow me to live out my passions but I’d become so close to many of them it felt like a breakup. “It’s not you, it’s me. I need to go off and work on myself”. They were a bit sad when I gave the news but all so encouraging. Selfishly they wanted me to stay but were very happy to hear I was following my passion. I still keep in touch with many of them, it’s just not as regularly and never business related.
What’s next for Feeding the Frasers, will we be seeing a cook book? We all want it!
YES! I’m working on one this year. It’s a beast of a project and I’m taking the opportunity to learn even more about cooking and photography. I’m taking food photography classes and diving deep into recipe development. My instagram is a mix of original recipes and recipes found in cookbooks or through other food bloggers that I follow and admire. The cookbook will be all original recipes and its been surreal to start putting development into that project.