Spotlight Athlete: Brent Skold
Just over a year ago, like a lot of people new to CrossFit, I had heard of CrossFit and figured it was for the super elite or only for military personnel, since I’d never really done Olympic lifts in my life and running had been my primary training. Roxanne had already decided to try CrossFit and within a month was talking about her great results, so I decided to try it as well. I did an intro/baseline and immediately signed on for a trial month. I’m now the strongest I’ve ever been in my life and improving in both strength and form every week. But the biggest thing that’s kept me in CrossFit is the community aspect. I love that everyone says hello/goodbye, thanks the coaches for the beat down, and just the random craziness that goes on at the box. I feel like I’m a part of Strongpoint, rather than a member at a gym, and I never find myself dreading going to do a WOD. I’ve definitely developed great friendships at Strongpoint that will stand the test of time. I’m not necessarily a “competitor,” so I hope future training continues to improve my overall strength and health and continues to give me opportunities to cheer on my fellow Strongpoint athletes in WODs or at competitions.
1. What is your favorite WOD? Anything involving pull-ups, slam-balls, and running, or WODs that have lightish Rx weight meant for a speedy a workout.
2. What is your least favorite WOD? Anyting involving Front Squats or Thrusters
3. What motivates you to show up and perform day-after-day? The community/social aspect at the box, the drive to improve my last weight/time if it’s just by a few seconds or lbs., and being able to motivate and cheer on fellow Stronpointers (and being motivated/cheered on by them).
4. What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? Overanalyzing WODs in which I know I’m weak in 1 or more of the movements instead of just taking it 1 movement at a time.
5. What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? The point in time when I started doing unassisted pull-ups in WODs. I never imagined being able to do a pull-up without a band when I started just over a year ago.
6. What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Having to take 2-3 week breaks from full WODs from either injury or minor surgery.
7. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? “I was tired of lookin’ like a busted can of buscuits.” & “I’d rather WOD to puppies barking!”
8. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? 50 unbroken double-unders, 325 lb. deadlift, <5:00 Baseline WOD.
Coach’s Comments: Brent (a.k.a. BSkold) has been one of our most consistent and dedicated members throughout the last year. He has improved virtually every facet of his fitness since that time. Additionally, he has attended nearly every competition that we have sent individuals and/or teams to and regularly participates in other gym events like races, monthly challenges, and social events. Brent obviously understands the importance of community, but in my mind what really sets him apart is how he goes out of his way to help our new members along with movements, workouts, or just figuring out what the heck the coaches are talking about when we start slinging acronyms around! He has been an absolute pleasure to coach and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.