July Member of the Month!

Congratulations to Justin Barrett! 
July Member of the Month

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What is your occupation?
Criminal defense attorney/college professor and amateur badminton connoisseur.

What don’t we know about you?
Theater/Forensics/music nerd in High School.  Qualified for the National Pool Championships in Las Vegas, but decided it would be better to go to the first week of law school instead.

When did you start Crossfit?
Started the morning my wife said, I’m going with or without you.

What did you think after your first workout?
I thought, “Holy crap! I feel more exhausted in that 20 minutes, than a whole 2 hours or working out at the gym”

Fitness background:
I have generally been pretty coordinated most of my life, played almost every sport to some degree, but struggled with my weight from age 14-first year of law school.

Favorite Crossfit workout:
Probably Annie…cuz I rock double unders.

Least favorite movement/workout.
I hate anything on the rig…toes to bar, and knees to elbows mostly….pullups are ok as long as there aren’t 120-150 of them grrrrr!

I would tell someone thinking about trying Crossfit…
Walking in the door is the hardest part, once you do that, you will be addicted.

JB

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June Member of the Month

Congrats to Courtney McCarty! 

Courtney is our June Member of the Month!!!

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Tell us about yourself & your family.

I am from Rexford, KS and a KState grad.  I am a PRN Registered-Licensed Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator at Citizens Health, currently spending more time working from home.  My husband is Ken, a dairy farmer.  We are blessed with three children Kaeden, Kohen, and Krew.

When did you start CrossFit and what got you started?

I started CrossFit about three months after it opened.  I was drawn to the new workouts each day.  I loved something new planned for me each day.  I restarted regular workouts after two babies but modified workouts during those pregnancies.

What is your fitness background?

I played sports in high school. Since then I worked out, mainly running or some sort of cardio.  I didn’t think I could lift due to my scoliosis and may not have ever started without CrossFit.

What is your favorite part about going to CrossFit and what workouts do you like best?

I enjoy the workouts I struggle with the most. I don’t go to work on my strengths but my weaknesses.  I also love the running WODs.

I enjoy the community it has been for me.

What is your most memorable CrossFit experience?

My first pull up.  I started out on the band with the most resistance and finally obtained a pull-up!  Never even did one as a kid!

Also running a sub 6 min mile after having my second baby.

What is the biggest challenge you have had with CrossFit?

To continue to set new goals.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?

Double-unders.  Each time I was close I had another child and need to go after it again!

What would you tell someone wanting to try CrossFit?

Start!  Go back!  Everyone wants results.  But, you cannot cheat discipline and hard work.

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May Member of the Month

Congratulations Kallie Olofson, aka Pepper, for being selected as our May Member of the Month!

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Tell us about yourself & your family~

I am a registered nurse and have lived in Colby my whole life. Dane and I met playing co-ed softball and have been married for almost 9 years.  We have 2 daughters. Piper is 7 and Bitty is 5.

When did you start CrossFit and what got you started~

Cassandra and Fred Britt invited Dane and I to come to a buddy week in April of 2014.  I remember walking in thinking I was in pretty good shape and leaving knowing I wasn’t. We joined CrossFit Colby after that and haven’t looked back.

What is your fitness background~

Minimal-I played a few sports in high school for a few years. After high school, I stayed semi-active by going to a regular gym and spending time on a treadmill (probably why I hate running).

What is your favorite part about going to CrossFit and what workouts do you like best~

My favorite part about going to CrossFit is doing things I don’t think I’m capable of and watching other people do the same. I love seeing people hit a new PR or master a new skill.  My favorite workouts are usually the ones I walk in the gym, dreading the most.  Those are the ones I need the most.

What is your most memorable CrossFit experience~

I have so many memorable experiences but I will always remember getting my first bar muscle up (hopefully I will do them again someday.)

What is the biggest challenge you have had with CrossFit~

My biggest challenge with CrossFit is getting out of my own way.  I have a bad habit of giving up on myself or convincing myself I can’t do something.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?

To be a smaller, better version of myself. I know that sounds vague but I have so much I want to improve its hard to narrow it down.  I want to hold myself more accountable in the gym (shorter, fewer rest breaks, make to the gym 3-4x wkly, increase overall strength)and nutritionally (eat clean 80-90% of the time, increase protein intake, log food regularly).

What would you tell someone wanting to try CrossFit~

Everyone has to start somewhere.  Why not do it customizable workouts and the support of a great group of people?

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April Member of the Month

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Congrats! Austin Drake Avelar is our April Member of the Month

Tell us about yourself.
I’m 25, I hail from Goodland Kansas, I’ve been working at S&T Communications for almost 4 years, OSP/Technician.

What don’t we know about you?
I love Rock/Metal Music, Tequila, Birthday Cake Oreos, and I’m terrified of snakes and spiders.

When did you start CrossFit & What did you think after your first workout?
I started CrossFit while I was playing college baseball here at CCC in April of 2015. First workout was 500 Double Unders for time; every broken set do 10 Air Squats. My arms were raw from all the whiplash and my legs were shaking from the hundreds of squats I did. I couldn’t walk for a week.

What is your fitness background?
I’ve been working out since I was bout 12 or 13 years old. Mostly strength for Football, Wrestling and Baseball. It has always been a huge part of my life beings I was always the smallest guy on the field or team.

