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!

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!

July 2019 All Leveler Brandon S!

  July 12, 2019

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

My friend Alex and his girlfriend Portia were going to join the gym and asked if I wanted to tag along. Alex brought me to a class when I was in highschool and I really enjoyed it. I was also getting bored of my normal football training and thought crossfit would be a good way to mix things up!

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

My Favourite part about coming to the gym is the culture and atmosphere that has been created at the box. Super positive and high energy people that love to work hard. Just being in that environment is awesome and motivates me.

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


My favourite crossfit movement is either the power clean probably because I do them everyday or dumbbell snatch. My least favourite is toes-to-bar and double unders.

4.  What are your goals in CrossFit?

My goals in crossfit short term and just to be the most explosive athlete with a strong engine for my football season. Long term goal would to be able to be efficient at every movement in crossfit and just to compete everyday.

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

My newfound crossfit obsession is kinda a match made in heaven. It gives me an outlet to be as competitive with myself as much as I want and sometimes others :). My friends don’t really understand why I love it so much but it’s just working hard and pushing yourself so I found crossfit very comforting

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

My advice for someone who’s on the fence about trying crossfit is that besides the fact that the programming gets you extremely fit, the community and environment surrounding the box is just a great place for anyone both mentally and physically. The people at the box care about you and that family oriented environment can’t be replicated at another gym.

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

Crossfit for me is just an aspect of my life where it allows me to focus on the task at hand and forget about what’s going on outside the box at that time in my life.

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


Crossfit has helped my life outside the box because I was able to put on muscle and also build a better engine all at the same time which is super handy when playing football. Also the daily grind of my workouts has just helped me understand that regardless of what’s happening if you keep your head down and working hard whether it is in a wod or something outside the gym eventually you will get through it and have success.

June 2019 All Leveler Zach M.

  June 5, 2019

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

My brother has been involved in CrossFit for a long time and kept asking me to join. At first I just came to see the CrossFit box and to get him to stop asking me to join him at the gym. I was a little intimidated by some of the workouts, but before long I really started enjoying myself and the sense of community All Level CrossFit had at the gym. Before long I have become passionate about the sport.

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

My favourite part of coming to the gym is cooling down with the other athletes after a workout. There is definitely a sense of accomplishment after finishing a tough workout that creates a bond between your workout partners.

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

My favourite CrossFit workout is probably using the Concept 2 rowing machine. I like trying to beat my previous times, and logging them into the CrossFit app to see if I improved. My least favourite movement is probably handstand pushups. I’m still working on getting one, but I know I’ll be super happy when I finally manage to complete one.

4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

My goal in CrossFit is to have work on my form in olympic weightlifting. I think it looks really awesome when I see some of the elite athletes use the barbells and it inspires me to practice those cool movements.

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

I really see it as a great way to stay healthy, and make friends with people who enjoy taking on challenges in and out of All Level CrossFit.

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

I think it’s important to understand that everyone was a beginner at CrossFit at one time, and to try not to be too hard on yourself when learning the sport.

7. What does CrossFit mean to you?

I see CrossFit as a great workout, but also a social environment to meet fun people.

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

CrossFit has helped me with relieving stress outside of the gym. After completing a tough workout, challenges outside of the gym become less daunting.

May 2019 All Leveler–Karly Dominato!

  April 30, 2019

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

I was finishing up my undergrad and finally had more time to dedicate to fitness, and decided I needed some more intensity than my usual Pilates and yoga routine. I had heard of CrossFit before but didn’t know anyone how actually CrossFit did, so I didn’t really have any preconceived notions about it. I did some research about it and decided to give it a shot.

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

I’d say that my favourite thing about coming to the gym is that really great feeling of accomplishment when you’re done the WOD. Whether it be after a heavy day when you hit a new PR, or after a long chipper that leaves you feeling slightly destroyed. I think that feeling is why I enjoy going to the early morning classes; I start my days on a positive note even if the rest of my day isn’t the best.
3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?

My favourite CrossFit movement is probably squats. Doesn’t matter the kind… front squat, back squat, overhead squat. I especially love WODs that involve running and squatting. My least favourite movement is definitely the Assault Bike. It really kills me. I try to be optimistic about it when I see in a WOD but it’s hard.


4. What are your goals in CrossFit?

My overall goals in CrossFit are to continue to get stronger and lead a healthy lifestyle. My specific CrossFit goals are to improve on my double unders (and skipping in general) and to work on my pull ups. Most people who have worked out with me know that I’m not the best skipper but I’m working on it.


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

Well, it started slowly. When I first joined, I was coming maybe 3-4 times a week and going to the gym when it fit into my schedule. But slowly it’s become something that I make room for in my daily and weekly schedule and if for some reason I can’t make it in when I planned, I am very upset. It’s become something that I can’t imagine not being part of my life moving forward.

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

My advice to someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit is to just go for it! Put yourself out there and try it, talk to people when you get to the gym, give it your all, stick it out through the initial pain. When you first start CrossFit it seems like a lot of sweating and muscle pain but it really does get better and it is so worth it!

7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?

