MEET-A-MEMBER - LUKE ALLEN

My name is Luke Allen, I am 18 Year’s old and am currently working as a designer and digital printer at Crystal Media in Stafford. I was born and bred in Brisbane and have grown up in the local suburb of Ashgrove. I attended St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly where I graduated at the end of 2016. I am the first born child of 4, with two younger brothers and one sister; Josh (16), Kaitlyn (14) and Jake (12).

CrossFit has been a huge part of my life for the past 4-5 Years and first became of interest to me when I was playing rugby league at West Mitchelton RLFC. During the off season it was usually pretty quiet so 2-3 times per week I would do boxing.

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Phil and Lily had just moved into CrossFit Mitchelton and we decided to go down and have a look to see what it was all about. At first we did a few classes of boxing with Phil when he had a boxing ring set up in the gym, then slowly we transitioned into CrossFit.

About a year later, with some training at the gym on and off, CrossFit Teens was introduced with Phil as the coach. My initial thoughts of CrossFit was that it was a lot to take in, especially being the quiet and nervous person I was. But the more consistently I trained and pushed myself at the gym, the more I began to open up and become a more confident person.

 Photo by Elisha Thompson

Photo by Elisha Thompson

Since starting CrossFit, I have seen several improvements in my way of life. With the largest being my health and fitness. CrossFit has also helped me become mentally stronger as I am now more confident and determined to give new things a go. The community here at CrossFit Mitchelton and the Coaches are what have kept me going the past 4-5 Year’s especially during the transition from CrossFit Teens to adult classes in mid 2015.

What keeps me motivated and coming back are the feelings after each and every workout that although I feel like I want to drop to floor and pass out, something inside pushes me to come back still, each and every day. 

Some advice I would give to someone thinking of starting CrossFit is to just give it ago. Not for just one session, but at least a month or so. That is when you will really start to feel a change in not only your physical health but your mental health.

 Photo by Elisha Thompson

Photo by Elisha Thompson