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:
We would like to celebrate our JULY Community Leader! Kevin!
Kevin can be found in the 4:30pm classes during the week! Always in a great mood, encouraging and loves chatting with anyone! We have watched Kevin improve over the last 10+ years and we love having him! He can also be found at our community events and holiday workouts and we always look forward to his special outfits (by himself or matching Tyler:). Chelsea and Kevin will be moving to Calgary later this summer and will be soooo greatly missed! Kevin and Chelsea will visit and join our events when they come home and we hope they will eventually move back to Saskatoon in future! We are so lucky to have Kevin (and Chelsea) within the Ashlar community. Best of luck to you both!❤️
More about Kevin!:
1. What is your favourite thing about CrossFit Ashlar?
I love seeing how the Ashlar community has grown over the many years that I have been around. There are so many great and awesome people here and that makes for an amazing community - coaches and members alike! Coming to Ashlar is frequently a highlight of my day. Everyone is encouraging and friendly and that makes it a great and enjoyable place to spend my time.
2. What is your favourite post workout meal?
Workouts are always followed by a protein shake followed by whatever might be available for supper. Burgers or pizza are the faves.
3. Which accomplishments are you most proud of?
I love the fact that I have been able to meet so many great people and make new friends here. I'm happy to say that I can snatch my own body weight, but even more amazingly, Ashlar provided me with a very solid foundation so that I can learn new skills. I recently completed the "Be Like Bruce" Triathlon and this is something that even 3 years ago I thought I would never do. (I also have to admit that Chelsea had a big part in me being able to accomplish this).
4. What is your next goal?
I hate to say it, but maybe try for a full Triathlon? Or maybe an epic road bike ride in the mountains.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?
I enjoy many of the CrossFit movements. I like working on the heavy Cleans and Snatches, but also enjoy HSPU and Pull Ups when they come up in a workout.
What we look for in a "COMMUNITY LEADER":
POSITIVE ATTITUDE/HEART -
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.
HUMBLE /RECEPTIVENESS TO COACHING -
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.
SUPPORTING FELLOW ATHLETES -
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.