All Leveler of the Month

These athletes have displayed all the qualities necessary to be recognized as our All Level CrossFit member of the month!

July All Leveler–Shauna J!

  July 3, 2020

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

Annually, we have a week at work dedicated to fitness and helping students and teachers build healthier minds and bodies.  During FitWeek 2016 one of my amazing coworkers took time out of her busy schedule to design lunchtime workouts for the teachers on staff.  With trepidation, I joined my coworkers and after the first (very sweaty) lunchtime session I was inspired to start to push, let’s call it a fitness snowball, up a (I was not sure how high) hill.  Laura has been a constant pillar of motivation and encouragement for me and after that workout she chatted with me about All Levels and what a fantastic community it was!  I decided to take a leap of faith and join the Couch to 5K program she was coaching at the gym.  I remember that feeling of accomplishment I got when I completed my first 5K.  I wanted more!!  After the Couch to 5K program was over I joined the gym as a member and will be forever grateful to her for sharing her love of fitness with me and helping to spark the love I have for fitness in me now.    

2 .What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

There are so many things that I love about coming to the gym.  I love seeing bedhead on my early morning crew friends as we all sleepily gather at the whiteboard (or in front of the Zoom camera) every morning.  I have the benefit of being inspired by the dedication of each and every one of them as they make fitness an essential part of their day.  It takes a special kind of crazy to workout in the wee hours of the morning, but this is a true testament to how each of them is going to ensure that no part of their day is going to get in the way of making themselves stronger both physically and mentally.  I gain momentum through them as they push through even the hardest of workouts.  I take this momentum with me as I transition to my workday and my evening with my family.  I admire the dedication of the coaches and the community they have created.   It is a community that is a safe space for all athletes to be and to better themselves.  I feel accepted and appreciated as a member of the All Level family and this makes me feel GOOD!  These are just a few of my favourite things about coming to the gym.      

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  

Double unders are a challenge to say the least.  They are technical and really take a bite out of your cardio.  From the beginning I have sat in awe of the members that have been able to string them together.  I was over the moon this month when I hit a PR of 100 unbroken double unders.  I would have to say that even though every time I see them programmed in the WOD I know that it is going to be a cardio blast, but I am excited to try and string them all together.  Some days I’ve got them and other days I don’t, but I love the challenge they bring to the table.  

4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

The only fitness goal I have for myself is to keep it up.  I want fitness to always be part of me.  Before All Level I was never truly successful with fitness – falling off the horse and just never getting back on.  This is my longest, most dedicated and most rewarding fitness journey ever. The biggest difference is that All Level is a community and even more a family of like-minded individuals who are willing to help support you with whatever goals you may have.  My goal is to continue to love working out. I want fitness to always fuel me the way it does right now!  There will always be peeks and valleys, but being patient and allowing myself some grace along the way will be the key to accomplishing my goals.  

5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I can’t get enough of the feeling you get after a workout.  Fatigue mixed with accomplishment slathered with “WOW – I just did that!!”  This is the feeling that I keep coming back for.  Some workouts are filled with a bit more of that feeling than others, but if you can find something in your life that makes you feel this way every time you do it then do it as much as you can.  Feeling awesome is what working out with the All Level family does for me and everyone deserves to feel awesome!  

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

If you are thinking of trying it; TRY IT!  It has been a life changing experience for me.  I have met some of the most supportive people in my life at All Level.  The coaches are the most understanding, encouraging and helpful people you will ever meet.  The athletes are the most supportive and inspirational people you will every workout beside.  And best of all you will feel like a million sweaty bucks when you walk out of the gym.  

7. What does CrossFit mean to you?

All Level Performance and Health means the world to me.  During these troubling times it has been a pillar of consistency and strength for me.  The coaches have adapted and provided amazing support for all of their athletes.  During a time where I felt like I didn’t have very much control over very many things in my life All Level has allowed me to have control over my fitness.  This has allowed me to stay (somewhat lol) sane during these times.  Knowing that I can depend on them to be there virtually or outdoors in the early morning hours so that I can continue to start my day off the way I had consistently done pre pandemic has given me the power to tackle whatever the day has to throw at me.  Dependable, understanding, accommodating, encouraging, inspiring and much more…this is what All Level is and means to me.     
8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?

