CrossFit Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Nicole Whitaker

NicoleMember spotlight time!  Nicole joined the Roux Krewe about eight months ago, and she has become a regular member of our 5:30 AM class!  She’s a busy mom of two boys, and I admire her dedication to her morning workouts so she can spend the evenings with her family.  We’re so glad that she ditched the running and found something that she actually enjoys doing for exercise!  
Why did you decide to start CrossFit?
I decided to join CrossFit because I really wanted THAT change. I can remember driving home from work one day and seeing a group of people on the levee doing lunges. I thought to myself, wow..that’s what I would love to do! Not that lunges are my favorite thing, but you get the point. Little did I know that it was CrossFit Roux.
What would you say to someone who is intimidated of trying CrossFit?
I have the memory of being so scared in the beginning! Scared to step out of my comfort zone and afraid that I was going to fail. I realized that as much as my body ached the weeks after, I didn’t die and that instead of failing I had gotten stronger. Strong is the new skinny for me.  
What did you do for fitness before joining the Roux Krewe?
I had really gotten into jogging. It’s the craziest thing because if you were to ask anyone, it’s the one thing that I do not enjoy doing! Right at a point where I was doing well, a family emergency pretty much stopped me in my tracks. So it took me 10 months and a 25 lb weight gain to finally say enough is enough I have to do something.
What has been in the biggest change in your body that you’ve noticed since starting CrossFit?
The biggest change I would have to say is that I feel so much stronger. Of course the truth is…I AM! I actually like when I’m sore. Am I the only one that feels that way? 
What motivates you? What gets you out of bed in the morning to go to 5:30am CrossFit?
IT’S SO EARLY! Being able to share in my kids football games and making dinner for my family is what motivates me to get up in the morning. Feeling great while doing it makes me want to do it all over again the next day. 
What’s your favorite cheat meal? 
A big hamburger with everything on it! 
What’s your favorite clean eat? 
I love scrambled eggs with guacamole. It’s my go to. 
What’s your go to clean eating snack?
What is your favorite and least favorite movements/lift?
My least favorite would have to be burpees! My favorite is the clean and jerk and push jerk.
What 3 specific fitness goals are you next hoping to achieve? 
My first goal is to get my eating right so I can torch these unwanted pounds, the right way. The second is to continue to get stronger mentally so that I have the courage to take on different movements and weights. The third is to just get a kipping pull up one day. Those pullups look so bad ass to me! 


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