Brett Brockhouse

Brett Brockhouse is married to Alicia Brockhouse and they have a 4-year-old boy Asher and Murphy, their fur baby. He is a Jacksonville Fire Department Fire Fighter who joined us at Redbird CrossFit in Jan 2019. A regular at the noon class, he has shown a remarkable change in physique, strength, and endurance through hard work and dedication. The best news is he gets better every day! Ask him the secret to his success and it’s simple, “show up every day and work hard”. You can find him in the gym sometimes with Asher as he works out and juggles parenting during the workout while being a role model to Asher. Let’s congratulate Brett, our February Spotlight Athlete.

1. When did you start CrossFit?

I first did CrossFit workouts on and off from 2013 to 2015 at another local gym. After a hiatus from CrossFit I spent a few years trying to go to a gym and “do my own thing”. I just couldn’t stay motivated and knew I needed to make a change. I began working out at Redbird in January of 2019. It was kind of my New Year’s Resolution.

2. What was your first WOD at Redbird or your favorite WOD?

I don’t recall my first WOD at Redbird but I really enjoy “benchmark” WODs and hitting new P.R.s. I love seeing myself improve and get better.

3. What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time firefighter for the City of Jacksonville. I also help on my family’s grain and livestock farm.

4. What are your favorite CrossFit movements and why?

I enjoy most movements utilized in CrossFit, but I would say I like to do wall balls, KB swings and most barbell movements. Wall balls and KB swings are good movements for me and I like to throw some weight around from time to time.

5. What is your biggest accomplishment at the gym since joining Redbird?

I would say my biggest accomplishment would be getting the chance to compete in two competitions. I competed in the D-Town Throw Down in September of last year and most recently the Ice Breather Classic at the beginning of February. I really enjoyed the challenge and I have gained a lot of confidence in my abilities. I have pushed myself further than I thought possible.

6. What’s something we don’t know about you?

I guess you could call me a “jack of all trades”. I have held a variety of jobs. When I first got out of college I worked on a cattle farm and for a vet clinic. After that I became a Police Officer with the City of Jacksonville for a couple years. I then moved on to become a Loan Officer at Chapin State Bank for 6 years. However I have found my place at the Jacksonville Fire Department. I love my job.

7. What superpower would you want to possess and why?

I would say the power to heal. Like Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian or Rey in Rise of Skywalker. I could help a lot of people in my line of work with that super power.
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