The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
My Story: Terry Dickman
How CrossFit changed the life of one Master's athlete.
Terry Dickman is a part owner and a trainer at CrossFit Excel in Manteca, Calif. This year, he competed in the Master's Division at the Southwest Regional. In worldwide competition his scores were strong enough to put him in 6th place overall. His 225 pound thruster is the second strongest posted. His daughter caught it in action. However, Terry was not always crushing workouts. The road that he has taken to the CrossFit Games contained enormous obstacles. He will be competing next weekend for the title of World's Fittest over 50. He gave us the following account of his road to the Games.
I have always been athletic (I played football, pole vaulted, ice hockey. You name it, I tried it). In my early forty’s I used to race mountain bikes and was fairly fit. I took third in the 1995 AZ State Mountain Bike race series in my age group.
About 10 years ago I became ill. My symptoms were excruciating cramps that would prevent me from walking at times, biking was out of the question. After a few years of these symptoms I finally went to some specialists, I had all kinds of test including a muscle biopsy. I was diagnosed with Beckers Muscular Dystrophy. I had a hard time doing any kind of exercise. They told me there was no cure and not to over-do it (exercise). So that’s what I did, I sat around and made excuses. Any type of long endurance exercise would really set the symptoms off. They told my wife I would probably be in a wheelchair by 50. It’s a big joke between us today. So I quit exercising for the most part.
A few years ago, I became a high school football referee. This was mostly to get back to a sport I loved. This move temporarily satisfied my urge for sports, but many times I felt myself wanting to make a tackle instead of throwing a flag. Plus, I wasn’t too keen on getting yelled at by a 25 year old “Coach”, who had no idea what he was talking about. Two of my fellow crew members were into this thing called CrossFit. They use to do walking lunges and other common CF movement before games to warm up. I found it odd, but intriguing. I asked a few questions and ended up visiting CrossFit Excel. The rest is history. I am now part owner and a certified Level 1 trainer.
The Becker’s? Well, I never did believe the diagnosis. Today I am 52 years old, stronger and more fit than I have been in 20 years. I have no symptoms. Since changing my diet (I am a Caveman) and finding CrossFit I have never felt as fit as I do now. I really think the combination of both things was my cure. CrossFit continues to improve my life, everyday. I am competing in the 2010 Games next week. I wonder what that Doctor would say to my wife now?
See you guys in Carson!