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When it comes to fitness, we know it's easy to put it off to the next day -- especially if you feel like just another customer at a gym. Located in Jonesboro, AR, Hilltop Fitness LLC is all about you. When you walk through the doors, friendly staff greet you and are ready to assist you with whatever you need. We create an environment where you don't feel obligated to workout a specific way, but where you feel comfortable doing your personal routine.

Our mission isn't to change bodies; it's to inspire healthy habits while providing an enjoyable fitness experience. Established in 2009, Mike Wessel brought Hilltop Fitness to life in the fastest growing area of Jonesboro.

Hilltop Fitness offers group & personal training and we have the best workouts and instructors in the city/state!

Michael WESSEL

Michael Wessel is owner/operator and HEAD INSTRUCTOR at Hilltop Fitness! This former professional football player is also the former Arkansas Razorbacks' strength and conditioning coach for the 2006 SEC WEST Champions. He is a professional MMA fighter for both the UFC and Bellator, ranking him as one of the Top 30 heavyweight fighters in the world. Mike was a cast member on the 2008 season of The Ultimate Fighter, current XFL Heavyweight Champion, Blue Belt in BJJ, professional boxer, and in 2016 became AGF State Champion. Mike has also coached three state championship teams, multiple collegiate and professional athletes, and currently he is lead color commentary for the TV Fight series 360 Fight Club.


Cristi Wessel is our REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST at Hilltop Fitness. Cristi is accredited as one of the only dietitians in the state of Arkansas that is credentialed with most insurance companies, allowing Cristi to bill for her nutritional services. Cristi is lead instructor for kickboxing classes, personal training, and develops all personalized meal plans. She is currently employed at St. Bernards and contracts her services for multiple doctors in Jonesboro and the surrounding areas.


Cassie Rodriguez is the Hilltop Fitness MASTER MASSAGE THERAPIST. Cassie’s main areas of interest in massage therapy include orthopedic massage, myoskeletal alignment, sports/injury prevention/maintenance and functional, pain free movement of the body. Cassie has been with the Arkansas State University Athletic department for eight seasons, an instructor at Arkansas College of Massage, and independently contracts with athletes of every caliber, from novice to the professional and elite. Cassie has/is currently working with NFL, NBA, MLB, MMA, WWE, and all other professional athletes from bowling, tennis, golf and track + field.


Kendon Markell leads the MMA FUNDAMENTALS classes at Hilltop Fitness. Kendon is a 2x MMA champion and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Kendon is also a behavioral health specialist for the Jonesboro Human Development Center.


Chris Patterson is lead NASM PERSONAL TRAINER, Fitness Nutritional Specialist, and recovery therapist at Hilltop Fitness. Chris is the missionary associate at ASU campus ministries.

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Jenna is a 3x National Champion martial in Taekwondo. While assisting at the gym, she also serves as a sales representative for Aerus Electrolux and a server at Mazzios. At only 18, she's currently training to be an MMA fighter.

Jenna has experience in coaching gymnastics, cheer-leading, Taekwondo, and softball for young children.


Trevor Anderson leads the BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU program at Hilltop Fitness. He is a Muay Thai specialist, Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 5x AMMY Champion, 10x over AGF Champion and undefeated 3-0 professional fighter. Trevor also works as a Physical Therapist at St. Bernards Hospital.

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