Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month: Kyla Hamilton and Chris Warwick

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Congratulations to our February Athletes of the Month, Kyla and Chris! Curious to find out more about these guys and how they got started with CrossFit? Read on CFSLers…

Meet Kyla Hamilton

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What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

For work, I am an accountant. Outside of work, I enjoy snowboarding, try to do as much travelling around Europe as I can, sightseeing around London on weekends, shopping, socialising with friends. I used to spend a lot of time at the beach before I moved to London!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I started CrossFit in New Zealand because some of my old workmates never stopped talking about it, so I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about and loved it.

When did you first join CFSL?

October 2013

What was your first WOD in the classes?

My first session was on a Saturday which happened to be the day they were filming the video for the website (CFSL says: This is where we got this great photo from!). The WOD was a 30 minute AMRAP in pairs of cleans, box jumps, burps and wall balls. Steph helped me through that WOD – I felt like I was going to die.

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

I think after the first few classes I was hooked. Everyone was so encouraging right from the start. We had to complete a beginners on-ramp course for two weeks before we could start normal classes and I had a great group of people in the beginners group and awesome coaches. It only got better once we got into normal classes and I’ve been addicted since.

What are your short term goals?

The biggest thing I’m working on at the moment is pull ups; 3 strict pull ups, 10 kipping pull ups. Also strict handstand push-up with one mat and 10 toes to bar.

Long term goals?

5 strict pull ups and increasing my weights on a lot of the lifts: cleans, thrusters, snatch and split jerk. I would also like to compete at some point.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Becoming a Chartered Accountant in March 2013 and moving from New Zealand to London by myself last year.

What is your favourite WOD / movement?

Squats, lunges, double unders, running, deadlifts, gymnastics movements – handstands and ring rows (CFSL says: That’s a lot of favourite movements Kyla!)

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

Rowing, snatch, press ups and bench press

Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?

Definitely – I always tell my friends and workmates about CrossFit and try and convince them it so much better than a normal gym. It’s a great way to train, it’s a fun social environment with a great atmosphere which helps me to push myself as much as I can every time I train. YOu never have to think about what you are going to work on each time you train as the programming is already done for you, the coaching is great and you see the results! The girls always say CrossFit will make them too muscly, so I have to convince them that’s not the case!

Bonus question: Least favourite and favourite music to WOD to?

Least favorite is probably the DMX songs mainly because they’ve been thrashed in the night classes. Favourite type of music to work out to is Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex etc

Meet Chris Warwick

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What do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?

I work in Marketing Intelligence for Absolut Vodka, measuring competitor activities and managing strategic planning (CFSL says: Nevermind Athlete of the Month… Give this man the Job Title of the Year award)

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

A friend of mine wouldn’t shut up about it. I was getting into my mid-20s and saw my general fitness had started to deteriorate; I’ve never really liked the normal gyms so this was a completely new experience. Gave it a go, loved it and haven’t looked back. Turns out, I don’t shut up about it now either.

When did you first join CFSL?

September 2013

What was your first WOD in the classes?

Fight Gone Bad. I’d like to try it again sometime soon.

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?

After a couple of weeks, I started to get to know others in my regular class and saw how different it was from a normal gym. When I started, I thought to myself I’ll just keep going four times a week to make it worthwhile, but in the new year and after watching the London Throwdown and Battle of London, I’m making it my goal to get to that level of fitness.

What are your short term and long term goals?

Short term goal is to start RXing some workouts; I’ve started to bulk so my lifts should increase with my weight. I need to increase my back squat to what it should be in ratio to my deadlift and bench. My long term goal is to become one of the strongest and fastest guys in the gym and maybe compete outside the box.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Being taught the muscle up transition and then knocking out 7 in a row the following week. Still can’t strict though… Recently power cleaning my BW felt pretty good!

What is your favourite WOD / movement?

I really want to try Diane. I’m really enjoying the snatch at the moment after increasing the flexibility in my shoulders

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?

My least favourite workout was called ‘The Hammer’. Movement: Wall balls, I bloody hate wall balls. I completed Tough Mudder in the summer which resulted in shin splints. I’m unable to run because of this which holds me back in a lot of workouts.

What you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?

I have tried; they don’t seem to share the same enthusiasm we all have for laying in a puddle of sweat after a 20 min workout or looking like you’ve shat yourself getting off a chair after back squats (CFSL says: Errrrmmmm, what?!? How could you not be enthusiastic about that?!).

Congrats again Kyla and Chris, keep smashing it!

 

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