Trainer Mike Hammel

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CF-L1, DPT

Being active has always been a huge part of my life. Regardless of where my dad was stationed, he always encouraged me to be active.  In Hawaii it was surfing and snorkeling.  In Alaska it was hunting, fishing and hiking.  And when I moved to Arkansas, it was soccer, baseball, football and cross-country.  I even had the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level. The impact that being active had on my life influenced my career choice. I attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Upon graduation from the UofA, I attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis where obtained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the spring of 2011.  After graduation, my wife and I moved back to Fayetteville. I joined CrossFit Fayetteville in June of 2011, and my love for the sport only grew from there.  I have ran half marathons, marathons and participated in two sprint triathlons. But, I continually stuck with CrossFit because of the people. The camaraderie that crossfitters demonstrate towards each other is something that I had been looking for ever since I quit playing sports. The opportunity to help individuals achieve their goals is something that I look forward to tackling as a coach at CrossFit Fayetteville.