Freddy Camacho, 2007 CrossFit Games

2011 CrossFit Games

Freddy Camacho Aims for Masters

A Contender in the 45-49 Age Division

Freddy Camacho is aiming for the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, this time as a Masters competitor 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:

Age: 45
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 190lbs.

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

Squat: 400lbs.
Press: 220lbs.
Deadlift: 450lbs.
Bench Press: 335lbs.
Overhead Squat: 225lbs.
Clean & Jerk: 250lbs.
Snatch: 176lbs.

5k: 22:51
400m: 1:04

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. 

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32 comments on this entry

1. Corey Bibolet wrote...

Go Freddy! I put my chips on Freddy to make it to the games and do well. I competed against him just a few weeks ago at the NorCal 40's where he took first place. Not only is he an amazing athlete, but a class act and all around nice guy.

2. kris kepler wrote...

make the check out for Freddy now! a true crossfit legend!

3. John P. wrote...

Good Luck Freddie! I am a big Freddie C. fan. I follow your blog at CrossFit One World for your humor and programming/training ideas & thoughts. I am looking forward to watching you kick some ass in the Master's division!

4. IrishRhino wrote...

@ Kris Kepler

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.

"Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.

"We'll see," the farmer replied.

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"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.

"We'll see," replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

"We'll see," answered the farmer.

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"We'll see" said the farmer.

5. Kirk wrote...

Good luck Freddy.

6. freddy camacho wrote...

@ IrishRhino

well said! (but thanks for the words of encouragement Kris!)

7. John Miller wrote...

I predict that you are going to be one tough competitor Freddy!

8. Sam J wrote...

Go Freddy!! I love your website, i am a big follower of it from down here in Adelaide, Australia. Hope you're a part of the games from the arena side of the fence this year mate!!

9. CHYNA CHO wrote...

Great article. And I'm not gonna lie, Freddy's my favorite ... =)

10. Miranda Oldroyd wrote...

Yay Freddy! Good to see you here! Good luck this year!

11. alex@oneworld wrote...

Chyna Freddy C is my favorite, Cant wait to see you dominate the scene brother. Your a freaking beast.

12. Glenn Perra wrote...

Awesome Freddy!! So looking forward to watching you compete this year, tear it up !!!!

13. Jor wrote...

Freddy is the man! Honestly , I joined One World because he was a guy in his 40's doing CrossFit and kicking ass and also because of his perspective and sense of humor. He is a great competitor and yet he has the right attitude to be a coach that looks out for his athletes--not afraid to scale them down when they need it so that they get better. Freddy, you know I will be rooting for you big time!! Go get 'em!

14. Dr. Dave wrote...

Freddy, watch out! I'm trying my best to age quickly so I can get to 45 as fast as possible. When that happens, I'm coming after you in the CF Masters competition! -DJ
PS, you're my hero after Justin Bieber and Chris Meldrum

15. Dale Saran wrote...

Camacho, you old fart!
A few more years and I'll be chasing you, brother. Great competing with you in 07 and 08 and hanging around all of these years. Good luck and see you at the HDC. I'll be the guy heckling. :-)


16. CraigHoward wrote...

"bout time. Nice, bro.

17. Bryce wrote...

Freddy C. for the win!

18. Ryan @ crossfit 714 wrote...

My money is on Freddy. A good dood...


19. HEC101 wrote...

Considering Freddy placed in the top 40 last year in the Nor Cal sectionals out of 350 much younger athletes, I would say he is going to do very well this year. I have been around Freddy several times from certifications to competitions and he is as nice as they come. I wish him the best of luck.

20. IrishRhino wrote...

@ HEC101, Ryan, Bryce, Alex,

That's why they play the game.

21. Patrick McCarty wrote...


Well said. Props are certainly to be given to Freddie for an unbelievable list of accomplishments.

But there are a lot of us masters in the 45-49 bracket who are not yet ready to concede. The games have not yet begun so let's not assign podium spots yet. There are a lot of variables yet to come into play.

I hope to be competing right along side you brother. Hope to see you in LA.

22. (!) wrote...

I would have never guessed your age. Impressive times/loads.
Glad I'm not going toe to toe with you or coach TJ Copper. I'm in the next age bracket 50-55. Just the sound of the "ENTIRE WORLD" is reason for concern. Your going to kill em.

23. Rashmi wrote...

Crossfit Sri Ram Ashram, India has always enjoyed Freddie and the One World site. All the best at the games. We will be following your quest.

24. Austin wrote...

Not only is Freddy a great athlete but his contributions to this community and willingness to help other crossfitters at whatever is something I admire.

Kick ass bro!!!

Does this mean I can call you a "master crossfitter"? That's a shirt!

25. Annie B wrote...

Come on Freddy... You're the man! I am pretty sure u are the only Masters competitor with a Wod named for him- a effing bad ass Wod at that! Yeah, you've got a legit shot!

26. Cheryl Brost wrote...

I enjoyed meeting both you and Chyna last year at the Games! You're a cool guy! Wish you the best in preparation for the Games this year! Hope to see you there!

27. Freddy Camacho wrote...

Thanks for the support everyone.

Trust me brother, I would be excited just to make it to the show. Just making it means you are one of the top 20 45-50 year olds on the planet. That's my only goal, but I know it's going to be a tough road. I'm really nervous and excited about the whole thing. I take nothing for granted. I'm just gonna work hard like all you other 45-50 year olds and we shall see what happens. =)

Best wishes to all the CrossFit Masters competitors!

28. KELLY GUILLORY wrote...

Yay Freddy! Master is NOT selling out! I will be at the finals this year with you.... I SWEAR!

29. Bonnie Lynn wrote...

See ya in the arena, my'll be there for sure!

30. Apolloswabbie wrote...

Freddie, are you sure you are not 44? See you at the Opens! Paul

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