lease let us introduce you to our featured athlete for the month of September: Elle Hatamiya. Besides being an Instagram sensation, Elle is an amazing athlete (in weightlifting as well as dojo and gymnastics). Elle is currently 12 years old and competes in the 35kg class.
I started lifting when I was 10.
My mom does CrossFit so then I started doing CrossFit, but I liked the Olympic-style lifts more so I started just training and competing in weightlifting.
I like the feeling of doing the lifts.
I train at my barbell club, Endgame Athletics, twice per week for an hour each time. I have private sessions with my brother, Jude, who trains CrossFit with our coach, Arnold Chua. I also train with my gymnastics team, Golden Bear Gymnastics Academy, 22 hours per week over 4 days. And, I train at my martial arts dojo twice per week for an hour each time. Our style is called Cuong Nhu.Even though I train 26 hours per week, I still go to regular public school, so everything happens after school and on Saturday. I have Sundays off, unless I have a competition, because all of my training locations are closed on Sundays.
I do a lot of power snatches and power cleans to get stronger and faster.
I mostly eat food that my mom cooks: organic as much as possible, grassfed meat, lots of fruit. I prefer not to eat processed foods. For breakfast, I typically have an egg, fruit, and milk. I bring lunch to school; mostly leftovers. After school, on my way to training, I have a good snack that usually includes protein, fruit, and maybe rice. After training, I eat a home cooked dinner. If it’s not home cooked, it could be a burrito or sushi–something that’s relatively easy to start eating in the car.
I look up to Sarah Robles because she medaled in the Olympics. I also look up to C.J. Cummings and Harrison Maurus because they are kids but they are really strong.
I get to meet lots of people at camps and competitions. I also get lots of supporters around the world though my Instagram.
They are supportive, they believe in you, they push you, and they listen to you.
Do what you love. Yes, I took it.
Caring, calm, modest, confident.
Notebook, pencil, and clothes.
I make slime or origami or I play with my brother, Jude, who is 2 years younger than me.
I am also a gymnast, so it would be gymnastics.
I have mental toughness and I can perfect my technique.
At Youth Nationals I missed my first lift, but I didn’t let that discourage me or get to me; I just moved on from it and I made the rest of my lifts.
I don’t know.
What are you most grateful for?
I am grateful I have a family that supports me, I live in a good place, and I get to do what I love.
I just keep working hard and pushing myself.