Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Tucson, AZ, and grew up in San Diego, CA, by the beach. I miss the beach so much. My family moved back to Tucson when I was starting high school.
Did you play any sports growing up?
I played soccer growing up; it’s a rite of passage in San Diego. I dabbled in tennis but hated it because I don’t like doing things I’m not good at. I wasn’t the best, so I stopped playing. Although in high school I came back to tennis. I found that I was pretty good and really enjoyed it, so I kept it up. When I attended Northern Arizona University I recreationally ran, swam and went to the gym.
When did you move to New York?
I moved from San Diego to NYC in 2015 with my boyfriend at the time. I tried group classes at Equinox. I like group gym classes because of the friendships, but those classes were not for me!
Do you recall what you thought when you first heard about CrossFit?
I didn’t know anyone who did CrossFit. I had the same false perceptions that many people had years ago. CrossFitters are crazy! I saw these jacked men and women CrossFit athletes on the Internet. However, I always thought being strong was cooler than being skinny, so I liked what I saw.
You left Equinox and joined CFER a little over 2 years ago?
Yes. My first class at CFER was a Sunday community WOD. My second class was Murph in 2016! It was aggressive! The running and air squats were great, but the push-ups were very tough. I did ring rows for pull-ups. But I recall thinking that if I can do this, I can definitely do CrossFit.
Do you remember what your first couple months were like?
I felt comfortable because I knew a few people already. You’re pretty welcoming and friendly. The 6:00 a.m. class [Carlie’s usual WOD time] is very consistent in that you see the same people every day. Everyone is family. I remember the first time I did a push jerk, I gave myself a fat lip. You [Coach Brad] saw it and kept walking. You didn’t call me out or laugh at me!
I had always liked throwing around a barbell, but I didn’t know how to do anything besides back squats. I really enjoyed learning all of the other barbell lifts, especially the snatch.
You travel and drop in to other CrossFit gyms somewhat regularly. What’s that like?
I love it. I feel like it’s a good way to see a city in that other CrossFitters always give you recommendations of where to go and what to do in their city. Also, I feel like I often improve things or PR at other gyms because I get to experience different coaching styles and cues.
Do you have any advice for new CFER members?
Don’t be intimidated. Just jump into classes, share a bar with other people and make friends. My role at the gym is The Connector because I like to create friendships.
Who is Drogo?
My baby dog! He’s naughty. He’s very vocal, just like his mom.
When Carlie is not at the gym, what is she doing?
Unfortunately, I spend so much money at Lois. Their wine is shit, but the vibes are great, and I love all the bartenders. If I’m not there, I’m at the dog park with Drogo, or seeing a show at Brooklyn Steel.
I know how much you love music. Is there an up-and-coming artist we should be watching out for?
Car Seat Headrest. I am their No. 1 fan. They are tiny babies; so young and so cute. Lissa Phillips (a former CFER member) says they’re bringing rock & roll back. They have an old rock, shred-on-the-guitar style. Also, Hop Along from Philly. I saw them last week at Brooklyn Steel with Chris Daly. Finally, Alvvays was my Coachella pick from this year. They are an indie alternative band from Canada.
What is your favorite thing about NYC?
The No. 1 thing I love about NYC is the US Open (tennis). I am an aggressive fan. Number two would be all of the live shows – every touring band comes through NYC.
If you could choose your last meal on earth, what would it be?
Lasagna, cheesecake and lots of wine.
If you could sit down for a meal with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would it be?
Amy Poehler. Her career is super interesting. She came from humble beginnings and has gone through a big life journey. She’s a mom. She’s a producer. She has a lot of body positivity and women positivity messages. And I think we need more people who are working, but also struggling, and open to sharing their experiences with everyone.