I might have the most backwards intro to CrossFit ever. The first time I ever stepped into a CrossFit box was in Atlanta at my Level 1 Certification. Yes, I got my certification before I was member of a CrossFit gym. I had been working with a personal trainer – Josh Elmore – for several years, who introduced me to CrossFit. When Josh left to open his own gym he left a position open. I was told if I got my certification the job was mine. The timing was perfect, because A) I’d been thinking about becoming a personal trainer for a while and B) I was tired of paying a ton of money to work out and see no results.
So there I found myself in Atlanta, nervous as all get out…what was I doing?!? I had no business in the same room as these amazing athletes! I’d read my manual twice, I knew the material and movements (thanks to Josh, all the slang too), but I just wasn’t quite like everyone else. I felt like an impostor. By the end of the first breakout session I was totally inspired, and completely hooked by lunch, so much that I didn’t care that I was the odd man out.
Chuck Carswell was there and he kept promising our “treat” at the end of the day. It was hot, and I expected popsicles. Instead I got Fran. (True story, I didn’t realize Fran was the “treat” until the end of day two. Seriously.) I learned so much just watching that wod, from the sub 2 min guys in the back to the girl who did Fran with a broomstick. It was amazing to me the coaches treated them with the same attention and respect. The energy in that room was amazing!
So I come back to Charlotte and I’m at Ultimate ASAP. I’ll never forget that Chipper. Jaye was the coach, and he was there right next to me on the last GHD sit up with the stop watch. I remember my time too… 50 min, some seconds. I worked really hard to keep to a 3 on, 1 off training schedule from that day forward. Initially my goal was to not finish last, which took a while, then to Rx, then to not finish last Rx’d. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been hard, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
My road to CrossFit and Ultimate may have been a bit of a backwards journey, but since walking through the doors I’ve had nothing but forward progress. I love the butterflies I get as I’m driving into the parking lot, the smell of bumpers, the camaraderie during a tough workout and finally collapsing into a sweaty heap on the floor. I love that there are opinions and discussion on everything from sweet potatoes to sumo dead lift high pull to the best shoe or jump rope. I love that we play as hard as we work, and that the two sometimes get confused. I’ve come a long way, but the best part is knowing I’ve got a lot more in me, and I’m exactly where I need to be to go get it!
I met Amber at my Level 1 Cert, and she had nothing but great things to say about Ultimate. Initially I walked through the door because of Ultimate’s reputation, but I stayed because of the people and the programming. It’s not the closest CrossFit to me, but it’s the best fit because the people at Ultimate are encouraging, dedicated, strong, and like family. The programming is top notch with knowledgeable trainers who know when to push and when to tell you to take a break. There is a focus on form and training smart, and I love that we have a strength/skill portion in every workout.
Name: Whitney Preslar
Crossfitting since: August 2010
How often: 5x/week
Favorite workout: Randy or Fight Gone Bad
Least favorite: Kelly, the only WOD I have quit
Personal crossfit goal: overhand dead hang pull-up, triple digit snatch, to look as good in booty shorts as Jayme
Who at the gym you admire the most: I’m inspired by the strong women at our gym, there are so many I can’t begin to pick one! I also admire any beginner that has the courage to walk through the front door.
Favorite workout jam: 90’s hip-hop
Slogan for my t-shirt: “Yesterday’s PR is Tomorrow’s Warm Up”