Brent
Fikowski

Crossfit

Brent has been a competitive athlete his entire life and has always poured his maximum effort into whatever he sets out to accomplish. In May of 2012, he started CrossFit to become a stronger volleyball player. Since then, he has steadily improved from these humble beginnings into one of the top-ranked male CrossFit athletes on the planet all while balancing a full-time job as an accountant. In late 2018 he quit his day job to train as a full-time athlete. 

Brent has competed at the CrossFit Games four times finishing 4th, 2nd, 4th, and 23rd. Combine this with 3 regional wins and 3 podium finishes at Sanctionals; Fikowski is one of the top contenders in the sport. 

STATS


Snatch: 300lbs

Helen: 7:08

2017 2nd Fittest Man

2019 1st Place Dubai CrossFit Championship

2019 1st Place Asia CrossFit Championship

How did you get introduced to CrossFit? What’s your competitive background?

In High School I was completely focused on swimming competitively in the summer and competitive indoor volleyball the rest of the year. When I went to college, I played indoor volleyball for 2 years then moved to Australia to finish my accounting degree and had the chance to play competitive beach volleyball there. While I wanted to get better at volleyball, I decided to attend a CrossFit gym because I’d heard it was a good way to get stronger.

I walked into my first CrossFit gym in April of 2012 and was immediately training 6 days a week. I loved it. Before I knew it I was playing less volleyball and training more CrossFit with the plan of qualifying for my first regional and I achieved that goal. I competed in the open in February 2013, qualified for regionals, and in May of 2013 I finished 6th in Australia and the rest is history. I pushed to make it to the Games in 2016 and have made it every year since then.

What do you enjoy the most about CrossFit?

The opportunity to continually improve. There’s so many different movements and modalities in the sport to improve in and it’s really satisfying to see how you can improve when you put your mind to something for weeks, months, and years. 

What does your typical training day look like?

I get a program from my coach, Nick Fauler, and whatever he says, I do! Typically what that looks like is 5 days a week I’m training and 2 days, usually Thursday and Sunday, I’m resting or doing some sort of active recovery. On the days I train, I train once in the morning which is a larger session for about 3 hours, and then a 3 hour break. So at about 4PM I’ll be back at the gym and work out for another 2 hours. What I’m doing depends on what our goals are at that time of the year but usually involves a lot of strength training and a lot of conditioning. 

What does it take to succeed at the highest level in your sport? 

Consistent dedication. There’s no one thing you need to do, you need to be willing to be in a lot of pain but there’s more to it then that. Everything you’re doing outside the gym is just as important: consistently getting enough sleep, eating well, reducing stress in general. The reality is saying no to a lot of things that people ask you to do and prioritizing your training and recovery.

How important is mental preparation in competition and training?

It’s incredibly important. Being mentally prepared every day so you can put in just a little bit more than you could if you were unfocused is going to add up over multiple sessions. What it looks like for me leading up to a competition is trying to clear up my to-do list in my life and any other distractions that could get in the way so I can be completely focused on one goal. Really it’s about trying to manage stress on a day to day basis, controlling what I can control, and not worrying about anything else.

What role does recovery play in your athletic success? 

Recovery plays a massive role in my success. It’s something you have to do every day no matter what. If you’re consistent you reap the rewards, and if you’re inconsistent you pay the price. I do everything from getting work done by professionals in my city, but also put a lot of work in myself with my Sidekick tools, resting, taking time to warm up and cool down as much as I can, stretching, and also prioritizing sleep. In between sessions I take about 20-40 minutes per day for scraping. 

What’s the best recovery tip you’ve ever received? 

It was actually from a podcast with Tim Ferris interviewing tennis playing Sharapova, he asked her about shoulder health playing tennis. Her answer stuck with me, she said, “I haven’t found any secrets yet – the trick is you have to do it every single day before and after training with no exceptions. No matter how many years I’ve been playing I can’t stop doing it. When I stop, I run into injuries. There’s no progress as in you don’t get stronger with recovery, it’s just about putting in that work to manage and reduce the risk of injury.” 

How can someone find out more about you?

My Instagram or my website.

What is your favorite Sidekick tool and why?

The Bow – the large muscle scraper offered by Sidekick. I love it because it works, I use it almost every day in my warm up, it immediately helps increase my range of motion, and has really positive recovery benefits when I’m done training like helping increase my blood flow. I can’t imagine training without it.

What’s the best part about being a Sidekick Athlete?

It’s an honor to promote a brand I believe in, and of course only promote brands I believe in. Sidekick has a really special place for me, it really helps me as an athlete. It really works and I wish I had one of these tools when I was playing volleyball in high school and college, and when I started CrossFit back in 2012. I cant imagine my training without it and I’m really happy to spread the word and help other athletes improve their recovery using these tools and trusting me that I’m promoting a great product. I’m just really proud to be part of the team.

“I’ve been using Sidekick every day to help me recover and increase my range of motion”

BRENTS FAVOURITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Bow Muscle Scraper

21 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Bow Muscle Scraper
    With our incredible Bow Muscle Reliever, you can finally give larger muscle groups the relief they need!
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 20 Chiropractor-led videos.
  • Carry Case
    Your Bow is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $15! Receive an additional $30value for only $15 more.)

