Brent Smith

CF-L1 Trainer, USAW Sports Performance Coach

When I am not coaching and working out I am a professor in the business school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I have been with VCU since 2004. Prior to completing my MBA at Notre Dame and Ph.D. at Indiana University I was CEO of a real estate consulting firm my wife and I built and ran for over 20 years. I have two children; and my youngest (daughter) is involved in Olympic lifting. My personal interests cover a wide spectrum from scuba diving and sailing to history and nutrition.

Roughly 4 years ago I drank the Kool-Aid.  For me CrossFit and the box is my second home, and the members my extended family. There are few other benign (military units are examples that are not benign) environments where you are as physically, psychologically, and emotionally intertwined with other people on a daily basis.

I have been coaching in some manner since I was in high school when I was recruited as the head coach for a junior football program.  I have also formally coached soccer, weight lifting, basketball, and adventure racing seminars.

Prior to CrossFit I was active in triathlons, and then more recently in adventure racing. Adventure racing is a multi-modal team competition that typically involves 8-12 hours of  orienteering through the woods, canoeing and mountain biking. Although the length of time is radically different from the typical CrossFit WOD there are many similarities in how you manage the mental and physical stress and create a viable strategy for the race term.

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