Four-time Reebok CrossFit Games competitor Brent Fikowski is hopeful that this will be his best season yet. Fikowski is in full training mode ahead of the 2019 CrossFit Games Open kicking off this October, and is hungrier than ever to make a statement after falling short at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in August.
Fikowski finished 23rd overall at this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, and was one of the athletes that got cut after Day 2. He was incredibly open about his experience getting cut, and even shared a blog post about it. Day 2 at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games kicked off with the Ruck Run event followed by the Sprint Couplet event before concluding with Mary which cut the field to 20 athletes.
BarBend got the chance to catch up with Fikowski about a month out from the 2019 CrossFit Open to reflect on this year’s Games, talk future plans, and see what his training is looking like ahead of the 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season.
“The Games didn’t go the way I had hoped, but I have been doing well to focus on the future,”
Fikowski told BarBend. With his eyes set on what’s ahead, Fikowski has also been able to take some time to relax at home in Kelowna, Canada and spend some quality time with his wife.
“It was a really busy and stressful year with lots going on behind the scenes in preparation for the Games. Spending a bit of quality time with my wife has been awesome.”
The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games Open’s first workout will be announced on October 10th, 2019, which means the season is just around the corner. Fikowski has been ramping up his training routine after taking it easy for about two weeks after the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
“I usually train twice a day, and one session is 2-3 hours,” he said. His workouts include strength work and conditioning, with the second session including some low intensity skill work and longer and lower intensity conditioning.
“That [training] definitely changes day-to-day slightly, but that is the normal training format! As I get closer to the Open I’ll be ensuring that at least once or twice a week I go extra hard in a classic Open-Style CrossFit workout, to make sure I am ready to enter the pain cave.”
“I’m really eager to sort out a few things in order to create a firm plan with my coaching team and family, then get to work on that plan.”
In order to prepare for the “pain cave”, Fikowski’s mindset has been to use his excitement to create a clear and solid plan to get back on the floor and tackle new goals.
“I’m really eager to sort out a few things in order to create a firm plan with my coaching team and family, then get to work on that plan. I want to get back on to the competition floor, I want to train hard and crush some fresh new goals. Really excited for this to be my best year yet.”
We’re going to have to wait to see how this secret plan plays out for Fikowski, but from the looks of his training he’s been sharing on his Instagram page, he’s balancing all different types of workouts like tire throws, jeep pulls, shooting some hoops, and some classic CrossFit style movements like the overhead medley press.
With 28 Sanctionals™ events this season, it will be exciting to see which Fikowski competes in. He said that the biggest decision will be deciding when to train, when to rest, and when to compete.
Featured image from @fikowski Instagram page.