The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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Athlete Profile: Neal Maddox - Southwest Regional
First place finisher from NorCal has his eyes on a 2010 Games spot.
Neal Maddox put out a very consistent effort at the NorCal Sectional, finishing within the top five in all of the four workouts that took place throughout the weekend. Maddox has a background in professional sports and is applying the solid foundation he's built up over the past 14 years on his road to the Games.
Name: Neal Maddox
Height: 6' 1"
Sectional: NorCal - 1st Place
What is your athletic background?
My athletic Background consisted of Football, Track, and Wrestling. I competed at the collegiate level in football for 4 years. I graduated with a degree in exercise science and a minor in religion. I started off as a typical athlete doing power lifts mixed in with core stability and some body building techniques. That all changed when I was introduced to crossfit.
I played football in McMinnville, Oregon for Linfield College which holds the nations most consecutive winning seasons (54). I also coach football for Los Gatos high which has recorded an impressive record of 43-10 with 2 Central Coast Section titles since I arrived in the last 4 years. a few now-Pro players (like Trent Edwards and Jarred Allen) attended school there before my tenure. I also am the strength and conditioning coach for San Jose City college women's basketball team.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I have been a trainer for over 14 years and have owned my own gym, X-treme Athletics for the last 4 1/2 years. I found out about CrossFit through a friend and realized that this was the type of training I liked and needed to do on a regular basis. So I started implementing it in my everyday activities. I got my Level One Certification over a year ago and am currently working on my Level 2. I am not a affiliate yet but intend on becoming one in the next year. I realized the way you train people in the Globo-gym atmosphere was to soft for me. I like train hard core and I tell my clients this "if you have never asked yourself what the F%*% am I doing this for then you have not trained hard enough."
I love to teach but realized that I still like to compete also. I noticed that I could compare my times to other people online and saw that my times were usually comparable to the top 5%. Competition motivates me and since I was done playing football CrossFit was the avenue for me to turn to. So I got certified and was a judge at the 2009 CrossFit Games. I realized then that I had the ability to compete with the guys who were there. This year I competed in the Nor Cal Sectional and placed 1st out of 250 athletes.
What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
What can I say about my life I grew up in poverty and always had a dream to make it big and realized CrossFit was going to be the way to put my name on the map. I know that I need to put in many training hours to be at the level of some of these guys but I feel that I am on pace and life has set me up for all of this to happen. I am very passionate and dedicated to my success in CrossFit.
Other than that, I let my performances do the talking.
Watch all of Neal's performances in real time with our live webcast of the SouthWest Regional Event.