Dave Castro Is Writing a Book About the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

Every year the Reebok CrossFit Games coverage gets better and better, and we’ve just been treated to a very cool, in-depth article from Reebok HQ in which a writer tails Dave Castro for a few days during the first week of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals.

Castro, of course, is the director of the Reebok CrossFit Games and has programmed every event of every CrossFit Games ever — he even hosted the first CrossFit Games ten years ago at his parents’ ranch in Aromas, California.

He doesn’t give a ton of interviews, and there are a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits about his process. He discusses a secret facility where he tests the workouts before announcing them, and even addresses why there are no barbells:

Dumbbells are underused in the [CrossFit] community, and Coach Glassman is a huge fan of them. I always thought it would be cool to program an event that just uses dumbbells. After last year’s Games, the timing felt right. I decided right then that this year I would introduce the dumbbell into the Open, and program Regionals to be purely dumbbells. (…) While programming, I realized I could set things up so the entire Regionals competition required only one dumbbell weight. Using that same dumbbell weight across different movements highlights how much you can do with a single piece of equipment.

He also drops some hints as to the future of the Reebok CrossFit Games, at one point saying, “Next year, I don’t know what I’m going to do, though, because I’m not sure the Regionals format will look the same. That’s all I’m going to say about that for now.”

And then there’s the book.

“I’m actually writing a book chronicling my thought process around the 2017 Games.,” he reveals to Maureen Quirk, Reebok’s Associate Manager of editorial content. “I want it to be a glimpse at everything that goes through my head as I think about programming the Games. Every event and every workout is a reflection of where we’re at in this stage of the sport’s development. And it’s all about the sport’s development. That’s what keeps me up at night.”

While the book probably won’t wind up at the top of the bestseller lists, we know its release will be a momentous event in its own right in the world of strength sports and functional fitness, and we sure can’t wait to read it. In the meantime, all eyes are on

Images courtesy of Maureen Quirk and Reebok.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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