Meet Our Coaches
Coach Jeremiah Sloan
“Hi I’m Jeremiah. I am a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer that has been with CFNS for 1 year and I’ve been completely blown away by the awesome community we have here! Prior to CFNS, I was part of the CrossFit coaching staff at the Hanscom Warrior Training Center in Massachusetts. What I love about coaching is the opportunity to meet new people and to help them get more out of life by becoming healthier. There is something deeply rewarding about watching folks commit to and achieve their goals both in and out of the gym!”
Coach Aaron Webb
Hi I’m Aaron. I’ve been doing Crossfit for almost 3 years now. I’ve been here at Natural State for a year so far. I have my Level 1 Crossfit Certification and have been coaching for a year now. I love to help people achieve better health through Crossfit and try to do my best to make them feel prepared for every workout. I love the atmosphere and community aspect of Crossfit. I think it’s a very constructive environment for anyone that is seeking to better themselves. I’m a very loud and energetic person, but I promise I don’t bite! I’d love to help you to the best of my ability. All you have to do is ask!
Owner & Coach Aaron Headley
I believe that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. Hard work, determination, and a positive mindset will take you a very long way. Just go for it.
I started working out consistently, focusing on my health/fitness during college. I was going to school to be a high school English teacher (I have always had a desire to help others learn and make an impact). The more I fell in love with learning about fitness and proper nutrition, the more I realized that I was headed down the path of the wrong career choice. What didn’t change was my passion to help others. So, while working a full-time job, starting a family, and going to school full-time, I decided to start the certification process of becoming a personal trainer.
One decision lead to another and (fast-forward) I quit school and left my job to become the general manager of a personal training business inside a local health club. There were a lot of things that I loved about the job: meeting new people, being a part of their fitness journey, and making an impact by helping them learn more about becoming fit. Also, this position is where I was introduced to CrossFit!
One of my employees, Dylan Vangilder, and I had become good friends and started to workout together regularly. One day, we decided to give CrossFit a try. I fell in love with the intensity, the excitement, and most of all, the COMMUNITY that CrossFit Natural State brought to the table and was 100% bought in!
4 years later, with hard work, determination, and a positive mindset all backed by my strong, supportive wife, Vanna , I became a CrossFit Level 1 coach and the proud owner of Natural State. I believe that this was one of the greatest decisions of my life. I thank God everyday for blessing Vanna, Urban and myself with such an incredible community of like-minded , caring people. I love our box and we will never lose sight of its purpose. We are here to help you reach success by promoting a healthy lifestyle, educating in terms of fitness, nutrition and overall health, and keeping the members of our amazing community accountable. See you at the gym.
Again, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Coach Kirsten Hazlewood
Hello! I am Kirsten Hazlewood! I have been doing CrossFit for 1 year, and CrossFit Natural State is where I got started. I have a background in gymnastics, distance running, and track and field, so CrossFit seemed like the best place to find a community of people who were just as, if not more, crazy and intense about fitness and training than I was. As a personal trainer, all of my friends wanted me to help them workout, but no one ever seemed to enjoy how intense and hard I would go on any workout. I decided to take the step to joining CrossFit after watching tons of videos on YouTube. I knew no one here at CrossFit Natural State when I walked in one day to the noon class; all I knew was the website said they would have a class at that time, so I thought it would be the best way to get more information. Now, I have completed my CF-L1 and can help be a leader within this community that has already given so much to me!
Coach Judd Alsup
I found CrossFit during my sophomore year of college. I was a COMPLETE beginner. I knew nothing about Olympic lifting, AMRAPS, or what in the heck a thruster was (a movement I now know a little too well)! Doing CrossFit, paired with proper nutrition, I began to make strength gains and my conditioning started to improve; I saw good changes in my body composition and I was hooked! During my second year of CrossFit, I drove myself to Cookeville, TN and attained my level 1 certification to become a coach. I began coaching classes at Crossfit Natural State and the rest is history! Over the past 4 years I’ve graduated college at Arkansas State University, gotten married (yes, my wife is smoking hot), lived in Nashville, TN, and snagged my dream job as a Firefighter. Come meet me and let’s do some work.
Coach Dalton Kelley
Hi I’m Dalton, I started Crossfit 6 years ago because I wanted to get in shape and about 1 year into it I got my Level 1 certification. I didn’t want to join a typical gym because I thought it would get boring. Crossfit is competitive not only with myself but with others and that’s what I love about it. Oh and I almost died once and CrossFit saved my life!
Coach Finis Kelso