Outside of the gym All Levels has allowed me to feel good in my own skin.  I start my day off with a workout not only because it is good for my body, but also because it is good for my mind.  When a WOD is humbling I use this to refocus myself and hone in on the important parts of my day and when I hit a PR in a WOD I use this as a reason to celebrate and remember that I can PR my day too.  Applying all of the things I learn about myself during a workout (moments of grit, moments of resiliency, moments of strength) helps me to improve my life outside of the gym as well.  The gym has shown me things about myself that I may have never realized before, but now I get to take these things with me and try to be the best version of me I can be.     

All Levelers for June–Matt and Steph S!

  June 1, 2020

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

Matt: I wanted to try something different and was tired of the typical gym setting that I had tried in the past. I always enjoyed a team atmosphere growing up in sports so seemed like a great fit. I had some other people try it and they really enjoyed it so wanted to give it a try. Didn’t take long to get hooked and loved how different it was each time I came in. Constantly learning and trying new things was really appealing. 

Steph: Funny enough that we have made all levellers of the month as a team since I first heard about Crossfit from Matt back when the gym was on Howard.  There may or may not have been some “CROSSFIT!!” jokes back then. And maybe, “ZERO chance you’ll find me in the gym!” Lol! But what really got me started is the Adaptive Athlete Program. From my first meeting with John, I knew the All Level atmosphere was one I wanted to be a part of. Watching all the athletes in the gym really allowed me an opportunity to reflect on my own fitness. Truly inspiring me to take action and make changes that I had been meaning to make for years.

2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

Matt: my favourite part of coming to the gym is being done a workout……and not in the way you might think. I love the fact that when i see the workout sometimes it feels like there is no way I can get through what’s written out on the board but with the help of John, Zach and all the coaches at CFAL you feel like you really accomplished something great. It’s amazing what it can do for you both physically and mentally. 

Steph: The inclusionary, cooperative, and encouraging environment. I also, absolutely love that going to the gym is something Matt and I do together. Life is so busy when you have kids and it’s an opportunity for us to share a common interest, support and challenge each other while feeling good that we are making healthy choices. Basically it’s our version of a date. 

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

Matt: 

Favourite Crossfit move would be Thrusters. I feel like there is nowhere to hide and tests your overall strength and ability. 

Least favourite is currently Double Unders. Mainly because I can’t do them for the life of me. I feel like I may learn how to grow a full head of hair easier than learning how to do them but am determined to get them down by the end of the year!

Steph: My fav cardio is rowing. My fav lift is a squat clean. Burpees are not my fav cause I’m a human being. Haha! 

4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

Matt: My goals with CrossFit is to just keep making it a priority in our families life In order to stay active. I love that we all do it together. I think the kids seeing us active is a really important lesson for them to learn. I think I waited a little longer than I would have liked to focus on that aspect of my life and they will be so much better off starting so young. 

Steph: To keep showing up and giving the best I have that day. To keep my family showing up! Matt and I both see the value in teaching our children healthy, active living habits starting young. We have always agreed that the best way to lead is by example. Especially Having two daughters, we see the importance of establishing good self esteem and body image. We want the girls to see the value of hard work, commitment, and discipline in achieving the things they want in life. 

5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

Matt: Seeing and feeling real results for the work done at CFAL is really motivating to keep going. Day to day activities are easier. Sleeping is better. Being conscious of the food we eat. Seems like a lot of work but it’s becoming second nature for us. The kids have really loved the CrossFit kids program and literally ask all the time if they have a class that day. We can see them becoming stronger and their coordination is getting better all the time. Once Steph joined it really kicked things up a notch because be started to come together and been great to be accountable to each other. Not that we’re competing!!

Steph: My conversations with non-CrossFitters usually start with a chuckle, because they get this look in their eye that immediately tells me they have only read the memes about CrossFit and they’ve never done it. At that point I usually just flex and sniff really dramatically. I’ve found that’s a super effective way to get people to change their opinions 

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

Matt: “yes you can do it!”  People always say…”CrossFit!? There’s no way I can do that!”    The truth is you can. You probably won’t walk in on day one and bang out muscle ups but you will get through it at a pace that makes sense for you. I’ve seen members at the box make such huge gains that are truly inspiring. Start slow and stick with it. You won’t regret it. 

