Ms. Namita Nayyar: In your first BJJ tournament you won the Gold Medal, and won Silver in the second one. Elaborate on this experience of yours?
Ms. Whitney Miller: Even looking back brings a smile to my face and a bubbling of excitement because I never would have thought that I would be fighting in a combative sport. I was nervous as hell. The last time I competed in anything was on the Miss United States stage and obviously walking in high heels is different than another girl trying to choke me until I have no option other than to tap or pass out. I remember taking deep breaths before the referee queued the fight to begin. We went back and forth trying to take each other down but eventually I landed in the top, dominant, position. I had taken a beating in months of training for this exact scenario, she turned, I took her back and finished a rear naked choke. I honestly almost started crying but held it together! I was proud of myself for pushing through all of the challenges all the while keeping my emotions together to win the fight. The best part of this whole journey is (1) I know I can defend myself in any situation which is key for women today and (2) I have inspired so many people to get out and try something like this for themselves! To watch a few YouTube episodes of my journey from beauty queen to fights check out:
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
Ms. Whitney Miller: I focus on functional fitness and unconventional training methods like using kettlebells, maces, battle ropes and steel clubs to name a few of my favorite fitness equipment. I am actually in the process of filming the first ever female functional fitness Mace DVD, which once finished can be found at .
Recently, my training has changed a bit because I am playing with the idea of competing in my first fitness show! I will need to incorporate a form of gymnastics and increasing weight loads to put on about 5-8 pounds of muscle!