Rich Froning is a freak of nature. While his extremely fit physique proves this fact, his more than impressive resume confirms it. Known as one of the most prolific CrossFit Games athletes in recent years, Froning is more notably the only athlete to repeat as CrossFit Games Men’s Champion in the history of the competition. The Tennessee native swept up the competition in both 2011 and 2012 and showed no signs of slowing down as he completed a three-peat at the 2013 Games.
Coming from humble beginnings, Froning took interest in the sport when introduced to it by a college professor in 2009. He didn’t offically compete in the Games until 2010, but since then, he’s wracked up quite the stat sheet, not to mention a massive fan following. You don’t think of the sport of CrossFit, without mentioning the name Rich Froning.
When he is not competing in the CrossFit Games, Froning can be found taking part in his other passion; his very own CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Mayhem in his hometown of Cookeville, Tennessee.
Froning is a true ambassador to the training world and continues to prove himself at The Fittest Man On Earth.
Q & A
When did you first start training in life? Where and why?
I started training in 8th grade with the high school football team, because I was tired of being fat.
When did you turn pro?
I'm still not technically pro, I work for a living.
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
The tattoo on my side or my headband.
Who was your inspiration growing up:
Within your sport:
our sport is so new I wasn't a kid when I kid CrossFit, but some of the earlier Games competitors I looked up to we're Jason Khalipa, Rob Orlando, and Mikko Salo
Outside your sport:
What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
My faith in Christ, I would be nothing with out it.
Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
If you weren’t killing it in the gym/at The Games, what would you be doing for a living?
I'd probably work for the Fire Department and own a gym.
How do you feel about the recent popularity of CrossFit as a legitimate sport and in the lives of “average” people?
I think it's awesome how the Games have grown but I think it's even more awesome to see how much the CrossFit Community has grown, because that is really what CrossFit is about!
What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?
haven't found one yet.
Finish this sentence: “Oakley is ________”
a great company full of great people that make great stuff and always chasing perfections.
What is the best song to work out to?
"Always" Kristian Stanfill
What is your go to workout?
Anything with the Air Dyne
Toughest workout you’ve ever done…
Too many to name, most of the workouts at the games.
Food: Bacon Explosion
Vacation Spot: Beach or Lake
Airline: Any but US Airways
Sport (Besides your own): Football/Baseball/Hockey
Music Genre: Christian
Animal:Black Lab (Gilligan)
One word Association: