Ask a CrossFitter to describe their CrossFit box (in the odd instance they aren’t already talking about it), and you’re sure to leave the conversation knowing the name of at least one of their coaches.
Why? Because they’re that impactful.
Unlike so many – if not all – other sports, in CrossFit, the last person to finish is the one cheered on the loudest. The person who fails rep after rep is greeted with the same high-five as the person who cycles through Rx’d movements with ease.
It’s these unique characteristics that separate and define CrossFit, and it’s the coaches we owe thanks to for putting them into practice day in and day out.
While day after day, they’re reminding us to keep our elbows up in a front rack and break parallel in a squat, CrossFit coaches serve a deeper purpose.
They create an environment where one can scale movements without being overcome by embarrassment, where neither the number on the scale nor the barbell define worth, where confidence is built rather than broken.
They transform a class into a community.
Where does your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle come from?
There are many people in the world that through no fault of their own are unable to be healthy, fit and strong. I have no such excuse.
And as Mark Rippetoe once said “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general”
Why do you coach, what motivates you to teach?
I love the accountability of coaching and I love to help people. Also, having to constantly verbalize and demonstrate concepts and techniques makes me a better athlete.
What do you think separates a great coach from a good coach, and a good coach from a poor coach?
Good coaches possess a wide range of knowledge and skill as well as a passion to teach. The ability to consistently and confidently communicate, motivate and demonstrate is what makes a great coach.
What is a typical day in the life for Coach Allen?
Wake up 4:30A.M- fire up the espresso machine and feed my two dogs. From 6am to 8am you will typically find me at the gym either coaching or training. Rest of the day is spent working as VP of Project Development for a retail solutions company. Nighttime is for unwinding and recovery.
What is the most rewarding part of coaching?
The most rewarding part of coaching is helping someone break through a barrier that they never thought possible and knowing that you made a difference.
What is your favorite movement/benchmark workout and why?
Favorite movement is the Snatch. Favorite workout is Amanda 9-7-5 Muscle Ups and 135lb snatches. Not only is Amanda a classic crossfit workout but it is the perfect blend of speed, skill and explosiveness.
What is your most hated movement/benchmark workout and why?
Most hated movement is definitely running or rowing for any longer distances. About 8 years ago I suffered a complete rupture of my left hamstring and although the strength returned it fatigues during longer distances.
What is something most people don’t know about you or something interesting?
I have nine siblings.
What type of music do you like to work out to?
I prefer to listen to country music when working out but I am good with whatever is on. That said, I truly believe that the only thing you should hear once the wod starts is your heart beating and the reps counting in your head.
What is one highlight from your athletic career?
That one magical day I snatched 230lbs. Haven’t gotten back to that number since. But on that day…..
Where do you spend your time when you aren’t at the gym?
Work and home.