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What's up? My name is Allan Kestenbaum, and I have a huge passion for health, wellness, and human movement. I have been working out and learning about health and wellness for approximately 15 years now. I moved to Texas from Honduras (a little Central American country that you probably have never heard of ) almost 14 years ago, and have not been back since (not by choice, though). I was overweight for a good part of my teenage years and never felt too comfortable in my skin (especially doing any activity that involved taking my shirt off). I probably started like a lot of other people in the health and wellness space. I did some weights, but I did A LOT of cardio (that's what you do when you're overweight and want to lose weight… right? Wrong!).


Over the past decade and a half, my mind has been a sponge for anything and everything health, wellness, and human performance optimization. I started out completing a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Houston in Human Nutrition and Food. Once I saw that being a registered dietitian was not going to be my passion, I immediately went ahead and got my CrossFit Level 1 certification, and right after that, I pursued a second Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. If that wasn't enough, I got my NASM certification as a Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, AND a NASM corrective exercise specialty. I worked at the Exxon Mobil campus once I graduated a second time and got my FMS (Functional Movement Systems) certification while working there in 2018. I learned a lot from my client base at Exxon. Everyone always asked, "why?” Which I loved because it made me hone my craft even more. In 2021, I got my CrossFit L2 certification.


I have experimented on myself for the past 15 years with many different training and dietary methodologies. I’ve been able to guide my clients for the past 5 years on nutrition and movement through my own trial and error. This process is in ever flux, making it a never-ending and constant journey of knowledge. I continue to learn every day. I continually strive to help people, not only to feel better and more confident about food and nutrition but also great movement mechanics. Everyone is different, and there is no one size fits all squat, bench, or any movement for that matter, that will fit two individuals the same. I consider myself a “jack of all trades”, and like the saying goes “a jack of all trades, but a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”.


I feel I encompass the totality of the complete saying. I am proficient in plenty of subjects in the health and wellness space; just in case someone ever asks me a question, I can have an answer. But if there is one thing I have learned, it is that if you do not know a particular subject, educate yourself on it, so you can always see both sides of an argument.


You know what the downside is to educating yourself about something? NOTHING! Nothing at all. Knowledge is one of the only things that can never be taken away from you. And if I've learned a thing or two about learning new things, it is that the more you know, the more conversations you can have with an even broader spectrum of people. Whether it be veganism, keto, paleo, bodybuilding, yoga, pilates, running, or CrossFit, they all intersect somewhere. Even if it's just a little, they all have transference from one another. And it's okay if you just want to do one. At the end of the day, do whatever activity you can be consistent with, it's the only way to success. You do not want to do something you will not be able to sustain in the long run. Come give SISU ATLETIK the old high school try. Come give ME a try. You never know what you'll learn, you never know what you'll fall in love with. It might change your life!

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