What’s your favorite CrossFit workout and/or movement?
Favorite CrossFit workouts would be Nasty Girls, Holleyman, and Murph.
My favorite movements are Full Snatch and all bodyweight/gymnastic movements.

What would you tell someone thinking about trying CrossFit?
For someone thinking about trying CrossFit, I say HELL YEAH. No matter the gender, age, or size. You will be sore in places you never knew you could be sore and it will have you second guessing your life for the first week or so! But I would definitely tell them if they are willing to put forth HONEST EFFORT and HARD WORK every workout they will see results a lot quicker than other alternatives without a base of knowledge on fitness. You can learn from other members about dieting, weightlifting movements, skill work, and help push each other every single day. I have met some of the raddest people here and have made lifelong friends. It’s a strong community and fun place to get your ass kicked. You get out what you put in. Being healthy and fit can’t be bought in a day, nor can it be owned. But it can be rented. And rent is due every single day. Crank up the music, set a goal, and pay the man! The success is endless and worth it! 

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March Member of the Month

Congratulations to our March Member of the Month:  Coach Jacquie!!!

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I am the mother of three terrific kids; married to my best friend. I consider myself humble, honest, hardworking and loyal. I love to make people laugh. Unfortunately, I usually do so at my own expense. When I’m stressed I like to sing at the top of my lungs until I feel better. The last three years of my life have been the most stressful. But, I cannot wait to be an RN. I truly love people and consider it a privilege to be able to take care of them.

My CrossFit Story

I started CrossFit in, April 2013. I’ll admit it, at first, I really wanted to just be skinny. I was bored with the usual gym routine: Shoulders and biceps on Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday cardio and legs. I was not seeing change or getting any stronger. There was no one to push me. I was not engaged or excited about fitness.

My favorite thing about going to CrossFit is never knowing how it’s going to be, who’s going to be there, or how the WOD is going to play out. Most of all, challenging myself to improve a little each day. I love the feeling of: getting a new max, mastering a new technique/skill, or even just crushing a workout that I thought I’d hate! Starting out the day with a victory, no matter the size, is great momentum for the rest of the day to get things done!

It’s no secret, I love box jumps and rope climbs! My favorite weightlifting movements are deadlifts and squats, because they require the least coordination and help improve most other movements.

If someone is thinking about trying CrossFit, I would say, “Just try it!” Think you’ll look silly doing the movement?  Think you can’t do the things we do?  Think you’re too old, out of shape, too weak? Come to a class!!! There are all different shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels. No one cares how fit anyone else is. No one is watching you, except the coach. Everyone has to modify sometimes. You don’t have to be able to do anything special or lift heavy. We come to class to sweat, laugh and high five each other! It’s a great way to start or end your day, doing cool things, with awesome people!

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February Member of the Month

Congratulations Jake Hess/ Rattler!  He is our February Member of the Month.

What is your athletic/sports background? My athletic background is pretty minimal. Took weights in high school and just self-developed from there. A basic gym bro mostly with an occasional obstacle course race or other activity.
When did u begin CrossFit and what made you take the plunge?  I think I started CrossFit in mid-2018. I had wanted to try to for a long time and finally moved somewhere that had a CrossFit gym. My original interest came from seeing the games on TV.
What do you find the most challenging about CrossFit and why? Working through my mobility and balance issues. Getting used to some of the more technical compound movements. Also: thrusters
What do you love about CrossFit? I love the community, help and coaching. While I struggle with many movements coaches and even other members help me out a lot and get me straightened out. Also the challenge and variety is great. Keeps me engaged and motivated and points out areas that need improvement.

What do you hate about CrossFit? Thrusters.
What are your strengths and weaknesses in the box? Strengths are slower, low rep, weightlifting workouts and maybe rowing? Weakness: too many to list them all but my endurance and speed are probably my biggest weaknesses; I get gassed quickly during high intensity workouts.
What keeps you coming back? Coaching, variety in workouts, good people, special events and challenges.

 

What is your most important goal in CrossFit? Tough choice. Broad goal is just to be able to more consistently RX workouts and correctly do most of the movements.  Specific measurable goal deadlift 500.
What advice would you give someone thinking about trying it or just starting out? I would advise new people to stay consistent and push themselves a little bit. It took me time but it was a great feeling when I hit a new PR or significantly improved on something.

 

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December Member of the Month

Congratulations to our December Member of the Month, Betsy (aka Sara Betz)!!!

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When and why did you start CrossFit?

I started Crossfit in August 2017.  I had always been intrigued by Crossfit but never felt that I could physically do it.  I was talking to Sherry Mead one day and she said that she was headed to her Crossfit class.  I couldn’t believe that she was doing Crossfit! She told me all about it and I realized that if she could do it, then I could do it.  I drove to Crossfit that day and joined and am still going strong.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to CrossFit?

My biggest challenge in Crossfit has been myself.  Every time that I attend a class I feel like I can’t possibly complete the daily workout or am worried that I will be the last one done.  I have realized that no one cares who is first or last or who can lift what-it doesn’t matter.  The thing that matters is that you finish.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?

Every time I attend a Crossfit class is my biggest accomplishment.  I have pushed myself in ways that I never would have done before Crossfit.

What advice would you give someone considering CrossFit?

I would tell anyone interested in Crossfit is to just try it.  Truly the hardest part is walking through that door.  Everyone is so encouraging and kind.  The trainers acknowledge your accomplishments and efforts.  It is always a positive place and I am proud that I am a part of it.

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