Each month we will feature an “Athlete of the Month”. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another (not an easy task with all of the amazing athletes we have.) Attendance, gains, community engagement, and overall awesomeness will be considered by our team when choosing the athlete for this award each month. Once selected the chosen athlete will be asked to answer a few questions and share their CrossFit story so that everyone can get to know them a bit better. Make sure to “Follow” these featured athletes for motivation and inspiration.
Congratulations to Allen Rosario for being the first official Athlete of the Month for 2017! Allen joined CrossFit Giant in September 2014 and has been really getting after it ever since. You will usually find him at either the 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM class giving it his all. It has been awesome to watch his progress and drastic change in his weight loss. He gets in on a regular basis, drops into the box to work on other skills constantly on his own and his hard work is truly showing in his performance. We also appreciate Allen for his amazing constant community engagement and would like to thank him for being a part of The CrossFit Giant family!
Tell us a little about you and the family-
As you know, I am married and my wife Isabel is also a part of the CrossFit Giant Community in Edgewater. We live in North Bergen NJ. I have a 22 year old son who is currently in college. He lives in Brooklyn NY.
Occupation- I run a Privately Owned Government Contracting Company. My wife and I also own and operate a snack food manufacturing and distribution business.
Hobbies/interests- Recreational running, Avid Reader, Deep Sea Fishing
Words to live by/favorite quote- "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs" - Zig Ziglar
What is your Spirit Animal: A Bear! ..strong and confident....natural born leader...helpful and often in charge
Something we don’t know about you- Advocate against animal cruelty, particularly dogs and elephants.
Time CrossFitting- 30 months
How has CrossFit Formidable changed your life- I started CrossFit at age of 41 and at that time, I thought my best physical and athletic years were behind me. However, since buying into the CrossfFit lifestyle,it feels as though I have extended my prime physical years. Healthy eating, rigorous interval training and the power of positive thought will do wonders for a person at any age. Today at 43, I feel better than I did at 33.
Training goals- To continue the CrossFit lifestyle into an advanced age.
Favorite movement- Squat Clean
Least favorite movement- Pistol Squats
Favorite Benchmark Workout- Deadlift, Bench Press, Back Squat
Your advice for someone trying to lose weight? Exercising alone will not achieve desired results. Proper eating habits is the catalyst for weight loss. Personally, I adhere to a combination of a Paleo diet, Keto diet, and Intermittent Fasting. You have to explore what works for you. A general rule of thumb is that you must burn more calories than you consume in order to see weight loss. Finding you BMR is a good starting point. You can figure out what your goals are from there.
Your advice for someone considering starting CrossFit- CrossFit is a lifestyle. The synergy between the WODS, proper eating habits and engaging in the community can help you attain your goals. Forget about a 30 day transformation. Strive for a lifelong transformation, which is a bigger reward. Some new CrossFitters give up too quickly or aren't willing to commit to the lifestyle. When I started to do CrossFit, I was still the local beer guzzling champ in my old neighborhood. Since the day I decided to commit to a healthier lifestyle, I had to give up that throne. To this day, I have no regrets. I feel that I am the better version of myself with the help of the CrossFit lifestyle.