- What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?
I met swimmers at the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships last summer who were involved in CrossFit and loved it. Then the Chasing Hazel Foundation started a pilot at All Level CrossFit in the summer of 2019 and I had the opportunity to try it out.
- What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
I love working out and getting to meet new people and I really enjoy the competition.
- What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
My favourite movement is the bear crawl. My least favourite movement is burpees.
- What are your goals in CrossFit?
I want to continue to become stronger, keep healthy and tell others about how much fun it is to be involved with CrossFit!
- How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
I love coming to the gym. I am meeting lots of new people. Everyone is so friendly and encourage me to do my best and make me feel like part of the team and accepted. And I am so happy with the results it has had on my swimming!
- What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying
Just Do It!
- What does CrossFit mean to you?
- CrossFit is giving me a chance to be the best I can be! And I get to make
- How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
I am more confident in my abilities and seeing improved swim times closer to the World Record! I can’t wait to see how CrossFit can help me prepare for the next World Down Syndrome Championships in Turkey in 2020!
Girls Gone Rx Canada is coming to Windsor, ON!! We’re super excited to announce this location, hosted by All Level CrossFit!
Our competitions are put on to bring all types of women together through Competing for a Cure.
Teams of 3 Badass Ladies:
4 Workouts + 1 Fundraising Score which counts towards 5% of your total score
Divisions: Rx and BAM (Badass in the Making)
Some benefits of our events:
> Girls Weekend! Have a blast competing with your best friends for a great cause!
> Fun, rocking pink and glitter, challenging workouts, PR’s, and tons of epic moments!
> No “finals”, all teams will get to do all workouts!
Registration: $270 per team. Registration will open January 2019
Tank Deadline: March 31st, 2019
$30 from every team registered is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society
In addition to some amazing prizes for the top teams, EVERY team will get an awesome swag bag! Swag bags include samples, freebies, coupon codes, gift certs, and more!
We do not do refunds for our events, but will happily accept team exchanges if you can find someone to take your team spot.
1. What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?
CrossFit was always something that intrigued and intimidated me. Physical wellness is
very important to me and I am always looking to grow and expand my knowledge in the
area but always have an underlying fear of injury and putting myself out there. I have a
few friends who have done CrossFit and loved it but I was always worried about the
risk of this type of work out and not quite fitting in. I heard about All Levels from Jodie
and Laura years ago, always pushing the bring a friend day along with my co-worker
Justin talking about it every day! I could tell they loved it! They finally twisted my arm
enough and convinced me to at least come and try it out.
2. What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
My favourite part of coming to the gym is the environment that is created. It’s an
amazing thing when others come together to support each other! You are around like
minded passionate people who are so encouraging, and often push you to the next
level. Coaches are invested in your success and encourage you to try something new,
or correct your movements to help you see the results you are looking for. The work
outs differ in kind from moderate-intensity efforts to high intensity pushing you to do
things you may not enjoy but push you to become better, stronger, faster. Also ‘All
Levels’ are literally welcome, there is an absolute scalability of any workout. If I am not
comfortable doing something, I can substitute it with something else to build towards
that RX movement/weight. I am doing things I NEVER thought I could do in short
periods of time by working towards a goal which is all thank you to the environment
offered at All Levels.
3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
Right now my favorite movements are my one pull up / rope climb I am able to do.
These are two things I absolutely hated and never thought I could accomplish one
unassisted. Now that I can completed one I look forward to getting stronger in these
areas! Least favorite hands down is the Assault bike, funny I am a very passionate
cyclist but hate when I see bike cals in a work out!
4. What are your goals in CrossFit?
My goal is to become a better all round athlete, better myself to become fitter, faster
and stronger and expand my knowledge in health and wellness. I love sharing my
passion for fitness with others so the more information I have the more I can encourage
others to better themselves as well. My main focus is to become a better triathlete
using the functional fitness offered at All Levels to be a better swimmer, runner and
5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
In my short time doing CrossFit at All Level I have seen some major changes and
benefits along with meeting some pretty amazing and supportive people. This is what
keeps me coming back, to be honest when I first joined I thought this would be
something I could do during my ‘off season’ to try and build some strength but now I
am hooked. I have gained so much knowledge in functional fitness and nutrition. I am
stronger and healthier than I have been in a long time and have even encouraged
some of those around me to try new things to better their well being. I look forward to
continue seeing these changes and challenging myself to be a better version of myself
and a better athlete.
