Chuck Eastman

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Chuck Eastman is our April Athlete of the Month!

Chuck is a local Pastor and finds it very rewarding to get away for an hour everyday and focus on himself.  

He is encouraging to everyone and always has a smile on his face - as long as he isn’t doing OHS!


He also loves going to the 8:30am class with all of the stay-at-home moms!  :)  We love Chuck at CFC - here is what he has to say:

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
Almost 3 years 

What made you start CF?  
A good friend of mine is a Crossfit coach in Denver and he had been talking to me for years about trying it. 

What changes have you seen since starting CF? 
I’ve never felt this strong or been this healthy before. The Crossfit community challenges me to be consistent to the gym and to eat better. I’ve never been able to do both of those together in the past. 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Hmm my favorite movement is probably deadlifts. I have a long list of least favorite but the absolute worst is squat snatch or overhead squats. Lol 

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What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
I enjoy the intensity of the workouts but primarily the community of Crossfit Conway. I think the coaches are awesome and I think people genuinely care about each other. 

What are your long term goals? 
To stay healthy and work on becoming more flexible, and who knows maybe someday string together a few double unders :) 

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don’t be intimidated by the intensity of the workouts (everything is scaleable) and don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn things that at first seem uncomfortable or impossible. 

Jennifer McNeal

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Our February Athlete of the Month is Jennifer McNeal.  

Jennifer had three babies in two years. A few months after she delivered her twins she decided to lose the weight she had gained.  When she puts her mind to something she is all in!  She started eating better, counting macros, and coming to the box whenever she could.  She has lost 75lbs and looks amazing - but more importantly she is STRONG!  She also recently figured out double unders so she is ready for the Open 2018!  

Good luck Jennifer - we are cheering for you!

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
I joined CFC Feb 2014, but I started doing CrossFit November 2013 at a box in North Little Rock. 

What made you start CF? 
I was attending a bootcamp program during the summer of 2013 in Little Rock that was being held at a CrossFit box and saw the women doing all these amazing things that I had never done and never dreamed of being able to do! I knew from that moment that I wanted to try CrossFit and I’ve been hooked ever since! :) 

What changes have you seen since starting CrossFit?
There are so many!!! Not only has my strength improved, but also my metal health! I feel like I’ve been on a rollercoaster for the past 4 years from getting married in 2014, having my 3 babies from 2015 to 2017, losing my dad in 2017, and CrossFit has been my constant!

After having Henry and Scarlett in March 2017, I started suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. My anxiety was so bad that it felt impossible to even step foot out of my house most days. When I returned to CrossFit in July 2017, I could only go one day a week, and I couldn’t even attempt to take all 3 kids there by myself. Now you will see me there 4 days a week most weeks lugging 2 car seats and herding a toddler! This has been HUGE for me!!! Thank you CFC for helping me find myself again!!! 

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorite: Ah there are so many now! Double unders, sled pulls, farmers carry, and all the Olympic lifts! 
Least Favorite: BURPEES...UGH! My body just isn’t designed to do them efficiently LOL. Also, lunges! Together my legs are strong, but individually they’re like a newborn foal’s legs trying to walk for the first time. 

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
Short answer the people! Long answer the coaches that always have my best interest and won’t let me do anything that would cause me to injure myself, but will push me to reveal my new potential. The class that always makes me feel like I’m on a team. Of course the childcare that keeps my babies safe and allows me to have my mommy time! 

What are your long term goals? 
Continue to get stronger, this year be able to do pull-ups, lose 30 more pounds and finally be able to stop focusing on trying to lose weight. I would also like to eventually take the Level 1 Certificate course. 

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
To just try CrossFit! It’s not for everyone, but you won’t know until you try it! Everything can be modified to your fitness level. 

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is our December athlete of the month.  Over the course of the last year Sarah has lost over 40 pounds! She has PR’d her dead lift, bench, and back squat.  She also finally figured out those pesky double-unders!  Sarah makes us all laugh with either her hilarious graphic tees or her quick wit and is always trying to work hard for her next goal.  Here is what she had to say about CFC:

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Before / After losing 40 lbs

Before / After losing 40 lbs

How long have you been Crossfitting?
Short answer, I started CrossFit about three years ago. But in reality, January 2017 is when I finally became serious about losing the weight and getting healthier. 

What made you start CF?
My friend Brandi asked if I wanted to try out CrossFit, I was a little hesitant at first because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep up and that my weight would be a hindrance, but from day one I was hooked. It definitely made working out fun again. 

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
I have seen a lot of physical and mental changes. When I first started CrossFit I would look at a workout and automatically think there is no way I can do any of this. Now when I look at a workout I get excited to see how far I have come and the improvements I have made. 

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What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite movement would be the push press.
My least favorite movement would be wall balls. 

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
The positive atmosphere in the gym, the other people in the class and the coaches are always encouraging you to finish the workout or get that last rep in, and it really helps. Especially on days where I'm just not feeling up to doing it. 

What are your long-term goals? 
My longterm goal is to continue my weight loss. Since January 2017 I have lost 43 pounds. I have 57 more pounds to lose before I complete my ultimate goal. Also being able to do a pull up would be pretty cool. 

