This month we are introducing you to Whitney Shurte! She loves Crossfit, teaching and pizza! Enjoy getting to know her in our Spotlight Blog!
First, can you tell our followers just a little bit about yourself... My name is Whitney Shurte and I am from Central Florida. I am an English teacher and an avid Crossfitter. I am very involved in my local church, which my dad is the Pastor.
You are a trainer for Soldier City Crossfit explain what that is for those who may not know... Crossfit is fitness designed to improve how we move every single day. Our workouts are different every day, and they can consist of anything from weightlifting to gymnastics to cardio, and even more. Being a CF Level 1 Trainer is exciting because we get to interact with many clients all in the same setting.
How do you structure your days so that you feel most productive... I work as a teacher during the school year which provides most of my day with a schedule. This is good because I am not productive if I am sitting around the house. During the summer, I have to get dressed and leave the house in order to feel productive. I rarely get to sleep in when school is in session so I try to do as much of that as possible during my seasonal breaks. Making lists is the best way, I have found, for me to get things done. I usually have so much going on that I easily get off track if I do not have a list to reference.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be... How many courses are in this meal? Because that changes things a lot. But I could easily eat pizza and ice cream for the rest of my life. I know it's predictable but it gets me every time.
We love your videos at the gym, why are health and wellness so important to you? Health and wellness are important to me first because I love it. The feeling you get after a workout is amazing. I am proud of myself, whether I accomplished a new personal record or just had a really good sweat session. It is also a great way to relieve stress, which is something everybody experiences but many don't have a healthy outlet for it. Crossfit is not just a physical challenge, it is a mental one as well. Pushing yourself to the extreme every time pays off sooner than you would think.
What has been the hardest thing you have achieved this year? Within this past year, the most difficult thing for me was passing the exam for my Crossfit certification. I had originally taken it towards the end of 2017 and did not pass the testing portion, which was devastating for me. But I also felt humiliated about it. When friends would ask how it went, I quickly changed the topic to avoid it. The following summer, which was June 2019, I mustered up the courage to take it again and passed it. I was so proud of myself for not giving up and pushing through.
What is your best advice for handling criticism? Criticism is an essential part of life and we must learn how to take it and apply it without getting offended. We live in the midst of a very sensitive culture right now and it is easy to fall into the same trap the world has. I joke a lot that growing up with your dad as your pastor teaches you to take criticism very well but it is true. In everything we do, we have to know that we can make mistakes, and while mistakes are not bad, we need to learn and grow from them in order to progress in our lives. But also be careful about what criticism you allow to affect you. It is criticism, that only intends to tear you down and not build you up, do not listen to it. In situations though where that criticism is helpful, take it in stride and apply it to your life accordingly.
What are your goals for 2019? I haven't set specific goals that I would like to accomplish by the end of 2019. I care mainly that I am simply where God wants and has called me to be at all times. Wherever God calls me to go, I will go, and whatever He calls me to do, I will do. The smaller things do not worry me because I know that if I follow after Him, everything else will fall into place.
Lastly, if you could leave our readers with one piece of advice what would it be? Something I used to struggle a lot with was worrying about other people thought about me. I finally got to the place where I am comfortable with who I am because my identity is not found in earthly possessions but in God. My advice to every person reading this is to trust in God, which I know is something we hear all the time, but those words stand true every single day. In the midst of the chaos and confusion, we can find clarity and purpose in God.