Samantha Lusk is a Los Angeles based Level 1 CrossFit coach and personal trainer. Born and raised in North Texas, Samantha’s athletic career started at age fourteen as a walk on to the Sherman High School swim team (competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke). Although starting later than most in the sport, Samantha received the MVP award her sophomore, junior and senior year. In 2002 Samantha was recruited out of swimming to join the University of Texas’ Division One Women’s Rowing Team. She received an athletic scholarship for her participation. Coached by Olympic gold medalist Carie Graves, Samantha’s team won the Big 12 Championships 4 years in a row (2002-2006) and her boat competed in the NCAA National Championships in 2002 and 2003. After graduating from college in 2006, Samantha traveled to Los Angeles and continued her athletic career by participating in various sprint triathlons and running the 2010 LA Marathon.
In March of 2013 Samantha began her CrossFit journey. It took her fitness to a level that previously she would have not thought possible. The constantly varied nature of CrossFit challenged her in a way that the other sports she had competed in did not.
After spending the past four years as a CrossFit trainer, Samantha’s interest grew beyond simply coaching to programming, competing, and expanding her training methodology to suit athletes of all ages, fitness levels, and with a host of varying goals.
Samantha’s desire is to share her passion for CrossFit with all of her clients and push them to achieve goals they would never have otherwise attempted. It is her opinion that the bar can never be raised high enough – and that continuing to challenge oneself on a day-to-day basis is the recipe and secret to happiness and longevity in life.
As an athlete, Samantha is currently ranked 93rd in Southern California, and in the top 1% of all female CrossFit athletes in the world. She believes the environment at Vault is full of friendly competition but also believes that Vault is one of the most welcoming, nurturing gyms in Southern California. Having a blend of both has always been her idea of an idyllic place to train and coach.
Fun fact: Before CrossFit, Samantha worked as an independent film producer and night club DJ all around Los Angeles.