If you want to find out all the details about Marston Sawyers, a male CrossFit athlete and husband of Brooke Ence, keep on reading, You’ll find out about his life before CrossFit, bio, stats, results, training tips and more.
An Introduction to Marston Sawyers, CrossFit Athlete
Most CrossFit athletes are known for the exploits in front of the camera while competing in the games. On the other hand, some are better known for what they have accomplished behind the camera. One of these people who made a name for himself in the sidelines of the world of CrossFit is Marston Sawyers. You may also know him at the husband of top female CrossFit athlete, Brooke Ence.
Are you interested in knowing the story of one-half of The Buttery Bros.? Then, continue reading.
Life Before CrossFit
Prior to becoming the producer of the Fittest on Earth trilogy with Heber Cannon, Marston Sayers was playing for the Dixie State University football team. At this time he was on his way to acquiring a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies.
Marston calls Midvale, Utah his hometown where he finished high school. He initially enrolled at Southern Utah University for college before transferring to Dixie. While at Dixie State University, Marston played safety for the football team.
While playing football, Marston met his future wife, Brooke Ence. The two met at a Del Taco restaurant in 2007. They started dating soon after. Brooke is an accomplished CrossFit athlete who finished 14th in the 2014 edition of the games.
The couple moved to Santa Cruz, California in 2012 after Marston received an offer from CrossFit to join their media team.
Marston Sawyers and CrossFit
Despite his sports background, Marston wasn’t able to make much headway in the CrossFit competitions since he focused on covering the games. He did join the open competitions since 2012. His best finish was in 2014 when he ranked 1,863rd among all competitors around the world.
In the same year, he competed in the Team Series with Tommy Marquez, Karla Ferguson, and Cara Hipskind under the Container CrossFit – Smugglin’ Yams & Hams team. While Marston wasn’t able to qualify for the CrossFit Games, he’s definitely no pushover when it comes to sports. His football background speaks volumes of his athleticism and fitness.
Marston started working on CrossFit media in 2010 during a sectional event. His then-girlfriend, Brooke, was competing in the event. Aside from supporting her, Marston was also at the event to get footage of her competitions.
It was at this event where he met Heber Cannon, the first field producer of CrossFit. Marston ended up playing assistant to Heber. It was also his big break in officially becoming a part of the CrossFit media team.
The event also opened up a whole new world for Marston. After becoming a part of CrossFit, he built up his confidence as a storyteller and a filmmaker. He also was able to take seemingly daunting projects and reaped the rewards thereafter.
Marston and Heber worked on several productions that were featured on ESPN. They worked together to tell the stories of the fittest humans on Earth. It led to numerous YouTube videos and a couple of best-selling iTunes documentaries.
Marston Sawyers’ viral video
The athleticism and fitness of Marston were highlighted during the 2016 CrossFit Games. During the Suicide Sprint, he was at the sidelines recording videos of the competition. He went toe-to-toe with the competitors sprinting to the finish with a ten-pound camera in one hand.
It isn’t really surprising since he has a background in running. Marston revealed that he was simply trying to get a good shot of the competition. In the process, he was matching the speed of the frontrunners of the sprints.
Keeping the competitors in the frame the whole time is no easy task for anyone lesser than a world-class athlete. Aside from covering the men’s heats, he also covered six more heats in the women’s division. All in all, he ran a total of 12 heats in that particular event
Before Marston became known for his work on the CrossFit documentaries, he worked the camera for different CrossFit events. One of these events landed him on a highlight film of his own when he kept up with the top CrossFit athletes in the Suicide Sprint while keeping the competitors in the frame.
Marston also worked with Nick Massey for a couple of cooking videos that caught the attention of some CrossFit watchers. These videos included preparing different dishes CrossFit athletes may want to include in their diets. Among the more prominent dishes include bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and a breakfast pizza that some people refer to as the meatza.
But, Marston is better known for several CrossFit film documentaries. In fact, he has his own IMDB (International Movie Database) entry where the documentaries he worked on are listed.
These documentaries include:
- The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth (2016)
- Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (2017)
- The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth (2018)
- The Fittest
He was credited as director, writer, cinematographer, editor, and producer on all four films together with Heber Cannon.
As a camera operator, Marston also received credit for two documentaries:
- Froning: The Fittest Man in History
- Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
Before producing “Froning: The Fittest Man in History,” Marston and Heber initially intended to use the footage as highlights for the games. A decision was later made to create a full-length documentary after Matt Fraser barely beat Ben Smith in the individual men’s competition.
Moreover, the 2016 edition of the games also saw Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir winning her second straight individual women’s championship. These two awe-inspiring events paved the way for the making of the documentary.
Marston Sawyers’ Stats
Weight: 185 lbs.
Now, let’s talk a look at how Marston Sawyers performed in some popular CrossFit exercises.
Back Squat: 365 lbs.
Clean and Jerk: 280 lbs.
Snatch: 225 lbs.
Deadlift: 405 lbs.
Filthy 50: 18:32
Marston Sawyers’ Online Presence
Sawyers has a solid presence online with over 105,000 people following his Instagram account where he posts updates on where and what he’s doing. His personal Instagram account is under the Marz Media handle.
Moreover, he also teamed up with Heber Cannon in covering fitness events around the world under the Buttery Bros brand. Their Instagram account currently has more than 138,000 followers.
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