Hiedi Shively, MS, CF-L1, Owner, CrossFit Kids
The day I realized I wanted to do something that dealt with the human body was my first day of 10th grade in anatomy class. They told me I could use my body as a cheat sheet during tests (not literally to write on, but you get the idea). I thought that was the coolest thing and over time I decided I wanted to go into physical therapy. During High school and during the first few years in college, I was the gym coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club in Bentonville where I worked with children ages 6-18. I attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008 with my B.S.E. in Exercise Science with plans to attend PT school. After a long internship at a local PT clinic, I realized it was too routine for me and I went back to get my Masters in Kinesiology. I was blessed enough to receive a graduate assistantship at the Adult Wellness Center where the youngest person was 50 and the oldest was 104. I graduated in May 2010 with a MS in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. Shortly after, I started working as an adjunct faculty member at a local vocational school. I taught exercise science courses to future personal trainers while doing my own personal training at Washington Regional Hospital and teaching group fitness classes on the side. I heard about CrossFit from a friend. She said it was a competitive type of workout and I might be good at it. Of course, I had to try. That was in June 2010 and on July 1, 2010 I received my Level 1 CrossFit certificate in Fort Hood, TX. I started training with a local CrossFit as a member and realized that I would be doing this the rest to my life, so why not open my own gym?
One December 1, 2010 we had our first CrossFit Fayetteville WOD with 1 barbell and a set of bumper plates with only 2 rows of lifting platforms in a 2500 sq ft warehouse with no heat and one bathroom. A year later, we moved to our current location that’s 6500 sq ft with 2 heaters, 2 bathrooms and 2 showers and A LOT more equipment!
Through my experience with a wide variety of ages mixed with my education and hands on experience, we are able to offer you and your family the premiere CrossFit in NWA. We offer the most programs in Fayetteville and the most educated coaches in the state.
Ross Shively, CF-L1, CF Power Lifting, MS
Fitness has always been important to me and with being in the Infantry in the Army since 2003 it is required for me to be functionally fit. I always killed myself running and doing variations of push-ups and sit-ups and always felt so drained and tired of doing the same basic thing over and over. In March 2012 I walked into CrossFit Fayetteville curious about what CrossFit was and being skeptical of its ability to keep me stay in shape for the Army. It took me about 3 months to really start understanding the programming and coming consistently. It was a few months after that (after not running much, except in met cons) that I had to run with my Soldiers. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up. But it turned out that I actually maintained a faster pace without fatiguing and recovered much faster than normal. That’s when I really knew CrossFit works! Since then I have enjoyed improving and watching others get better and I hope that I can use my coaching abilities to help others see the benefits provided in CrossFit Fayetteville.
Tiffany Shumpert, CF-L1, M.S., CCC-SLP
My journey into physical fitness never really started until May 2012. I’ve always enjoyed being active but quickly grew tired of routine workouts. After battling with health issues and gaining weight due to these issues for two years, I knew it was time to try something new, something I thought I would never be good enough to do. In May 2012, I walked into CrossFit Fayetteville and began my true fitness adventure. After doing CrossFit for over a year, I’ve grown stronger mentally and physically. I’ve reached goals I thought I could never do. CrossFit has changed how I view health and fitness. It’s not a burden or hardship, it’s a way of life. In June 2013, I received my Level 1 CrossFit certification. My goal in becoming a coach is to help others begin and travel along their fitness journey to reach their potential in fitness and health. As a coach, I’m here to encourage and help give you the tools you need to reach that potential.
