ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT


Taylar Stallings

Taylar Stallings has been an elite power lifter for over five years and has held 10 ALL TIME WORLD RECORDS spanning across four different weight classes.

Stallings was a thrower at the University of South Florida where she excelled in the disciplines of shot put, discus, hammer and weight throw. In 2006 and 2008, she was a two year NCAA Track and Field National qualifier becoming 26th and 13th in the Nation for the discus. She was also named Athlete of the Year in her senior year at USF.

In 2012, Taylar began her CrossFit career where she embarked in numerous competitions consistently placing in the Top 3. Taylar also qualified for the Crossfit Southeast Regionals in 2013 and 2014 finishing a respectful 13th and 5th.

She was later signed to play in the first ever season of the National Professional Grid League with the DC Brawlers just after finishing the 2014 Regionals Campaign. Taylar's Team won the Championship in the initial season and she was named league’s First MVP for Best Barbell Specialist in 2014 & 2015, First Team All-Grid in 2014 & 2015 and Second Team All-Grid in 2016.

Stallings is currently the Director of Coaching at One EW Elite Fitness and Wellness. Her credentials are AFPA personal training, CF Level 1 and CF Football.

 

Alanna Fisk 

My name is Alanna Fisk, and my journey in fitness began as a child. I grew up in the world of competitive USAG gymnastics at Brown’s Gymnastics in Sanford/Lake Mary. I remained a gymnast for 10 years, later becoming a pre-team coach at the same facility while I trained. After an injury, I lost momentum and my dreams for the Olympics slipped away. I became afraid of the unknown, after witnessing such a small mistake shattering the dream I held most dear. I fell into a rough time in life, and nothing felt quite the same.

Crossfit gave me another shot at my dreams in a different way. I thought all of my aspirations were dead and down the drain, and CrossFit helped me realize that even though bad things happen, as long as we work hard and keep going, there is always still time to make better decisions the next time around. I was encouraged to compete by fellow CrossFit peers, and finally got up the courage to compete again thanks to the community. I was hooked, and my drive to be the best I could be had been reignited.

Through my journey in gymnastics, I learned the risk associated with competing. I learned how one mistake could ruin everything in terms of my initial plan. In contrast, CrossFit showed me that even though there is always a risk of losing everything (and it happens sometimes), it’s that moment immediately after losing everything that you find a new level of strength. Loss is an opportunity to become stronger, if you can see it that way. Three years later, I haven’t ever been more driven than I am today to make a difference with my story, which I plan to tell.

I received my Level 1 CrossFit Coach Certification while working two jobs as a cake decorator and cashier at a fast food place, and then continued to coach amidst it. I am still a coach now, and am back in school full time, studying psychology for a masters at UCF and will continue on to medical school to be an anesthesiologist after that.

Ive been to regionals twice, each finish a little better than the last. So bring on the loss, 2017! I’m ready!

 

Ed Powell

Ed has been participating in CrossFit since 2013 with a prior background as a college baseball player and lifelong athlete on various levels. He is 56 years old and started CrossFit weighing 230 lbs. A dramatic change in diet and CrossFit changed his life getting him to a current weight of 165 lbs. He feels like he is in the best shape of his life.  Ed became serious about the CrossFit Open in 2014 after barely making the Top 1000 in his age group, improving yearly until making the Masters Qualifier in 2016 and placing 84th Worldwide. Ed attributes much of his success to the Callus Performance product enabling him to train multiple times daily. He used to have issues with tearing in the creases of the knuckles from pull ups, kettlebell work etc.… Ed quotes: “The Callus Performance tool, while being compact enough to carry anywhere, is perfect for keeping my hands in great shape every day! I swear by it!!!” This year he was fortunate enough to place 39th in the World and 6th in the Atlantic Region for the CrossFit Open and have high expectations going into Regionals.