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)!!!


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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November Member of the Month

Congrats to our November Member of the Month~ Logan Wark!


What do you do outside of CrossFit?
I’m 28 years old! Born and raised in Colby, played softball and tennis throughout high school, and played two years of college softball before I tore my ACL. I graduated from veterinary school in 2016 and have worked as a small animal vet since then. When I’m not working as a vet, I help my family with their farming and ranching business, and am currently working on opening an Etsy shop to sell my pottery and wood projects!

When did you begin CrossFit, and why did you decide to give it a try?
In April of 2013, I joined the on-ramp course at CrossFit Stillwater while going to school. My mom had recently joined, and was talking about her workouts constantly. I decided to give it a try so we would be able to do something together over the summer.

What do you love about CrossFit?
I love how quickly I saw changes and how much strength I’ve gained in a short amount of time. When I started I could barely do a proper push-up. Now I can do heavy barbell lifts, pull-ups, and even starting to get those muscle-ups down!  Another aspect I love is the sense of community. Especially when I was away at school, my CrossFit Stillwater family got me through some pretty crappy days and made my time down there a lot more enjoyable.

What do you find most challenging about CrossFit?
Nutrition is by the far the most challenging aspect to me. When I first came to CrossFit Colby, there was a Paleo challenge a week after I started. It opened my eyes to how much food has been manipulated and how addictive that stuff can become – I had headaches for the first week of the challenge from the sugar withdrawals. Since I’ve started CrossFit I’ve lost 20 pounds of fat, but my weight has stayed about the same.  Nutrition is definitely not my strong suit, but it has improved a lot since I’ve started!

What has CrossFit taught you about yourself?
I think it’s taught me a lot about resiliency.  At the start, I always thought whoever keeps coming back for these type of workouts have to be crazy! I’m not a sucker for pain, and those first several months were painful! Getting into the mindset of just ‘dealing with the suckiness and soon it will be over’ has ran into other aspects of my life. It helped me get through days of 8+ hours of daily studying on the weekends for a test on Monday. It got me through the disappointment of my application being rejected from the Army’s Veterinary Corps after three years of trying. It gets me through middle of the night emergency calls, going back to bed for a few hours and then waking up to do it all over again, on a daily basis!

You have been very successful with the daily WODs. What would you attribute that success to?
Consistency! I was absolutely awful when I started, but I just kept coming and over time started to see huge improvements.

What is the meaning behind your nickname, “Pistol?”
My mom was ‘Shooter,’ so naturally her little one was ‘Pistol!’

What advice would you give to a CrossFit newbie?
Just show up! Keep challenging yourself and you’ll keep seeing gains in every aspect of your fitness, no matter how long you’ve been doing it.



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October Member of the Month

lesley1Congrats to our October Member of the Month, Lesley Wagoner, aka Wag or Bandy!

I have been doing CrossFit since around April of 2016. I was invited to do CrossFit by Camille Giersch. Which, I told her that there was no way I was going to join. But to get her off my back, I would go. I couldn’t believe how out of shape I was–it was embarrassing! I couldn’t even do 10 sit-ups without straining! Even though I was extremely sore, I liked how I felt emotionally! I felt like I accomplished something every single day! Even though I had to scale every work out, and still do, it was a rush and such a great feeling!

I have so many favorite parts about CrossFit: the challenges, the mindset, the accomplishments, the people you workout with, jump-roping, box jumps… I could go on and on.

My least favorite part is, without a doubt is wall balls!!! Or, anything I have to put over my head! I’m sure that’s just because that part of my body is extremely weak!

I have learned that your mindset can play a huge role in how you react to a workout every day. I like to see what is in store for me each day, wrap my mind around it, then head to the gym! I don’t ever think about NOT going…it’s not an option! I need the physical activity. It helps with my attitude and how I approach each day.

Physically, I wish I would have taken the before pictures! I think there would be a difference…not that it really matters, but I think it would be interesting to see the improvements!

I have learned so much through this process. When I turned 50, I thought…is this really it! My mobility stinks. I can’t get out of a chair without pushing off the seat. I tire easily. My flexibility is awful! But now, at the age of 55, I feel better then I did when I started! Not only do I feel physically better, but also, emotionally it has made a world of difference!

What would I say to people about joining…Why not? What do you have to lose? What fears do you have? You have to start somewhere. Most of us are not self motivated enough to come up with a workout and stick to it for very long! I know it costs money, but it’s less then a cup of coffee at Starbucks every day. That’s why I make my own at home! What’s that old saying…don’t knock it until you try it!


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September Member of the Month

Congratulations Kris Lemman (aka Lemonade), September Member of the Month!


How long have you been doing Crossfit?

Started in December 2013; Two months before my 40th birthday!

**Hard to believe that it’s been almost 5 years – WOW!


What made you decide to join?

I was one of those people that said that I would never go to Crossfit – Simply because I didn’t think that I was capable of doing the workouts and the fear of failure!

One of my best friends kept inviting me to go with her and I kept coming up with excuses and ignoring her invite. One day she asked and told me that if I would just go with her one time she wouldn’t ask me again if I didn’t like it! At that point I gave in and agreed to attending just one time (basically to get her off my back) That was almost 5 years ago!

Now I look forward to my workouts! This is “my” time and something that I do for “me”


What is your favorite aspect of Crossfit?

The group that attends the 5am class – Everyone at CrossFit Colby is fantastic but we have a great team bond in early morning class! The people at the box have become my “CrossFit family” and I have met some of the greatest people!

Everyone is encouraging and willing to help each other! We like to watch others succeed!

I love anything with the barbell and lifting! Great accomplishment is my max deadlift @ 315#

I have competed in the CrossFit Open for the last 3 years and I’m looking forward to next year!

All the coaches!!

I could go on and on with this question!


What is your least favorite?

Running – I hate running! Not really sure why but I dread any workout that includes running; I’m sure it’s all in my head! A new pair of shoes doesn’t even make the running fun!


Have you learned anything about yourself mentally or physically in your years of Crossfit?

I’m stronger than I ever imagined both mentally and physically!

Some of my greatest accomplishments happened with the hardest workouts!

Don’t quit – You aren’t going to die!


What would your advice be to somebody who’s thinking about joining?

You can do it! We all had to start somewhere and you just have to take it one day at a time!

Consistency is important – One day a week isn’t enough! This took me awhile to figure out but you have to just make it part of your daily routine. If someone would have told me that I was going to get up at 4am to be at a 5am workout I would have thought they were crazy! Now my routine is messed up if I don’t make it.

Measure from Day 1 – I was encouraged to do this and didn’t until I was forced to about 6 months in and was shocked that 14 months later I had lost 22 ½ inches from the 8 areas that they suggest you measure.


**Visiting NorcalCrossFit in Cabo this summer was a awesome experience! It was a little overwhelming and definitely stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad I didn’t pass this opportunity by!



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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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