  • Bow Muscle Scraper
    With our incredible Bow Muscle Reliever, you can finally give larger muscle groups the relief they need!
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 20 Chiropractor-led videos.
  • Carry Case - $25 value
    Your Bow is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

STATS


Snatch: 300lbs

Helen: 7:08

2017 2nd Fittest Man

2019 1st Place Dubai CrossFit Championship

2019 1st Place Asia CrossFit Championship

Brent
Fikowski

CROSSFIT ATHLETE

Brent has been a competitive athlete his entire life and has always poured his maximum effort into whatever he sets out to accomplish. In May of 2012, he started CrossFit to become a stronger volleyball player. Since then, he has steadily improved from these humble beginnings into one of the top-ranked male CrossFit athletes on the planet all while balancing a full-time job as an accountant. In late 2018 he quit his day job to train as a full-time athlete. 

Brent has competed at the CrossFit Games four times finishing 4th, 2nd, 4th, and 23rd. Combine this with 3 regional wins and 3 podium finishes at Sanctionals; Fikowski is one of the top contenders in the sport. 


How did you get introduced to CrossFit? What’s your competitive background?

In High School I was completely focused on swimming competitively in the summer and competitive indoor volleyball the rest of the year. When I went to college, I played indoor volleyball for 2 years then moved to Australia to finish my accounting degree and had the chance to play competitive beach volleyball there. While I wanted to get better at volleyball, I decided to attend a CrossFit gym because I’d heard it was a good way to get stronger.

I walked into my first CrossFit gym in April of 2012 and was immediately training 6 days a week. I loved it. Before I knew it I was playing less volleyball and training more CrossFit with the plan of qualifying for my first regional and I achieved that goal. I competed in the open in February 2013, qualified for regionals, and in May of 2013 I finished 6th in Australia and the rest is history. I pushed to make it to the Games in 2016 and have made it every year since then.

What do you enjoy the most about CrossFit?

The opportunity to continually improve. There’s so many different movements and modalities in the sport to improve in and it’s really satisfying to see how you can improve when you put your mind to something for weeks, months, and years. 

What does your typical training day look like?

I get a program from my coach, Nick Fauler, and whatever he says, I do! Typically what that looks like is 5 days a week I’m training and 2 days, usually Thursday and Sunday, I’m resting or doing some sort of active recovery. On the days I train, I train once in the morning which is a larger session for about 3 hours, and then a 3 hour break. So at about 4PM I’ll be back at the gym and work out for another 2 hours. What I’m doing depends on what our goals are at that time of the year but usually involves a lot of strength training and a lot of conditioning. 

What does it take to succeed at the highest level in your sport? 

Consistent dedication. There’s no one thing you need to do, you need to be willing to be in a lot of pain but there’s more to it then that. Everything you’re doing outside the gym is just as important: consistently getting enough sleep, eating well, reducing stress in general. The reality is saying no to a lot of things that people ask you to do and prioritizing your training and recovery.

How important is mental preparation in competition and training?

It’s incredibly important. Being mentally prepared every day so you can put in just a little bit more than you could if you were unfocused is going to add up over multiple sessions. What it looks like for me leading up to a competition is trying to clear up my to-do list in my life and any other distractions that could get in the way so I can be completely focused on one goal. Really it’s about trying to manage stress on a day to day basis, controlling what I can control, and not worrying about anything else.

What role does recovery play in your athletic success? 

Recovery plays a massive role in my success. It’s something you have to do every day no matter what. If you’re consistent you reap the rewards, and if you’re inconsistent you pay the price. I do everything from getting work done by professionals in my city, but also put a lot of work in myself with my Sidekick tools, resting, taking time to warm up and cool down as much as I can, stretching, and also prioritizing sleep. In between sessions I take about 20-40 minutes per day for scraping. 

What’s the best recovery tip you’ve ever received? 

It was actually from a podcast with Tim Ferris interviewing tennis playing Sharapova, he asked her about shoulder health playing tennis. Her answer stuck with me, she said, “I haven’t found any secrets yet – the trick is you have to do it every single day before and after training with no exceptions. No matter how many years I’ve been playing I can’t stop doing it. When I stop, I run into injuries. There’s no progress as in you don’t get stronger with recovery, it’s just about putting in that work to manage and reduce the risk of injury.” 

How can someone find out more about you?

My Instagram or my website.

What is your favorite Sidekick tool and why?

The Bow – the large muscle scraper offered by Sidekick. I love it because it works, I use it almost every day in my warm up, it immediately helps increase my range of motion, and has really positive recovery benefits when I’m done training like helping increase my blood flow. I can’t imagine training without it.

What’s the best part about being a Sidekick Athlete?

It’s an honor to promote a brand I believe in, and of course only promote brands I believe in. Sidekick has a really special place for me, it really helps me as an athlete. It really works and I wish I had one of these tools when I was playing volleyball in high school and college, and when I started CrossFit back in 2012. I cant imagine my training without it and I’m really happy to spread the word and help other athletes improve their recovery using these tools and trusting me that I’m promoting a great product. I’m just really proud to be part of the team.

“I’ve been using Sidekick every day to help me recover and increase my range of motion”

BRENTS FAVORITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Bow Muscle Scraper

21 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Bow Muscle Scraper
    With our incredible Bow Muscle Reliever, you can finally give larger muscle groups the relief they need!
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 20 Chiropractor-led videos.
  • Carry Case
    Your Bow is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $15! Receive an additional $30value for only $15 more.)

  • Bow Muscle Scraper
    With our incredible Bow Muscle Reliever, you can finally give larger muscle groups the relief they need!
  • Revive Emollient Spray
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 20 Chiropractor-led videos.
  • Carry Case - $25 value
    Your Bow is an Investment, keep it protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

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