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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

Abriana

Moreno

Name: Abriana Moreno aka Abri

Age: 25

Where are you from?  I was born and raised here in good ol' Greeley, CO 😄

Tell us about your school life/family/work life:  I graduated from University High school (Go Bulldogs!) in 2012. I received my Associate of Arts degree from Aims Community College and am currently pursuing a degree in Economics from Colorado State University. I grew up as a member of a very large family with many siblings and dogs. I am in love with all three of the Boxers I have in my household and enjoy spending time with my 2 year old Boxer puppy, Amorettie. I began my career at State Farm in 2014 and am currently an Underwriting Assistant for the Health Insurance company.

When did you first start CrossFit? I began CrossFit October of 2017 and have been a member of Double Diamond CrossFit since January 2018.

What is your fitness background? Growing up, I played lots of volleyball. During high school, I participated in Track and Field where I primarily ran short sprints and focused on Pole Vaulting. After high school, I started working and didn't participate in sports / working out too much. CrossFit has been beneficial to get me back into a consistent routine of working out.

 What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? Before CrossFit, I had ZERO experience with weight lifting and high intensity training (aside from running in High school) and I was still very new with becoming familiar with terms and names of movements when I joined Double Diamond. Being a very quiet and reserved individual, I was intimidated to say the least. The coaches and other members here at DD have been so amiable and helpful from making sure my form is correct to believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.

What is your favorite WOD or movement?   I've become very fond of the girls Annie and Helen :P

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?  Thrusters. Ugh!

What are your goals? Long Term: Get my bachelor's degree!!! And possibly a Master's! Short Term: I'm working hard on being able to complete the next Open doing all Rx workouts and becoming the most competitive version of me that I can be.

How has CrossFit changed your life?  CrossFit has definitely made me love myself a whole lot more both physically and mentally. It's motivated me to make small adjustments like drinking more water on a daily basis, choosing foods that give me more energy, and making sure I remain active on a consistent basis. CrossFit has definitely given me confidence I've never had before. I've accomplished things I never thought I would have.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  Consistency is key! Record your progress! Celebrate your achievements!! And most importantly, have fun!!