Rich Froning: How I Become The Fittest Man On Earth


Rich Froning is the guy who strongly believes that there are no limitations to human power. The time required to cover a certain distance keeps getting lower and the maximum weight on all lifts keeps getting heavier in CrossFit. So when you decide to do something you love, do not start with any boundaries in mind, at least clear the ones you might already have in your mind.

 The fitness lifestyle

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With worldwide epidemic of obesity the exercise has become an important mean to retain health and sanity for many people all over the world. CrossFit transformed exercise into a sport. There are divided opinions on the sanctity of CrossFit. The haters find it too dangerous and hazardous while the followers pursue it like a religion.

However, the four-time world champion Rich Froning Jr. endorses CrossFit as one of the best ways of balanced fitness. As a sport, it is combination of being a heavy lifter and endurance runner with required skills  of lifting heavy objects from the ground, pulling your own body weight and testing aerobic capacity of your body in limited time frame.

Searching for a new identity through CrossFit

Rich Froning had a very active childhood. With interest in baseball and American football, Froning became a student firefighter for four years until he graduated. In 2009, he saw CrossFit videos online and out of sheer interest started with level 1of CrossFit certification.

He set up his own gym with basic equipment in his father’s garage. He then started to exercise daily CrossFit workouts aka WODs posted by the CrossFit headquarters on their official website. After achieving reasonably comparable times with competing Cross-fit athletes, Rich decided to try out for the 2010 CrossFit games hoping not to come last.

The first major setback

Exceeding his own expectations, Froning easily went through all the preliminary events working his way up to coming first, until the final part of the main event, the rope climb, left him with a bitter defeat. Full of pride and confidence, Froning started to climb the rope using only his hands to support his entire body weight and was not cautious enough to include the use of his legs. In one fraction of a second Rich lost his balance and come stumbling down to the ground to finish in second place in the 2010 games.

Learning from that setback, Rich who absolutely hates to lose, continued with complete devotion to his daily training and hopes to achieve and retain the CrossFit title of ‘Fittest Man on Earth,’ for 4 consecutive years thereafter.

You have to be a little crazy to be the best at anything

When asked about his training methods and his seeming invincibility at the CrossFit Games, Froning replies that success is result of long period of many sacrifices put together. There is no single big ingredient to dictate it. He admits that he may not be the smartest competitor in the arena, but he is certainly the hardest working. Adapting to high-volume workouts, he often performed up to seven workouts a day during his preparation for the games!

Listen to your body, set your own rules and stick with it!

He is not following any particular diet and trains by instinct rather than by general recommendations, without days for rest. He is eating very little during the day using protein shakes and reserves his heaviest meals for nighttime.

When it comes to rest and recovery, he does not use any alarm clocks. He leaves his body  to decide when  is the time to wake up in the morning.

The one sure shot means to progress fast

Working and training in the company of those better than you will always ensure an automated steady progress without you even realizing it. Rich lifts in the company of men much stronger than him and runs in the company of faster runners to stay competitively engaged.

Rich Froning retired from individual events after 2014, now competing only in team events. At the same time, he also manages his own CrossFit gym in his hometown, Cookeville, Tennessee while also traveling all over the world to promote CrossFit.