Athlete Profile

Athlete: David Hippensteel

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Central East
Screaming Eagle
163 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad--
Sprint 400m1:14
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk225 lb
Snatch175 lb
Deadlift408 lb
Back Squat350 lb
Max Pull-ups50


I love being a part of the Crossfit movement. It's a movement that is helping people understand that a new and redefined level of fitness exists that can not only get people into the best shape of their lives but also give them a higher quality of life. I began CrossFit after my daughter, Heather, told me about it. I started doing the workouts, thinking they would help my triathlon training. They definitely did that, but once I competed in the 2012 open and took 74th in my age group I was hooked. I set my sights on the 2013 open hoping that by some small chance I would make the top 20. I ended up winning the open and was thrilled to take 5th place in the 2013 Games. The games were incredible not just because of the opportunity to compete but for being able to meet so many other people from all over the world who share a passion for fitness. In the 2014 open it was stacked with a lot of new 55 year olds but I still was able to secure 2cd place being beaten only by the legendary Gord Mackinnon. It was also the first year of a masters qualifier in which I ended up third overall. The 2014 games was another great experience and I took home another 5th place. In the 2015 CrossFit open which was actually my last year in this age division I took 7th and in the masters qualifier I placed ninth. I was the only 59 year old who qualified for the games that year which made it three in a row. Since this was my last year at the games in this age group I was thrilled to be able to stay in the top 10 with a ninth Place finish overall. So thankful my daughter, Heather, got me started in CrossFit and whose team Invictus took first place in the team division in 2014. This year, 2016, I'm finally the youngest in my age group and qualifed again with a second-place finish in the open and second in the Masters qualifier right behind three-time CrossFit champion and legend Scott Olson. Between the open and the Masters qualifier I was super excited to be the only one to win three of the nine events. Finally, I'm so thankful to God for his faithfulness, for my family, my wife Carol and our 4 kids, Jonathan, Heather, Joelle & Troy, all of which have also caught the vision of fitness and are accomplishing goals in both CrossFit and other sports. Also thankful for our friends and the support of everyone at Screaming Eagle CrossFit in Clarksville, Tennessee.


How I Eat

I eat strict Paleo

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

Started Paleo about 6 months ago. 90-95% strict

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I incorporate workouts

I write my own programming

I record my workouts

Do a combination of programming from other coaches and myself to make sure I'm not neglecting any of my weaknesses.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have attended one or more specialty courses

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

I train other people

Started alone , but then discovered a great affiliate at CrossFit Solafide and then they encouraged me to open my own box so in April of 2013 I opened, " Screaming Eagle CrossFit" in Clarksville, TN

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week

I strictly schedule my rest days

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years


Athlete Coverage

    The 2016 Open is officially over but there is still time to lament how painful 16.5 was. In a year chock-full of firsts, the first repeat movement in Open history was none other than the...
Article, Posted Thu, 03.31.16
  Four-time Games competitor Kara Webb and reigning Fittest Man on Earth Ben Smith have set the world's best scores on Open Workout 16.2. Athletes were given 4 minutes to finish 25 toes-to-...
Article, Posted Mon, 03.07.16
Video, Posted Sat, 07.25.15
Competitors’ ages span more than 50 years.     Dave Castro once said CrossFit doesn’t have a demographic. “What I mean by that is we’re for everyone. The stories always surprise me,”...
Article, Posted Thu, 07.23.15
On this CrossFit Games Update, host Sean Woodland and analyst Pat Sherwood, along with special guest, four-time CrossFit Games competitor Dan Bailey, break down every men's masters division in the...
Video, Posted Wed, 04.22.15
Day 3. Follow Amanda Allen, David Hippensteel and Scott Olson—three seasoned athletes—as they fight for top spots at the 2014 Games. Video by Michael McCoy. 
Video, Posted Mon, 04.20.15
Day 2. Follow Amanda Allen, David Hippensteel and Scott Olson—three seasoned athletes—as they fight for top spots at the 2014 Games. Video by Michael McCoy. 
Video, Posted Sun, 04.19.15
Day 1. Follow Amanda Allen, David Hippensteel and Scott Olson—three seasoned athletes—as they fight for top spots at the 2014 Games. Video by Michael McCoy.
Video, Posted Sat, 04.18.15
The fittest over 40 take on Oly lifting on Day 3. Ten CrossFit Games champions will be crowned today as the Masters divisions wrap competition after two final events. With two...
Article, Posted Thu, 07.25.13
“We’re the kind of family that has pull-up bars in every doorway.”    In little more than a week, David Hippensteel will prove his fitness in the Masters Men 55-59 Division at the...
Article, Posted Fri, 07.19.13