Shaylene DeBusk

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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

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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! 🏋🏼‍♀️

Tiffin Hubbard

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Tiffin Hubbard is our August Athlete of the Month.  Since starting our 50’s on Fire class in March Tiffin has lost over 50 pounds.  He is committed and in the gym almost every day.  CrossFit really changes people’s lives—Tiffin is a great example of that.  

Here is what he has to say about CFC:

 

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When did you startCrossFit?
I started CF March 3, 2018

I had been invited a few times by Chuck Eastman, but declined.  
Then I saw the 50's on Fire class announcements on my Facebook feed and signed up. (A big thanks to Brenda Jo for starting that class)

Since March I have lost 50 lbs.  I feel so much better.  I am having trouble keeping up with the changes in sizes of what I wear.

 

Favorite/least favorite movements:
I have lots of least favorite movements, but overhead squats is probably the worst.
Favorite movement is sitting down in front of the fan when a WOD is over.

Favorite part of CF:
There are three that stand out.
1. The team work attitude of encouragement.
2. The changing work out routine.
3. The coaches I learn something different from each one of them.

Long term goals: 
Back to the least favorite movements there are several I still want to get, and after visiting the competition last Saturday I want to do one at some point. 

Advice for anyone considering CrossFit:
One of my big concerns was being able to do the workouts, but the way that each movement can be scaled to fit your ability is huge, so regardless of your skill level you can still die on the floor at the end. 

Brian Beard

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Brian Beard is our Athlete of the Month for July.  

Brian has been a member of CFC for four years and recently became our new owner with his wife Merissa.  But that isn’t why he is athlete of the month…lol!

 

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Brian has always been an amazing athlete—most things come fairly easy to him.  He’s recently decided to attack his weaknesses and become friends with the rower.  He has pushed himself in WOD’s and has seen the results he is looking for. 

We are thankful for Brian’s leadership and example at CFC and look forward to seeing where this journey takes him!  

Robbie Sons

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Our June Athlete of the Month is Robbie Sons.

Robbie is one of our most consistent members in the 11:30 am class and her hard work has paid off! She participated in the Open this year and showed us all that she has been sandbagging her workouts in the gym because she killed it! Robbie has recently gotten pull-ups, TTB, and double unders.  She doesn’t like the attention but we love shining the spotlight on her smiling face!  :)

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
1 ½ years

What made you start CF?  
I wanted to try something different that would hold me more accountable and push me. Before Crossfit, I had only ever done group exercise classes where we never lifted over 30 pounds. I started with the Crossfit bootcamp that was held on the Acxiom Campus, then Kevin talked our group in to coming to the Crossfit gym.

What changes have you seen since starting CF? 
I’m getting stronger 😊 As far as physical changes, I have lost around 12 pounds and a little over 2% body fat.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
Favorite: burpees and squats
Least Favorite: Running

What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
I really enjoy the group that I work out with. Everyone is always encouraging and pushes you a little further than you thought you could go.

What are your long term goals?
To do a STRICT PULLUP and to be able to lift above my body weight in all movements.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Don’t go to just one class. Make a commitment to go for a few weeks before you decide if it’s for you or not.

Gerald Tosh

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Gerald Tosh is our May Athlete of the Month.  Gerald has been Crossfitting for 5 years and competed in his first Open this year.  He crushed his age division finishing 9th in AR with his best finish being 5th in 18.3!

He recently conquered double unders and is working on getting 100 unbroken.  

Way to go Gerald—we are super proud of you!

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How long have you been Crossfitting?
Over 5 years.

What made you start CF?
My son was doing it, and he and his friends talked me into it.  It was a low point in my life, so it was a good distraction.

What changes have you seen since starting CF?
Certainly more physically fit, and better muscle tone.  I had been a runner for many years but never really worked all the muscles.

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
I really like Double Unders of late since I finally feel like I’m conquering them, after trying for years.  Albeit, I realize I never put a 100% into it prior.  My least favorite, by far, is Overhead Squats.

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What is your favorite part of CF Conway?
No doubt, the people and the camaraderie.  

What are your long term goals?
My long term goal is to do a challenging birthday WOD in February that will include Double Unders, Kettle Bell Swings, Burpees and a Calorie row.  I also plan to keep working on Double Unders, and would like to do 100 consecutive DUs by the end of July; I’m up to 65 now.

What advice do you have for people wanting to start CF?
Just do it, start!  You will love it, it will become part of your life.