I have always been into fitness, whether it was soccer, cross country, track, ski team, you name it, I tried it. I even participated on the UCONN Cycling Team! I started CrossFit in 2009, and never thought it would become a true passion. I loved the physical and mental challenges that the WODS provide, but even more than that, I fell in love with the support and competitive spirit of the CrossFit Community. This past year has been especially fun. I joined the over 40 (Masters) group. I finally had the opportunity to compete against women my own age, and along the way, I met many wonderful athletes. As a pharmacist and mother of three, I appreciate the health benefits that result from our extremely intense work outs. My main goal is to stay strong and to be the best role model I can be, for my kids. CrossFit is definitely my drug of choice!
CrossFit Level 1
There are two things that I’ve always considered a passion of mine: sports and working out. 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. I realized that with this, I had my two passions. 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 13 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 trainer 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 graduated from Eastern CT State University with a BA. He currently works for a Medical Device company in the area. He resides in the shoreline area with his wife and 2 daughters, Isabella and Mia.
CrossFit Level I Certification
CrossFit Strongman Certification