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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CrossFit Games Legend Jeff Tincher
Insight from one of the Games' early elite athletes
At 39 years of age, Jeff Tincher took 5th place at the 2008 CrossFit Games. Perhaps his best performance was a chest-to-bar Fran time in just 3:33, which was 18 seconds faster than 2007 champ James Fitzgerald, and 22 seconds ahead of 2008 champ Jason Khalipa.
Are you training for a return to the Games as an individual competitor?
No. I can not do that many events in a weekend. I came to that realization during the Regionals last year and that was cemented sitting in the stands watching Sunday afternoon's triplet of events at the Home Depot Center last year. I am going to compete with the Affiliate Team.
Having been around CF and the Games specifically for a while, now, how have they changed? Has this evolution surprised you?
They have evolved and they are much more complex. They need to be though for the winner to earn the the title as "Fittest on Earth". This evolution has not surprised me a bit. Even in 2008, I knew it was only a matter of time before we outgrew the Ranch and that the competition was going to become more intense. There are many awesome athletes out there who have been coached by elite coaches most of their lives, and they are finding CrossFit. CrossFit is the fuel that is feeding their competitive fire. It was cool to experience the Ranch. I feel fortunate to have thrown down there with the likes of OPT, Khalipa, Jeremy Thiel, Josh and everyone else that was there in the beginning. My only regret is that I wussed out and did not make the trip in 2007.
How has your approach to training changed over the years? How do you deal with the mental challenges of training and competition?
I did change my approach after the 2009 Games. With so many events being thrown at us in a weekend, I increased my volume and started doing multiple workouts per day. This left me tired and my intensity and passion for training suffered. Then I adopted a hybrid system using WestSide Methods and CrossFit Methods last year. That worked for a while, but the volume was still too much for me and most of my clients. I noticed a lot of tendinitis in shoulders and knees that wasn't there when I was programming regular CrossFit workouts. At first, it was awesome. Everyone was setting pr's every time they picked up a barbell, but that faded after time and then the injuries started showing up. I still do lots of sled drags, good mornings, and reverse hypers to warm up before a wod though. Now, I am right back where I started, one wod a day going after with as much intensity as possible. Just like Coach Glassman says, that is where all the favorable adaptations come from.
How would you like to see the Games evolve in the future?
I expect them to get even bigger and acquire even more exposure. I believe that will be a good thing. I think we should all embrace it. For those that argue about keeping CrossFit underground and not losing it's roots, I believe they need to understand that the Games are a big tool to spreading the CrossFit methodology to the masses. Why would you want to suppress that?? Just take a trip to a nursing home or assisted living home and stop and think what could have been for those living there if they had found Functional Fitness, GPP, and Nutritional Education 30 or 40 years ago. What if your parents or Grandparents had CrossFit when they were younger? How would their quality of life be different today? Everyone (young and old) needs to be exposed to CrossFit.
Let the Games grow and trust in the HQ staff.
How is the CF Fairfax Affiliate team preparing for 2011? Do you have team competition-specific training sessions?
With the 'Open Format', I have not started doing team Wod's or practices. I am being patient and waiting to see where we stand after the Open Competition. In the open, the Affiliate team is qualifying based on combined individual efforts, so I am holding off on team events until things shake out a bit. BUT, after that, we will be practicing. I competed with the Affiliate team last year, and I did not realize how much strategy was involved. I took a strong group of athletes with me last year, and we got our butts handed to us because our strategy sucked in 2 of the events.
Is there anything else you'd like people to know about you?
I have competed in a couple of local competitions and have had a blast. I get asked many times at the competitions about the future of the sport, and I always have the same response. trust in the HQ Staff. There might be some growing pains and some things might not be right once in a while, but they(HQ) will learn, adapt, and develop a World Class Competition everyone will want to be part of. They are too motivated and detail-oriented not to succeed.