CrossFit is the ideal way for me to stay fit and healthy! Since starting at All Level I have felt happier, healthier, fitter, and stronger than ever before.

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

CrossFit has given me a very productive way to relieve the stress from life, school, and work. Recently, I lost someone close to me and found myself turning to CrossFit and fitness as a means of dealing with it, which is something I never would have dreamed of helping me a couple years ago.   

April All Leveler–Julia!

  April 1, 2019

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
    My favourite movement is the bear crawl. My least favourite movement is burpees.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying
    CrossFit?

    Just Do It!
  7. What does CrossFit mean to you?
  8. CrossFit is giving me a chance to be the best I can be! And I get to make
    new friends.
  9. 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!

Nikki L is our March All Leveler!

  March 1, 2019

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
cyclist.

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
CrossFit?

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.

Jenny B is the Feb 2019 All Leveler

  January 31, 2019

1. What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it?
 I had done Crossfit style workouts a few years ago, then did drop-ins at another box occasionally. My goal for 2018 was to step up my fitness so I decided to sign up for Crossfit.
I walked into CFAL after work the first week of January 2018. It was open gym but I was warmly welcomed by Mack, who gave me all the info and I signed up on the spot! I did my first WOD the next day!
2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
I love coming to the box! Even if I’ve had a rough day or I’m sore or cranky, just walking into the gym lifts my mood. All Level has such a great community! It feels like coming home everyday!
You’ll always feel great after a workout, whether you wanted to do it or not!
3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?
My favourite movements in Crossfit are definitely weightlifting, deadlifts and cleans!!
Least favourite? The answer is always burpees
And running lol
4.  What are your goals in CrossFit?
 My goals for my first year in crossfit were more weight loss based, I wanted to lose more weight. I lost 25lbs and 21” in the past year!
My goals for my second year are much more performance based. I’d like to get my deadlift up to 275lb and to hit 200lbs with my back squat.
5.  How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
How to explain my crossfit obsession these days? I think it has to do with all the people I’ve met at the box this past year. Meeting like minded people with the same goals as I have is very inspirational for me.  As non crossfit friends can attest to I will preach about crossfit almost daily.
6.  What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?
Just try it!!! It may seem like it’s out of your wheelhouse, but you can do it! Your first wod will be nothing like the same wod 3 or 6 months from now. The progress you make if you put in your time is incredible.
7.  What does CrossFit mean to you?
Crossfit has become so important to me in my everyday life. I try to schedule my wods at the beginning of the week and stick to it. I get frustrated if I can’t get to 5 a week lol.
8.  How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
Crossfit and All Level Crossfit have helped improve my life immensely. Not only physically, I am so much stronger and fitter than I have ever been in my life. I don’t get worn out down by everyday tasks. I have a very physical job but still have energy to go to the box 5x a week.
It’s also improved my mental game. I feel I’m more prepared to tackle everyday problems. My self confidence has improved, and now I know I can deal with anything life puts in my way.
I’d like to thank all the coaches and my tribe at All Level Crossfit for being a huge part of my amazing 2018!!!

Justin Arnold January All Leveler!

  January 3, 2019

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.

 

Sheila F is our All Leveler of the Month for December!

  November 30, 2018

 

1. What got you started in CrossFit?  How did you hear about it?
Linda C. gave me and my daughter, Sam a golden ticket in January 2018 and I thought it would be a great way to get back in shape and spend time with Sam.
2.  What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
I really like the atmosphere (love that there are no mirrors), the people, the coaches, just about everything!  I love that every day is different and that I always leave the gym kinda proud that I was able to finish.
3.  What is your favourite CrossFit movement?  Least favourite?
Favorite would be wallballs and rowing, oh and I also have a new found love for box jumps lol .  Least favorite is of course burpees.  But I’m getting to like them more.
4.  What are your goals in CrossFit?
My goal is to keep it up.  Keep coming to the gym.  Keep feeling as good as I feel.  There’s nothing better than being my age and feeling good.  Physically and mentally.
How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
I have been pretty active my whole life, participating in many sports and just trying to stay somewhat fit as I age.  I struggled along the way for sure with aches and pains and spurts of lack of motivation.  CrossFit for me is  the whole package.  My mobility and strength haven’t been as good as they are now in a long, long time.   That makes me happy.
6.   What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?
I think they just need to go to a class and see what it is.  You’ll be hooked!  It’s for everyone of every age, size and ability.  It really is.
7.   What does CrossFit mean to you?
CrossFit has really become a part of my life in a short time.  It makes me happy.  Doesn’t matter if I go to a class after work,  in the early morning or on the weekend, I love it.  It means feeling good, feeling strong, feeling able.  Physically and mentally.
8.   How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
The other day a co-worker asked me why I wasn’t using my stand up desk anymore (which my employer bought me a few years ago due to arthritis in my back and not being able to sit all day).  I hadn’t even thought about it, but the answer is because I don’t need to anymore – CrossFit.  Not more stand up desk, no more pain pills, no more chiropractor.    That makes me happy.
Thanks for everything All Level CrossFit!!  🙂