November 2017 Spotlight Athlete: Carly Hudson
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
My friend Alli did. She had invited me to bring a friend day for at least a solid year before I decided to come on a whim. I was out of shape and lazy and thought maybe CF would be motivating, especially with a friend there.
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
Next month I will have been a Strongpoint member for a year. In that time I have made a lot of progress with weightlifting. I had never touched a barbell until CrossFit and holding it makes me feel like a badass, even if it’s only #50. I also have learned movements I never thought I could do like toes to bar and handstand pushups (with mats, but working on it!) I’ve also lost ten pounds which is pretty cool.
What do you like best about the gym?
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
I really like sumo deadlift high pulls, handstand pushups, rope climbs, and rowing. I enjoy chipper WODs.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
Karen. Anything with wall balls, running, or thrusters.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
Probably the text Alli sends me everyday that says “4:30 CF?”. She holds me accountable if I take more than a day off. If I take too much time off, I feel stressed and feel like I need to exercise. It’s therapeutic to be there.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Sometimes I get discouraged by movements that seem too complex or require more strength than I have. Sometimes I get really behind in a WOD and it gives me anxiety that I’ll be dead last. Both of those things get in my head occasionally and psyche me out.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Competing in Festivus. Having other members show up and support with the element of competition made it super fun and encouraged me to push myself. It was cool to represent Strongpoint and we placed 4th!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
When I ate a fish filet meal from McDonalds ten minutes before class (sorry Liz).
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I’m an avid letterboxer. It’s like a worldwide hide and seek thing. I’ve been doing it for over ten years and it’s one of the coolest hobbies ever.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“This is an elegant triplet” -Ryan, introducing any triplet**
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I want to string double unders, be able to do pistols, and get kipping pull-ups.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Take your time and try to get the form down. Don’t worry about using lighter weights or going slow. Don’t compare yourself to others.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Just come! Everyone will be nice and everything can be scaled to your level. Don’t be intimidated.
Coach’s comments: As she mentioned, Carly came to Strongpoint on a bring a friend day about a year ago. I very distinctly remember her looking like she was very near the point of passing out or death and continually checking on her throughout the session. Surprisingly, she emailed me within a couple of days to find out more about membership and getting started. Her first couple of weeks in the gym brought similar results, but she persevered and has developed so significantly in her fitness that she was able to compete for the first time last month. Her hard work also paid off last month as Carly was able to set new personal records in the snatch, back squat and deadlift. Additionally, Carly always has a positive attitude and willingness to try new, more difficult skills. It has been rewarding to watch her progress so far in a year and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow in the future!
*This is at least the second time Blitz was named as a Spotlight Athlete’s favorite part of the gym (among numerous mentions).
**An elegant triplet refers to a three-exercise workout that includes one monostructural aspect, one weightlifting aspect, and one gymnastics aspect. Ryan does not introduce every triplet as an elegant triplet, but does generally point it out when a triplet is, in fact, elegant.