For the fittest man on Earth, life is pretty normal: a wife, a dog, a house.
In Part 1 of this five-part series, we get inside Rich Froning Jr.’s Tennessee home and learn more about the man who this year became the first two-time CrossFit Games champion.
For starters, Froning’s wife, Hillary, doesn’t do CrossFit.
“She’s good for me. Keeps me level-headed, that’s for sure,” Rich says. “Very supportive of what I do but doesn’t care anything about it, which is good ’cause then I don’t have to worry about how well I do for her.”
In Part 2, the 25-year-old reveals that he’s a nervous wreck before competitions.
“I hate it. I hate competing. I don’t know why I do it,” he says. But as soon as he hears the word “Go!” the nerves vanish.
In Part 3, Froning shares his thoughts on defending his CrossFit Games crown in 2012.
“It’s not that you have to be the best at anything; you just can’t suck at anything. I sucked at a rope climb and what happened?” he says, referencing his 2010 performance at the Games, when he finished second partially due to a lack of efficient technique on rope climbs. “CrossFit’s not just a physical thing. It’s more mental, I think. I’m sure there’s people out there way fitter than me, physically—but mentally and physically ... .”
In Part 4, get a closer look at the real life of a fitness celebrity as Froning explains a bacon explosion and argues with his wife over a bee sting and a fever blister.
In Part 5, the couple has playful arguments over how to stain the kitchen table and Froning’s bathroom habits. Next, we catch a glimpse of the athlete playing flag football and even meet Froning’s mom, Janice.
“I’m just so proud of him,” she says. “He’s just so naturally gifted. He loves what he does, and he’s excelled at it that it makes it just surreal to watch, especially to the level that it’s at.”
Video by Jordan Gravatt.
Part 1: 14min 36sec
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Part 2: 14min 13sec
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Part 3: 15min 26sec
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Part 4: 14min 19sec
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Part 5: 20min 2sec
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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 236 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 8, 2012.