Staff

Whitney Gelin

Head Coach

Whitney Gelin

About

Whitney, a native of Florida, came to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina and represent the Tar Heels as a member of the varsity softball team. After graduating with a degree in exercise science and psychology, Whitney followed her passion for coaching to Greensboro College, where she took her first position at the collegiate level in the fall of 2007. Working as the assistant softball coach and strength and conditioning coach, Whitney trained athletes across several different sports until taking over head softball coaching duties exclusively in 2009. Although she enjoyed coaching softball, she eventually returned to CrossFit and her roots in strength and conditioning after the 2014 season.

Always having a passion for fitness, Whitney fit right in with the CrossFit crew when she started in January of 2013. Because of her extensive background in strength and conditioning, she found success quickly in the sport, qualifying for regionals every year since ( team – 2013,14 and individual – 2015, 2016, 2017). She also had the opportunity to qualify and compete in the CrossFit games twice (2015 and 2017), an honor reserved only for a very small number of truly exceptional athletes.

Whitney comes to 12th State Crossfit most recently from Boston, MA where she worked and trained at Crossfit New England. She has had the opportunity to train with some of the top athletes and coaches in the Crossfit community including Ben Bergeron and 2x CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir. Prior to coaching at Crossfit New England, Whitney served as the Head CrossFit Coach at College Hill Crossfit in Greensboro, NC.

While Whitney admits that it has been an honor to be able to compete at a high level, she enjoys the coaching aspect of CrossFit just as much, if not more. Whitney believes that participating in CrossFit offers the opportunity to be part of something larger than yourself. She relishes the opportunity to help athletes reach their physical, mental and emotional life goals. She believes that her fundamental task as a coach is to see growth in each athlete and community that she is fortunate to work with and be a part of. Please take the opportunity to get to know Coach Whitney!

Certifications

  • CF-L1 trainer
  • CF-L2 trainer
  • CF-L3 trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Crossfit Mid Atlantic Regional Team competitor 2013/2014
  • Crossfit Regionals Individual competitor 2015/2016/2017
  • Crossfit Games Competitor 2015 and 2017
  • Member of Boston Iron - National Pro Grid League

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