Syard Evans, CF-L1, ASC Strongman, NAS State Chair
In 2009, after balancing full-time employment with being a full-time student for close to 10 years, I found myself weighing around 270 lbs and obviously out of shape and unhealthy. While working on my PhD, a classmate and I decided to start going to the HPER to workout, and I began spending a few minutes every morning on an elliptical. Before too long, the elliptical wasn’t challenging enough, so we started running, very slowly and very short distances at first, but within a few months I had worked up to a long run of 12 miles (still at a very slow pace). I had grown to love endorphins, but it was taking me a really long time to run long runs, and I didn’t have a really long time to spend each day. I saw a local news story about CrossFit and decided to give it a try. Through CF, I found I could experience all those same endorphins in a fraction of the time. My first WOD almost killed me. It was a 5 RFTO burpees and thrusters. I’m extremely stubborn, so I was sure I didn’t need to scale that much. My quads had never experienced anything like it before (I couldn’t walk properly for almost a week after), but it was during that WOD that I fell in love with CF. About halfway through, I fell to the ground in the bottom of a burpee, and everything in me screamed “I’m done! I can’t do another rep!” With the music blaring and Hiedi yelling, I lay there for a few seconds, and despite what that voice in my head said, I got up, did another rep, and kept getting up until I was done. That was it for me: lifelong love! Finding the strength and will to do something I didn’t think I could do is one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever felt. Since then I’ve learned so much about myself through CF, most importantly that I am a strong person. These days, I spend lots of time training for and competing in Strongman competitions. I love coaching and having the opportunity to help other people experience the feeling that originally made me fall in love with CF. Being a part of someone discovering what they are capable of is a beautiful thing!
Mike Hammel, 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.
Josh Shaddox, CF-L1, CF Power Lifting
Over the course of my life I’ve always been involved in various sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, and continue to play as often as possible. I’m an avid hiker, biker, and kayaker but it wasn’t until roughly the winter of 2012 that I was introduced to the CrossFit Fayetteville community. One of the first things I noticed was the drive every coach and athlete had to not only accomplish their own goals but also help each other succeed. I’ve always had better results in a team atmosphere and felt I had found something in CrossFit that could help me develop my skills, reach goals, and set new goals. Not only did I find that, I found an entire community of people from different ages, locations, experience, and culture working towards not only helping each other within the gym but in every aspect of life to grow and be happy. It’s been almost three years for me now and I still continue to find inspiration to set and achieve new goals from all of the athletes and coaches I work beside. I look forward to helping every athlete develop as much as I can.
Lauren DeLeon, CF-L1
Being an active and competitive person, I needed a new outlet when I stopped playing tennis and basketball after high school. I tried running and doing my own thing in the gym, but wasn’t satisfied. I decided I would finally give in to friends who had been trying to get me to do CrossFit. “It’s called CrossFit. You’ll go to the ‘box’ and do the ‘WOD.’ At the end, you’ll want to puke. You’re gonna love it!” (Obviously, my friends are the worst.) I was curious, so I went. The first time I tried CrossFit was March 2013 and it made me sore in places that I won’t even talk about. The part that made it addicting to me, was that I was not good at it and I had to work hard everyday to get better. It was motivating for me to push my body to its limits and see myself get stronger. Also, CrossFit is a good fit for me because it presents a new challenge with every workout. CrossFit has been part of my lifestyle ever since and I’m still waiting to be good at it.
To anyone hesistant to try CrossFit, I’ll tell you 3 things you should know: 1) No, you don’t have to be able to do 100 pull-ups. There is a scale for everything! 2) I’ve never actually thrown up after a workout… though I’ve come close. 3) Yes, you’ll be sore, but that means you are making progress. As a coach at CFF, I’m happy to have the opportunity to help others make progress toward their goals. I’m so excited to be able to contribute to the great community that CrossFit Fayetteville has created.
Kyle Sylvester, CF-L1
Growing up, I always enjoyed playing sports, but I was just an “ok” athlete. We had some faithful coaches and good programs, but nobody ever pushed you to be the best you could be. At the age of 21, I started a career as a police officer. It was then that fitness became very important! Through the 22 years of service on patrol, K9, investigations, and SWAT Team Leader, I stayed in what most would consider good shape. My health took a nosedive after a bout with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 and it has always been a battle to stay in shape since. Weightlifting and running on occasion just didn’t seem to fit the bill anymore. I was introduced to CrossFit through a good friend who took me to a local CrossFit gym. My first “WOD” lasted 16 minutes and I laid on the ground looking for air for the next 50! That scared me to death and I didn’t go back. I was so embarrassed! But I still knew that CrossFit was what I needed. I walked into CrossFit Fayetteville two years later and made a commitment that I would do it for 30 days, no matter what, and then re-evaluate. That was three years ago and I have no intention of stopping! The help and encouragement from our great coaches at CrossFit Fayetteville became something that I wanted to pass on to others because of what it has meant to me and my family. As a CrossFit trainer, I want to guide and cheer you on to be the best “you” that you can be!