Steph: Anyone can do it!!! Literally anyone. I never thought I would even know what a squat clean was let alone love them. Don’t let the name intimidate you, try it! There is space for everyone, at any level of fitness or age. I always tell people, I have seen every single movement scaled and modified to suit individual needs every single class. 

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

Matt: it means taking charge of the direction of your life as it relates to fitness. I’m by no means near finished with my fitness journey but being a part of the CFAL community and dedicating time each week to work on myself to becoming better makes be feel like I can go no where but up!

Steph: Community. Functional fitness. Partnership. Consistency. Inclusion. 

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

Matt: well I’m not getting any younger and have two small kids that like to stay active so being able to try and keep up with them is a must. I feel like I have more energy and don’t feel the aches and pains I would have had if I hadn’t been part of CFAL. Plus, I have two girls so want to make sure I’m ready when the boys start showing up…especially if there anything like those Lane brothers. Lol!

Steph: How has it not, is probably a better question? 

CrossFit has helped me to trust my body. I’ve pushed it to do things I never thought were possible, and I’ve learned my body can hang! It’s capable of so much more than I ever would’ve thought.  I have more energy than I ever have. I have been sick less. It’s the only thing that’s helped me stay consistent with healthy eating/lifestyle choices. It’s honestly my version of “self-care.”  I find we use that term so flippantly, and relate it to things like meditation, massage/manicure/pedicure…etc. But this – CrossFit – is MY version of self-care. When I’m working out, I have a few minutes of the day where I forget everything. It’s just me, and the work. It’s my moment to recharge, to focus, and to empty my mind. My version of meditating. 

It’s given not only Matt and I a common interest and a place to spend time together, but a place where our little family of 4 can go together and hopefully build a future based on health and fitness. 

Lastly, being involved in the adaptive athlete program has given me hope that the future will have space for individuals of all abilities. That people with disabilities can and will be fully included. That Hazel will be raised in a community that welcomes her in as she is and celebrates her for the effort she put in.

Working out in the Adaptive Athlete classes has been one of the best experiences of my life in that I AM learning to redefine expectations of myself. I value the relationships I’ve built in the classes, they have enriched my life.

All Leveler for May, Emily O!

  April 28, 2020

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

My husband wanted to get me out of the house, so he gifted me foundations for Christmas one year. We had heard a lot of great things about CrossFit from some of his family members, so I decided to give it a go and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

My favourite thing about coming to the gym is seeing my favourite people. I love starting my day suffering through a grueling workout with my 6:30am crew, followed by a coffee and chat with Zach.  


3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

My favourite CrossFit movements are the clean and jerk and the reverse burpee. My least favourite movement is the dreadful thruster. 

4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

My goals are to hit a 200# back squat, string together my T2B and to do a bar muscle up, by the end of 2020 (depending on when we can go back to the box). 


5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I don’t have to explain it because I only hang out with other CrossFitters now.  

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

Just do it. It could change your life! 

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

CrossFit means the world to me. It keeps me physically fit and is the most effective treatment for depression and anxiety, for me. During this uncertain time, I am incredibly thankful for the coaches and members of ALCF for keeping focused and connected. CrossFit is a constant in my life that just makes me so happy. I’m lucky to be part of such an amazing community. 

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

CrossFit has taught me so many things – self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to take constructive criticism in stride (usually). I can definitely see these things translating into my work, school and personal life. 

February All Leveler Jad Antoun

  February 10, 2020

  1. What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?
    Since my schedule got busier, I wanted to find something that would allow me to get everything I looked for in a workout with minimal time commitment per day. I used to play a lot of organized sports but it got harder and harder to be able to have a consistent schedule. I also
    struggled with pushing myself when I just went to the gym by myself. So, I did some research about Crossfit and thought it would be the perfect fit!
  2. What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
    My favorite part is competing against myself. I always come in with a
    certain goal for each workout. Whether it is a weight, a movement or a time target, I love trying to compete every time.
  3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
    I guess I “love” running. I don’t actually enjoy it as much as you would think but I am used to it :P. As for true Crossfit movement, I enjoy burpees and box jumps… I guess my favorite would be the combination of both, burpee box jump overs! As for my least favorite, DEFINITELY Overhead squats. It’s such a hard combination of balance and strength… working on it though…
  4. What are your goals in CrossFit?
    Initially, my goals were to lose weight and get fitter. Now, I appreciate
    better my weaknesses in mobility and flexibility and am really looking to improve in those.
  5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
    For me, it’s a platform that allows me to always test myself. I’ve always been very competitive in everything I try to do and CrossFit is a discipline where you can always get better.
  6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying
    CrossFit?

