Phil Brusio has been named our athlete of the month for June. Phil joined us very early in January of this year and has been making gains non-stop since. Heavy weight and gymnastics movements never phased him as he brought an impressive amount of raw strength with him. The mobility, flexibility and cardio are what held him back but within the first month he was committed to improving his game all around.
June was the best month for Phil because we finally saw those old weaknesses as not a big problem anymore. Phil is probably at the gym more than all the coaches but it’s not all about the workout with him. He is always there early doing extra mobility before the WOD and always stays late to work on his recovery and flexibility. We also saw him leave his comfort zone and start approaching his workouts in a new way simply to hammer away at his cardio. Lighter and faster as we say.
Phil has a lot of passion for CrossFit that is shadowed by his passion for constant improvement. You combine this with his natural strength and athleticism and you will see an incredible CrossFitter who is sure to wreak havoc and turn a lot of heads in some upcoming competitions.
Take some time to learn more about Phil below.
Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do with your days when you’re not
WODding with us?
Hi my name is Phil and I’m a Wodaholic. On my days off from Wreck Room I’m usually busy being a nerd, studying for either school, or whichever technical certification I’m working on at the time. I’m typically thinking about the gym though either while I’m at work or studying. Most of the time I can get distracted from my work pretty easy just by binge watching old CrossFit games competitions.
We all find Wreck Room in a different way. Where did your story start?
The irony is I’ve known and been friends with so many of Wreck Room’s finest, outside of the box, that it made my transition into the box much easier. The truth is however my wife introduced me to Butch. I was going to Golds much of the same as the other members, and I always remember him saying “Come on man, give it a shot.” Not in a forceful way, just supportive and suggestively. Fast forward a few months later on my honeymoon, we decided to go scuba diving, they had me tread water for 10 minutes, and it wrecked me for the entire rest of the day. I worked out all the time, but neglected so many simple things like core and cardio, I was embarrassed. January 1 rolled around and I texted Butch, he had me come in for my trial day, and I can say I’ve missed a very little amount WODs since Jan 1.
What stood out most to you the first time walking into Wreck Room?
The dichotomy of Wreck Room in comparison to golds. The irony is that any “Globo Gym” is filled with equipment and sub par attitudes. At Wreck Room there was the opposite so to speak. A blank canvas if you will. The Globo gym way was to go in and watch the other idiots with their cell phones hog the machines all night. Meanwhile the biggest asset is the equipment. At Wreck Room the biggest asset is the coaching and the members. Yes, I noticed that the minute I walked in.
Do you have a specific “why” for CrossFitting?
I’ll keep this one short, in addition to my Honeymoon scuba diving, I used to not like CrossFit. Bodybuilders and weightlifters look down their noses at CrossFitters generally speaking. I watched someone complete the “King Kong” workout and thought man that dude is incredibly gifted. I gained interest and respect since I saw that video. I saw a man have incredible strength, flexibility, and technique that any athlete would love to have. It was a video of Rich Froning.
What is your favorite part of Wreck Room?
Fav part of Wreck Room is hands down the members and the coaches. It seems so cliche because every athlete of the month pretty much says this, but it is so true. I have known a good amount of the members here before I started, but it was the new friends and training partners that I have because of Wreck Room that I’m grateful for the most. It is a true family environment that I have never experienced before. I try to do certain workouts with certain people, not so I can win, but so I can get my butt kicked. If there is a box jump/ run workout; I want Ryan or Derek to be there right next to me, so they can push me. If we’re doing the dreaded 20 rep back squat I want Matt Smith there. These people have made me a better CrossFitter and by default a better athlete.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Two months ago this was an easy answer Doing my first muscle up. Last month, I would have said getting comfortable squat cleaning heavier weight. After this past weekend, at Vekter Games, it was just being a member of Wreck Room. Watching “Lift now, Cupcakes later” perform their movements with great technique and hard work in comparison to the other teams there. It really sunk in that I’m in the right place to get better.
If you could name a WOD after yourself, what would it look like?
Haha easy. Shoulder to overhead, low reps and heavier weight. My kind of workout right there.
What is one exercise you would be ecstatic to never do again?
Haha another easy one. Any single member of Wreck Room who has been around me for long enough can give the answer to this. Box Jumps. Honorable mention to anything over a 200M run though.
Clearly you’ve been making progress inside the walls of the Wreck Room. What effects has it had outside the gym?
Eating mostly. It’s been a game changer all over no doubt. But the idea that I just want to be that much healthier all the time.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room?
Crossfit may not be for everyone. But Wreck Room can be for anyone. All of the workouts can be at different fitness levels. I can promise one thing if you give Butch, Chels, Taylor, or Colin an honest effort they will find a way to get you to your goals. Anywhere and anything to do with fitness and all you need to put the effort in on your end. The coaches do an amazing job of guiding you on your journey.
Anything else you want to add?
Yes, I am honored to have been chosen to be athlete of the month this month. I have gained a whole new meaning for the word fitness after being here just six months and I couldn’t be happier with regard to this aspect of my life.