Athlete Profile

Athlete: Richard Henson

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Northern California
185 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk185 lb
Snatch145 lb
Deadlift360 lb
Back Squat285 lb
Max Pull-ups25



How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week

I don't watch my diet as close as I could. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat, primarily chicken, fish, and vegetables and practice portion control. I do cheat with red meat occasionally. I used to drink a lot of soda and energy drinks; however, have stopped both completely. Between my son, (my trainer), and my wife, (the boss), I have a lot of help staying away from sugar drinks, sweets, and other things that I like that aren't good for me. .

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I record my workouts

I train daily with my son, (Rich Henson II). He is the reason that I am a Crossfitter and the reason that I competed in the 2012 Reebok-CrossFit Games and placed 10th. He is a personal trainer as well as a Level 1 Certified CrossFit trainer. He knows me better than I know myself. He programs all of my workouts and does most of them with me. He helps me to stay calm and focused. He is a safety fanatic and is constantly critiquing my technique. I respect him and trust him completely to keep me on the path to CrossFit fitness for life.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played all of the main team sports in high school; however, was primarily a baseball player. After high school, I started studying various martial arts with Kenpo karate as my main focus. I studied Kenpo for about 7 years and followed the tournament fighting circut for a couple of years. I have played a lot of raquet ball over the years as well. CrossFit is my sport now. I would be at the box training all day every day if my work, (and wife), would allow it. It is a very difficult, yet satisfying sport.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I strictly schedule my rest days

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

I started working out three days a week. After a short while, I changed to four days a week. I currently work out four days a week with Wednesdays and weekends off. My workouts are totally structured with warm up, stretching, skill sets, and the W.O.D.. Games training requires additional training; however, it varies.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years

I started doing CrossFit in August of 2011 when my son opened CrossFit 530 in Redding, CA.


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