6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying
I would encourage them to come in and try it and stick with it, make a commitment to
better yourself! It can seem very intimidating but it is truly for any level. Do not
compare yourself to athletes that have been doing this for a while. Compete with
yourself and get the right technique down, don’t be shy and ask if you need help with
anything. It will be challenging and rewarding at the same time. You show up, you do
your best and repeat. Give it a few months and don’t quit. Watch out – it’s addictive!
7. What does CrossFit mean to you?
It means getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. It means pushing yourself to the
next level where you didn’t think you could. It means trusting in the coaches because
they believe in you. It means community— a community where we support and cheer
on our successes and push through our failures. Together we push to become better
versions of ourselves.
8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
When I came to All Levels I had a background in fitness, I’ve always had a gym
membership somewhere, I had taught a variety of fitness classes, I’ve completed more
70.3 Ironman’s, half marathons and Marathons than I can count and was always pushing myself to go bigger/better. All Levels has helped me take a step back, look at
the basics and develop from the ground up. You can’t get stronger or faster without
developing the movement properly and getting the basics down first… this is what I am
learning any ways! You also can’t get better until you better yourself, All Levels has
given me the tools to better my lifestyle with nutrition coaching, challenges like the
Whole Life Challenge and important exercises to do at home to prevent injury and
make me a better athlete. We now live a healthier lifestyle at home, I am starting to fix
basic movements to become a stronger athlete and I have shared this knowledge with
family and friends who are now implementing these changes with their families!
As I become healthier, I am becoming more confident in my abilities and myself. I am
more self-aware and making better choices of what is best for me instead of what works
for others. Through CrossFit and the knowledge I am gaining, I am finding more self-
confidence to being a better me.
1. What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?Me and my wife got started last December, after watching a bunch of CrossFit games videos on YouTube and seeing the level of fitness all the men and women we decided to look further into it. When we got to CrossFit All levels (name at the time) and found out you had childcare options we decided to pull the trigger and start getting in better shape again.2. What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?My favourite part of the gym is the people you work out with and the coaching staff. Every time I get there everyone is so welcoming and fun to be around. The coaches get to know your strengths and weaknesses pretty quick and always push you to go harder when you need it or hold you back to improve form when needed. (which is always). I leave feeling so tired but it’s that good tired that sort of clears your head and leaves you feeling amazing. I also love the friendly competition that you develop with other members.3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?My current favourite CrossFit movement would have to be the Deadlift. When you go really heavy with it you feel like you can lift a house. My most hated movement would have to be running, but this is a place where I feel that I have improved so much this past year that maybe in 2019 burpees will regain the crown of worst thing in the world.4. What are your goals in CrossFit?My goals are to always be improving everywhere. I really want to focus on gymnastics movements and improving my Olympic compound lifts. I have also started the Nutrition Rx program to focus on my diet and weight loss.5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?It really grows on you, the more you go the better you get. You start to do things you never thought possible. I climbed a rope this year, I am a 260lb man. I never thought I could ever be in that kind of shape. The way that every month you hit new PR’s with this program is the proof that it works and keeps you wanting more.6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?Do it, do not wait. It looks like it will be the hardest thing you have ever done and it will be, but that is what builds the new you. You will see it and say “ I need to get in better shape first, it’s too hard”. Just start and get through that first month. You will never regret being a better version of yourself.7. What does CrossFit mean to you?To me CrossFit means community, when you are there and hit a big lift or do something you never did before everyone gets hyped for you. It’s really awesome to have a whole room of people get excited for your accomplishments. Everyone pushes everyone to work hard. The coaching staff are amazing and take a serious interest in your successes and your failures.8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?I have a two year old daughter and another baby on the way. CrossFit has giving me back my energy to get out be active and spend quality active time with my family. I am less stressed from work and life. I leave the gym feeling amazing all the time. It has changed my outlook on fitness and really on what I think I am capable of.
Hi All Levelers,
I can’t believe how fast these weeks fly by! Seems like I just finished last week’s FF (super cool abbreviati0n) yesterday. As always, lots of good stuff that covers the full spectrum of CrossFit related health and wellness. Even some great tips on Thrusters as they are coming up next week in the programming (when don’t they come up!!?). Also some great stuff on shoulder mobility (mobility = strength + flexibility) as we have been really stressing the CrossOver Symmetry protocol at the box, but you unless you have a set at home you won’t always have access. Lastly our mindset piece is a virtual “eff you” to the scale, which can be a completely flawed yardstick of progress. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do finding them!
