Meet Dave Hippensteel, the Ultimate CrossFit Master
When you think of Masters CrossFit athletes, one man stands head-and-shoulders above the rest: Dave Hippensteel. At sixty-three-years-old, Hippensteel is a husband, father, and dentist, and a staunch competitor in CrossFit, his name usually found at the top of the leaderboard. His strength, endurance and gymnastic abilities are unparalleled.
Hippensteel has notched three consecutive CrossFit Games championships (2016 – 2018) in seven total appearances. He was also the oldest athlete at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Throughout his career, he’s won the third most Open WODs of a masters athlete (10) and tied for third-most AGOQ event wins with six.
He started young.
Hippensteel has always been active, though he didn’t always want to play sports. As a teen, his father encouraged him to pursue sports as a way to burn off his childish energy. But in high school, Hippensteel ran football and track and played football, catching that competitive bug that still hasn’t let go.
He left home for Cal State University Fresno, where he did decathlon and diving, then on to Graduate School at Temple University to study dentistry, as well as discover his love for triathlons.
In his forties, Hippensteel raced motocross competitively for five years before returning to triathlons. He admits that the call to ride again is ever prevalent, though, saying that the track calls to him, even now.
But in 2012, at age 56, Hippensteel was introduced to CrossFit by his daughter, Heather, who would go on to join him at the CrossFit Games.
“I found it first, and I was like oh my gosh my dad would love this. So when I was first doing it, I told him about it and obviously he tried it and it really just lit a fire,” Heather told Morning Chalk Up. “So it was really cool because even when we both first started, I had just graduated college and was living at home in Tennessee for the summer, and so he and I did CrossFit together all summer.”
Filthy 150 Announces First Super Team Invite of the Season
The first new super team for the 2020 season was revealed Saturday as the first elite team invite to the Filthy 150. Known only as “Nation,” the roster includes individual Games athletes Craig Kenney, Paul Tremblay, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, and Jenn Smith.
One big thing: We fully expect there to be a massive reorganization among elite team rosters not only from the 2019 CrossFit Games but during the season. For starters, last season was the first time athletes could train in different locations and compete together — AKA the beginning of “super teams” so naturally there was going to be a lot of athletes feeling it out. Second, with 27 Sanctionals qualifying teams, nearly twice as many as last year, there are more opportunities for top talent to join forces and get to the Games.
We have yet to hear of a single team planning the same roster for the 2019-2020 season.
How super (experienced) are the super teams? 11 of the 12 athletes that made up the rosters of the podiumteams at the Games had previous individual Games experience.
Team Nation at a Glance
This announcement immediately puts the rest of the field in Dublin on notice, as the Nation roster brings a ton of experience in both the team and individual competition.
Kenney and Smith both competed on teams at the 2019 Games, with Kenney’s Invictus Boston team finishing 12th and Smith’s team Don’t Stop finished 6th.
Tremblay and Reason-Thibault both represented Canada on teams of four the Invitational. Tremblay did so first in 2014, and Reason-Thibault competed twice in 2016, and 2017.
Combined the team brings 11 years of individual experience at the CrossFit Games, with Reason-Thibault accounting for five of them.
WATCH: A Day in the Life of Pat Vellner
Nate Edwardson headed out to Nanaimo, British Columbia to visit none other than three-time CrossFit Games podium finisher Patrick Vellner for a full day of training, nutrition, recovery, taxes and lack of warm-ups. ALWAYS SO POLITE.
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KNOW: What Supplements to Take for CrossFit
Whether you’re training for peak performance or long-term health, supplements can be a great way to improve your performance to reach our fitness goals. But with so many different types all promising PRs it’s hard to know where to start. GET THE GUIDE.
EAT: Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting
This recipe for healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting will get you some melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are both gluten-free and grain-free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie. HEALTHIER COOKIES.
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HERO WOD FOR ROWAN — Saturday, more than 10 gyms in the Salem, VA area completed a memorial hero WOD for four-year-old Rowan Price, who passed away after a hard battle with leukemia.
COACH NEEDED — Second Wind CrossFit in Washington, D.C. is hiring a CrossFit coach.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Cole Sager overhead lunges 275 pounds • Eleven-year-old Mason Alderman snatches 105 pounds for a PR • Alison Scudds back squats 280 pounds for two for a PR • Melissa Herman did her first 5K with a 20 pound ruck • Hunter McIntyrewon
theSpartan Race Face Off • Corinne Tindal Cook back squats 200 pounds for five reps • Birna Aradottir clean and jerks 210 pounds for a PR.
…and seriously. Is there anythingMat Fraser cannot do?
OCR v. CrossFit Showdown Results — Four OCR and four CrossFit athletes squared off in Lake Tahoe this weekend for a battle of “who crushes who at elevation.” Spoiler alert: OCR athletes took the cake for the most part over five separate events (hat tip to Obstacle Racing Media for the results breakdown).
1. Hunter McIntyre – 18 points
2. Isaiah Vidal – 13 points
3. Sean Sweeney – 12 points
4. Matt Kempson – 9 points
5. Jacob Heppner – 8 points
6. Chandler Smith – DNF due to injury
1. Corinna Coffin – 4 points
2. Emma Chapman – 1 point
— Event-by-event breakdown and some live videos here.
Five Training Tips from the Endurance Summit — If the Spartan Race Face Off pumped you up to try adding some endurance race training into your routine, then this is right up your alley. Here are a few training tips from the Endurance Training Summit in Boulder, CO.
Val Voboril to Compete at Wodapalooza — Val Voboril announced she will be competing at Wodapalooza in the Masters 40 – 44 division, returning to competition for the first time since the 2017 CrossFit Games.
I read the op-ed “What Rep Cutting Says About Your Character,” I saw the re-posts, the internet applauding, and all I could think was, “Nononononono..”
Not because I disagree that rep cutting is bad.
But because, as a mindset coach with Mindset Rx’d, this op-ed misses the point. It misses why people cut their reps, it misses how character is developed and personal growth achieved. It also misses the opportunity that this issue presents to reflect on and build our own character.
Why do people cut reps?
Ultimately, the question really is, why do people cheat? We love to answer judgmentally — they cheat because they have a bad character, because they like taking shortcuts, because they’re unwilling to work hard enough to earn the spot.
But this is not the real reason. This is the reason we give ourselves so that we can soothe our egos and feel superior.
The reason people cheat is because they don’t believe that the effort they put in is good enough. They believe that they have to stack up in a certain place in order to be worthy. And because a desire for belonging and worthiness is critical to our sense of social safety, they are willing to cheat to get there. This applies to the CrossFit athlete at your local box, and it applies to the professional athlete in any sport.