October All Leveler of the month–Morgan!

What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it?

I had a friend who was a member at a gym and really liked it. It seemed daunting. I had finished personal training at another local gym but needed a way to keep the momentum going and keep active. I didn’t feel skilled or educated enough to complete my own programming or self-motivate. I did a lot of research on local CrossFit gyms and really liked what All Level stood for.

What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

By far the atmosphere and the people. All Level has amazing coaches and members.  I’ve made a lot of great friend since joining a year ago.

What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

I love deadlifting and backsquats! A month ago my least favourite may have been running but I’m learning to have a small appreciation for it these days thanks to encouraging members and coaches. I think any of the gymnastics pieces are maybe my least favourite but only because I’m not very good at them right now. Overhead squats maybe too.

What are your goals in CrossFit?

To continue to learn new movements. I’d like to get better at gymnastics pieces – that month was tough for me lol. My overall goal is to just make the decision to show up every day, continually improve in the gym, and become healthier overall. I’ve come so far but I have a long way to go.

How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I’m not sure it’s an obsession but it’s definitely a life style change and a shift in priority. My friends and family have been pretty supportive. Some have even dropped by All Level to check things out. The random bruises are a bit hard to explain, but I’m pretty proud of them.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?

Just do it! Research to find a place that has good, skilled coaches and go! Come to All Level with me!!
Be honest with them about your goals and fears. You may feel a bit defeated at first but stick with it because something you are really bad at today, you’ll be a bit better at next month if you just keep at it. True story: I didn’t eat properly before one of my onramp sessions and almost passed out. “What the hell am I doing here?” ran through my head a lot in those first few sessions. Just keep going. It gets great!

What does CrossFit mean to you?

CrossFit has showed me I can achieve way more than I ever thought I could. It’s been a real eye opener! It also means consistency and community. I have met so many great friends, and gotten to know their families.  It’s just a part of my day!

How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?

I am all about routine – this should not be a surprise to anyone who knows me well. Coming to All Level is one hour a day where I can clear my mind from the everyday chaos.  That workout helps set the tone for the rest of my day. The mental component is huge for me personally. I’m noticing a difference in my confidence levels, which in turns helps me to step outside my comfort zone more often.  Finally, I’ve started improving my lifestyle by eating better. If I’m going to show up 5 days a week and sweat my ass off then I may as well make things a bit easier by fueling my body better.

DJ Smith & Christie Bezaire

We started training at All Level during the Toronto Maple Leaf’s off season this year and we are thrilled with our results! We are both stronger, fitter and healthier. WODs feel like personal training sessions, although they are in a group setting with a healthy dose of competition to keep you pushing. The environment is positive and the coaches are skilled, supportive and motivating.

We also took our training to the next level when we stared working with Corie and her Nutrition RX’d program. We have both lost a ton of weight and we feel empowered to make better food choices. We would strongly recommend All Level and Nutrition RX’d to anyone who wants to lose weight or just take their training to the next level!

August All Leveler of the Month–Shawn Mariani

What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?

I heard rumors from my regular gym goer friends that CrossFitters were a little nuts, a little extreme and maybe a little odd…I was sold.

What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

My favourite part of the gym is the atmosphere. Lots of encouragement and acceptance no matter where you are on your journey.

What is your favourite CrossFit moment? Least favourite?

The best moment was competing in and completing both my first open and Crossfit competition … the worst? There are no bad moments at All Level!

What are your goals in CrossFit?

Get strong physically and mentally and to help stay active and continue to enjoy a good life in my old age.

How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

It’s really in line with who I am. I love close families, challenges and learning.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?

DO IT! Honestly, all the different influences of people, talents and capabilities is incredible and creates the best environment that keeps you wanting to come back!

What does CrossFit mean to you?

Crossfit is a big part of my life and life goals. I only regret I didn’t start sooner!

How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?

Increase in energy, increased strength (physically and mentally), lowered stress, being able to keep up with my kids and hopefully the means to a strong, healthy, active retirement

 

Pat “Contender for the Most Colourful Man in Fitness” Lucier

What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?

