How did you get into CrossFit? What’s your athletic background?
In 2007, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to a CrossFit class with her. I thought she was mistaken and didn’t know what cross training was. I figured she just had her words mixed up. But the next morning, she took me to San Francisco CrossFit and I took my first CrossFit class. It was epic. Prior to that, I played college soccer at UC Berkeley.
Where did you compete for Regionals this year?
San Diego, out of the California Regional.
How did you feel about the competition?
It was my first experience at the “Super” Regional, and I had a fantastic time. I loved meeting competitors from Southern California, and I felt like the quality of the competition, from athletes to judges to volunteers, was top-notch.
What’s your favorite lift/movement? Your most hated?
I’ve learned to love the rings. I used to have a love-hate relationship with them as they were the downfall of some of my worst workouts in competition years ago. Now they have become fun: muscle-ups, back uprises and back roll to support. They are all fun and exciting. I prefer not to run long distances.
How does your training change between Regionals and the Games?
I’ve implemented a bit more odd object and nontraditional movement training (logs, tires, stones), and we have ramped up the running and swimming. I have increased my volume quite a bit.
How do you feel going into the CrossFit Games this year?
I’m the best I’ve every been, and my confidence is high right now. I know what I need to do in order to be successful at the Games, so I’m focusing on just that for these final weeks.
Do you stop training a week before the Games? How many days do you rest?
I will be training right up until Monday before the Games. I’ve found that coming in too fresh to the competition will likely result in me starting out too hard and perhaps fading by the end. I don’t want that to happen this year.
How do you rehab before the Games?
I focus on my food, sleep and some soft-tissue work. I’m big on daily self-therapy with stretching and proper warm-ups. It has helped me stay healthy most of the year.
What are your “must-haves” for the Games (gear, rituals, etc.)?
I need to have a good strong coffee in the morning with some peaceful time to myself. I also love to have my wife with me in the athlete area, and whenever possible, I will be drinking Revive Rx protein shakes! I also need my RockTape HookGrip tape. I need it bad for every workout with a barbell.
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If you had to guess a “Dave Castro” random grenade event, what would it be?
Long ruck in the sand. Carry something very far on the beach and then have to swim in between.
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