    Just try it! It will change how you view personal fitness and completely crush the obstacles you thought were holding you back. Also, if you are sore after a workout, stretch a bit and get back to it the next day!
  7. What does CrossFit mean to you?
    Crossfit allows me to challenge myself and improve daily. It’s the perfect way for me to grow my strength, determination and motivation. It has become a true passion and obsession.
  8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
    Crossfit has allowed me to feel part of a community that has been very welcoming and supportive. It has also pushed me to improve my lifestyle, learn more about my body and nutrition, overall take much better care of my health and be much more confident in my own abilities. For that, I will always be very thankful forALCF coaches and crew!

January All Leveler Dan Ritz!

  February 10, 2020

  1. What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?
    My wife did cross fit for a number of years, tried to get me to try it but I was resistant. When I finally realized that what I had been doing on my own wasn’t working anymore I finally took her 2019 Golden Ticket and gave it a try.
  2. What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
    I love that my hour is planned out for me, different every time and
    extremely challenging. I also like motivation that you get from the group workout.
  3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
    I like all the lifting movements but probably enjoy deadlifts the most. I really hate burpees.
  4. What are your goals in CrossFit?
    I just want to keep improving, fix my weaknesses. Maybe someday get
    excited if the WOD includes burpees.
  5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
    I feel great, maybe better than I have felt in years. How can you not be obsessed with something that makes you feel great?
  6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying
    CrossFit?

    My advice would be to stop thinking about it and just give it a try. It could change your life.
  7. What does CrossFit mean to you?
    To me Crossfit means great coaching, excellent workouts and a fun
    supportive community.
  8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
    I start my day getting through some of the most difficult workouts I have ever had to face and I am usually nervous going into each one. Getting through them makes other challenges I face outside of the box more tolerable/manageable. I think I am a better person because of CrossFit.

December All Leveler

  December 4, 2019

  1. What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it? I’d heard of CrossFit before but never had the desire to research it. I was under the impression that CrossFit was just terrible for the body (which couldn’t be farther from the truth). Last December, I ran into an All Level athlete at a Christmas party. She knew I was on some sort of fitness journey of my own and offered me a Golden Ticket. After my first WOD, I’d decided that I’d never go again, until John Mack yelled out “Alright Steph, see ya tomorrow!” as I was leaving the gym. I then booked another class, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym? It’s impossible to pick my single favourite thing about coming to the gym— it’s a tossup between: a) seeing all my buddies (which is every member of the gym) b) constantly being able to compete with myself and other people c) Zach’s Banana Boosters

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite? Whenever I see chest-to-bars programmed in a WOD, I cringe a little bit because I struggle so much with them, but that gives me a strong reason to do them more frequently! On the other hand, whenever I see the assault bike in a workout, I know I can usually cover a bit of ground for all those long breaks I take to grab more chalk that I never really need.

4. What are your goals in CrossFit? My goal in CrossFit, every day, is to get a little stronger and a little faster than the previous day. I want to be able to do every movement and become more proficient in performing each movement. (And to kick all my friends’ butts). 

6.  What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit? Take. That. Risk. Make the call. Send the message. Make the appointment. That’s the HARDEST part about starting anything. If you have the desire to try something new— whether it be CrossFit, or travelling, or studying something different— take the jump.

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you? CrossFit, for me, is so much more than just functional fitness. This sport and this community have ignited a spark in me that transcends far beyond the boundaries of fitness. CrossFit has helped me realize how strong I am; Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

8.  How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym? Crossfit’s completely changed the way that I think and take on challenges in my life. When your hands are torn, your legs are throbbing, or you can hardly breathe, it becomes so easy to justify giving up. CrossFit teaches us, that when you have a goal, that you need to determine how badly you want to achieve it, and to always give it your all— no matter how challenging the obstacles are that lie ahead. We face countless challenges every day, and the way we perceive those challenges determines whether the outcome will be positive or negative. Creating a positive mindset, leads to a positive outcome!

