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April 15, 2013

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At CrossFit Calgary in Alberta, Canada, Brett Marshall says he tries to do all the right things for all the right reasons.

“‘You changed my life’—they’re words that will never get old,” says the affiliate owner and head coach who also is a member of CrossFit’s Level 1 Seminar Staff. “As long as I know we can keep having impact relative to that, I’ll always be proud of what it is that we do and what it is that CrossFit does for people.”

Among the people Marshall and CrossFit Calgary have affected is Scott Wilkinson, who had a severe motorcycle accident. Wilkinson spent four months in a wheelchair and then another eight with a walker. In that time he gained 70 lb. as his physiotherapist recommended avoiding much physical activity. But against therapist’s and doctor’s wishes, Wilkinson came in to the box.

In seven months, he increased his back squat from 135 lb. to 295 lb. and his deadlift from 125 lb. to 380 lb.

“It’s encouraging, it’s positive. There’s lots of feedback,” Wilkinson explains. “I’m not restricted or defined by the limitations that other people had put on me.”

Marshall, who finished second at the CrossFit Games in 2007 and invented butterfly pull-ups, finished 43rd in the Canada West region during the Open, and he led CrossFit Calgary to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

Video by Jeremy Podlog.

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Additional reading: My Tribe by Jeremy Striffler, published Feb. 16, 2012.

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4 Comments on “Box Profile: CrossFit Calgary”


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Cool video Brett. You've been showing a great example for all athletes to follow. It's nice to hear from some of you original firebreathers. I'd like to see one on OPT also


wrote …

Between 2006 and 2008 Brett "AFT" Marshall, James "OPT" Fitzgerald, Chris Spealler, and Josh Everett started pushing the boundaries of fitness performance beyond what we'd seen before. Anyone remember that?

On every main site workout, at least one of these four would set a ridiculous time to beat, or load to lift.

A lot has been said about those other three, and rightfully so. On the other hand, Brett's role is not as famous. Here are some of his noteworthy accomplishments:

He completed a 1:49 Diane in 2006:

That same year, he recorded a 2:19 Fran that was the first time I'd ever seen the butterfly pull-up:

Brett went on to take 2nd at the 2007 CrossFit Games. He won the Hopper workout with a time of 13:07 - 32 seconds faster than the nearest competitor:

All that said, I think Brett's most impressive performance was on an unnamed main site workout in 2008:

"Five rounds for max reps of:
Body weight bench press
Body weight back squat

Post reps for all three exercises in all rounds."

Brett's first round was 34/70/60, at 150 pounds bodyweight. That means he benched his bodyweight 34 times, then did 70 consecutive pull-ups, and then squatted his bodyweight for 60 reps! Think about that for a sec...

Anyway, it's cool to see him still going strong, helping other people, and qualifying for Regionals at age 39.


Andrew Carter wrote …

Awesome testimony! Changing people's lives.


wrote …

I just found this article today. Calgary is my hometown, My thoughts go out to you all during these hard times with the floods. Stay safe everyone.

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