Leader of the Month

Every month our coaches will be watching for members who excel in our community.

Read the criteria the coaches are looking for HERE :)

CrossFit Ashlar Community Leader of the Month:
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We would like to celebrate our September
Community Leader!

Our September Community Leader of the month is Denis K! 
Denis has been working hard to get this white Jersey (ask anyone…especially Steph) You can find him at Ashlar around noon working on his weaknesses (& mobility) and he comes back in the evening to join Steph in the class WOD! He is very consistent during the weeks and works on his mobility….his movements are better and better each day! Denis works hard and can also be found supporting our community events and fundraisers. He is very welcoming to new people and if you haven’t met Denis….you should! He even wore his leader jersey to his first day of teaching (today) and wears that shirt proud!! Way to go Denis and we are sooo happy to see you wear that white jersey!! 


More about the Denis

1. What is your favourite thing about CrossFit Ashlar?

My favourite thing about Crossfit Ashlar is seeing all of the like minded people and getting sweaty with them. I also appreciate that when the workouts get tough, you can grunt it out or or take your tarp off without judgement!

2. What is your favourite post workout meal?

I don't really have a go to post WOD meal, I usually just drink a protein shake. I typically workout at noon or 530 so my post WOD meal usually coincides with my lunch or supper.

3. Which accomplishments are you most proud of?

First and foremost, I am most proud to lead this wonderful community! Coming in at a close second is completing all the reps for Murph with a vest on under the time cap.


4. What is your next goal?

First and foremost, I am most proud to lead this wonderful community! Coming in at a close second is completing all the reps for Murph with a vest on under the time cap.


5. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?

Hang Power Cleans!

What we look for in a "COMMUNITY LEADER":


A good CrossFit member is positive. They realize that fitness should be fun and enjoyable, and they spread that fun to people around them. This person also stays and cheers on the last person finishing up the WOD.



Very simply, a great member doesn’t shave reps. A great member is secure in himself or herself and realizes that although we are measuring fitness in a group setting, at the end of the day only their personal performance matters. 


Being excited about hitting PRs or progressing to a new level is ABSOLUTELY worthy of telling people and celebrating! However, telling others that they got bumped down the PR board or laughing at a score is unacceptable. Leave your ego at the door. If Olympians have coaches and are constantly looking to improve, then we ALL should be. In CrossFit, we do so many different movements that everyone has a “goat,” or a weakness to work on. Listening to your coach on how to improve a movement or listening to some new cues are important. Trust our process.


CrossFit is about community. There are very few other venues where you are expected to cheer on your “competitors” anywhere from Saturday morning WODs at your local box to high levels of competition such as the CrossFit Games. Supporting fellow athletes in class can mean helping a new member learn the 400m running route, introducing yourself to out-of-towners, encouraging someone to pick up the bar in the middle of the workout, or going over and cheering them on as they finish a workout. It also means helping them celebrate their successes as much as you would your own.


Hard work. It’s something that everyone at all levels of fitness can accomplish. Giving it your all in a workout, working on technique every day or week, doing “extra” work such as pull ups or push ups after a workout: these are all examples of hard work. If you take a look at any top performer in any field, they have put in thousands of hours of work. We DO NOT have a special powder we can sprinkle on members to magically get them to hit a specific move...but we DO have coaching suggestions/plans on how to get it through hard work and dedication :)


Community is very important to us and when members are fully engaged in our events and fundraisers we can't help but feel proud.  It's what makes our sport so much more than just a training regime.  The fact that so many can come together and embrace the suck is part of what makes what we do unique. It is looking at one another when the workout is over and feeling proud at what they’ve just accomplished together. It is the feeling of respect for each individual because they didn’t quit when it got hard. It is caring enough for one another to cheer each other on and help each other push through physical and mental thresholds. It is being there for one another even outside of gym.