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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Kami – Featured Member

Featured Member:  Kami Booi

“We believe we could all strive to be more like Kami!  When Kami steps in the “box” she brings with her a contagious zest for life.  She arrives with a positive attitude and smile on her face.  She works out without complaint.  She is determined to let NOTHING get in her way- not even breast cancer!  Kami has an amazing story that depicts how CrossFit and her CrossFit family helped her through the tough times.  She is an inspiration to all of us”

~Austin~Janelle~Keesa~Lisa~Mandy~Mark~Nicolette~

MY CROSSFIT LIFE

By Kami Booi (aka:  Bubbles, KAM BAM, Joy, and Laughing Lady)

I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit!

WHY I STARTED CROSSFIT: A few of my friends were talking about this new gym in town called CrossFit.  They all knew how much I enjoyed exercising and encouraged me to try it.  At first, I was Skeptical.  I had never even heard of CrossFit.  Furthermore, I surely did not want my name up on some board with my time and reps posted!  I enjoyed exercising by myself and my experience with weight lifting was minimal.  After a couple of weeks of peer pressure, I decided to give it a try.  That was nearly four years ago!

WHY I STILL DO CROSSFIT: I still do CrossFit for many reasons.  During a WOD, I am totally in the moment.  I am in the now, the present, not pondering the past or worrying about the future.  I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I do better on a repeat WOD, when I Rx a WOD I had previously scaled or successfully do a movement such as rope climbs for the first time!  I also love working out with others and the friends I’ve made.  The social aspect of CrossFit has become a huge part of my life.

GREATEST SUCCESS: I believe my greatest success with CrossFit was coming back to the gym after I had a Double Mastectomy.  I wasn’t in a very good place mentally or emotionally at that time.  My husband basically had to push me out the door to go.  It hurt to hang on the pull-up bar, I couldn’t lift weight over my head, and I had lost all my endurance.  But with hard work, time an amazing personal trainer, and support from my CrossFit family I am stronger and more determined than ever before!!

WHAT HAS CHANGED IN MY LIFE: I live a happier, healthier, less stressful lifestyle.  I have taken on challenges that I would have never dreamed possible in the gym as well as in my personal life.  I am stronger mentally as well as physically.  This positive influence has carried on through my husband and children who have all participated in CrossFit.

 

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Gabby Wilson 

CrossFit Colby introduces CFC Featured Athletes. We have an awesome community of athletes at all difference levels that are worth showing off and sharing their stories. We proudly announce Gabby Wilson as our first CFC Featured Athlete! 
Gabby Wilson

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Buddy Week

  

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Summer Youth Classes

  

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Snow Removal 

There will be NO 8:30am class today due to snow removal. See you all this afternoon. In the meantime, share your Snow Burpee challenge videos on our Facebook page!  

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Why I Do The Open

Why I do the open
By Shawna Kersenbrock 

 The 1st open I was involved in was 3 years ago as a judge. I would come in watch some of the members go through all the emotions like excitement and determination that come with the open. And I walked out saying, “man I wish I could join in.” The problem was is I was afraid, afraid of failure (I couldn’t lift the weights they were lifting, or even do some of the movements).  

After that year I was determined I was going to do an open. The next open came and I signed up. It was AWESOME. I got my first chest 2 bar that open. And I did a wod at the time I swore I would never do again. Guess what, I did it again and survived that time to!

Last year was the 1st year the offered the scaled version and I thought OH YEAH!! It was a total blast!!

I challenge you …. Do the open!!!

WHY? FOR:

• Community: Every week you get to see the people who you work out with everyday sweat beside you. They get a new PR, or their 1st Chest 2 Bar, or maybe even their 1st double unders.

• Throw downs: That’s right every Thursday night of the open we get to watch members do the wod right after its announced live.

• Progress: You’ve worked so hard all year long and it’s a chance to see the hard work you’ve put paid off.

• Yeah people watch you, yeah you have a judge, and yeah at the end of the open you never say, “Man I wish I didn’t do that”.  

 Register for the 2016 Open @ http://www.games.crossfit.com

 

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