Name: Whittney Ashwood
Crossfitting/Bootcamping since: Crossfit since January/Bootcamp since April
How often: 4-5 days a week
Favorite workout: Everyone knew I wanted to get in shape for my wedding. I had started going to Bootcamp because the early morning cardio helped me to lose weight at a quicker pace. On my last day of Bootcamp before the wedding, Carter made up a workout called “The Whittney”. He included exercises that I loved like box jumps and sit-ups. He even used our wedding date and ages to make it into a WOD. So without a doubt my favorite workout is “The Whittney.” Not only because it is made with things I love, but because I had a trainer that cared enough about my goals to make something extra special just for us.
Least favorite: Anything with squats and lunges, although my husband would disagree (helps the booty).
Personal fitness goal: Run a 10k.
Who at the gym or park you admire the most: I can’t help but admire anyone who has the guts to show up. That being said, I have a special admiration for anyone who shows up for a workout knowing that they aren’t going to finish first. They know that they aren’t the one everyone is trying to beat. They know that they may even finish last, but they finish. And they keep showing up to do it all over again.
Favorite workout jam: The only time I actually enjoy Rap.
Slogan for my t-shirt: “There’s no crying in Crossfit.”
Why Ultimate: Because Nothing Else Works…. and I will explain. I’ve wanted to lose weight for as long as I can remember. I procrastinated. I made excuses. Then I tried every diet under the sun. Not only did I not lose weight, I gained weight and then gained some more. I hid behind extra large shirts and became a hermit. Blake proposed. At that point I weighed in at 218 lbs. I realized I would not get married Fat. So what do I do? I cut out diet soda and fast food and lost 25 lbs and not an ounce more. Now what? My friend Christy asked if I would be willing to try Crossfit. I said yes. I was scared. I was nervous. I was trying to figure out how long I could go before I could quit and say I tried. I took a fundamentals class with Carter. I hated him. How dare he make me sit in a squat forever and then tell me I wasn’t even squatting? Who did he think he was?….Turned out he was my trainer. As every WOD got a little easier and I started to see myself improve and my body change, I realized that I actually loved working out regularly. It made me feel healthy and accomplished and full of energy. My results were so apparent that my boyfriend Blake joined Crossfit so he could look his best at the wedding. By the time our wedding came around on June 18th, I had lost a grand total of 58 lbs. My dress had to be taken in several sizes and for once I was admiring myself in the mirror instead of zoning in on the flaws. It was everything I could have asked for. Actually it was more than I asked for because it didn’t just change my weight. Crossfit completely changed my body, it changed my eating, and it changed my entire outlook on life. And for that, I will continue to push myself, and I will continue to be grateful.