I knew about CrossFit in general from seeing the games on TV, but was hesitant to try because I really didn’t think that I’d be able to do most of the movements. I also had a friend (Hendo) at the box who was selling hard to get me there and then I got passed a golden ticket, which was enough of a push the try foundations, and I’ve been here since then.

What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

My favourite part of coming to the gym is the people and the team aspect of the workouts. I’m very competitive and played team sports growing up and loved being active, but that never really translated to the traditional gym for me, I always found it challenging to get motivated to go to the gym. For me doing a tough workout with others (or in my mind against others) , makes me feel that I’m part of a team and motivates me to do my best.

What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?

My favourite movement is the squat clean and my least favourite is the overhead squat or squat snatch.

What are your goals in CrossFit?

When I started, the only goal that I had was to get in better shape and get stronger. Now my goals are specific movements, like hitting a muscle up or managing to string together more than 3 double unders.

How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I try to be mindful of the fact that many view it as cultish, so I try not to overdo it with others, but if anyone has questions I’m always ready to talk about it and hopefully convince others to give it a try. It took some time, but I was able to convince my wife to give it a shot and she’s been a member for a year and a half now.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?

Don’t put it off as long as I did, just give it a try. I know that is an intimidation factor, but that fades pretty quickly when you see how supportive everyone is of each other.

What does CrossFit mean to you?

To me CrossFit is more than just a means getting more fit, it is a community. I never expected that I would make so many new friends at a gym, but that is what happened; and now I look forward to our events, whether it is a competition or an Open party or just hanging out after a tough workout.

How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?

For starters I feel stronger and in better shape than when I started, but it has also given me the confidence to try things than may be out of my comfort zone, that I would never have tried otherwise.

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All Leveler of the Month for June, Gill the Thrill!!

What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?

Mid-life crisis! Actually, I was seeing our box Chiropractor – Dr. Jaclyn Traverse and we started talking about our fitness activities, she mentioned Crossfit, till that point I thought it was just a Reebok clothing brand! She thought I’d like the workout and should check out All Level, I’ve been hooked ever since!

What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

The great atmosphere at the gym is the first draw, the trainers are very friendly, enthusiastic and experts not only at Crossfit but understand the functioning of the human body pretty well. They understand the unique challenges a particular athlete faces and provide coaching accordingly to address those issues. This encourages newbies like me not to run away just looking at the WOD on the board. I must admit, as the workout time approaches all the aches and pains increase exponentially, once it starts up, everything settles down and one gets in the flow and also forgets the stresses of the day. All the athletes are very friendly and like to share their experiences and tips, which makes me look forward to go to the box. Despite being an active sportsman all my life, I could never stick to a typical gym for very long, but All Level has broken that record already.

What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?

Overhead squats seem to be an odd choice, but I do look forward doing them the most, followed by handstands.
Least favourite is anything to do with front rack position – front squats, thrusters etc., I have mobility issues and just can’t get my elbows up.

What are your goals in CrossFit?

To get my front rack position going and knock out some front squats and second would be strict pull ups.

How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

Obsessions are hard to explain, you have to experience it and get a feel for what it’s all about. Trying to explain it doesn’t do it justice.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?

If you can’t make it to All Level, find a box with good trainers and you will be surprised at what you can do. Go and feel the burn, if you like it, it will do you good. “We think too much and feel too little” – Charlie Chaplin.

What does CrossFit mean to you?

Apart from the physical benefits, it has given me the confidence of trying things are not in my comfort zone. The sense of achievement after finishing a WOD is pretty exhilarating and addictive. Also, coming to All Level and just talking and comparing notes with the trainers and other athletes is something I look forward to all day.

How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?

It has definitely helped me improve my squash game, but the feeling of being stronger physically just exudes into everything else one does. The biggest cheers are for the last person finishing and this just encourages one to keep persevering and chipping away at seeming impossible tasks, finally getting over the crossing line. This to me is the biggest attitude that spills over to life in general.