The amount of information floating around the web today regarding nutrition is beyond confusing. Do I eat an all vegetable diet? All meat? Is dairy bad? Is dairy good? What do I believe? As always, I think the answer usually lies in the middle and should be prefaced by “…it depends…”. As we are starting to learn, nutrition is a lot more dependent on the individual then we previously believed and what it comes down to is a lot of trial and error. What works for you, might not work for me and vice versa. One of the hottest topics recently has been gluten. Is it the devil or a trendy new affliction used to explain away every symptom around. Well….it depends…
That being said, knowledge gleaned from clinical trials is always one of the best sources, so here goes:
This one makes it into the mindset category as it takes a conventionally accepted tool of progress (the scale) and tells you to throw it away. It’s a great lesson as it can be applicable to almost anything that stresses you out. Checking your phone in the middle of the night (guilty) can result in a crappy sleep. Get it out of your bedroom. Checking your email first thing in the morning makes you anxious? Leave it to later on it the day. If it’s that important, they’ll find another way to contact you. For me, this article represents managing stressors, let you being the judge of you and setting yourself up for success rather than the other way round.
As I mentioned in the intro, shoulder health is very important to any athlete, but even more so to CrossFitters as we spend a good deal of time lifting heavy things off of the ground and over our heads. We often only pay attention the the big deltoid muscles and forget about the little, but important, stabilizers that keep our shoulders safe. This article gives you several pre-hab exercises to keep the stabilizers happy and healthy.
Thrusters are one movement that most CrossFitters have a love/hate relationship with. A uniquely CrossFit movement (thank you Coach Glassman) that you love for the results they provide, but hate in the moment, thrusters are bound to come up frequently in any good programming. In fact we have a whole day next week dedicated to this lovely movement. So here are some good tips on how to get better at thrusters (and by correlation life!).
Some people don’t like music when they run. I am not one of those people. I need music to still my racing mind. I need music to get my over that too steep hill. I need music to shut out the crazy person yelling at me as I run down the riverfront. And I need music…well, because I need music. But…I don’t like running with my phone. I’m not a fan of the armband (it always ends up in my armpit). I have yet to embrace the fanny pack and I don’t like to hold it in my hand as it gets sweaty and gross in my pocket. What’s a poor guy to do. I bought a running watch with built in storage and a music player (Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music)
but I really like the idea of being able to sync my Spotify playlists with a device that doesn’t take up a lot of space and doesn’t rely on a wifi or cellular signal to work. So here it is! If anyone gets one, please give me the lowdown, cause it looks awesome!
And there you go. Five golden nuggets to get you through the weekend, get you thinking, get you training and maybe even get you shopping (see above for my Christmas wish list).
Have fun, make good choices and be safe. See you next Friday!!
This week’s musings on all things CrossFit from the rambling mind of a short on sleep affiliate owner, coach, husband and Dad (that’s me). Hope you enjoy!
Don’t let your nutrition fall lag behind your training. We all want to make those serious gainz, and that can only happen if you properly fuel your body. Check out these foods that can help your recovery and have you back bigger and better than ever!.
Stress is one of the biggest factors that holds back many people from reaching their true potential in and out of the box. One of the biggest stresses can be relationships and family. I know I struggle to be present for the ones I love in this age of instant gratification and social media. Just being there isn’t enough. It’s something I’m actively working on and something that I think that will help in all facets of life.
Static stretching has it’s place, but it’s not always the best choice. We all know hips can be a huge limiting factor in the gym if you aren’t paying attention to them in your down time. Here is a great article from one of my favourite internet physios on how to keep your hips supple like that mythical leopard!
Do you have a watch with a built in heart rate monitor? Do you know the value of training in different heart rate zones or do you just try and see how high you can get it to read (guilty). This article explains why knowing your heart rate zones can be a great training tool and how to start using them. Also, you can now sync your heart rate monitors to any of our new Concept 2 PM 5 monitors at the box and use this new data next time you are on the rower or ski erg!
Don’t you wish you had a device that could track your reps for you? No more, “am I at 41 or 49 reps…”. Do you wish you really knew how hard you are working? How hard compared to last time you did this wod? Well check out this device from a Canadian company that is aimed directly at the CrossFit crowd for all of those reasons and more!
And there you go! This week’s five. Enjoy, stay safe, have fun and leave it all out on the floor!