Name: Jabari Whitehead
Occupation: Elementary School Principal
Hometown: Ridley Park
Which class time do you usually attend? I get in where I fit in.
How long have you been CrossFitting? It will be one year in June.
Favorite and least favorite WODs: Grace is my favorite. Least favorite is anything with wallballs or overhead squats (Karen and Colleen).
Favorite and least favorite lifts: Deadlift is definitely my favorite…least favorite OVERHEAD SQUATS!!!!!
What is your athletic background? Wrestling through high school and football through college; competed in bodybuilding from 1997 through 2003 USNBA as well as NPC shows at lightheavyweight.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? It has provided a new journey and an appreciation of failure. Every WOD is an analogy for daily life. Just when you think you know everything about yourself, CrossFit workouts teaches you something new. I get embarrassed at times by how much frustration I display. Yet it is great to know that I am not alone. I also am learning how much impatience can hurt you. I am a painfully driven person and I create at times unnecessary pressure for myself in efforts to achieve my lifts goals. As a principal I serve as an educational leader and part of that maintaining and having clear vision of where you want to go is a must. I often spend so much time seeing and pushing myself towards what I want to become that I really do not take time to appreciate the journey. During the Open this year, WOD 13.1 was a great teacher of patience. My lack of strategy lead to a poor effort because energy.
The Megladon or Mega Shark was a magnificent massive prehistoric creature with no predators of its own. The Megladon became extinct because it never adapted to its new and changing environment. George Saint Pierre once said that it is not the most powerful creature that survives but the most efficient. I am still working on finding balance in my diet. My biggest shortcoming is constantly missing lunch during the course of the school year. It shows up in my performance especially in the 4pm CrossFit times. A far as my overall fitness, it seems that I am in much better condition. I am looking for opportunities to express my fitness in some fun activities like pickup basketball and someday getting back to playing touch football in the PSSC league. I would definitely like to get back to running more (on FLAT roads for my knees’ sake) with a partner because running alone sucks.
What made you drink the CrossFit “kool-aid”? Maura has been a great ambassador for CrossFit as community and school board member in the district I worked in. I was hooked after my first visit last June. The environment and atmosphere at CFDV is incredible. I love how everyone is working for self improvement and simultaneously showing pride in the progress of others going through the same struggle. If I was at a globo gym I get stereotyped unfairly as a musclehead by those individuals not interested in “big muscles” and the actual muscleheads think I am shallow and want to have a bromance with me. Both instances are ridiculous. I lift heavy weights because that how my muscles grow and for the roid-heads I have muscles due to my work ethic. At CrossFit I get to see, meet and work with people from all walks of life because fitness is for EVERYONE.
What are your goals for the next year? I really need to lose 15 to 20 pounds and maintain that size for my health, particularly my knees, elbows, and shoulders. I plan to get involved in power yoga/hot yoga again. I practiced pretty regularly for years and miss the great benefits it provides. So if someone can recommend an excellent studio and teacher, let me know.
What do you do in your free time? I spend time with my family. I love any moment I can steal with my lovely wife and opportunities to play, read, or goof around with our children. Our daughter Avery is a beautiful bundle of energy. Our son Evan as of today is known as The Destroyer or maybe he is just being constructive.
What is your favorite cheat food? Pizza and wings.
Tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about you: I am an artist by nature. Given the time I would enjoy doing working with charcoal creating still-lifes. I have always enjoyed the idea of starting with complete darkness and revealing the beauty of light.
Name at least one embarrassing guilty pleasure: I have rap concerts in my car while listening to the radio. I love Backspin on XM satellite radio with hip hop from the late 80′s through the 90′s.
Any advice for new members? Simply enjoy the journey in the box and outside the box in your life. Appreciate the beauty of your blessings around you especially your loved ones. Listen to the coaches at CFDV. It is great to know that they are sincere and care about what they are telling you. Their honesty is refreshing.
What is your favorite song or kind of music to WOD to? Wu-Tang, Redman, Rakim, Yelawolf, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys, DMX.
What was the most embarrassing or hilarious thing to happen to you at CFDV? Smacking myself in the forehead with the barbell while working on power snatches. I have shed a fair amount of blood at CFDV since my arrival but I have slowed down quite a bit. Chris Foehl was my ambulance driver that day.