The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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Chad Mackay Slims Down to Return to the Games
The Australian Games Competitors Prepares for 2011
At 6'2 and 213 pounds, Australian affiliate owner Chad Mackay took 12th place at the 2010 CrossFit Games. Chad took several lessons away from the experience, including the fact taht he came into the competition too heavy. This year, in order to improve his chances at the Games, Chad's planning to lose about 15 pounds and compete at under 200 lbs of bodyweight. To get there, he's dialed in his fat intake, limiting it to twice the standard Zone diet prescription. In addition, Chad limits fruit to post-workout meals, and doesn't consume dairy products. In terms of training, Chad is running very frequently, with 3 to 4 running workouts a week.
It is difficult for this already lean and fit athlete to lose weight, but it pays off in his performance. At a lower bodyweight, his gymnastics movements "improve greatly", running becomes much easier, and he feels lighter on his feet. Larger athletes losing weight in order to become more competitive at gymnastics and running events may be a trend in the CrossFit community, with rumors floating around that Jason Khalipa and Tommy Hackenbruck are planning to return to CrossFit competition quite a few pounds lighter as well.
As a top Games athlete, a CrossFit trainer, and co-owner of CrossFit Active in Waverton, Australia, Chad leads a busy life, and his training schedule has to remain flexible to accomodate it. Nonetheless, A typical training day for him includes an olympic lifting or strength training session in the morning, some skill work on a weak point, a WOD, stretching, then a few hours rest. He follows it up with either running intervals or endurance run for up to 25 minutes, some rest, and then another 3 to 6 minute workout. Chad ends his day with more stretching and some rolling out on the foam roller.
With such a packed training schedule, Chad also knows to "schedule an active rest day when needed." To aid recovery, Chad likes to run in the soft sand, surf, or practice Bikram yoga.
As a representative of CrossFit in Australia, Chad reports that the community is growing quickly down under, becoming "stronger and stronger each day." At his gym, CrossFit Active, they have "a number of members" focused on competing in the Open as well as in the Regional competition. With the quality of Australian CrossFit athletes on the rise, the 2011 Regional competition is going to be "fierce."