“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:
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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