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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Infinit Fuelled: Brent Fikowski Wins Big at the Orange County Throwdown & Takes Home $20K

We have been fuelling Brent since last year.  I reached out to him after seeing him place 3rd Overall at CrossFit Canada West.  Of course I was impressed with his physical abilities, witnessed in person and watching some of the posted Open workouts performed to get into the regionals last year.  But, what impressed me most was his methodical and almost scientific approach to his sport.  After first connecting we agreed that there was probably a good fit, Brent reviewed our approach, raw materials and products with his nutritionist, soon after he started fuelling on our products.

We felt we could fully support Brent's workouts and gains that he needed to make to better his 2014 performance.  So far in 2015 things are going well.  As a preparation / tuning event, Brent went to the Orange County Throwdown - where he came out number one on the men's side, earning $20000 and getting a read on where he is as he heads into the CrossFit Open that will begin in February.  Here are a few shots of Brent in action at the OCT:

To learn a little more about TeamInfinit Athlete Brent Fikowski we thought we would ask a few questions.  Here is what we learned:

INF: I would imagine that you are pretty motivated this year coming off a podium finish at the CrossFit West Regionals last year.  How have you approached your training as you prep for a big 2015, now armed with the experience from 2014?

Brent: Finishing on the podium at Regionals last year was an excellent confidence booster for me. Although I was just short of qualifying for the Games, it just reaffirmed that my training methods are helping me to improve at a rate equal to or faster than my competition. I have not changed much to my training since then, I have just continually tried to refine myself as an athlete. The main focus for me is ensuring every time I train I am able to give a consistent effort. Rather then just rolling through the motions and getting through my program, I try to approach each training session with specific goals and focused intensity. If I can structure the rest of my life around consistent training sessions I know I will continue to have success.

INF: Last weekend you won the 6th Annual Official OCT in California and won $20K, going into the competition were you thinking that you could be on the podium?

Brent: I had the support of my coach who believed I would be in contention for the podium. However if I am being honest I didn't really think I would be. I do most of my training alone, and I am constantly thinking that there are other athletes out there moving faster and lifting heavier. I don't have a lack of confidence in my own abilities, I just tend to over-estimate my competition. So to compete on the big stage and see that my hard work is paying off is really rewarding.

INF: How did the OCT weekend event differ from a CrossFit Regional event.  Were there familiar faces there - were you competing against people you have competed against in the past?

Brent: It was a pretty similar experience to CrossFit Regionals. There were multiple events in a day against a solid field of competitors. Most of my time was spent warming up, competing, cooling down and eating between events. I was lucky to have a support group with me from Kelowna and I was competing against a good friend from  Canada West Mitch Barnard. I also knew a handful of Australians as well including my coach Raw Strength and Conditioning.

INF: How have you integrated the fuel from Infinit into your training over this past year?  What are some of the key benefits you have noticed in the switch to a complete fuel?

Brent: I use the XCite daily during my training session and the Rescue immediately proceeding my training session. Depending on the number of events in a day and their duration I will use both supplements in a similar fashion while competing. The biggest difference I have noticed is an increase in my alertness and energy levels during training due to using Xcite throughout my training. Before I would only drink water, I believe now my training has improved due to the added supplementation to my hydration. Having the Rescue as an all-in-one recovery supplement is convenient rather than also requiring another carbohydrate fuel source to eat or drink post-training.

INF: We are not so far away from this year's Open and the new combined Regional event, what are some of the big areas that you will be focusing on?


Brent: Since starting CrossFit my weakness has always been my strength numbers. So I will continue to put an emphasis on the major lifts; squat, bench and press. Although my conditioning level stays quite high throughout the year my coach will be including more conditioning elements to ensure I am prepared to be successful in The Open. I am really looking forward to the new Regionals format, I think it will create a more exciting weekend because the level of competition will be so high among all 40 athletes.

We are thrilled to be fuelling Brent and look forward to this year's CrossFit Open.  

Best of Luck Brent!


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

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