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A native of Portland, Oregon, and graduate of Lincoln High School, Sam Johnson has devoted his life to athletic performance while also pursuing other goals. Early athletic achievements in football, AAU basketball, track & field, soccer, baseball and swimming include playing wide receiver for Lincoln High School in the State Championship Game in 2006. He joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18, among his responsibilities was physical fitness training leader to two hundred military members at a time.  He reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in 3.5 years of service and managed numerous subordinates throughout the rest of his 7 Active Duty Service years.

He founded the CrossFit Gym “Combat Ready CrossFit” in 2012, a no-cost CrossFit gym for military and their families located on McChord Air Force Base in Washington State. In Washington, Sam served as Non Commissioned Officer in charge of 153 Honor Guard Funeral Services for the fallen. Following Honor Guard, he served a tour in Afghanistan. Upon returning from combat, Sam was transferred to Okinawa, Japan serving as Combat Training Instructor for 14 months.  This duty consisted of leading training for U.S. Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force and other country’s forces to include South Korea, Japan, and Philippines.

It was in Japan that he began competing in CrossFit during his free time as part of the Reebok CrossFit Asia Team. He and his teammates competed successfully throughout the region. Their renown included winning the Asia Region Championship and qualifying for the Reebok CrossFit Games in Los Angeles, CA where they placed 37th in the World.

This experience led to the awakening that Sam’s true passion is coaching athletics and fitness, igniting his dream to one day open his own facility. In August 2013, he separated honorably from active duty in the Air Force and became Head CrossFit and Sports Performance Coach at a local CrossFit gym in Tualatin, Oregon. He served as a founding member of the coaching staff in 2014 and continued managing and operating the gym as the program director. Sam is also a Strength Coach for the Portland Marathon writing various blog posts about the importance of strength training for marathon runners. Sam has excelled as a group training instructor and personal training coach, with many clients and athletes accomplishing everything they’ve set out for and more.

Most recently Sam competed in the USA Weightlifting Nationals in Dallas, TX on August 13-16th 2015.  He placed 25th in the country for the 94kg weight class.

Sam’s certifications:

CrossFit Level 2 Coach
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
CrossFit Endurance and Pose Running
OPEX Assessment & Program Design
Portland State University Football S&C Certification
Reality of Strength – Derek Woodske
USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach

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