“I’ve always had trouble with the whole… I always never wanted to age. You know, I like Neverland, and, growing up, it’s like, I’m just a kid at heart still, and just super excited about life, and I just wanted to be that way. And so, CrossFit has kind of given me a second wind, because it’s like wow, I can still do things at age 60 that keep me young and give me goals and competition, and so, it’s eased the pain of aging.” – Dave Hippensteel
Since starting CrossFit in 2012, Dave Hippensteel has dominated the CrossFit Masters scene, rising quickly from winning the 2013 Open in the 55-59 division to standing atop the podium as the Fittest Man on Earth in the 60+ age division at the 2016 and 2017 CrossFit Games. This year, Dave will make his sixth CrossFit Games appearance as he heads back to Madison to defend his title.
An athlete from a young age, Dave has pursued a variety of sports, from football to track & field, motocross and triathlons. A proud father of 4, Dave’s love of fitness has rubbed off on his children- in fact, it was his daughter, Heather, who introduced him to CrossFit! As a full-time dentist running two practices while training as world-class athlete, Dave brings a unique perspective to the table.
We recently sat down to chat about how his training as a Master’s athlete differs from that of his younger competitors, what Dave is doing to protect his health and longevity in the sport, and what advice he has for his peers seeking lifelong health.
In this episode we discuss:
- Dave’s athletic background in the decades prior to CrossFit
- His introduction to CrossFit, and when he realized he wanted to pursue it as a competitive sport
- The process to opening his own affiliate and the challenge of balancing that with practicing dentistry and training for the Games
- How Dave balances working full-time with Games training, and how CrossFit helps him manage his work stress in a healthy way
- What it’s like to train with athletes half his age
- How Dave’s CrossFit training has evolved over the years
- How paying attention to his heart rate variability and sleep using WHOOP has improved Dave’s recovery
- What steps Dave takes that might differ from a younger athlete to help prevent injuries and overtraining
- How his nutrition has evolved as he moved from triathlons to CrossFit, and how he now uses Inside Tracker to dial his nutrition in even further
- The supplements Dave uses
- His advice to other aspiring Masters competitors
- How he’s approaching being in an age division that has no cap
- His advice to masters-aged individuals who are intimidated to start CrossFit
- Dave’s daily routine
- How Dave uses functional medicine to monitor his own health, how he relates it to dentistry
- How fitness is a family affair for the Hippensteels
- Three things Dave does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
- One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
- What a healthy life looks like to Dave
- Hapag Lloyd Cruises
- Team CrossFit Invictus
- University of San Diego Swimming & Diving
- CrossFit SolaFide
- Fort Campbell Army Base
- Cody Burgener
- Mike Burgener
- CrossFit Invictus coaches CJ Martin, Nichole Kribs and Tino Marini
- Lauren Fisher
- Comp Train Masters
- Rich Froning Jr.
- Rasmus Andersen
- Lukas Esslinger
- Chris Spealler
- Beyond the Whiteboard
- Del LaFountain
- CrossFit: The Cure for the Modern Plague
- Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem
- Working Against Gravity
- Klean Athlete Probiotic
- Revive Rx
- CompTrain coaches Dan Delomba and Harry Palley
- Cleveland Clinic
- The Daniel Plan
- Models for Christ
- Patriot CrossFit
- CrossFit Specialty Course: Masters
Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master
Ep 61 – Ron Ortiz on fighting fires and raising the bar with age
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease
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