Eliza Sampey: adventure athlete, movement educator, and storyteller.

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Hey, I’m Liz. 

I’m a professional human, specializing in the art and science of creative living. I wear many hats: adventure seeker, bad idea creator, bike racer, doctor of physical therapy, writer, speaker, teacher, coach, mentor, body alchemist, and dance opportunist. I’m intrigued by blending life’s dichotomies: motion and stillness, science and soul, grace and grit, adventure and impact. I’m inspired by optimizing human potential in all areas of life, and this keeps me constantly curious. I have been a competitive endurance sport athlete since the age of four, and I’ve lived on the road since 2015.

VITAL MOTION LIFE is a celebration of the adventures, challenges, people, places, lessons and insights that a life full of movement has brought me. These things are what inspire my continued curiosity every day I’m alive. I hope you can find some inspiration in these pages as well. 

What I'm about: 

Adventure + Impact. I have a unique opportunity in that my platform as a professional athlete, my background as a movement expert, and my personal life experiences and challenges have woven together and positioned me perfectly to do the work I feel most called to do here on this planet.

Throughout the year, I partner with people and brands in the outdoor, wellness, and entrepreneurship industries to take on projects around the world that capture my interest and spark my creativity.

But my passion isn't just in the projects themselves. It's in bringing the stories of insights I receive and lessons I learn through my adventures and personal challenges in the world's most remote and beautiful places back home to share with others who are curious about creating a life of adventure, inspiration, and impact. It’s in leaving the world a little bit better than I found it, and in learning from my own experiences to become the best version of myself I can possibly be.

Those of us called to adventure have a unique opportunity. We can seek adventure simply for the sake of itself — and that alone is a worthy goal. But if we look a little deeper and connect the dots, we can artistically mold our pursuits of adventure to have a positive impact on ourselves and on our world, intentionally shaping our reality and that of those around us. Through adventure we can become life’s alchemists.

What I Do: Combining Adventure and Movement with Personal Development and Social Impact

Multisport Expeditions:

I love to engage in creative projects combining bikepacking, mountain biking, mountain running, packrafting, fat biking, backcountry skiing, and ski mountaineering. With a background in endurance mountain bike racing and a knowledge of moving through mountains thanks to my 15-year experience in backcountry skiing and mountaineering, I have been able to combine my multiple passions in adventure to create exploratory expedition-style projects around the world. This has been my athletic focus since 2015. In these projects I get to challenge myself, work closely with others, experience different cultures, create inspiring content to share, and leave in awe of the world's most incredible places and intriguing people. I like to create my own adventures and participate in others’ as well. I am currently involved in my third film project, called “Off Route:” a documentary that explores people living lives of their own creation outside the boundaries of societal norms.

Adventure Mountain Bike Races:

I spent seven years focused solely on bike racing: from road to cross country mountain bike to marathon mountain bike and finally to ultramarathon and stage races. Although racing is no longer my main focus, I still compete in ultraendurance and stage races that have a strong adventure component to them. Adventure-style races are a great way to hone the skills I need for expeditions, from proper fueling, pacing, and routefinding to the strong and clear mindset needed to succeed when on a backcountry expedition far from civilization. Recently my interest has turned to self-supported bikepack racing; riding for multiple days through the day and night while sleeping as little as possible and carrying everything I need on my bike!

Body Alchemy: Creating Transformation through Movement

The ancient concept of alchemy involved transforming common metals into gold. As a wellness and performance coach and guide, I facilitate the transformation and optimization of people’s entire lives through their physical bodies. Using a balanced integration of body, mind, and soul and an inquiry into our own personal alignment, we can create lives we are in love with, do work that inspires us, and have adventures that sustain our playful spirit. All of this starts with nurturing our physical body — our vessel in which we move through, communicate with, and impact the world. Through our bodies we can alchemize an ordinary human experience into gold.

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and have devoted much of my life over the past 13 years to studying and teaching both physical rehabilitation and human performance optimization. I use this expertise in my private and small-group mentoring, workshop facilitation, teaching, speaking, and writing, as well as the content I provide on my social media outlets.

I travel around the world speaking, teaching, and facilitating to groups of all sizes and demographics on a wide range of topics including the use of movement and the body-mind-soul connection for intentional life design and optimization; personal empowerment through adventure; the development of resilience through surrender and curiosity; functional movement training for life and sport; injury prevention and rehabilitation; physical, mental, and emotional optimization for adventure sports performance; and adventure storytelling, among other topics.

I mentor people both online and in-person who are interested in achieving personal alignment in and through their physical bodies, who want to achieve their highest potential of health and wellness through movement and adventure, and/or those who are wanting to optimize their training for adventure sports performance (competitive or non-competitive). 

Throughout my travels I further engage my love of movement medicine with a unique practice of integrated physical/energetic bodywork, drawing from my experience and expertise in both Western and Eastern medicine through manual physical therapeutic techniques (joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques) and Reiki energy therapies. I also coach people in mountain biking technical skills, helping them to be safer, more efficient and powerful, and have more fun on their bikes by honing core techniques on technical terrain. Using my scientific background, my coaching approach is also unique: based on not only bike handling skills, but also functional biomechanics.

Creating Social Change: 

My paradigm of life, how I personally live and what I share and teach is focused around creating personal alignment through connection with the body. I love guiding people into building strength, mobility and fitness with optimal physical alignment through mindful and sustainable movement practices. When we nurture our bodies through aligned movement, we can weave this paradigm through the rest of our selves and our lives as well. So many people — athletes especially — have learned to ignore the signals from their bodies which can lead to physical, mental, and emotional injury, illness, burnout, or general lack of well-being. I teach the opposite: using the wisdom of your healthy and nourished body to optimize your experience in all areas of life.

I believe that if every person on the planet was living in full alignment with who they truly are: developing and accessing their body’s wisdom through movement and meditation practices, acknowledging and accepting their deepest desires, using their brilliant minds to functionally achieve what they want to create, and intentionally designing an outer life aligned with their inner truth — in short, living in deep personal integrity, the world would be a very different place. This is my vision for an exciting and inspiring world, it has been my own personal journey through my experiences, and I believe it starts with people knowing who they are and consciously creating the lives they desire to live.

I do my part in nurturing this aspect of human development and performance through my work as a speaker and facilitator, through my writing and social media presence, and through volunteering my time in sharing my gifts with others who do not have the financial or energetic resources or personal autonomy to seek out and access the benefits of my work in body alchemy: specifically young people, people in impoverished areas, and those who have been deeply affected and limited by trauma.

Storytelling through Media Outlets and In-Person Appearances:

What good is a dream if it isn't shared? I am so passionate about my work and am always looking for outlets to connect with others through storytelling. Through sharing my stories I aim to inspire people to get outside their comfort zones, cultivate their creativity, get curious, think outside the box, adventure more, lead with purpose and impact, and create lives they LOVE to LIVE. We only have one opportunity to live this life, and the simple fact that each one of us even made it onto this crazy spinning rock is a miracle. Dare to show up and make it count!

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver

See you on the trail! 

~ Eliza ~