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF? 
Stick with it, it's the best piece of advice that I can think to give. The first few classes may be intimidating and you may be sore but if you keep going you will start to see the changes and improvements. 

Brenda Roisen

Our athlete of the month for November is Brenda Roisen.  We love seeing Brenda in the gym every day!  She is always smiling and always trying to help others.  She has lost almost 60 pounds and we couldn’t be more proud of her!  Check out her words below for some great inspiration!!  PS - she also makes amazing brownies and cupcakes and somehow doesn’t eat ANY of them!

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
The short answer is 2 years.   The disclaimer: I originally started in April of 2015.   I was an “on again-off again” member until December 2016, when I quit.   It was with great difficulty that I came to the decision to quit.   This past May, Kevin (owner of CrossFit Conway) reached out to me about coming back and trying personal training instead of the standard workouts.  Luckily, I took him up on the offer, and I have been working with Kevin for the past 5 months. 

What made you start CF? 
My Maximized Living doctors, Brian and Merissa Beard, kept harping on me to incorporate more activity into my lifestyle to build lean muscle and promote oxygenation.   And BTW, thank you, Brian and Merissa, for that.  You changed my life.   

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
Oh boy... where do I start? Not only have I seen tremendous physical change from size to strength, but more importantly, my emotional wellbeing has taken a 180 degree turn.   When I started personal training back in May, I was struggling with many life issues.   As a person soon to turn 60, I had empty nest syndrome, physical aging concerns, lack of direction, loss of personal identity, etc. Now, I am full of energy, I can't wait to get to my workouts, I have a different outlook on life, and I feel I have so much more to offer.   Kevin has coached me beyond physical training.   He recognizes my shortcomings like never wanting to ask for help because I think I am putting somebody out.   He made me promise to ALWAYS tell him when I was hurting.   So after “5 months of ME,” I think he knows me pretty well.  Thank you, Kevin, for all you have done!!

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
During the course of my life, I have tried so many different types of exercise, but anything involving a barbell has recently become my favorite type of exercise.   I think it is because there are so many things to think about regarding technique.    Previously, my least favorite movement was pushups, but now, I like pushups.   Then, my least favorite movement became planking, but now, I like those, too.    Bottom line, I don't like anything that I can't do very well, but as soon as I see progress then it's "RAISE THE ROOF" time.

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What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
This one is so hard to put into words, because it goes way beyond what people think CrossFit is about.   Let's see… could it be the "good job" I hear during a workout from somebody whom I have never personally met?   Maybe it's the high five that I always get from my coach.   How about the fact that every time I step down off the platform to the parking lot, I remember the struggle it was for me to just do that simple movement two years ago?  It could be the applause I get from a class when I hit the gong for reaching a goal.   Maybe it's a coach taking the time to do a step-by-step teaching session on clean and jerk.   It's the little things like a fellow Cross Fitter saying "yes ma'am" when I ask permission to just sit and watch him attempt a max lift.   Some days, I am just excited to get to see Mosby.   Then, on Sundays, there is usually a two-dog bonus, if not more.  I don't think I can pick just one favorite thing.   This would have been a much easier question for me to answer if it had said, “What are your 20 favorite things about CF Conway?”   

What are your long term goals? 
In 2015, I set out to lose 60 pounds by age 60.   I am not ashamed to say that my starting weight was 222.   I am now currently 166, so I am 4 pounds to my goal.   I expect to have that achieved by the end of November.    I turn 60 in January so I think the timeline looks good.  

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More importantly, my ongoing goal is to figure out as many ways to reach out to others, so they can experience the opportunity for transformation that I was afforded.   It means nothing to me unless I can pay if forward.   

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do something.   My own worst enemy is myself.   I am more critical of myself than anyone else could ever dream of being.  Don't be afraid to ask for help, and stop letting that voice inside of you tell you are not worthy because "YOU ARE."    

Cody Shumate

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Our October athlete is Cody Shumate.

We love Cody at CFC—he is always smiling and always encouraging others!  He has participated in the last several competitions we had (even teaming with Kevin!) and has pushed himself further than I know he thought was possible.  Cody you are gong to have those strict pull-ups before you know it!  Here is what Cody had to say:

How long have you been Crossfitting?
I've been crossfitting since November of 2016.  

What made you start CF?  
I love the accountability - that's why I started. I'm always looking to change up my workout routines, and really enjoyed the crossfit classes that I attended sporadically the previous years. It made it much easier to join with close friends already attending.

What changes have you seen since starting CF? 
I've noticed that I'm much stronger since starting crossfit, and I love recording my weights and seeing how much I push passed my scores. I try to do a little more each time, and the improvements are showing! Although I'm continuously working to improve my form, I've also noticed that my form has improved with a variety of moves. 

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What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite crossfit movement is definitely pull ups now that I've learned how to kip and butterfly. Now I would like to work on increasing my strength so I can do more consecutive pull ups. 

My least favorite crossfit movement is definitely the hollow body rocks.

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
My favorite part about Crossfit Conway is how it makes me feel like family. Everyone is extremely motivating and pushes me to do better.

What are your long term goals? 
My long term goals for crossfit are to get stronger and continue to improve. There are still moves that I have trouble with, like hand stand push-ups.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Start today! Don't wait until tomorrow. Join every competition. When you're sore, soak in epsom salt and go again!