Name: Whitney Buckley
Nickname: Whit, WhitPea
Occupation outside of being a CrossFit champ: Director of Marketing for Citizen Schools, an educational nonprofit working to close the opportunity gap for middle school students across the country.
Hometown: Essex, MA!
Favorite Workout: One that I don’t want to do. I’m pushing myself not to “cherry pick” and do the ones I think I don’t want to do these days.
Favorite Lift: Turkish Get Ups, Power Snatch, Overhead Squats… I guess I’m a fan of putting heavy weights over my head! Anything that draws on whole body strength, and makes you look a little crazy while doing it is good in my book
Favorite WOD Music: Old school Parker St mix… Beastie Boyz, Reggae, MIA, Santigold, etc. But anything that keeps me going is a win!
Which class do you usually attend? Any one I can get! My schedule has changed quite a bit lately with the addition of twin girls to our family in December, so I’ve been far from consistent with any one class.
How did you find out about CrossFit? On my way to yoga at the OLD TreeTop, above the OLD gym, I was surprised to see a group of crazies flipping tires in the parking lot. Turns out I knew one of those crazies -Chad Cooper – who introduced me to Jon. Next thing you know I’m signed up for my intro session and the rest is history…
Did you play sports back in the day? Yes! When my dreams of becoming the first female baseball player for the Red Sox were shattered by patriarchy (kidding! Sort of!), I focused my efforts on just about every other sport you could think of, ultimately landing on field hockey as my game of choice. I rode that wave through college as a D1 scholarship athlete at Boston University.
How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym? I was just reflecting on this after reading Jon and Karen’s BIG announcement this week. It’s actually pretty amazing how much has changed since I joined CFCA. I’ve gained this amazing community of friends and supporters. I’ve become a rower, completed a yoga teacher training, bought a house, got a new job, finished the Blackburn Challenge, and had 3 babies (yes, I attribute something in the water at CFCA to the two-for-one deal we got on round two!). And while the gym maybe hasn’t had a direct impact on ALL of those things, CFCA and the wonderful friends I’ve met along the way have been through my side through it all. In the gym pushing through workouts, outside of the gym supporting me through life (including our recent 2 month stay in the NICU for the twins), and keeping a smile on my face through it all.
What and/or who motivates/inspires you? I’m constantly inspired by all the ladies at CFCA. Being surrounded by an amazing community from a diversity of backgrounds, ages and lifestyles who are balancing family, work and life, AND still finding a way to make time for themselves – whether we’re giving our all at the gym, in a boat, or inhaling endless baskets of chips and salsa and enjoying a margarita (or two!) at Jalapeños – this group is something special, and they all truly inspire me! Shoutout to our CFCA men too for their amazing energy!
Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve with the gains made through CrossFit? You had to ask me this the week AFTER I finished the Blackburn? Ha. Since having the twins in December, rowing Seine Boats (and winning!) at Fiesta and completing the Blackburn Challenge were my two big goals. One week out from checking the last one off the list, I suppose I’m due for a re-assessment of my goals!
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit? Rowing, taking my son to the backside of Crane’s beach at low tide, finding (precious) time to spend with my hubby, and juggling babies!
What’s your favorite aspect of CFCA? The energy at the gym. It’s such a judgement-free zone that is welcoming and accepting of everyone who walks in the door. Whether you’re a serious athlete looking to train for something specific, or someone who’s looking to get back into a fitness routine – there’s space for you here.
Favorite CFCA memory? I still remember the sense of accomplishment I had the first time I made it up the rope back at the Parker St gym. That was a pretty cool feeling!
Any tips for the new members? Just show up! Keep coming. Say hi!