Vanessa Rouse, CF-L1, Ph.D.
I was born in Brazil and have been very active in sports since I was 3 years old. Falling in love with gymnastics at an early age led to rhythm gymnastics, then swimming, track, volleyball, and tennis in high school. In 1995, I earned a tennis scholarship to play in the U.S., soon becoming team captain, then assistant coach and, while working on my Master’s degree, became the Head Tennis Coach at Texas Woman’s University. I transferred to the University of Arkansas in 2001, married, taught University level fitness and sports courses, and P.E. at public elementary schools. I became a mother of two “non-stop” boys before graduating in 2009 from the UofA with a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. Being a super busy mom and teaching Special Education at a public middle school left no room for me to exercise. I was becoming unhealthy, stressed out, and unhappy. I knew I had to make a change. I decided to retire from my teaching job and pursue a healthier lifestyle, so I started doing P90X, Insanity, and Insanity Asylum. They were challenging, but after a while home exercises became boring, and I was craving something more! I watched the CrossFit Games on television. It looked super challenging but fun! I thought to myself, “Wow, I wish I could do that!” So inspired by what the women were capable of doing, I searched online for CrossFit gyms and found CrossFit Fayetteville. After one class, I was hooked! I love the variety of workouts, the support from coaches and other athletes, the friendly environment, and the music! In March 2015, I was booked to compete on the American Ninja Warrior show! However, 5 days later, I tore my ACL at a Ninja Warrior gym and couldn’t be on the show. When I told Hiedi I had injured myself, she motivated me to keep training, work my upper body, and modified and adapted some lower body exercises for me. I truly believe that the CrossFit workouts helped me recover faster and perform better during my rehab! Hiedi, together with a former coach at CrossFit Fayetteville, provided amazing support for me during this tough and stressful time. I am now back to CrossFit, rock climbing, and OCR races! On May 30th, 2016, my 8 year old son and I did the CrossFit “Murph” at the ASN Memorial Day Moving Together, where he ran 2 miles, did 50 strict pull-ups, 100 push-ups, and 150 air squats! My son’s grit and determination motivated me to get my CF-L1 certificate to become a trainer, and later, acquire my CrossFit Kids certificate. I am excited about the opportunity to inspire my boys and other children to become super fit and excel in their sports! I want to share my passion for CrossFit and motivate others to push beyond their limits and love it!
Cara Duren, CF-L1, CFK, OTR/L
As a “coaches kid” I spent most of my life in a gym or on a field competing. I have been involved in physical activities and competitive sports since a young age, playing nearly every team and individual sports available in my hometown of Harrison, Arkansas. Although I did not start regimented weight or conditioning training until late in college, it has quickly become a passion that I seek every opportunity to increase my knowledge of physical fitness and nutrition. At the forefront of my mind I have the desire to make an impact on someone’s life everyday through CrossFit and to help others around me to reach their health and fitness goals. My hobbies include rock climbing, scuba diving, running, hiking, biking or basically anything that is adventurous or outdoors.
I am a pediatric occupational therapist who constantly uses the fundamentals of CrossFit in my daily job. I obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in January of 2011 and my CrossFit Kids Trainer certificate in September 2012.
Rick Washburn, CF L1
Rick enjoys competitive sports like boxing and martial arts. He received his black belt in Hap Ki Do in 2011. While serving in the Army, Rick was a physical fitness NCOIC dedicated to helping fellow soldiers who were having trouble with their physical fitness testing. Rick has a wide variety of hobbies, which include mountain biking, traveling, rock climbing, mountaineering, and exploring the United States. He received his CrossFit Level 1 coaching certificate in September 2014. He loves coaching and inspiring others to reach physical fitness goals that they once thought impossible. His future plans include obtaining certificates in powerlifting and CrossFit self-defense.