Whitney O. Is The November Member Of The Month

Whitney O. Is The November Member Of The Month

Oh, Whitney…

There’s a few members at Croga that are chronically “late” (we start every class 3 minutes late on purpose so that these people are on time), and Whitney is one of them. However, sometimes I wonder if these people are just really good at being on time and since they know we’re going to start 3 minutes late, they don’t want to waste those 3 minutes leaving their house early. Is that the case, Whit? Either way, I find it amazing when you walk in the door at :03 every single day, especially since I’m the guy that walks in at :48 usually because I’m always worried I’ll be late.

When Whitney walks in the door right on time for every class, it doesn’t seem to phase her. When I tell horrible jokes, she always gives me a courtesy laugh. When I tell her to row faster even though she’s the shortest one in the room, she humors me and pulls harder for a few seconds even though she knows her legs aren’t going to get longer, and on top of all of this, she quietly kicks ass in every single class she is in.

Whitney is an anaesthesiologist and when I found that out about her, it explained a lot. She is always as cool as a cucumber and her calmness and poise even when she’s dying from crushing the workout are incredible. And to top that off, she worked out throughout her whole pregnancy and was the same way all the way through a few weeks before the baby was due. You wouldn’t have even known except when she turned sideways.

Whitney and her husband, Kenny, are just two absolutely wonderful people that I like more and more every month and year that I get to know them. They’re great parents and examples for all of us and I’m glad we chose to honor one of our new moms as our MotM. Congrats, Whitney!!!

When did you join Cróga?
November 2017

What were you doing before for fitness?
I was eating ice cream on the couch and watching reality TV. I was not athletic by any means, nor did I do any exercise on a consistent basis. However, I needed a way to get in shape before my wedding and there happened to be a CrossFit box half a mile away from my apartment in Baltimore. I did not know ANYTHING about CrossFit before my first class. The orange theory fitness/yoga classes were a ten minute drive away which was too much effort in my books. I gave CrossFit a shot and I’m still here today.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
My first foundations one had wall balls, burpees and box jumps. By the fifth wall ball I remember wanting to curl up in the corner and die. Unfortunately, it was a one on one foundation class so there was pressure to not just quit then and there. To this day whenever I watch someone do wall balls for the first time and have the same look that I did of “wow this sucks,” I feel for them.

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
Pre-CrossFit, Kenny (my now hubby) could not get me to row faster at the gym if my life depended on it. I would tell him if he wanted to hang out with someone who could row faster he should go find another girl. It was all too ironic I started CrossFit by myself. When he joined me in a CrossFit class three months after I had started he could not believe the difference in ability and attitude I had when it came to working out. Gainz since then only continue, especially as I have been more serious about the nutrition piece.

What days and times do you come to Cróga?

I’ve come to every class time since I’ve joined. Thank you to everyone, especially the coaches, who have tolerated my little sidekick tagging along.

If I’m at class now one of the following conditions are met:

1. The baby is in a good enough mood to take her out in public (9:30am, 3:30pm, 4:45pm)
2. The baby kept me up all night and I’m awake anyway (5am, 6am)
3. I have someone to co-watch the baby with or someone is watching the baby (7am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, weekends)

What’s your favorite WOD?
Anything with movements that I can more or less do without too much scaling (sit-ups, burpees, jump rope).

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Anything with handstand push-ups. I really hate the feeling of being upside down.

“The Whitney” WOD! What would it be?
The pyramid WODs are my favorite.
For time:
10 DB thrusters
20 DB hang power cleans
30 burpees
40 sit-ups
50 doubleunders
40 sit-ups
30 burpees
20 hang power cleans
10 DB thrusters

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Being 3 minutes late to my next appointment after Croga =). My profession effectively involves multiple shots of adrenaline during the day. Likewise, when I am not at work, I find it boring if I am not constantly rushing around. I consider it a victory if I am the last person on the plane right before the gates close.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
I love peanut butter so PB2 has been the latest game-changer when I’m looking for a snack. I’ll even try to eat the powder without adding water because water is too much effort – it does not always end well. Other very close seconds – perfect bars (I refused to eat any protein bars before), food scale (I realized that at work I would easily eat 12-16oz of red meat in one meal).

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
With the baby/work the short term goal is to try to keep consistently coming to class. A pull up would be otherwise my next biggest fitness goal.

What do you love about CrossFit?
The variety, the intensity and the fact that I don’t have to run very long distances. Self-motivation was clearly not working for me before CrossFit. Doing a similar workout with intense, motivated and fit people challenges me to work harder than I would on my own. It is nice to know that when I am randomly up before my alarm goes off and the sun comes up there is a special place where there are (perhaps crazy) people that are ready to get a good workout in.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Just do it! I was about as un-athletic as you could get before I started CrossFit at all and it many times is the best hour of my day. Each WOD is a unique challenge vs going to a fitness class that is a “routine” so it is difficult to get bored of going to CrossFit. This cannot be said enough – the coaches at Croga are AMAZING! They actually care about you and make sure that you’re doing movements correctly. I have now tried out a few other CrossFit gyms when I was looking for a gym in the area and on vacation and this is definitely not always the case.

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
Nothing! If you’re reading this I’m glad you made it to the end of my ramblings. This was not Whitney in 100 words.