David Hippensteel might not be the first name you think of when you mention "Fittest Man on Earth" but maybe we should all start taking notice. Dave won the 2018 "CrossFit Games Open" in the 60+ division and there's still no signs of slowing down for this man. Unlike most of the top athletes in the sport of CrossFit, who dedicate all of their time to training, Dave also runs 2 dental practices which he works 5 days a week in maintaining. Fortunately for us we were able to get him to slow down just long enough to get a quick word with the 2016 and 2017 "Fittest Man on Earth 60+" (Dave is currently looking to make it a 3-peat as he won the 2018 Open).
What was your first experience with CrossFit?
"CrossFit was introduced to me through my daughter, Heather, who, with Team Invictus took the affiliate cup in 2014. She thought I would like the variety of sports in a competitive setting and I took to it immediately. I’ve always been good at gymnastics but never had an opportunity to use those skills and I’ve always been strong but never had an opportunity to combine all the things that CrossFit lets you do so it was almost a match made in heaven for me!
So much bigger than winning the Open!! Just one of many Crossfit masters helping the world to see that fitness is possible at any age! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to everyone who keeps believing with me!! When I won the open in 2013 I was shocked but if you would’ve told me then that I could still be winning, even competing , five years later I would have thought... only in my dreams! But here I am, in my seventh year of open competitions still in the best shape of my life, because of CrossFit, and coming away with my one of my best performances ever!! It just proves to me how important it is to really keep dreaming, believing, keep fighting your doubts, fail, but get up and try again! Perseverance, dedication, focus, gratitude! Thanks everyone! family, friends and sponsors that continue to believe that I can keep this quest going and keep helping the world to see fitness is possible at any age! #thankfultogod #lovelife #neverquit #dream #neverstopbelieving #crossfit #crossfitgames @comptrainmasters @dandelomba @comptrain.co @revive_rx @crossfitgames @rocktape @roguefitness @whoop @insidetracker @paleoworks @faithrxd @reflectionsortho
Is there anyone out there specifically that inspires you and what motivates you to do what you do?
"I’m definitely inspired by CrossFit in general and all of the athletes that I see competing at the games, especially as I have gotten the chance to meet so many of them at the Games over the years. Rich Froning came to the grand opening of the gym I was training at in 2012 and that made a huge impression on me because he was such a great guy and made it a point to give me an open invitation to his gym anytime I could visit. There are so many others that I look up to including Dan Bailey, Jason Khalipa, Lindsay Valenzuela, Rebecca Voight, Annie Thorisdottir, Cheryl Brost, Annie Sakamoto, Shawn Ramirez, Ron Ortiz, Will Powell, Tommy Marquez, Pat Sherwood, Dave Castro, Greg Glassman of course, Ben Bergeron, CJ Martin and Lauren and Garret Fisher! I could go on and on!
What does a Typical Day/Week look like during the Open?
So excited! It’s Saturday, The sun is shining, online qualifier prep has begun and I get to do a full day of training! Hoping to get in some squats, clean and jerk and then finish up with a passion wiod to remember it’s Good Friday and Easter weekend!!! . 📷 @williamking_ . #resurrection #lovinggod #lovinglife #crossfit #crossfitgames @revive_rx @comptrainmasters @rocktape @whoop @insidetracker @paleoworks
What is one thing (CrossFit related or not) that you are obsessed with at the moment?
"CrossFit is pretty much my only obsession at the moment and of course right now all I think about is the online qualifier, so pretty much everything I do, training, recovery, nutrition, all revolves around preparing for the qualifier. If I wasn't doing CrossFit I'd probably be obsessed with guitar and vocals ....I still love rock and roll."
On a lighter note, no pun intended what is your favorite music to listen to while you train?
"Without a doubt I am a diehard classic rock fan but I am pretty picky about which classic rock. Some of my favorites are AC/DC, Def Leppard, Damn Yankees, Boston and Styx."
Reflecting back on last year‘s victory I couldn’t be more thankful to God, my family and the whole CrossFit community for such awesome support! Just got to keep believing!!!thanks also to my sponsors who continue to keep believing I can keep doing this! We masters continue to defy age with every rep every day!!! #defyage #crossfitmasters #crossfit #crossfitgames @screaming_eagle_crossfit @revive_rx @rocktape @xendurance @aerobiccapacity @paleoworks @crossfitgames @comptrainmasters @dandelomba @benbergeron @whoop @faithrxd
Simply put - David Hippensteel is not just the "Fittest Man on Earth" but could easily just be referred to as "The Man". As mentioned before Dave placed first in the "CrossFit Games Open" and now prepares himself for the online qualifier. We will all be watching this year as the events unfold and personally I hope he gets his 3-peat at this years CrossFit Games. Big thanks to Dave for taking the time out to making this article happen! "Rock On Dave! " See you at the Games!