The sport of GRID is something completely different than the world has ever seen before, however, because many of the elements are the same as CrossFit movements, people often have trouble understanding the difference. Because of this we are creating a series of posts to help demonstrate the difference from several different perspectives.
First up, after our wildly popular initial article kicking this series off, is the incredibly talented and high performing CrossFit AND Grid competitor, Sam Gregory. Sam has competed Regionals multiple times, as well as was a high level player for the first ever FGL Season Champion the Tampa Bay Brigade.
Sam shares some details about her athletic background, as well as comparing the GRID experience to the CrossFit experience.
FGL – Who are you? What is your athletic background?
Lets see….. I started gymnastics at age 6/7 and began competing fairly quick. I moved up pretty fast and continued until I hit Level 9 at 13 at which time my family moved again and I didn’t have the same coach. I quickly needed to find something else to fill my time so I found I could adapt pretty well to cheerleading. I joined an Allstar team at 14 and never looked back. I cheered all thru high school (I moved A LOT due to my dad being a football coach, it’s like the army brat lifestyle so to speak). I attended a new school for freshman year and then again sophomore year.
click to read more on Sam's background
FGL -You have been to regionals multiple times. How does competing at regionals compare to competing on the Brigade?
Being part of both a regional team & Grid team are amazing experiences. There was only 6 of us vs 14 and the pressure is far higher in my opinion while at Regionals. The difference in being on the regionals team vs The Brigade is that I think you can relax a little bit more and enjoy. I take both seriously as being the best teammate I can but I found that I could joke around and be a little more silly while with Grid. With so many teammates and different races during the Match you are able to step back, watch, and appreciate what each teammate brings to the table. During regionals, all of us are going at once and you can’t really see what else is going on. It’s almost like tunnel vision.
FGL – What is your favorite part about the sport of GRID?
That there wasn’t any assault bike or rowing! haha just kidding. I loved the opportunity to meet & compete other athletes from different boxes. Sometimes people get so caught up in their own little worlds or boxes they never get out and work with new people. I was definitely guilty of that. If I hadn’t joined Grid I would never have gotten that opportunity & not to mention I wouldn’t have had teammates to do Wodapalooza with this year!
FGL -Describe the feeling of winning the Championship.
Omg, once Ryan hit his last lift and sprinted toward us it was so awesome! All we had to do was finish and we took it to the next level by winning that race to prove a point as a team. We had such a great mix of personalities and they all meshed and complimented each other so well. .
Sam has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Brigade for the 2018 Season. Play on Sam’s team or learn more at the links below.