David Rosales – The Man Fueled by Wakamole Tacos

You don’t have to hang out at CrossFit ABF very long before noticing there are only a couple kinds of apparel brands for our members.

Some wear No Bull Shoes. Most have the – hometown favorite – Unicorn Tee Shirt.

But, are you really a member if you don’t own a shirt with a massive avocado on the front?

The answer to that is a resounding no.

That shirt design, by the way, belongs to the creator of CrossFit ABF’s friendly, neighborhood taco man: David Rosales.

David and his wife, Paola, are the taco extraordinaire owners of Wakamole, a taco truck that you’ll find roaming the Bay until their brick-and-mortar location opens in Clearwater. Don’t let the tacos fool you, though. David is a freak-of-nature athlete that picks up the most difficult movements with relative ease. In fact, he recently achieved Ring Muscle Up status.

“This is my third month,” he says.

Are you jealous, yet? Me, too. Don’t worry, though. David doesn’t show up just to prove he’s got more skills than everyone else.

“I was tired of going to big box gyms,” he told me. “I had been going for two years and never met one person. At ABF, I made at least five friends within one week.”

Three months isn’t a lot of time, but, even on a taco diet, David says his results have been almost immediate.

“It’s helped me to get in the best shape of my life. In these three months, I’ve lost fifteen pounds. Not only that, but I’ve build a lot of muscle,” David explains.

David’s story started the same way many CrossFit ABF members’ stories start: Groupon. He didn’t know what to expect exactly, but it turned out to be just what he was looking for. It was a fun, challenging environment that was “super friendly.”

It’s hard to imagine a man with a growing business having the time to work out – especially when that business requires him to set up all over the area. Somehow, though, David finds time to fit in some working out.

“There’s so many classes during the day,” he says. “It helps me. I’ll workout with I have a free hour.”

Wakamole’s growing success both inside and outside the gym has led to a massive demand. In fact, the “truly Mexican” taco experience will even be venturing out to Beauty is a Beast II to supply athletes and spectators with copious amounts of really good food.

“BIAB II will, hopefully, be the start of a long-term relationship. I plan on being part of as many fitness competitions as I can get in to,” says David.

He’s not only talking about the truck, either. David will compete in his first competition, Pillage of Palm Harbor, soon.

For new members, David’s recipe for success is simple.

“Give it a try. Movements may feel weird at the beginning. Heck, they even feel weird now. But, I love that you can see progress every day. The better you get, the harder it gets. I love that!”

For more information on the best tacos you’ve ever had, visit www.wakamoletacos.com.

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AMY BELL

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Amy Bell has always been into sports and fitness all her life, starting soccer at a very young age, playing competitively through high school. Once she started college, being an athlete and staying fit wasn’t really important to her at the time but quickly realized she needed to do something to get her fitness back in check. Her sister participated in CrossFit for over a year before she finally talked Amy into trying it. Once Amy did, she was hooked. She started CrossFit in Georgia as she finished her bachelor’s degree and then moved to Florida. Shortly after her move to Clearwater, planning on testing different gyms in the area, she bought a Groupon for ABF as her first one and stayed, never trying anywhere else.

Amy enjoys the community, the programming and the overall atmosphere of ABF. She been with ABF for four years now, making huge improvements to her fitness and dialing in on her nutrition. CrossFit has become a passion and a lifestyle for Amy. Working in the medical field, she realized how important fitness and nutrition are and if more people could make this kind of lifestyle change, even just a small change, there could be less people with illnesses and more living healthier lives. CrossFit has also given Amy the competitiveness she’s always loved playing sports, competing against other athletes at ABF as well as competing in local competitions and the CrossFit Open.

She has been a large part of how we’ve kept the gym clean the last three years. She has been planning to coach for some time now and finally completed her CrossFit Trainer O-L1 course in September 2021 to become an official coach at ABF. She is excited to be able to share her passion with others, to encourage and help fellow athletes reach their fitness goals.

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Brandi fell in love with all things barbell after watching the CrossFit games in 2012. She hadn’t been into sports or fitness in her younger years, but had been looking for ways to improve her strength and conditioning between a desk job and being a mom. After failing to make much headway in a standard globo-gym, she bought a Groupon for a local CrossFit box and immediately realized there was no turning back. The supportive community and infinite scalability of CrossFit has kept her engaged and coming back for more. Years later, Brandi continues to grow into a well-rounded athlete.

Her passion and dedication has lead fellow athletes to look to her for guidance on their lifts, so when Brandi was offered the chance to coach she jumped at it. Brandi earned her ABF L1.5 in 2020 and runs our foundations program. If you’re new to CrossFit, she will likely be your first coach.

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ANDREA

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Fitness has always been a piece of her life, but things didn’t change until she found a Groupon for CrossFit ABF. Andrea gave ABF a chance after years of attending a regular gym that left her wanting more out of fitness. This was the best choice she made as it combines her love of being social with new and old friends and a newfound love of lifting weights and pushing herself to the limits. CrossFit ABF has shown her what a FitFam really means as she looks forward to working out with them every week.

Andrea is an inspiring mother to her daughter Layla and her giant fur babies, Storm and Thunder. You can catch Andrea killing a workout, rollerblading down the causeway, or enjoying a night out line dancing (yes, she loves her country music!). She enjoys the adventures of life and encourages others to strive towards their goals. Andrea continues to take her skills to the next level and wants to be there to help you do the same.

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AMBER KRUMN

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Amber Krumn, lovingly referred to as “Krumncake,” joined CrossFit ABF (and the overall discipline of CrossFit) in 2017 after she grew tired and bored of the “typical” gym atmosphere. Different from anything she’d done before, she grew to enjoy CrossFit due to its varied workout types. Every day’s workout finally became exciting! An avid runner, Krumncake also fell in love with the sporting aspect of CrossFit. Recently, she’s become more interested in the nutritional aspects of functional fitness and you’ll often find her trying to improve the sport’s various skills, which, in turn, make the sport all the more challenging.

 

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RYAN MCELHANEY

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Ryan McElhaney is a CrossFit Level II Trainer, USAW Level II Coach, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified. He has been an athlete for as long as he can remember. His father built box jumps and agility courses in the backyard rather, than sending him to summer camps. He’s participated in soccer, track & field, cycling, golf, basketball, paddle boarding, 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and extreme napping.

In February of 2012, he realized that he needed more than what the standard Globo-Gym could offer, so he finally took the advice of a good friend and gave CrossFit a try. He was hooked somewhere between 3-2-1 Go! and the gut-wrenching feeling of never having conquered a workout like this before. Continuously-varied challenging workouts, strong community support, constant improvement, and a proper diet are what fueled his passion to coach and inspire others to share in his success. Two years later he completed the CrossFit Level I Trainer course followed by CrossFit Movement & Mobility.

“I love to coach, it’s the highlight of my day when one of my athletes becomes proficient in a lift or movement and I’m extremely passionate about helping others improve their fitness. I’m also a big fan of any career that promotes flip flops and t-shirts as the standard work uniform… coaching!”

Ryan is married to Linda and they have an adorable puppy named Bella.

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