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Dave Castro Hints to New Masters Divisions at the CrossFit Games

Dave Castro Hints to New Masters Divisions at the CrossFit Games

Dave Castro Hints to New Masters Divisions at the CrossFit Games

by Dave Castro

The last time I was here, I had just won my first ever competition. At the time it felt like a dream come true. It wasn’t until after the fact that I realized how special that moment really was.

A few months later, when I returned home from competing, I found out that my family had lost their house due to Hurricane Katrina. My sister and her boyfriend were killed in the storm. That experience changed me forever.

I knew that if I wanted to continue competing at the highest level, I needed to do something different with my life. So I left Texas and moved back home to California where I started working at a gym called Xtreme Fitness (XF). While there, one of my co-workers introduced me to CrossFit which was starting to gain popularity among some of the local bodybuilders.

I was hooked right away.

After getting over the initial shock of CrossFit, I quickly discovered that it provided everything that I was looking for: a challenging workout routine; a supportive group of friends; and most importantly, a way to stay fit while staying active! Over the next couple years, I competed in several competitions and got better each time. By 2009, I had become one of the top competitors in my weight class.

I felt on top of the world until I got a call that my mother was dying of liver cancer. Having lost both my sister and my father within the last few years, this was another crushing blow. My mother was everything to me and despite our issues over the years, I loved her dearly.

As it turned out, my mother lived just long enough to see me compete at the 2009 CrossFit Games. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. I still get chills thinking about the moment she saw me, standing on that podium.

She was so proud of me.

Unfortunately, my mother passed away a week later. The pain of her loss is still fresh in my heart. But I know deep down she’d be proud of what I’ve accomplished since then.

I’ve won the Mid-Atlantic Region the past two years in a row and earned the right to compete as an individual at this year’s games.

I’m not saying that I expect to win, I just want to make my mother proud. That’s all I care about.

On a side note, next year they’re adding a new division to the games: Masters Men 45-49. If everything goes well this weekend, I plan on entering that category.

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So wish me luck! Because even if I don’t win this thing, I’m still prepared to give it my all.

We wish you good luck too, even if you are our greatest opponent in the regionals next year! Good luck with your mother and Crossfit. Thanks for your writing and keep in touch!

Dave Castro’s Tips for the New Divisions:

I’ve been running the CrossFit Games for 4 years and one of the most common questions I get is “How do I get better?”

Hell, I was that same guy 4 years ago. When you look at it, there are really 3 components of fitness:

Endurance: Basically how long you can perform a particular activity. If you’re running a mile, your endurance helps determine your time. If you’re doing a lift, it helps you do more reps or a heavier weight.

Strength: How much force you can produce. If you’re running a mile, your strength helps determine how fast you run that mile. If you’re doing a lift, it helps you do one rep of a particular weight.

Power: A combination of strength and speed. If you’re running a mile, your power helps determine how fast you run that mile. If you’re doing a lift, it helps you do more than one rep of a particular weight.

These three components are all important but the sport of CrossFit has always had a bias towards endurance events. Maybe that’s why the marathon is the most famous race in the world but no one knows about the 100 meter dash world championships…well except for Track & Field nerds.

The reason I bring this up is over the years I have gotten a lot of requests for more strength and power-oriented workouts. Clearly, a lot of you want to be better at all three components of fitness and we are looking at ways to accommodate all abilities and needs.

This brings me to the announcement: Next year, we are adding 2 new divisions to the Open. Masters 35-44 and Masters 45-54.

Regardless of whether you fall into one of these categories, think of these divisions as extending the gap between the Fittest on Earth and everyone else. If you have been competing in the Open as a Individual, you will be able to move up to one of the new divisions but you will not be eligible to compete in the other.

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