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JANUARY Athlete Spotlight:

Megan Disselkoen

Name: Megan Disselkoen
Age: 50
Where are you from? Born in Colorado Springs, Lived in Greeley since 1996.
Tell us about your school life/family/work life: I’m a graduate of CSU in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Hand Therapy. I married Bruce in 1994. I worked in OT for twelve years and then had Ellie and two years later my son Grant. I home schooled my kids for various reasons and now I teach kids with Dyslexia to read. My husband and I are real estate investors and own and manage apartments and commercial real estate.
When did you first start CrossFit? I started in 2012 with Ellie to help her get stronger to ride her horse. I was the one that really needed CrossFit.
What is your fitness background? As a kid, I was a gymnast and swam competitively in high school. But my real love was down-hill skiing and riding horses.
What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? I love that it keeps me motivated to stay active and in shape! I love our gym and the family it has become for me and Ellie. The coaches are the best!
What is your favorite WOD or movement? I love anything with squats and love any kind of body weight movement.
What is your least favorite WOD or movement? I really hate anything to do with the rig. And I really hate admitting that…but it’s truth.
What are your goals? A long term physical goal of mine is to win a World Championship with one of my horses.  To do this, I must stay strong and in shape to ride and train them.  So a life time goal is to stay fit, healthy and to keep plugging along with what I’ve been given.
How has CrossFit changed your life? Cross-fit is the first exercise regimen that I have truly loved, looked forward to doing and have been consistent in doing on a weekly basis. I have gone from being a frumpy Mom, to a hot Mama! No matter how sore it makes me feel at times, I will never quit. Cross-Fit has given me a new outlook on life-no matter how I feel. It pushes me to be better than I was the day before. And finally, it has brought me into relationships with people that I would never have had the opportunity to know or love if it hadn’t been for Cross-fit.
Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  Cross-fit has literally changed my life. It has helped my daughter become who she is, which as a parent, is a big deal. It has helped me become a more confident and positive human being. My advice is to work out whatever your level is and compete with yourself, not others. With this you will find improvement within yourself.

April Athelte Spotlight

KIM HILLMAN

Name: Kim Hillman

Age: 50

Where are you from?  Originally from West Milford, New Jersey

Tell us about your school life/family/work life:  

I had met my husband Marty on a Working Guest Ranch in New Raymer Colorado in 2002. Made the plunge and moved to Colorado to work at that same ranch a year later. I loved the ranch life horses, cows and wide open spaces.

We still have a couple of horses and a bloodhound, but my life is mostly focused on crossfit and keeping active. Hiking, climbing 14ers and recently Spartan races and tough mudders.

When did you first start CrossFit? I started crossfit May 7th of 2017

What is your fitness background? I have been working out most of my life starting in high school. I worked at a gym for a few years teaching aerobics(I know I just aged myself), and some weight training.

What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? The amazing genuine support you get from all the members, coaches and owners. Like everyone has said over and over the family atmosphere.  Everyone really wants you to succeed whatever that looks like for you.

What is your favorite WOD or movement?   Kipping Pull-ups, mainly because I can actually do them for the first time in my life! It excites me every time I can get myself over that bar!

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?  Muscle ups, because I can’t do them J but working on it.

What are your goals?  Just to keep getting stronger, work on recognizing the accomplishments I have made and being proud of the things I have accomplished.

How has CrossFit changed your life?  It’s given me a focus on myself that I haven’t had in a long time.  I have had an eating disorder for a very long time, and Kyle has really helped me understand if I want to be strong I need fuel for my body to do that. Also to know that skinny isn’t who I want to be anymore I want to be strong and fit. I would rather have someone say holy cow look at those guns, than wow look how skinny she is.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  Just start, that’s what I had to do. One day, One WOD, One week at a time and BAM you’re hooked!!! It’s as hard or as scaled as you need it to be, listen to the coaches and listen to your body(I’m still learning how to do that)