Brett Henry – Utility player

by Jan 24, 2022Player feature

What is a brief overview of your origin story. Where you grew up, early family situation, athletic background, school, early jobs, travel, etc?

I’m from Greenwood, Fl, born and raised. I grew up in a working family, so I didn’t have a lot of time for extracurricular activities. However, I did have time for a sport of my choosing. And that was baseball. Like in Grid, I was a utility player for my team. Didn’t matter the game situation, I could placed at any position, at anytime, to give us the advantage against the other team. I went to pursue college ball, but lumbar scoliosis stopped me dead in my tracks. Not too long after, I stumbled upon CrossFit. I started training on my own, in my garage for years. Ive never really traveled. But after joining the South Beach Palms, I’ve traveled to Miami at least a handful of times.

What is your current occupation, family situation, and focus in life?

I have two occupations. First and foremost, I’m a wholesale distributor. I work with my family, as I have for my entire life. My second job is Head Coach at Marianna CrossFit. I started out coaching Saturday 9am classes. After a few months of me being there, the former head coach left and I took over. My focus in life is to have a successful business and to own my own CrossFit Affiliate.

What is something interesting that people would like to know about you?:

An interesting fact about me: I’ve never flown in a plane. Maybe next season I’ll fly to south beach instead of driving every time.

Describe the biggest hurdle or challenge you have overcome in your life:

Having a family business is without a doubt the biggest challenge in life. It was difficult before COVID, but since then, it’s been incredibly difficult to keep enough employees. A lot of days start before 5am and end around midnight.

How do you prepare to play on the GRID and other forms of competition. How do you think about nutrition, training, and other factors that contribute to your readiness.:

Currently I train 1-3 days a week to stay in shape for GRID. With my long hours of work and stress, it would be detrimental to performance and recovery if I trained any harder than that. Nutrition is the foundation. And with that said, I just do the best I can with what I have. If it’s fast food, I choose unsweetened tea over soda. Or I’ll get a sandwich with no fries. Then I supplement the rest of my diet with protein shakes.

Describe what is it like to play on your team?:

To play for the South Beach Palms… it’s the best team I could’ve imagined. It’s like a big family, we all want each other to succeed. The chemistry is unmatched. We empower each other to do things we never thought were possible. When I think I can’t go on, I think of my teammates and it pushes me beyond my perceived limits.

How did you get involved in GRID? Did you come through the American Grid Trials? Tell us the story!:

I remember scrolling on Instagram and I would see these GRID highlights. I’m sure they were sponsored or page suggestions from Instagram. On one of the videos, it asked, “do you have what it takes to compete in GRID?”.. needless to say my curiosity was piqued. So I followed the instructions from the link in bio. Shortly after, I received a message from Bryleigh Hansen. I almost though it was a scam at first. Something didn’t seem right about it at first. But after a few conversations, I was willing to take the risk and join the team!

Watch Brett in action against the Fort Lauderdale Lions

What is important for people to know about the sport of GRID? How does it compare to your other forms of competition?

It’s the most invigorating sport I’ve every played. I remember Bryleigh talking about how great it would be when I met the team in Miami. I thought maybe she was overplaying how incredible it is.. after our first match I found I was wrong, and she was absolutely right. It’s so unique because it’s so fast paced. It goes by in a blink of an eye. It’s also the first sport that I’ve seen where men can compete with and against women. I haven’t seen this level of integration between male/female in any sport.