August Member of the Month

Congrats Paul Bange!  Paul, aka Collateral, is our August Member of the Month!

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What brought you into the gym your first time?

In 2014 my oldest daughter Brittany (21 at the time) was home for a month from college and asked me to do CrossFit with her.  I told her no at first thinking I don’t need hang out with a bunch of people in a gym like that but then I realized my 21 year old daughter was actually asking to do something with me so I changed my mind and started working out.  I’m thankful she got me started because I never would have done it on my own.

What keeps you coming in?

It’s important to me to work out since I have an office job with little to no activity.  I am not discipline enough to work out on my own so the structure with a set class time and other people working out with you and pushing you is a fit for me. I also enjoy the camaraderie with the other members and coaches.

What is your favorite movements, as well as ones you dread?

I like the body weight exercises: pull ups, rope climb, pushups, toes to bar.  The least favorite movement would be the snatch, honestly any of the movements with weights I tend to shy away from (I need to improve on this).

What is your most memorable moment in the gym?

Watching my youngest daughter Brielle get her first muscle up.  All three of my daughters have been members in the past and I have enjoyed working out with them.

What would your advice be for someone just starting Crossfit?

Do not be intimidated by workouts or what you see other members doing in the gym.  Utilize your coach to help you scale your workout or recommend what you can or should be doing with your skill level.  Realize you’re going to hurt at first but work through this and keep working out as you will start to feel better and will see the benefits if you stay committed.

What are some of your fitness goals, both short and long term?

A muscle up!  (I guess I need to start working on that)  I typically show up just to get a good work out.  I really need to set some personal goals on various movements.  The density training this month has been good for me, I hope we continue to do  this.  Long term goals would be to stay active and always work out at some level.

What benefits have you seen outside the gym from the work you do in the gym?

What I have learned about exercising & eating (through the diet challenges) has improved my overall health and lifestyle.  It’s easy to regress and not workout as much or resort to bad eating habits but continuing to be a member and interact with people with similar goals will help me to stay on that path of a healthier lifestyle.

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July Member Of The Month

Congratulations!  Amanda Wahlmeier is our July Member Of The Month!  Amanda, aka Awol, has been a member since before we began.

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What brought you to CrossFit Colby?

I was nearing 40 years old and was tired of not feeling good and didn’t want to submit to getting older as an excuse for not feeling my best.  I was running a lot and my knees were bothering me and I was proving that you truly can’t outrun a bad diet and lifestyle.  I had started looking up HIIT workouts and it made more sense to me.  Then, I heard that a family was moving to town and that they were thinking of opening a CrossFit gym.  I started stalking Monty and he invited a few of us to come give it a try.  I had a couple of near death experiences in the first few weeks, but I saw results and I was hooked!  That was over 6 years ago and I feel better now than I ever have.

Do you have any nicknames?

My nickname on the board is Awol.  I tend to roam around a lot on the rig when I get tired.  In my mind I guess I think that a different bar will make a difference.

What classes do you attend?

I usually attend the afternoon 4:45 class.  I love mornings, but don’t like working out in the morning.  I wish I did, but my body hates me if I do.  I feel like I’m 30 years older and like I’ve never seen a weight in my life early in the morning.  I’m ready to go full speed after lunch.

What do you do outside of CrossFit?

Life is busy right now and I am loving every minute of it.  My kids have full schedules with activities and Mark and I get to spend a fair amount of time traveling to watch them do what they love.  I know I am going to blink and that they will be out on their own, so right now I’m taking it all in.  I also work part time at the college as a GED instructor.  The best part of my job is getting to see someone fulfill a goal of getting a diploma.  The hugs and high fives when that last test is complete makes it all worth it.  I am also on lots of committees in the community and am glad that I get to give back to different organizations. 

Who is your superhero?

My superheroes are people who take time to build others up while asking nothing in return.

What is your greatest Crossfit achievement?

I got pretty pumped the first time I was able to clean and jerk more than my body weight. My first goal was to be able to RX Fran.  I worked forever to be able to do pull-ups and I guess I felt like a “real” crossfitter when I finally tackled Fran.

What tips do you have for new members or someone considering CrossFit?

3 Things:

*Remember that health is a marathon and not a sprint.  Be ready to be in it for the long haul. 

*Just start-You don’t have to get in shape to start CrossFit.

*And, most importantly, don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. 

 

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June Member of the Month

Ryan Carter/ Coach aka Rolling Thunder

Tell us about your family?

Married 14+ years to krista. 2 daughters. Kenzie 12 and Ryler 9.

Occupation?

I have been the head baseball coach at CCC since the fall of 1998.

When did you start Crossfit?

I don’t remember the date but it was at the old gym on 4th street. It was the summer they first op bed. Maybe 6 years ago. My memory is really bad.

What results have you seen?

Results?  I think the biggest result is my awareness to overall health and nutrition.  I eat much better now and take care of myself much better. My overall health is just much better than it was when I started.

Has your approach to crossfit evolved since you first started doing crossfit?

My approach has changed a lot. When I first started all I wanted to do was blow stuff out of the water. I enjoying killing myself everyday.  How age changes things. Now I want to maintain balance and prepare my body for down the road so I can stay active and feel good. I still like to push it to the redline from time to time but I want to feel like coming back the next day as well. It’s all about balance now.

What about crossfit do you think benefits athletes?

I think crossfit benefits athletes because of the diversity of movements. Athletes are required to move on multiple planes and have to incorporate power and timing into most of the movements. It can create explosive well rounded athletes.

What is your favorite workout?

I like any workout with a barbell.

What is you favorite Crossfit movement?

I like anything with a barbell.

What is your most memorable Crossfit experience?

My first one. Did Cindy and had to do jumping pull ups and the squats and push ups weren’t much better. Laid outside on the side walk wondering where I was and if this is what hell was like. Have been coming ever since.

What would you tell someone thinking of trying Crossfit?

it’s not for everyone. But neither is being awesome.

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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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