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
Freddy Camacho Aims for Masters
A Contender in the 45-49 Age Division
Freddy is well known by long-time CrossFitters for his classic Games interviews, and his presence on the early Level 1 Certification staff. Camacho quickly endears himself to strangers by being the opposite of what they expect. They see a big, burly guy with full sleeves, and don’t expect his charisma or easy smile. He now runs a successful affiliate in Northern California called CrossFit One World, and works as traffic officer and SWAT operator for the Union City Police Department.
Camacho came to CrossFit the year before the Games, in 2006. At his Level 1 Cert. in San Diego, he went one for one on the overhead squat with Certification Staff member Nicole Carroll. Both used the same weight, 75 pounds. Freddy was strong, but inflexible. He held the weight too far forward, and he paid for it by fatiguing quickly. After the eleventh rep, he dumped the weight and had to watch as a “totally cute tiny chick kicked my ass” in front of the crowd.
Five years later, Freddy has a 225 pound overhead squat and a long list of solid stats:
Nasty Girls: 7:15
Linda: 19:13 (with squat cleans)
Fran: 2:38 (3:05 a few months ago)
Fight Gone Bad: 380
Filthy Fifty: 22:13
Bench Press: 335lbs.
Overhead Squat: 225lbs.
Clean & Jerk: 250lbs.
Camacho has been involved in the Games since the beginning, competing as an open competitor in the 2007 and 2008 Games. As the Games have grown, Freddy has felt the effect of being in his early forties. He has not returned to open competition, but he hasn’t let that affect him. In his words:
Year in and year out, my goal is always to try and make it to the CrossFit Games as an open competitor, but realistically, I know that a person in their 40's or older will likely never qualify for the Games in that category. I am excited about the Master's division being opened up to my age group.
By pushing himself to match or beat younger athletes, he keeps increasing his fitness and he’s hoping it’ll show when he’s matched with athletes the same age as him. He knows it’s going to a tough fight to make it to Masters, and after giving it his all he’ll be happy wherever he ends up; whether it’s in the arena or in the crowd. As he says:
I wrote in a blog post that I believed I was one of the top 20 forty-year-old men in CrossFit. In hindsight, CrossFit is worldwide, and that's A LOT of forty year olds! I really think the CrossFit Games are going to be amazing this year. Whether I am a competitor or in the stands drinking beer, I can't wait!
We wish him the best of luck in the CrossFit Games Open, starting March 15.