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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

KYLE RUTZ

Name: Kyle Rutz

Age: 37

Where are you from?  Windsor, CO

Tell us about your school life/family/work life:  I grew up in Windsor where I met my wife.  We started dating in High School and almost 20 years later we have 3 kids and still live in Windsor. I have a Land Surveying business just down the road from the box.

When did you first start CrossFit? I started with Double Diamond about 2.5 years ago after Dustin Smith convinced me to try it and I have been enjoying it ever since!

What is your fitness background? I have enjoyed playing many sports since I was a kid but my favorite is Wrestling. I think the lifting and wrestling work outs that coach Nichols would lead us through taught me to enjoy the high intensity style of workouts similar to CrossFit.

What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? My favorite thing is the 5:30am crew.  They are a great group of people, we work hard and have a lot of fun together. 

What is your favorite WOD or movement?   My favorite type are the long duration, high endurance WOD’s that mix gymnastics movements or running with weight exercises.

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?  Kettle bells are the worst.

What are your goals?  My goal is to be in good enough shape to backpack into the wilderness and backpack out an Elk during Archery season.  However many trips it takes.

How has CrossFit changed your life?  CrossFit has changed my life because having a good workout first thing in the morning helps me get the blood flowing and I am ready to roll when I start work.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  To new people I would recommend modifying all the workouts for the first month.  Even if you think the weights are doable, it is better to just gain strength and not worry about what others are doing.