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 JUNE Community Leaders! Nick & Chase!
These two are best friends and how do we pick just one....they come in a pair! Both are hard working, love feedback and take part in any community event! Both can be found in either the 9:00/10:00am classes or sometimes in our evening classes! They both have positive attitudes (with a smile) and a high five to give before or after the WOD. It is really impressive to watch them take ANY feedback and focus on it. Over a short time they have already made tremendous improvement and we can't wait to see them crush goals! We are lucky to have this pair at Ashlar!
More about Nick & Chase!:
1. What is your favourite thing about CrossFit Ashlar?
Nick- Every time I step foot inside CrossFit Ashlar, I’m surrounded by winners. There are people from all walks of life with many responsibilities but we all come together with the shared goal of improving ourselves, and I am inspired by everyone I see there.
Chase- I love the positive environment that the people at the gym bring everyday, uplifts the spirit! Truly the best part of my day!
2. What is your favourite post workout meal?
Nick- Typically I go for a big smoothie after a workout. Sometimes when we feel like treating ourselves, Chase and I will go for all-you-can eat sushi after a good workout and eat until we practically have to be wheeled out of the restaurant.
Chase- My favourite post workout meal has got to be Buffalo wings and Caesar salad!
3. Which accomplishments are you most proud of?
Nick- My highlight so far is doing my first competition with Chase and our friend Hannah. But the best is yet to come, you better believe that!
Chase- My biggest accomplishment in CrossFit would be just recently completing my first Murph! In general life I would have to say getting my parents involved in physical activity and seeing how it has changed there life and well being.
4. What is your next goal?
Nick- I’ve got my eyes set on the 2024 open. I want to take the next step and make the quarterfinals. That means I need to get stronger, so I just gotta keep hitting the weights over the next year.
Chase- my next goal is to graduate from the UofS with a Kinesiology degree!
5. What is your favourite CrossFit movement?
Nick- Bar muscle ups! I just love swinging from the bar. Theres probably a parallel universe where I fell in love with gymnastics the same way I did with Hockey and CrossFit.
Chase- my favourite movement is a tie between pistol squats and squat cleans!
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.