let’s get physical straight ups: am:pm run crew

While the cool kids used to cut gym class, our growing obsession with green juices, It sneakers and high fashion activewear proves fit is officially it. But breaking a sweat doesn't mean breaking up with your style. We caught up with some of Melbourne...

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Apr 20 2016, 4:40am

Fitness meets friendship at AM.PM.Run Crew, an initiative founded by Ben Clement. After working on a campaign with Tokyo-based run crew Athletics Far East, the photographer was inspired to bring his own version to Melbourne. Since it started in winter 2014, AM.PM.Run Crew now has iterations over the world, and over 80 'members'. Although, the real beauty of it is that anyone is free to join—this is no exclusive club. People from all walks of life are brought together by a love of running, a desire to push themselves physically and the opportunity to transform a very solo sport into a social outing. It makes sense they use the hashtag #strengthtostrength, they're gaining not only physical benefits but solid mates along the way. We went along to one of the Melbourne meet-ups and met some of AM.PM.Run Crew's squad. 

Name?
Carlos Furnari.

What do you do for work?
I'm the founder and creative director of The Bay 13 Institute, a communications company that's really into sports stuff.

What do you do for fun?
I like to see how much further I can drive when the 'empty' light comes on.

What do you love about running?
I love the solitude, the routine, the high. Most of my better work-related ideas happen while I'm out running. I also have to admit that I love pushing myself and running fast... even if 'fast' these days isn't as fast as it used to be.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Group running can be a great motivator when you know people are waiting for you to turn up; they keep you honest. And sometimes it's just more fun.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I don't really like running head to toe in matching gear or one brand — although I do have favourites. I also seem to have a thing for cutting the sleeves off running tops. And for longer races like marathons, I cut the toe end of socks off and sew them on the inside of my shorts to stuff energy gel in!

What inspires you to stay on the go?
Hmm... A fear of the ageing process? A basic need to move. Staying on the go keeps your body active, but more importantly it keeps your mind active too.

What's your next personal goal?
To get to the start line of the NYC Marathon without succumbing to some lame injury beforehand. 

Name?
Elizabeth Campbell.

What do you do for work?
I'm an architecture graduate.

What do you do for fun?
Adventure.

What do you love about running?
Running can be done in most places and there's not much gear required.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Running with a crew pushes everyone to keep a steady even pace, even if it's a little faster than usual.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
AM:PM have me sorted!

What inspires you to stay on the go?
Running allows you to experience new places in a different way to the masses; seeing a city for the first time while running is amazing.

What's your next personal goal?
To run 10km in under 40 minutes. 

Name?
Emily Shields.

What do you do for work?
I work in PR.

What do you do for fun?
I play soccer relatively competitively so I spend a lot of my time doing that. I also love reading. I've actually read two books about running recently, one was an accident: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami and Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. They're both really great even if you're not that into running.

What do you love about running?
Running makes me feel good. When I haven't run or worked out in a few days I can feel a pretty dramatic difference in my mood and in my body. It's is an extremely personal sport, and I think you can learn a lot by competing with yourself. It also means I can eat more pizza.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Even though I take running as a really personal challenge, having other people around makes it fun and keeps me consistent. I always know I'll feel better after a run, but that doesn't always mean I actually do it. Knowing there's a crew waiting for you makes it easier to show up, and you only need one person to be feeling good during your workout to bring the energy of the whole group up.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I try to buy things that are going to last but still look awesome, so the quality of the gear I choose is definitely something I bring in from my everyday wardrobe. The colour scheme is pretty consistent too; lots of black and grey with a bit of colour mixed in somewhere.

What inspires you to stay on the go?
I think I thrive on discomfort. I absolutely hate knowing that I'm not being pushed or pushing myself as hard as I could be. The way I think about pushing myself in football is that I'm lucky to have been given a talent, so I don't get to sit back and just let it go. I feel the same way about the rest of my life; I have the opportunity and the means to do, see and learn so many things, so it's my responsibility to take advantage of that.

What's your next personal goal?
I want to take my football to the next level. I'd also love to run a half marathon. I trained for one right up to race week and then got injured. It was going so well too! 

Name?
Ben Clement.

What do you do for work?
I'm a photographer and editor of Good Sport.

What do you do for fun?
Ride, run, eat, chill. All the 'work' I do is insanely busy but it's super fun and everything I do ends up blending into one.

