He became the first person to win the title of
"Fittest Man on Earth"
three times with his first place in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 CrossFit Games.
|Rich Froning Jr. at the 2012 CrossFit Games|
Rich Froning, Jr.
|Rich Froning The Fittest Man on Earth|
"The Fittest Man on Earth"
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA
Residence: Cookeville, Tennessee, USA
Education: Tennesse Tech (Exercise Science)
Spouse: Hillary Froning
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
Body Fat: about 5 to 8%
Max Pull-ups: 75
5 km Run: 20:00
Filthy Fifty: 23:00
Fight Gone Bad: 508
Power Clean: 265 lbs
Clean & Jerk: 370 lbs
Snatch: 300 lbs
Deadlift: 545 lbs
Back Squat: 445 lbs
Squat Clean: 315 lbs
Bench Press: 335 lbs
Occupation: CrossFit Athlete
Started CrossFit: July 2009 (At 22 years old)
Partners: Dan Bailey, Darren Hunsucker
3 time CrossFit Games Champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
CrossFit Games participation:
2010 CrossFit Games 2nd overall
2011 CrossFit Games Champion
2012 CrossFit Games Champion
2013 CrossFit Games Champion
Early life: Rich Froning was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Soon after he moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, where he currently resides. There he attended Cookeville High School where he played baseball and was an all-district, all-region second baseman. He also participated in football. Upon graduating in 2005, Froning received a baseball scholarship to Walter State Community College. Soon after, Froning decided to end his baseball career, and began working at the Cookeville Fire Department, while continuing his studies at Tennessee Technological University. While working out with the fire department, Froning became interested in CrossFit, which he soon developed a passion for and in 2009, he began coaching and competing.
Professional career: In 2010 Froning landed a spot in the 2010 CrossFit Games Central East Regional. Froning won this competition to move on to the national 2010 CrossFit Games, where he placed second. Froning won the 2011 CrossFit Games, taking the title of "Fittest man on Earth," winning the competition again in 2012 and 2013. Rich has recently opened up his own CrossFit gym in Cookeville, Tennessee.
He describes himself as: Servant of Christ. Husband. Son. Brother. Coach. CrossFitter. Galatians 6:14
Training: Rich Froning constantly varies his workouts with no particular rhyme or reason and follows basic CrossFit protocol (constantly varied workouts with intensity). He trains several times during the day, and works out with a variety of exercises ranging from interval training, efficiency and movement drills, and other Crossfit related workouts. One of Froning’s favorite workouts is the muscle-up, which is performed on gymnastics rings. In a typical training week, he does Olympic and Power Lift 5 days a week and Metcons 6 days a week.
After his 2011 CrossFit Games triumph he declared: “I had trained five times a day for a year for this event, but the first workout still surprised me,” says Froning, citing the 210m ocean swim, 1500m beach run, 50 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 200 squats and second 1500m beach run that constituted the first workout challenge.
Diet: Rich Froning does not adhere to the Paleo diet which is popular in the CrossFit community. His diet is not as strict as you might think. He doesn’t really eat that much, and only eats when his body tells him he’s hungry and needs to refuel. Froning eats the majority of his daily food in the evenings. A typical nighttime meal for Froning would be steak and chicken with a sweet potato or frozen vegetables. He doesn't follow a specific plan. During the day, Froning eats simple meals that provide him with the energy he needs to compete. The athlete is a fan of peanut butter, whole milk, and protein shakes.
Some of Froning's methods are discussed in his 2013 memoir, First: What It Takes to Win.
Rich Froning tattoo on his side: “Galatians 6:14″
Galatians 6:14 (NIV) May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.