Growing up, I was always involved in some sort of sport; I played basketball and football for most of my life. Once I got to college and was no longer involved in sports, I got sidetracked and lost my drive on competition and the love for sport and fitness. I made the same mistake that many other 18 year olds make, the dreaded freshman 15; let’s just say I indulged a little too much. I ballooned up 45lbs from my freshman year to the time I graduated college. After returning home from college, I realized the damage I was doing to my body and I knew that I was on a path to living an unhealthy life. I made changes in my diet and I got back to the gym and tried to stay involved in sports. As time went on, I lost the weight and although I was in better shape, I was still looking for something to keep my competitive side appeased. In the summer of 2009, I discovered CrossFit. Since then, CrossFit has filled the competition aspect that I missed from sports. Since 2009, I have competed in the Reebok CrossFit Open qualifying for the northeast regionals as both part of a team and as an individual.
I’ve always loved to exercise but wanted something different because after several years of doing my “normal” gym routine, I was bored. Now, I cannot imagine going back and doing my old routines. The variety and intensity of the workouts in CrossFit are like no other. More importantly, my commitment to the program produces continuing results, and I am inspired by the amazing community of athletes involved in CrossFit.
After only 6 months of participation, I was at a higher level of fitness than at the peak of my years of a typical training. Since CrossFit doesn’t focus on any one strength, I am confident that I could now accomplish more in my daily life than at any other point in my athletic career. CrossFit teaches you and prepares you for the “unknowable” which is what we really all face each and every day. The rewards I get from sharing the knowledge I have learned makes my job as a coach something to which I look forward. I am proud to be part of a community that helps each member attain their personal goals and prepares them for whatever challenge they face.
Allen lives in the shoreline area with his wife and 2 daughters, Isabella and Mia.
CrossFit Level I
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
Colleen Delaney has been involved as an athlete in CrossFit since 2009. She has acquired several CrossFit certifications. She also regularly competes in the CrossFit open and local CrossFit competitions. Before joining the Battleground team, Colleen coached for over a year at CrossFit Wallingford where she discovered her passion for training her clients in the CrossFit discipline. Prior to CrossFit, Colleen swam at North Haven High School where she received All-State and All-American honors. Colleen went on to study Exercise Science at Southern Connecticut State University. After graduation, Colleen became the Head Coach for the Girls and Boys North Haven High School Swim Team. While coaching, Colleen formed a USA swim team for elite swimmers, which grew to 150 swimmers in two years.
CrossFit Level One
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
USA Swimming Certified