What do you love about running?
Literally everything, whether it's solo or with a group: the freedom, learning, the pain, the struggle, sweating, drinking coffee afterwards, eating a huge meal afterwards, getting a personal best, meeting new people. The only shitty part is being injured but it doesn't stop you from loving running.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Before running in a crew I had not run a 10km distance. With the crew this not only became somewhat easy, but it motivated me and pushed me to go further and faster and not give up. I think something mentally happens when you are with a crew where you tell yourself that you can't stop or slow down 'cause you wanna stick together.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
All Nike everything for me. I like consistency, simplicity and a minimal vibe.

What inspires you to stay on the go?
I think in the world of freelance I've found myself in it's a constant push to be on the go. I love to be busy and I feel agitated when I'm not doing something. Also seeing friends do well and be motivated keeps me excited to stay moving and working.

What's your next personal goal?
To get stronger so I can stay away from injuries. 

Name?
Nick Lucas.

What do you do for work?
I work in marketing and events at a university. I used to work in music but decided to take a break and try something different for a while.

What do you do for fun?
I like to travel to see family and friends, read, play basketball (badly) and collect records.

What do you love about running?
I love that it clears my mind and can turn around a shitty mood. It forces me out of my apartment keeps me fit.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Having regular crew runs keeps me going and helps me form a better routine. I enjoy running on my own, but having a crew around to keep up with means I push myself more when I might usually turn around and go home.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I'm not sure that I look too stylish when I run. I need to upgrade my running shoes, so maybe I can go for a pair that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing...

What inspires you to stay on the go?
Years of drinking too much and eating too poorly makes me want to keep fit now. I think it's a waste to not get outside and keep moving.

What's your next personal goal?
I'd like to become more comfortable running longer distances and would love to run a half marathon next year. 

Name?
Alexandra Kovac.

What do you do for work?
I'm a freelance industrial designer, boss lady and designer of clothing label Oracles.

What do you do for fun?
Running, DJing, making things, looking at the internet.

What do you love about running?
It both relaxes and stimulates me. It gives me an opportunity to process all the thoughts that gather in my head.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
Everyone in AM:PM is really encouraging. When you're having a day where you don't feel like running, you look at the Facebook group or Strava, and you see group members getting out there, getting it done. It really makes you want to step up and do the same.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
There's a balance between looking good and wearing clothing that is comfortable and functional, which is why I made a few of my own pieces to try to nail that balance! I'm pretty into the '70s and '80s fitness wear aesthetic, except that fabric technology was pretty much non-existent back then, so I try to bring some of that style into what I wear but using modern-day technical fabrics.

What inspires you to stay on the go?
I get bored easily if I'm idle, so being on the go is my natural state. Energy-wise, the more you put in the more you get out so when you can physically feel that effect, it's quite inspiring to just keep going.

What's your next personal goal?
Fitness-wise, I'm thinking marathon. I've got a few half-marathons under my belt now and naturally you think "Well, what's the next thing I can do?" 

Name?
Piers Morgan.

What do you do for work?
I'm an architect-in-training.

What do you do for fun?
Plan holidays.

What do you love about running?
It's such a beautiful form of exercise, and very egalitarian.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
The people I run with are super supportive and enthusiastic.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
I just try to keep it simple.

What inspires you to stay on the go?
Staying disciplined is incredibly satisfying.

What's your next personal goal?
Completing a half-marathon trail run this winter. 

Name?
Dan Purnell.

What do you do for work?
I run my accessory brand From The Hip and do marketing for a few menswear brands.

What do you do for fun?
Spending as much time as possible with my fiancé April and my four legged son George. Also lurking the internet for a good dog fail video.

What do you love about running?
You don't need a membership card.

How does running in a group motivate you to do your best?
AM:PM.RC is positive on all aspects; going out for a run with the crew that's not all about breaking records gets me excited to run more regularly. Also, you get different levels of ability that allows you to push yourself if needed.

How do you bring a sense of personal style to your fitness gear?
A full black setup is the go-to however as I enjoy running at night I need 3M [reflective gear] to keep me safe. I'm a big fan of the technical running gear like the Nike x Undercover Gyakusou ranges.

What inspires you to stay on the go?
If I don't do it someone else is going to and I'll regret it when I see it.

What's your next personal goal?
Running a half marathon or going full time with From The Hip. 

@am:pmruncrew

This article is presented in partnership with Fitbit Blaze.

 

Credits


Photography Charlie White