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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!

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. 

April All Leveler–Julia!

  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!

Girls Gone RX Comes To Windsor!

Girls Gone Rx Canada is coming to Windsor, ON!! We’re super excited to announce this location, hosted by All Level CrossFit!

Our competitions are put on to bring all types of women together through Competing for a Cure.

Teams of 3 Badass Ladies:
4 Workouts + 1 Fundraising Score which counts towards 5% of your total score
Divisions: Rx and BAM (Badass in the Making)
Max Weights/Standards:
http://girlsgonerx.ca/movement-standards/

Some benefits of our events:
> Girls Weekend! Have a blast competing with your best friends for a great cause!
> Fun, rocking pink and glitter, challenging workouts, PR’s, and tons of epic moments!
> No “finals”, all teams will get to do all workouts!

Registration: $270 per team. Registration will open January 2019
Tank Deadline: March 31st, 2019
$30 from every team registered is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society
www.cancer.ca

Swag
In addition to some amazing prizes for the top teams, EVERY team will get an awesome swag bag! Swag bags include samples, freebies, coupon codes, gift certs, and more!

Refunds
We do not do refunds for our events, but will happily accept team exchanges if you can find someone to take your team spot.

 

Register Here