Being Brent Fikowski dives into what makes Brent Fikowski, 4th at the 2016 CrossFit Games, tick. From his meticulous schedule to his incredible discipline and his day job as an accountant, we find out what it's really like to be Brent Fikowski.
In 2011, he volunteered as an employee at Regionals. In 2012, he qualified for Regionals and took 24th place. In 2013, he led after the first day of Regionals only to finish a disappointing 7th overall. In 2014, he won the SE Regional and finished 8th overall at the Crossfit Games. What's in store for this workhorse in 2015? Noah Ohlsen says, "It's mine."
Mattie Rogers is the future of American weightlifting. In 2015 she traveled to compete internationally at Junior Pan Ams, making her mark on the Weightlifting world. Follow her as she trains and competes for gold on one of the biggest stages in the sport.
Donny Shankle is an American Weightlifter, coach, and philosopher.
Mat Fraser once thought he was destined to become an Olympian lifter, and grade-level accolades suggested that just might happen. However, a streak of injuries and a bit of bad luck at the Olympic Training Center cut his career short. It wasn't until stumbling into a local box at his University that he started to tap into his true potential as an Elite Fitness competitor and all-around athlete. From local competition, to national competition, to eventually the world stage, Fraser found himself on the podium. In 2014 and 2015, he cemented himself as the second fittest man in the world, and in 2016 he became THE fittest man in the world.
Sam Briggs has accomplished a feat the majority of CrossFitters only dream of. In 2013, she stood on the Fittest On Earth's podium, having successfully won the title at the CrossFit Games. Her strength, agility, and speed propelled her above the field of competition, which is why her failure to qualify to the Games the next year left the world speechless. There's much more to Sam that meets the eye, and the adversity this athlete has overcome is seemingly more than any other high-level CrossFitter. In this episode, we'll give you an in-depth look at the life of Sam Briggs, her 10-year experience as a firefighter, breaking her knee cap and time stepping away from the competitive floor, and standing on the Fittest On Earth Podium in 2013.
Jon North has been an addict, a National Champion Weightlifter, and is now looking to move into bodybuilding. Loud, aggressive, and powerful, he's a hot topic of talk and conversation in the world of weightlifting and fitness and we got a chance to crawl deep into his mind. This is what we saw.
Julie Foucher was a front runner to win the 2015 CrossFit Games. Then that all changed. After suffering a freak Achilles injury during Regionals, Julie was unable to compete at the Games. Although she had planned on retiring from competitive CrossFit after the 2015 season was up, she never could have guessed it would end that way.
After being bullied through high school, Sam knew he could turn his own hardship into a platform that could help others. "There's nothing socially acceptable about a man painting his nails, especially here in Quincy, Illinois... I started to figure out what love was, and that it was this cure all for everything, and I wanted to share that. And this ended up being the perfect platform for that." In this episode of The Power Of Love, Sam walks us through the hazing he experienced in high school, which ultimately lead to the birth of his Pro Love/Hard As Nails campaign, the early stages of his CrossFit career, and romantic tale of meeting his future wife, Jennifer Nobis-Dancer.
Join Armen as he takes on everything Iceland can throw at him: the weather, the darkness, the fitness, the food, and the people.
After being forced to retire from collegiate gymnastics due to a severe back injury, Emily Bridgers was told her athletic career would be drastically altered. She needed to make a change, a transition. Enter: CrossFit. It became apparent right away that she was "good" at the sport, but it wasn't until she started to enter competitions that she realized how "good" she really could be. In 2012, she entered the Open and was ranked 4th overall nationally. She entered Regionals a big favorite and was expected by many to make the Games. It was there where she encountered her first major set back in the sport: she took 4th at Regionals and missed out on making it the "The Big Show" by just 2 points! She would take 5th the next year, suffering the same fate. Somewhat defeated, Bridgers had to do some soul-searching. She decided to use her past disappointments as a motivator, and in 2014 she won her Region, finishing ahead of all-time CrossFit legend, Talayno Fortunado.
The world's premier fitness festival brings together an incredible community and elite athletes to compete, have fun, and enjoy the Miami scenery. With over 25,000 spectators and nearly 1,500 athletes representing over 30 countries, Wodapalooza is the place to be — in person or on FloElite.com — January 17-20. If they're the best in the sport, they're here. WZA is about culture, celebration of life, and — of course — fitness!