Samantha Silverman currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor in Sports Psychology. She is currently 23 years old. She began CrossFit after being introduced to it by her brother in May of 2011. Before that she played both Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She is level 1 CrossFit certified as well as USAW Level 1.
Through CrossFit Samantha was introduced to the sport of Olympic style weightlifting. She competed in her very first national meet after only a few short months of training. She ended up placing 3rd in the 53k class at the 2012 University National Championships. Since then Samantha has grown to become a high level weightlifter, competing at numerous national level meets. And has also spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. She hopes to make an international team in the near future.
Samantha is part owner of her affiliate, CrossFit Works, located in Tucson, AZ. She is also a full time coach/athlete there. She has competed on the CrossFit Works regional team for the past two years.
Extreme Endurance Takes On “Fran”
Cross-Functional exercise, defined as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement,” has revolutionized the sport of fitness in an attempt to seek out the world’s fittest individuals. Within the generalized programming that Cross-Functional athletes use, there are a series of “Benchmark Workouts” designed to help measure the progress of a cross-functional athlete’s development. Among these workouts is ‘Fran,’ quite possibly one of the most well-known and frequently tested benchmark workouts among cross functional athletes. Fran is a couplet that exercises a 21-15-9 repetition scheme of front squat thrusters (95lbs for men, 65lbs for women) and pull-ups. Due to the metabolic efficiencies needed to complete ‘Fran,’ and the physiological responses that it elicits, Xendurance chose to highlight this workout and put their showcase product, Extreme Endurance, to the test again.
Extreme Endurance, advertised to reduce muscle soreness, increase aerobic capacity, and buffer lactic acid, is said to be one of a kind. In 2008, Xendurance conducted its first test on Extreme Endurance. In a gold standard, 3rd party, double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study, 22 elite endurance athletes underwent a 10-day supplementation period on Extreme Endurance. Prior to supplementation, each athlete performed a baseline incremental cycle ergometer step test until exhaustion. Capillary blood samples were collected from the earlobe to analyze lactate levels. Upon completion of the 10-day cycle, each of the athletes were retested. After a 10-day usage, Extreme Endurance yielded a statistically significant 15% reduction in blood lactate levels post exercise.
In September of 2013, Xendurance set out to put Extreme Endurance to the test yet again. Jürgen Sessner, lead researcher at Corpus Diagnostics in Hilpoltstein, Germany, flew out to conduct the test. Jürgen has conducted over 8000 stress tests in his 15-year career and was the lead researcher on the clinical study that was presented at the prestigious European Nutraceutical Association meeting in Vienna, Austria, March 13, 2010 and is published in the European Nutraceutical Journal.
In the open label test conducted at East Valley Crossfit in Chandler, AZ, 11 cross-functional athletes, ages ranging from 22-66 were randomly selected. All athletes met the minimum criteria of at least 10 months of training leading up to the study and were required to complete ‘Fran’ twice over the course of a 7-day period. Upon being selected for the study, all of the athletes took part in a two-week washout period from all supplements. On day one of the study, a baseline ‘Fran’ test and blood samples were taken. Athletes were then provided with a 7-day trial of Extreme Endurance and were instructed to take 3 tablets in the morning and 3 tablets in the evening, with or without food. At both the baseline and post supplementation test, athletes had blood taken from the earlobe immediately before, after, and 10 minutes after completing ‘Fran’. All ‘Fran’ times and movement standards were validated by a judge for each of the participating athletes.
After further analysis, the single best and worst performances were omitted from the study to ensure more accurate results. Of the remaining 9 athletes, a 7-day supplementation of Extreme Endurance yielded an average of 6.2% or 22-second improvement on their respective ‘Fran’ times. All blood samples were analyzed by a Hitaldo Super, GL Biosensor System. Blood tests after a 1-week usage of Extreme Endurance reduced lactate levels by 8.9% immediately post workout and 7.1% 10 minutes post workout when compared to blood samples taken at baseline.
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Sets second fastest bike split in Ironman history.
IM Florida is a speedway with 3 women breaking 9 hours and 3 men breaking 8
Victor Del Corral of Spain posted a 10th-fastest ever men’s Ironman distance time of 7:53:12 and Yvonne Van Vlerken of the Netherlands, just 3 weeks after her 4th place finish at Ironman Hawaii, posted the 10th-fastest ever women’s Ironman distance time of 8:43:07 while winning the elite titles at Ironman Florida.
The pool table flat Panama City Beach course served up a feast of statistical triumphs as Andrew Starykowicz fell just 2 minutes 10 second short of a repeat win while breaking his already stupendous Ironman bike split record set last year by 2:22 with a 4:02:17 mark. Starykowicz also showed his 2012 Ironman Florida win was no fluke as his 2013 finish time of 7:55:22 was 10:55 better than last year’s mark.
Next in significance was Corral’s 2:37:29 marathon split, which was the 3rd-best Ironman-distance marathon run by a men’s winner in history, trailing only Peter Reid’s 2:35:21 at Klagenfurt in 1999 and Luc van Lierde’s 2:36:49 at Roth in 1997.
Also of note was the fact that Van Vlerken posted her 6th sub-9 hour finish at an Ironman-distance race, putting her second only to Chrissie Wellington’s 9 sub-9s in women’s Ironman-distance events. Also, since 6 of the marks ahead of Van Vlerken were set on non-Ironman courses, her 8:43:07 at Ironman Florida this year becomes the 4th-fastest official Ironman women’s finish in history. To top it off, Van Vlerken’s 4:35:49 is the second fastest Ironman-distance women’s winner’s bike split in history, only 20 seconds slower than Caroline Steffen’s bike split at Ironman Melbourne in 2012.
Not at all shabby was the 8:49:03 finish – comprised of a 55:21 swim, 4:51:20 bike split and a race-best 2:56:35 run – of women’s runner-up Ashley Clifford, which was the 19th fastest Ironman-distance women’s mark of all time. Erica Csomor also improved her already impressive career stats with a 3rd-place 8:56:41 time – her 4th career sub-9 hours for the Ironman distance and her second this year after an 8:59:31 finish in Austria. From http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/The_Weekend_Box_3_Nov_2013_4010.html