November All Leveler!

  November 4, 2019

  1. What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it? I always went to the gym with the intent to get in shape – for the last 2 years or so I was heading in the right direction but really needed something to give me an extra push. I was always aware of CrossFit but didn’t think much of the whole gym/box set up because of a previous bad experience at another gym. On a whim or leap of faith I stumbled upon ALL LEVEL CROSSFIT and figured I would step outside my comfort zone and give it a try! It has definitely given me the push and results I was looking for!

2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym? So many favourite parts about coming to the gym – walking in the door and the chorus of friendly ‘Hello’s’ greeting me when I come in. The workouts are always fun and challenging and really make you feel like you have accomplished something. The camaraderie with the coaches and other athletes is awesome too – working with people with the same type of goals. And finally – the family type of atmosphere. I really enjoy being a part of this community!

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite? I really like the heavy lifting portions such as deadlifts and squats – but who doesn’t right? Thrusters are the worst – they would get my vote for least favourite movement!

4. What are your goals in CrossFit? My goals in CrossFit are to become the best possible athlete I can be. Short term goals are to continue to transform my body to my ideal weight and size. Long term goals are to be able to RX every single movement and workout with ease!

5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit? The first thing I tell everybody is about the community and how awesome it is to be a part of. I then tell them about how cool and infectiously positive the coaches are that run All Level CrossFit and how they make you want to be a better version of yourself. Lastly I tell everyone about how good of a quality workout you can get in just 1 hour!

6.  What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?Do it! Step outside your comfort zone for just a minute and you WILL NOT be sorry you did!

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you? To me CrossFit means a multitude of movements put together to push you to your limits- to give you a great workout and make you a better athlete.

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

CrossFit – more specifically – All Level Crossfit has reduced my daily stress! It has also provided my family with a positive example of what hard work and good choices in your life will do for you. For me personally CrossFit has proven to me that if I put my mind to it – I can accomplish anything!

Oct. All Leveler of the Month

  October 21, 2019


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

My husband Jim has been a member for 5 years as well as some of our
friends. Fitness has always been a big part of my life, mostly running and weight training. After two knee surgeries and constant knee pain I was
forced to pack in the longer distances. Jim encouraged me to come try
CrossFit almost a year ago and I was instantly hooked!


2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

My favourite part is knowing that I will be challenged with every work
out, often with a new movement ( some of which I’m still working on). It
tests me to push the limits of my strength. I’m part of the 5:30 am crew
and I love starting my day with a great WOD. But most of all I love the
people at ALCF. The passion and encouragement from both the coaches
and the members when sometimes you want to quit, you can’t get that in a regular gym. It is a judge free zone. No matter your size or shape or
how much you can lift or how fast you are, everyone treats you the same and are all so supportive. And of course I love that CrossFit is something Jim and I can enjoy together to get the day started.

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

Favourite movement is Burpee. Least favourite is any kipping movement on the bar ( because I still can’t do them)!


4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

Well as far as movements it’s a fairly long list..toes to bar, handstand push-ups, a “perfect” power clean (mine still are not pretty), double unders,
rope climb..I’ll leave it at that! But overall I want to continue to get stronger. I am approaching 50 and I want to remain active for as long as I can.


5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I love the sense of community at ALCF. I have met so many amazing
people who share the same passion. Also, Zack Mack makes a mean
Banana Blaster!

6.  What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?
My advice is to just come and try it out. Do a few classes and I guarantee you will love it. It’s like having a personal trainer every work out.

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

CrossFit is my favourite time of day. It’s one of the few hours in the day
where I get to focus on just me (and of course cheering on my fellow
athletes). I love that CrossFit is two times the work out. It’s both cardio
and muscular endurance.

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

I get to spend more time with my husband. Prior to CrossFit we rarely
worked out together. Also, it has taught me to go outside my comfort zone and continually raise the bar on my performance. I competed in the Girls Gone RX last April which is something I never could imagine myself
doing a year ago. Lastly it sends a positive message to my two daughters
that women can be strong and independent.

