Shaylene DeBusk


Shaylene DeBusk is our Athlete of the Month

In the last several years Shaylene has gone from sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else compete to being one of the best competitors in our box. She has PR’d pretty much every lift she attempted lately. Most impressively was her 305 lb deadlift! She is crazy strong and has a motor for days. Now if she can just conquer those pesky HSPU there will be no stopping her!

How long have you been Crossfitting?
Five years


What made you start CF?
Warren and I had been going to a boot camp class, and my work supervisor started going to Crossfit in WLR. She encouraged us to go and thought we would love it...she was right!

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
I have more energy, better sleep, better nutrition, increased confidence, I can pick up kinda heavy things sometimes instead of just a PVC pipe, and I can do my job and other activities with greater ease than before CF. I actually really enjoy participating in team competitions instead of just sipping on the sidelines 😂 and I’m in better physical shape than I’ve ever been in before. Basically I’m just happier in general 😄

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorite—Wall balls or thrusters. Least favorite—most gymnastic movements in general, but especially TTB and HSPU 🤷🏼‍♀️

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The community. When I first started going to CF and heard everyone talking about “the community” I didn’t realize how life-changing that part of it would be. We’re all a big family with more than just fitness goals in common. We see each other everyday, and not only for the wod. We do life together; weekend brunch, post-wod dinner, float trips, campfires, and vacations to name a few. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had here, and if I had gained nothing else from going, those friendships alone would be worth it!

What are your long term goals?
Learning how to properly do all those dreaded gymnastic movements and getting stronger.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don’t wait until you’re “in better shape” to start! Crossfit is for everyone, no matter what fitness level you’re at. Don’t put it off and cheat yourself out of being your best version of you! 🏋🏼‍♀️

Zach Fonville