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