All Leveler of the Month for Sept 2019, Sam M!

  September 3, 2019

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

I first started CrossFit almost two years ago when my coworker at the time, Linda, gave me her Golden Ticket. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad that my mom and I gave it a shot. After my first Foundations Class, I was hooked!

2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?

My favourite thing about coming to the gym is being able to dedicate an hour to my health without having to put much thought into it. I love that there are committed coaches who convey the programming to us and guide us throughout the warmup and workout. Playing soccer through university, I’ve always had some type of coach or trainer tell me what to do in a workout, so it has been nice to find another platform that is similar to that. 

3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

My favourite CrossFit movements are olympic lifts. I love how there is so much technique to learn and that there’s always something to improve. It’s also a great feeling to feel strong, and I love that CrossFit is a platform for women to show their strength without any shame. My least favourite movement is hands down burpees. I’ve always hated them and I probably always will! But my goal is to not get too distracted or discouraged when they are programmed and do my best to get through them to the best of my ability.    

4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

My goal with CrossFit is to create a foundation of a healthy lifestyle that I can continue through my life. I’m so inspired by my parents who do CrossFit and I hope to be doing it when I’m their age too. More specifically, my goal is to become a better “gymnast”, meaning I would like to improve on my pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and eventually get a muscle-up. 

5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?

I love the results that I see physically, but also mentally. Nothing compares to the feeling you get after you’ve pushed hard through a WOD. I feel stronger and healthier than ever! I also love the people I’ve met and I can say that I’ve made some lifelong friends who share the same passion as me. Lastly, the warm and welcoming atmosphere that the coaches and members have created is what keeps me coming back. Even on the most stressful days, the gym always has a way of making it better. 

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

Just do it! It can be very intimidating at first (so many fit, shirtless people), but everyone needs to start somewhere. Don’t be worried about what others will think of you either. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that when I’m working out, I’m so focused on what I’m doing that I don’t even see what everyone else is doing. Once you get started and get over the self doubt, you’ll be so happy that you gave it a chance because it’s truly life changing. 

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

CrossFit has become a top priority in my life. It has made me healthier, stronger, and most importantly, happier. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it! 

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

CrossFit has inspired me to have a healthier life. The people at the gym have inspired me not only to workout regularly, but to also check my nutrition and eating habits. Working out regularly also trickles over to my career and productivity level. I teach little kids and I find that when I workout, I have more energy to keep up with them throughout the day. I also stay on top of my chores and housework when I’m working out consistently. Ultimately, my mindset is much better and more positive due to CrossFit. I am so grateful to have discovered it!   

August All Leveler Ryan S!

  August 8, 2019


  1. What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it? I had a couple friends who were training at All Level CrossFit for about a year when they told me about it. I had always incorporated exercise into my daily routine  but was tired of the Big Box Gyms  and wanted to try something different, something that would push me to become a better version of myself.
  2. What is your favourite part about coming to the gym? The best part of going to the gym are the high intensity workouts that deliver amazing results.  It’s not just a sense of accomplishment but the friendships that are formed when you go physically all-out with a dozen other people is unbelievable!
  3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite? My favourite CrossFit movement is the Power Clean.  My least favourite movement in CrossFit is the Overhead Squat.
  4. What are your goals in CrossFit? My goals since I started CrossFit have not changed.  I want to be in better shape at 40 yrs old than I was when I was 20 yrs old.  I want to be able to keep up with my 3 small children and their active lifestyles.
  5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit? CrossFit has restored by obsession with physical fitness in a good way.  It’s  intense, it’s never the same workout twice.  It emphasizes function , progress,  and work capacity. It replaces the comfort of gym machines with a demand for all-out effort.
  6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit? DO-IT! Put all your hesitations aside and give it a try, you won’t regret it.
  7. What does CrossFit mean to you? CrossFit to me is a way to improve my health, both physically and mentally.
  8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym? Crossfit has not only made me  physically stronger but mentally stronger. It changed the way I think, the way I view and perceive a challenge or difficult situation.  Creating a positive mindset creates a positive outcome!