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May Member of the Month

Dale Dixon aka Double D

Tell us about your family.

I am married to Heather Dixon and we have four kids, Cadyn (18), Isabel (16), Kyndel (12), and Bryton (10).

Occupation?

I work at Citizens Medical Center in Plant Ops department. I have been at the Hospital for three years.

When did you start Crossfit?

I had been wanting to do something but wasn’t sure what to do. About two years ago I got asked to Crossfit buddy week by Cassandra Britt. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I wanted to try it. After my first workout I fell in love. I finished out the week and could barely walk. In June of 2016 I have been going ever since.

Why did you decide to continue doing Crossfit?

I decided to continue doing Crossfit because it is fun and the energy of other athletes/members  working out with you cheering you on.

What results have you seen?

Since I have been going to Crossfit I have lost some weight and had to buy some new clothes. I have been able to do workouts and movements that I thought I couldn’t do.

What is your favorite workout?

I don’t know, Nancy, Murph, Fight gone bad, I like them all.

What is you favorite Crossfit movement?

My favorite movements are snatch, pull ups, and now double unders.

How clean do you eat?

In January of 2017 there was a partner nutrition challenge and I have been trying to follow those guidelines since.

What’s your favorite food?

I would have to say that the sweet potato has became my favorite food.

What is your most memorable Crossfit experience?

My most memorable Crossfit experience would have to be when I finally figured out double unders.

What would you tell someone thinking of trying Crossfit?

For someone thinking of trying Crossfit I would tell them to just try it and don’t worry about not being able to do the workout. There will be other members working out with you and cheering you on.

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Featured Member of the Month – April 2018

JT

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of CrossFit Colby, we are spotlighting an athlete each month to find out a little bit about their personal lives and their experiences with CrossFit.

This month we spotlight Jenny Tompkins, aka “Gump”.

Tell us about your family

I am originally from Dodge City, KS. My parents still live there as well as my grandma. I have one younger brother who lives in Leavenworth. Even though you can definitely see the family resemblance between all of us, my brother and I are very different.

Occupation

I am the Director of Outreach & Recruitment at Colby Community College. I have been with the college since June of 2016, when I started as an Admissions Counselors. This is the only company I have worked for since moving to Colby.

What don’t we know about you?

I am extremely self-conscious and hate to fail at anything. Trying CrossFit was one of the scariest things I have done, I was completely intimidated by workouts, the equipment, and the athletes/members.

When did you start CrossFit

I started CrossFit in June 2016, 1 week after moving to Colby.

What did you think after your first workout?

“What have I gotten myself in to?” and “Dangit Doug!”

Why did you decide to continue doing CrossFit

At first, it was the challenge and the newness. Learning new movements and exercises and getting to see what I was capable of.  CrossFit is such a great experience because 1.5 years later, I am still learning and getting to try new things. I love the progression and the process that goes with CrossFit, no matter what level of athlete you are.

What is your fitness background?

I have always enjoyed sports, participating in most sports either competitively or through intramurals. I particularly focused on Soccer as I got older. I played soccer all year round from third grade through my second year of college.  My fitness came from playing the game and practicing. I was intimidated by weights and had very little interest in being in a gym. My how things have changed!

What results have you seen?

Not only have I changed physically, but my whole concept of Health, wellness, and exercise has changed.  I am physically stronger, I was mainly a runner with a strong bottom half because of soccer. CrossFit has helped me to balance out.  I have a better understanding of my body and what it is capable of. I have had the opportunity to learn how to create a lifestyle, versus an exercise/diet plan.

What’s your favorite CrossFit workout?

I am not sure I have a specific workout that is my favorite.  I love Saturday workouts! These workouts always allow me to work on pacing, endurance and improving areas I am weak in.  Getting to utilize different equipment and having a variety of movements is always my favorite.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

My favorite movement is the movement I am worst at! I love the squat snatch. I am always mesmerized by people who can do this movement efficiently!  It requires strength, finesse, timing and mobility.  Doesn’t matter how strong you are, it takes all of the pieces to make it happen.

