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Meet the Coaches

Matthew Hammersmith aka "Hammer"

The Low-Down on Matt Hammersmith

As a lifelong runner, Matt’s always been impressed by those who want to improve personal fitness and overall well-being through physical fitness and nutritional awareness. An overall athlete and fitness guru, Matt’s competed at the local, state and national level in sports like cross country, track and field, wrestling, football and basketball. His passion and intensity is summed up quite perfectly here: “I have seen the outer limits of the human body and there is no better feeling when your body, mind, heart and soul are connecting on every cylinder and you transform your image into something that you have always wanted.”

What He Coaches
  • Director of the Greenville, SC Without Limits Branch and Levels 1- 3 Running Groups
Guilty Pleasure
  • Netflix, Settlers of Catan, Peanut Butter on Icecream
Top Songs on his Playlist
  • Thunder and Lightning – We Were Promised Jetpacks; King Nothing – Metallica; Roar – Katy Perry
Favorite Events
  • 10k Cross Country or the DMR 1200 Leg! Just nasty Ricky Bobby Speed 
Qualities The Hammer Admires in His Athletes
  • Matt believes that the “human body can be any form of art that you choose, and with the right tools and knowledge, you can turn it into your masterpiece.” When an athlete has that frame of mind—success is really the only option.
Defining Moment In Matt’s Career
  • Matt hadn’t discovered his passion and pursuit of physical fitness until his athletic career outside of college sports began. It was only until training for marathons, road races and triathlons that the light went off: the benefit of being personally fit was going to be prevalent throughout the rest of his life. It was then that he recognized his passion to spread the knowledge, skills and experience about the “limits” of the human body.



Jay Baker aka ‘Baker’

The Low Down on Jay Baker

Jay is originally from England, he came to the US in 2000 to coach Gymnastics in Hendersonville NC. He got his first set of dumbbells in 1989 and has been lifting since. Back in 2014 Jay was exposed to WOL when hired to take photographs of Matt’s practices and races in Greenville. Since taking up running later that summer Jay went straight into hosting his own Ultras for local charities, posting Facebook videos during 100 milers quickly became his jam along with inspiring others to take up running, the social net of runners and community grew fast in Greenville and Jay & Matt have worked together since. 2017 saw Jay venture into road cycling and this followed the same pattern, century rides turned into 250 mile solo rides to the beach, Everesting rides of 30k vert along with smashing short sprints to take KOM Strava trophies, he once sat in the saddle for 200 miles on Christmas eve on an indoor trainer. Today you’ll find Jay dressed in costume as the ‘Patriot’ at the Upstate Ultra races, costume themes have become part of his persona and hosting/inspiring have taken the wheel in his journey to stay inspired

What he coaches
  • Jays focus is body strength and aesthetics using cycling and weight training to prevent injury along with sustainable training with a family schedule
Guilty Pleasure
  • IPAs, the whole pizza, Facebook
Top songs on his playlist
  • Anything by Bonobo, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden,
Favorite events
  • Short punchy bike KOMs, social runs, any time in the Gym
Qualities Baker admires in other athletes
  • Folks that can run/ride harder/longer on minimal training volume using body power and the mental switch for an event
Defining moments in Bakers athletic career
  • Running 100 milers on little to no run base, getting into shape after 40 and realizing age really doesn’t mean much when you have a community that supports each other



Victoria Hammersmith aka The “Russian”

The Low-Down on Victoria Hammersmith

Victoria comes from Russia. She came to United States in 2011 to study at Eastern Michigan University and participate in Cross Country and Track & Field team there. She has been running for more than 12 years. During these years she was not just running but also she learned about how to prepare runners for the race, what kind of practice to give, and how to communicate with athletes. She learned the psychological side of running and how to stay focused and healthy. She can uniquely combine skills learned from her country Russia with the skills she has learned in the U.S. Victoria competed at the local, state and national level in sports like cross country, track and field. Victoria is All American in Cross Country and Track and Professional athlete at Furman University

What She Coaches:
  • Aerobic circuit and Levels 1- 3 Running Groups along with leading our Nutrtion Program through her personally used Arbonne Essentials 
Guilty Pleasure
  • Netflix, Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter
Favorite Events
  • 3km – steeplechase, mile, 5k . I love track!
Qualities Victoria Admires In Her Students
  • Victoria believes that humans can do anything if they really want it. “It is supposed to be hard…, the hard what makes it great”
Defining Moment In Victoria`s Career
  • After Victoria moved to United States, she realized how much she loves to run and coaches people. She studied Sport Performance and Coaching at Eastern Michigan University. She has big goals for herself in the future. Victoria hopes to qualify for Olympics. She has a lot of experience with running and wants to share it with others.

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