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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.

October Athelte Spotlight

Madison Cunningham

Name: Hi, i'm Madison Cunningham 

Age: 14

Where are you from?  I am from Greeley, CO born and raised though I would love to move out to the country when I'm older.

When did you first start CrossFit? I started Double Diamond Cross Fit back in September of 2018 and it absolutely changed my life,attitude and self confidence.

 What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? The thing I love the most about Double Diamond Cross Fit is that there is no judgement, everyone encourages each other and everyone is SO SO friendly.

What is your favorite WOD or movement?   I would say one of my favorite WOD's are either an AMRAP or an EMOM. My favorite movements are dead lifts, sit ups, back squats and rowing. I love rowing! Though I have a lot of favorites I do struggle with some to.

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?  Movements that challenge me are pull ups and running. I've never been a small girl so those work outs definitely challenge me and push me to my goals.

What are your goals? The reason I originally started Cross Fit wasn't to lose weight it was to get stronger as an athlete. I play junior Roller Derby in Fort Collins for the FOCO Spartans and I can't believe how much I have grown in the last couple months with my skills and endurance. Yes I have reached some of my goals but there are much more. I would love to be able to dead lift 300 pounds, do multiple pull ups and muscle ups unbroken and to run for long periods of time.

How has CrossFit changed your life?  When I first started I thought I would just go do my workout and come home but it wasn't like that at all. It became more of a family and I could never replace that. ALL of the coaches at Double Diamond Cross Fit have helped me at my lowest and pushed me at my highest and I can not thank them enough.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  If you’re thinking about joining Cross Fit just do it because you'll forever regret it if you don't. Don't be afraid to try something new you can always scale to whatever you feel comfortable and trust me you'll love it!