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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Jeff Rader: Competing in the Open in his Second Year of CrossFit
Another Challenger in the Masters Competition
Jeff Rader first found CrossFit Dallas Central in January of 2010. His previous gym had closed down, and a friend recommended that he give CrossFit a shot. At 53 years old, he had never before picked up a barbell. He could only pull his chin over the bar with the gym's thickest green band assisting him. When he saw what the other athletes were accomplishing, and heard what the trainers expected him to do, Jeff was "borderline intimidated."
After a few months, Jeff began to be able to complete some of the WOD's as prescribed. When he had been at the gym for just over half a year, Jeff was going as prescribed on almost all of the workouts.
Now, a year later, Jeff has performed the Double Under Helen (3 rounds for time of 50 double unders, 21 swings, 12 pull-ups) in 10:25, a faster time than 9 of the 15 Masters athletes who qualified for the CrossFit Games Masters competition last year. He has made some impressive strides in the strength department as well, reaching a 285 lb. back squat and 375 lb. deadlift. In terms of standard CrossFit benchmarks, Jeff's reached a 6:25 Fran, 288 Fight Gone Bad, and 3:40 Grace. Perhaps his most stand-out performance though, is a 1:28.9 500m row.
Since starting CrossFit, Jeff's improved much more than his physical fitness. He's found that he has more energy, sleeps better, and feels more focused "as a result of being truly fit for the first time in many years." As a result, his work as the owner of a medical spa, as well as his family life, have benefitted. Jeff's 18 year old son and 21 year old daughter have both gotten into CrossFit too.
To kick off his second year of CrossFit, Jeff's going to compete in the Crossfit Games Open as a Masters athlete in the 50-54 category. If last year's results are any indication, he will certainly be a contender to qualify for the CrossFit Games Masters competition at the Home Depot Center.