Physique Meets Fitness

By Marston Sawyers

In Athletes, Sports Applications

January 13, 2016

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Steve Cook is a professional physique competitor. Brooke Ence is a CrossFit Games athlete. Watch as two worlds collide when physique meets fitness in a 7-minute AMRAP of front squats and burpees after some heavy power cleans and back squats.

Ence introduced Cook to Mike Cazayoux of Brute Strength when Cook expressed interest in CrossFit.

“I wasn’t enjoying my training as much because it was all about looks,” Cook says.

Cook admits he’ll always be physique conscious, but he recognizes “a stronger physique is going to be a better physique every day.”

In addition to physical gains, Cook was hooked by the CrossFit community.

“People always ask me, ‘You think CrossFit’s going to stick around?’ Hell, yeah, CrossFit’s going to stick around,” he says. “People are doing it in droves because it is a family-type atmosphere.”

Still a physique competitor at heart, Cook leads the crew in a post-workout gun show to finish out the training session.

Video by Marston Sawyers.

12min 14sec

Additional reading: “Competitive Bodybuilder Becomes CrossFitter … and Wins” by Josh Bunch, published Oct. 15, 2008.

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1 Comment on “Physique Meets Fitness”


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Are Crossfit Boxes supposed to discriminate/refuse service from the disabled,recovering alcoholics/addicts, and sexually abused who are looking for an outlet to transform themselves physically and mentally? After the Athlete offered the Box's Owner/s a chance to talk to their Doctor/s and share medical records to determine if they're fit enough Physically and Mentally to participate in Crossfit Training(Owner/s declined to take that opportunity), and so the Owner's could see if they could adapt or accommodate.

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