Carla had just returned from six weeks in Europe for work and didn’t feel deserving of Athlete of the Month - but we all know she does. Please read her responses below with an Irish accent.
CHCF: Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. I have three sisters, and one brother, and I fall second.
I completed my BA in fashion design, in Ireland, and then moved here to NYC when I graduated (aged 21) to take my associates degree in fashion merchandising and marketing at Parsons New School... and never moved back.
CHCF: And you’re working in fashion now?
I am. I launched my own business a year ago, an agency for emerging Fashion Brands, assisting young brands in business / brand development. It’s called Bow and Arrow Studios. http://bowandarrowstudios.com/
CHCF: Have you always been in Crown Heights?
I have, I’ve actually been in the same apartment on Saint Johns since I moved here six and half years ago. I love it.
CHCF: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been doing CrossFit, I’d say close to three years.
CHCF: What’s your fitness background?
Em, not the finest! When I was younger I was more into "the performing arts" - so, dancing, acting and singing (I wasn't the most athletic one in the family, lets just say that).
Although, when I was 15 I joined the field hockey team in school and that’s when I realized I had a "competitive side" to me. I loved being on a team and playing matches against other schools. Which, kind of falls in line with the CrossFit thing… group fitness / team vibe, I love it.
CHCF: What kinds of things were you doing before CrossFit?
I ran a lot, and biked everywhere. Still do.
I had joined a gym (Crunch, tell no one), and was one of those people wandering around the gym, staring at the machines - not knowing how to use anything. I just wasn’t getting anything out of it. I was paying stupid money for nothing really.
But, I did run a lot, I love running, and biking.
CHCF: What do you like the most about CrossFit?
I love the people here at Crow Hill. Everyone inspires me in his or her own way. From their personalities, to how driven they are, in and outside the gym. I think that’s what I’m drawn to the most... the coaches (Kurt for his eye for form, Dan for his unintentionally hilarious jokes, Steve for keeping me motivated and Sean for just being super cool), the people I get to workout with, and of course getting a dope workout in.
The coaches have really given me a push in there, and really make me feel like I can do things that I never thought I was going to be able to do.
CHCF: You’ve progressed a lot!
Yes, definitely. Never thought I would EVER be able to do half the things I am doing now.
I was doing the regular classes for a little over two years, and definitely wanted to push myself a little harder last year, so I finally picked up the courage and joined what was "the sports team" at the time. It was the scariest experience ever. I didn’t know how to do ANYTHING at the time, so, that was a little bit of an overwhelming experience for me, but hey, to grow, you have to put yourself in uncomfortable / intimidating circumstances... I did, and it paid off.
Then later, Steve implemented the L2 classes, which have been great for me. I love it. I look forward to the L2 class everyday.
CHCF: Are there any goals that you’re working on?
Before I went away to Europe for work I was really trying to lift heavier and was really focusing hard on the barbell - and after coming back, I’m having that “fresh start” approach. I really want to focus a lot more on the gymnastics side. I really, really want to get a muscle up. That is my goal. I want to get a muscle up before the year is out. (Update: she has since installed rings in her office space)
CHCF: Is there anything you would like other gym-goers to know about you?
Right now, I am in the very early stages of launching a non-profit, The Bow & Arrow project.
The concept being to raise funds for new / old sewing machines to take out to Calcutta, India, to train young girls on how to sew.
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel out there on two occasions in the past on volunteer work. Calcutta, holds a very special place in my heart.
I plan on returning early 2018 to launch this project 100%. When the time comes, I would love the support from my fellow Crow Hill athletes.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted (IG: @thebowandarrowproject)
CHCF: What is one thing that you wish someone at the gym had told you sooner…and/or, what information would you want to pass on to someone new to CrossFit?
My motto in life is “its better to try and fail, than to have never tried at all”. We can all do whatever we want in this life.
I remember being super intimated walking into Crow Hill to see what the deal was before signing up. I was SO scared taking Dan's introduction class at the time too. Perception is created and twisted so quickly.
I think what I am trying to say is, don’t be afraid, and know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to (in every aspect of your life, not just in the gym)… If I can get a pull-up, anyone can.
CHCF: What qualities should they look for when selecting the athlete of the month?
I think I got chosen because I’m Dan’s biggest “30 second Thursday” fan (Dan being aware of this, gives me extra brownie points)… I joke!
I think almost everyone at the gym (anyone I have had the pleasure of working out with at least) is worthy of Athlete of the Month. Good vibes, team spirited, encourages others, gets involved … Crow Hill is full of Athlete’s of the Months!