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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!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Hi All. 

In light of the outbreak of Covid-19 we felt we needed to bring everyone up to speed on how we are dealing with the situation.

  • We DO NOT plan on closing the gym unless we are forced to by mandate or legislation.  
  • We have increased our cleaning schedule and will continue to take all precautions to prevent the spread. 
  • We will be adding hand washing breaks to our lesson plans and we ask that you please adhere to the schedule.  We will have everyone (coaches included) wash their hands after the whiteboard brief, again after the warm up and once more after the WOD.  There are two sinks in each bathroom as well as one in each shower room and one behind the counter so it shouldn’t take too much time (but please don’t rush, take a full 20 seconds to scrub your hands).  Signs are posted in each bathroom on the proper procedures to wash your hands.
  • Please be extra vigilant when sanitizing all equipment after use.  Anything you have touched (including pull up bars on the rigs) need to be wiped down with Clorox wipes or with sanitizer in the spray bottles and paper towels.
  • Elbow bumps are not only super cool looking (think Mark Mcgwire and Jose Canseco) but also more sanitary than high fives or even fist bumps…safety first!
  • If you are sick or have been around sick people, please stay home.  I am including a link to our Travel WODs so that you can stay on top of your fitness if you can’t make it into the gym.  I can also be reached at john@alllevel.ca should you have any questions on how to scale WODs based on the equipment you have available.   You probably don’t have Covid-19, but let’s not take any chances.
  • Exercise is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your immune system, so if you are healthy and well enough…COME TO THE GYM!

To conclude, we only know as much as you and we will keep you updated on this quickly changing situation as soon as we can.  Thanks for your continued support and understanding.  

The All Level Team.

February All Leveler Jad Antoun

  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!

  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

  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!

  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!