What makes this week's dose so awesome? Is it her can-do attitude? Perhaps it's that you can find her cheering someone on mid-WOD despite the being rounds deep in her own workout? Maybe it is her willingness to throw down and participate in a competition? Or is it the fact that she knows your name, even thought she has only been a member for 4 months and only met you once? Maybe it's just that she has the coolest pups ever? ... All of this is just the tip of the iceberg for this lady. Whittney is just that awesome.
Whittney joined UB last fall after a month of trying out the UB community. While she seemed shy in our initial conversations, it didn't take long to see that we were gaining a friendly and fierce beastess. She quickly made herself a staple of the Level 2 class as well as the greater community, striking the balance between practicing virtuosity and striving for new athletic prowess. I am both grateful to see her face in the gym and excited to watch her grow as an athlete.
Thanks for choosing us, Whitney... we shine a little brighter with you on team UB!
Name: Whittney T.
Nickname / Alter Ego: “Whitt” or “Pokey” – short for Pocahontas (long-story)
Hometown: Foster City, California (The Bay!)
Occupation: Program Manager, Corporate Partnerships at TechSoup (I work with tech companies to make technology more accessible to nonprofits around the world.)
When did you first start CrossFitting?: I tried it for the first time in Spring 2015 at CrossFit Ballston in Arlington, Virginia and then became a full member in September 2015 at CrossFit Balance in Washington, DC
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB? September 2017!
Favorite WOD: I like most of the “Girls” and “New Girls” WODs, but 12 Days of Christmas is probably my favorite as this past holiday season at UB. I love all the variations that the rep scheme can take and I had the most fun doing it for the first time this year – first with the morning crew and then with the weekend crew!
Least favorite WOD: I didn’t like the Open 17.3 workout with increasing snatches because I was stuck at #135! So frustrating!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I was bored with my normal gym workout/group training and one of my best friends in grad school convinced me to tag along with him after we graduated in the summer of 2015!
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? Working out has always been a
constructive way for me to decompress, but after the November 2016 election I felt the most anxious and stressed than ever before. CrossFit was really the only place that I really could let go of those daily concerns, be present, and just work hard and have fun with my fit friends.
What’s your secret talent? My best friend says I can make conversation and befriend a doorknob...I love meeting and getting to know new people all the time!
What is your biggest phobia? Getting injured…just kidding (sort of)…I’m not sure I have a phobia, but I am pretty dedicated to keeping in touch with friends and family around the world just in case something happens unexpectedly.
What inspires you?
- For fitness inspiration - I am constantly inspired by how people of all shapes, ages, and fitness levels can come in, do the same workout, cheer each other on, and create a community no matter where we are from or what type of day we are having.
- For life inspiration – I lived in East Africa for a year and then lived abroad for another year in the Middle East and Asia so those experiences constantly remind me to make the most out of every day and appreciate our relationships and resources. As an example, the fact that we have free clean water throughout (most of) the United States is incredibly fortunate and that level of development here inspires me on a daily basis to work hard and continue to find ways to make our communities and world more equitable.
What’s your next goal in fitness? In life?
- Fitness goal – To invest in our UB community by getting involved in the House Cup and really compete in the Open. Last year I was just getting serious about CrossFit, but also was traveling to China in the middle of it so I did it just for completion. This year, I really want to give it my all and see how I do.... I also want to be in good enough shape to have fun with our UB team at Tough Mudder in March and to complete an 11-mile race in April with my girlfriends.
- Life goal – I want to to slow life down a bit, invest in quality time with friends/family, and prioritize sleep more.