"CrossFit's deal is to be ready for anything; Not knowing what I'm
going to do the next day," said Justin Allen Saturday inside his
co-owned "Bellator CrossFit" training center in Bixby. "Because you
never know what life is going to throw at you, and you have to be ready
for anything, right?"
That mantra has kept the 27-year-old
area native coming back for over 4 years now. Allen is a former
college quarterback at N.E.O. and Southern Illinois who has discovered a
new passion in CrossFit training and competition.
has done so well at it, he's one of 48 people in the entire world to
qualify for Reebok CrossFit games in Los Angeles. And he's made it for
the second consecutive year. What Allen likes to believe is his
greatest advantage over the competition is mental toughness. Many of
these finalists have sponsorships or some other position where they can
comfortably train full time.
In Allen's case, he's doing his
full-time training regiment along with a full-time job and is a married
father of two. Just like CrossFitness competition, it's all about
"They're trying to find the most well-rounded
person," Allen explained. "There's a strength component with some kind
of lifting. Then after that, they may have you do 100 wall balls, 100
pull ups, 100 snatches. It tests every part of fitness that can be
If Justin Allen could win this championship
event, which is held July 22nd through July 28th, he may be able to
dedicate more of his time to CrossFit training.
Allen, "It'd be life changing if I could win it. First place is
$275,000. I could do this full time. And they also give out prize
money on the top three finishers within each event and there's about 20
events. If I did well enough, I could get sponsorships."
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