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August All Leveler Ryan S!


  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!

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

  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!   

Friday Five!

Hi folks, I promise I’m going to get a little more consistent with this blog, but in an effort to do so, I’m going to be a little more free flowing with my content. I’m going to fill you in on whatever nuggets I’ve found and pass them onto you! So here goes!

Here’s what I’m reading right now: Food: What the heck should I eat!?–Dr. Mark Hyman. A pretty straight forward and no-nonsense book that goes through food groups (meats, seafood, dairy, grains, etc) and gives us the best options and the not so good choices. My only complaint so far is that is a US based book, so most of the links to websites may not apply to Canada and sources for us.

Here’s what I’m listening to right now: Peak Human: Episode #47: The Great Meat Debate. A pretty science-y, and very pro-meat podcast, that makes some very interesting and thought provoking arguments. Worth a listen.

Here’s what I’m drinking right now: Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Ginger Drink. Most of heard of Apple Cider vinegar and it’s supposed benefits. I’m not super sold on the validity of all the claims, but I’m super sold on the delicious and calorie free drink made from it! Sweetened with Stevia and flavoured with ginger and…Apple Cider Vinegar, it hits the spot when the heat starts to take its toll. I found mine at Remark Farms on Howard.

Here’s what I’m singing to in the car: Lewis Capaldi–Someone You Loved. I’m a sucker for a good old piano ballad (seriously, I have a whole playlist…I’ll share if you’d like!) and I first heard this while I was in England where they were really pushing this single. It makes for a great windows down belter. The more people that hear you singing and the fewer words you know the better!

Here’s what I’m doing to supplement my training: Ryan Flaherty: Seven way hips. The stronger your hips, the more bullet proof you are and the less susceptible to injury. We do a ton of squatting and a lot of the time our big primary movers (muscles) take over and don’t let the little muscles do their work. This can cause imbalances that could eventually lead to injury. This quick warm up addresses those little fellas and helps you stay healthy and strong longer.

That’s it folks. Back next week with some more random links that help or at least make you smile!

July 2019 All Leveler Brandon S!

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.

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!

  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.   

End of Open Party April 13th

End of Open Party, April 13th!

Clear Your Calendar!

The blood, sweat and tears have come and gone.  Now it’s time to
celebrate!  Join us at a transformed ALL LEVEL CROSSFIT for a party to
end all parties.  We will crown the Intramural Champs, give out awards
and dance till we can complain about how sore we are the next day!

Food by Grand Cantina
Wine by Viewpointe Estates
Beer by Motor Craft Brewery
Spirits by Beam Suntory
Music by DJ Iain Hamilton

Tickets are $65 and are inclusive of food and drink.  They must be purchased in advance for ordering purposes.