It’s said there are no accidents to life—and Kaleda Connell would agree, for this energetic people-person seems to have “accidentally” become a popular and competent fitness trainer almost by chance. At a rather low point in her life, Kaleda decided to take up regular exercise through CrossFit programmes, and she was hooked at first lift.
Not only did she see physical results, her spirits improved and her goals changed. Eventually, Kaleda decided to obtain CrossFit trainer certification. The next step in her unexpected transition was a bit of a surprise, but a fortuitous one.
Talking about her successes in the gym with others and on social media led to friends and acquaintances asking her to train them. Sharing the benefits of CrossFit with others was a logical fit for Kaleda. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her dedication unquestionable.
As CrossFit founder Greg Glassman says, “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind—one needs functional competency to win gold medals and one needs it to stay out of the nursing home.” From this truism, Kaleda’s Degree CrossFit Seaforth business took shape.
Combining varied full-body exercise with the encouragement and exuberance of a work-out group is a recipe for success. With aspects of weight lifting, track and field, and gymnastics, Kaleda’s specially designed programmes are tailored to the needs of people of all ages.
The Municipality of Huron East’s successful and inspiring “Win This Space” initiative spurred Kaleda on to eventually expand to a larger facility. She soon found the perfect building in which to set up a CrossFit “box”, where she welcomes her keen regulars as well as athletes new to CrossFit. Kaleda Connell and Degree Fitness care—about your health, about how you’re feeling, and your future.
Community comes out for Degree CrossFit Seaforth’s Open House and tours of its new facility.
Comfortable seating and bright open space complement the workout area.
The supportive athletic community fostered there is so much more than barbells and weights. It’s your space, your place of self-care, and because it’s fun, you’ll know you’ve truly won when you leave – looking forward to the next time.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
Degree CrossFit Seaforth 38 Railway Street, Seaforth ON
Written for the Municipality of Huron East by: Carolyn Parks Mintz
Photography: Lynne Moreland, Westcoast Photography & Jan Hawley