Faces of Joy: Courtney and Whit Doucette


The Doucettes celebrate Courtney’s 100th Ride.

The Doucettes celebrate Courtney’s 100th Ride.

A Couple’s Teamwork Approach to Parenting and Fitness Allows Them More JOY!

“We fight over the 5:30 a.m.s!"

Courtney and Whitney (Whit) Doucette have two young, adorable children and busy lives. As former division 1 college athletes (she, an ice hockey player at Union College and he, a football player at UPENN), fitness has always been a part of their repertoire. After meeting when he was visiting a mutual friend at her college, the couple married and settled in Connecticut on the Wilton/Ridgefield border.

Just under a year ago, Courtney found JoyRide, and recently completed her 100th ride! Having fallen in love with the classes, on Super Bowl Sunday of last year, she convinced her reluctant husband (who thought it would be “all women”) to try JoyRide. “After one class with Anne, he was hooked!” At 6’4" , Whit is now a towering, friendly fixture in both the Wilton and Ridgefield studios. “The desk staff knows he needs at least five towels. He comes out dripping!"

Courtney and Whit, post class

Courtney and Whit, post class

Between commuting and raising their two- year old son and five- year old daughter, life is busy. Courtney works at Rye Country Day School, and Whit is in finance. In order to get their JoyRides in, they have developed a strong partnership approach to their workouts. "It takes organization and commitment to make this work! During the week, we alternate the 5:30 a.m. classes — and we fight over those! I usually take Tuesdays and Thursdays and Whit takes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. One of us gets to exercise while the other stays with the kids."

On Saturdays and Sundays, the couple takes even more of a tag-team approach to take back-to-back classes. “One of us will take the kids in the car and meet the other at the studio after the earlier class and do the hand-off.”

Anne Stauff greets the Doucette children between rides!

Anne Stauff greets the Doucette children between rides!

When asked why they go to such lengths, Courtney explains: "Whit and I love so many things about JoyRide/indoor cycling— it’s an amazing workout that is self-regulated and no-impact. The instructors are also inspiring, and motivating, yet real and relatable. They also make classes fun, with great music, theme rides, and I love the philanthropic outreach JoyRide does in the community. I appreciate that first responders ride for free! My brother is a police office in New Jersey, and whenever he and his fiancé visit, they love to ride with us. JoyRide classes are also a commitment that make you accountable, but are easy to incorporate into our routine. As you can see, I can go on and on…”

This couple has clearly mastered the art of being great parents, while also finding that crucial time for themselves. Thanks for sharing your teamwork story and your JOY!

The Doucette Family of Four

The Doucette Family of Four