Athlete of the Month
january athlete of the month: Carly Hammersley
If you are a member of Function Well, you have likely met Carly. She loves to exercise and takes full advantage of Function Well’s facilities. You will quite often find her walking around or on a bike with a huge smile on her face. A recent CrossFit convert, she attends a class everyday, as well as taking advantage of all upskilling classes such as gymnastics and weightlifting.
Carly is on a mission to be the best she can, and her dedication and enthusiasm has her on track, hitting some major improvements in her training recently.
As one of our very social members, Carly has started a “rest day challenged” group that meets on Sunday mornings to complete Hero WODs – everyone is welcome to join in!
Written by Coach Anna.
A few moments with Carly:
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I avoided CrossFit for a long time because I’d heard all the stories about injuries and every time I went near a CrossFit box I saw them doing all these crazy movements that I thought I’d never in a million years be able to do!
I was in Bali and dropped into CrossFit Wanderlust for a meeting with a friend and ran into the owner, Dave Driskell. I mentioned I’d been doing F45 for years but was bored – he invited me in to try the new classes they were offering based on HIIT. Of course I loved it and from there I tried the CrossFit classes. From the get-go I was hooked.
Most loved WOD/Movement?
Hero WODS, chippers… anything that includes burpees… dumbbells or, let’s face it, cardio. I like looooong workouts that are both mentally and physically uncomfortable. Yes I may be a little crazy!
Least Favourite WOD/Movement?
My dislike of (barbell) snatches is infamous. Mostly because I’m terrible (just ask Coach Mikey). But I’m incredibly stubborn, pigheaded and determined so one day I’ll get them!
Favourite cheat meal?
I don’t really believe in the whole “cheat meal” thing. It’s taken me many years but I now see food as food. There is no “bad” food but certainly there are foods that you should eat more of and some you should moderate. I came into CrossFit from a training environment known for it’s low-calorie (and I would argue almost dangerous) diet challenges. I saw the damage this kind of mindset can do (and experienced it myself – my health took a battering!) and that experience as well as coming into the CrossFit community has completely shifted my attitude toward diet, training and lifestyle. I now eat pretty much whatever I like (with a focus on whole foods) and eat to support the high intensity workouts that CrossFit is known for. Yes that means lots of carbs… something I was once scared of!
Hopefully still to come! I still have a lot to learn but with the help (and saint-like patience) of the Coaches, I’m slowly getting there.
What was your goal when joining Athletic Zone?
Pre-Covid and returning to Australia from Bali I was probably the fittest I’ve ever been, so I didn’t really have a goal to get fitter. I’ve dropped off my cardio and high intensity training recently to try to improve my gymnastics and weightlifting. I’m not sure it’s paying off just yet but slow progress is still progress!
What is your 6-month goal?
Get stronger and more gymnasty! (Oh and learn how to snatch haha)
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has changed my focus in a huge way. Coming from another well-known group fitness chain, there was always a desire to be the fastest, lightest, leanest. I now understand fitness isn’t something that is measured by the scales or even in low body fat. One of my favourite things about CrossFit is its focus on body positivity, especially for females. I also love the fact that, as a single female, it allows me to be pretty self-sufficient and do things like move furniture ON MY OWN! Although a bloke to do it would be great 😉
What is your number 1 tip for someone looking to get healthier?
I think the main thing is to say goodbye to the “temporary” mindset. There is no quick fix when it comes to health and fitness. It’s not something you do for 6 or 8 weeks for a challenge and then go back to your old lifestyle. Making small changes and working towards longer term goals is so much more sustainable and healthy in the long run. This is where a community and the places where you spend your time really matter. I personally really struggle to train alone long term. I’m extremely motivated with my training, but I love to be in a group setting as I know that helps me push myself further than I would if I was training alone. CrossFit is perfect for this! Also the friendships and the connections that you make with people in CrossFit is like nothing else.
If you were to create a WOD and name it after yourself, it would be?
“KalI’ is the Hindu Goddess of time, destruction/death and chaos but she is also symbolic of strength, rebirth, empowerment and loving. I’ve always kind of loved the idea of Kali – she’s such a yin/yang character – much like the love/hate relationship we all have with CrossFit! So with that in mind, this is the CARLY/KALI WOD… pray the Goddess is kind to you… and try to turn off your mind in those burpees or TIME will get you! Haha