March 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Whitney Beisiegel
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
After being a college athlete it was difficult to find the same intensity and drive that I experienced. I tried going to the gym with friends but our workouts were never satisfying. The more I heard about CrossFit the more I wanted to challenge myself
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
After going to a few local competitions I decided one day I wanted to sign up for one. I was always very nervous to compete but last year I was able to join a scaled Rep Your Box team where I enjoyed the team aspect as well as competing against others individually
What do you like best about the gym?
I like the competitive atmosphere and how everyone cheers you on even though they secretly want to beat your time lol
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
I LOVE handstand push-ups and rope climbs. Probably two very weird things to enjoy, but those were two skills I was able to pick up very quickly
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
I probably dread overhead squats the most…but that’s because my mobility is terrible.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
I like that our workouts are always different and that we hardly ever do the same one twice. Recently though, I just want to stay in shape while pregnant and that’s been a HUGE motivator since I like to eat junk food
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
My negative thought is constantly “you can’t lift that”. Hopefully one day I’ll get over it!
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Halloween 2014 when my “16 and pregnant” costume beat out “Rex-kwon-do”
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
I was frustrated with myself at Rep Your Box when I couldn’t finish the last WOD. I felt like I let my team down and that I could have done better. Since then I’ve worked on setting a better pace instead of going full speed out of the gate
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
One night at Caddy Shack I met Bill Murray who was pretty intoxicated. After taking a picture he told me, “you look like someone who would be kidnapped and put in the back of a limo”. To this day I’m not sure what he meant, but I’m also happy that hasn’t happened to me
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“It’s your nickel” – Ryan Miller
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
Push myself to complete more RX workouts
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Take it easy when you first start out. You don’t have to be the best at everything. As you progress your strengths will be recognized and you’ll continue to be better the more you train
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Just try it! Don’t just come for one class, try it for at least a month. You might actually find some workouts you enjoy
Coach’s Comments: “Whitnaw” is another in a long-line of Spotlight athletes that started out in our 2013 Summer Challenge. While she was always athletic, we have seen dramatic improvements in her strength and work capacity since that time. Above all, Whitney has a great attitude, is very coachable, and really gets along well with everyone in the 4:30 and Saturday classes that she has become a mainstay of. She has represented the gym twice in competition at Rep Your Box 3 and also as a very last-minute entry into “No Baby Leave the Socks On.” Whitney has continued to train through pregnancy and is very conservative and smart about modifying certain movements and workouts to stay within her current abilities. While her 16 and Pregnant costume contest victory was very controversial, she did win… It’s on Halloween 2015! That is, if Bill Murray doesn’t kidnap her and put her in the back of a limo first!