Mandy Allen

I manage CrossFit 941, a premiere athletic and fitness facility. Coming from a gymnastics background and all around athletic childhood, I’ve always felt that our bodies will respond to how we treat them. Good, bad or otherwise. When I found CrossFit as a means of working out and trying to get back into shape as an adult, I realized that this was what I needed to do for a living to help inspire others to challenge themselves physically and mentally. Our mission is to help everyone we can. Children to grand parents. Beginners to elite level athletes. Everyone deserves to be healthy, stay healthy and remain active. In addition, everyone derserves support while taking those steps to become better a version of themselves.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I spend my time with my gym family! I’m known as the gym mom and even have a shirt to prove it!

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I left a career in advertising to follow my passion of helping people feel better. Seeing someone conquer a movement they never thought they’d be able to do gives me so much joy. I love knowing that I get to be a part of someone’s progress.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Hana Sushi Lounge and I love ice cream from D’Lites

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
5 plus years

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Too many people to count! I’ve met so many interesting people.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
We’ve got the beach covered, so I’d go where there are mountains for a vacation. Banff!

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Anything on TLC will catch my eye.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
If you want something, work for it. Take one step today in the direction you want to go. And who knows what that could lead to 3 months from now. Progress is progress. Just go for it.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Great White Shark cage diving.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
No particular band, but I will put on some 80’s rock, on occasion.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Lakewood Ranch Main Street in general.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
I don’t know who I’d bring to lunch, but I would take them to the Grove and sit outside on a beautiful day.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I always enjoy a drive down Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Anytime I’m headed toward University, I never get on the highway. I put the top down on my car and take the scenic route on Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Helping even more people feel better and getting fit! It’s just what I do. I can’t imagine anything else.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I wake up and watch SportsCenter on ESPN every morning.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Hawaii

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
March – I love the weather.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Lakewood Ranch! No better place to live.

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My best friend, my parents and the people that rely on me every day.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Cinnamon – It gives me a warm feeling inside.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Rest – Comfort – Joy