What is your most memorable CrossFit experience?

This is tough. There are so many specific times I can remember, from hitting PR’s to getting to be part of someone else hitting a PR.  Overall, I really look forward to the Open.  I love seeing everyone coming together to support each other, people working towards and hitting PRs, and the overall atmosphere in the gym. It is such a great time!

What would you tell someone thinking of trying CrossFit?

Get out of your comfort zone, forget what you “think” you know about CrossFit and just do it! Before I started CrossFit I didn’t like lifting weights, gyms, or working out in front of others.  Today, those are all of my favorites things. CrossFit truly is a family, everyone is welcome.  I would not be where I am today on my fitness journey without the people, support, and knowledge I have received from CrossFit.

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BACK TO SCHOOL 

What’s the fuss all about? We are a healthy fitness community like none other!!! Come see for yourself. September is BACK TO SCHOOL month- 1/2 price Unlimited membership for new members! Check out our schedule & email us if you have any questions contact@crossfitcolby.com 

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Summer Youth Classes

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Buddy Week

Buddy Week is coming! Try it for fitness. Stay for community! FREE week available to any potential member that has not tried CrossFit in the past 6 months. Offer valid only Monday, March 27th – Friday, March 31. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parent present at the time of the first workout to sign waiver. 

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Featured Member – Ben Rasmussen

When I graduated high school I weighed 165 lbs. By the time I joined CrossFit 18 years later in May 2014, I weighed 265 lbs. That was a number I never thought I would see!

I had never really been all that athletic. When I was younger I enjoyed playing sports but was never good enough to “make the team.” As I got older I stopped playing because life gets busy and who wants to go do anything after a long day?

I had gradually gained about 5 lbs a year since high school and I guess I figured that would stop at some point…it never did. Somewhere along the way I started to realize that I was pretty overweight. My friends would make fat jokes and I would laugh and act like I was ok with it. And really I wasn’t bothered by the jokes so much as I was bothered by the effect the extra weight was having on me. There were things I used to do that I didn’t do anymore, like skiing, or playing touch football with friends. I wasn’t interested in doing much of anything that involved physical exertion. I would leave my shoes tied all the time so I didn’t have to bend over to tie them!

A good friend of mine had discovered CrossFit and she would talk to me about it. She would tell me about the positive atmosphere, and the positive changes she was experiencing. I figured she was probably on to something, but there was no way I was gonna do it. For 3 years I listened to her and for 3 years I found reasons not to join CrossFit. Then one day I stepped on a scale at the Dr’s office and saw that number I mentioned before. I was shocked and I was disappointed in myself. I wasn’t even 40 yet and I was letting life pass me by because I was too fat and tired to do anything!

When I walked into CrossFit Colby for my first WOD I had not worked out since high school. When it was over I went home and laid on my bed for 45 minutes. I had never felt anything like that in my entire life! I had pushed myself beyond my limit and I had survived. I had completed a crossfit WOD! I could do this!

The next few weeks were a combination of soreness and satisfaction. I was sore because I was using muscles I forgot I had. But I was deeply satisfied because I had recognized the need to make serious changes and I was doing just that. I was doing it!

That was two and a half years ago. CrossFit is now a regular part of my life. I do my best to make it into the gym three times a week. Sometimes life happens and I don’t make it more than once. But I keep coming. I keep coming because I have seen the positive changes in myself. I am healthier at 39 than I was at 18.

These changes cross over into other parts of my life too.  When I’m working on something that is hard I will take a break and then get right back to it. That’s what I do in a tough WOD. Before CrossFit I would hit that wall and quit. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely there. That voice in my head that says “keep going” or “get up” or “you got this.”

I could go on and on about the benefits of CrossFit but the truth is the benefits for me are different than they will be for you. The things that will be the same; more strength, more flexibility,  more endurance, better overall health, and most important, the feeling better about yourself

Walk in the door, leave your sweat on the floor, and walk out better than you were before…

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