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Summary

Reigning CrossFit world champion Rich Froning is "the fittest man on Earth". He's fast, he's strong, and he's incredibly disciplined. But it takes more than physical strength to compete and win at an elite level. It takes incredible mental and spiritual toughness as well. And it is the precise balance of all three that makes Rich Froning a champion.

In First, listeners follow Rich as he trains for and competes in back-to-back CrossFit world championships. Along the way Rich shares invaluable training tips, motivational techniques, and spiritual insights that, in keeping with the CrossFit philosophy, will prepare you to respond to any real-life physical, mental, or spiritual challenge.

©2013 Rich Froning (P)2015 Tantor

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not bad for fans

not a bad book. worth a listen. kind of nothing unexpected which is the only disappointment

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a little more god than I expected

Interesting story from a personal perspective but a little more god than I expected. I should mention I knew little about Rich except he'd won more crossfit games than anyone else.

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very personal

the book was not i expected, but an amazing listen. glad i got it.
great insight into who Rich is as a person. seems so humble with a great set of values!

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very motivating

i really enjoyed this book it helped keep me focused on training and pushing myself

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Excellent

Well read, great balanced content and inspirational. Easy read on audible too ! Would definitely recommend.

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Very flat, uninspiring, poorly delivered.

Very Flat, uninspiring, poorly delivered. Narration mirrors context. Stopped listening 2 hours in. One star.

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I really wanted to like this......................

I almost never leave reviews but, felt I should justify my low ratings:
Having seen this guy on the Crossfit Games videos I really wanted to know more about him and his life but......................... It wasn't an exciting listen and the narration / story involved so many references to the WOD (work out of the day) followed by a long list of other abbreviations and technical details of the workout I quickly got bored. Rich is a proud Christian and I found his openness to praise God for his good fortune refreshing at first but, soon got tired of it.
Overall, he's a great athlete and I'm in awe of his prowess but, didn't really enjoy the listen.

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Good Listen

I love Crossfit and im a big fan of Rich
bit to much God and religious talk but at tye end of the day Rich Froning is a big believer in his faith and God so you cant expect to listen/read a book about him and it not be in there.

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Froning, his fitness and his faith

Excellent insight into Froning and what drives him. Great family man and athlete. Was unaware of the role faith has in his life - his outlook and optimistic lifestyle is fairly inspiring.

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Inspiring

Great read.

I’m not a religious person but it was really interesting to hear about Rich’s faith and his story.

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  • 10-01-16

Inspiring

It is amazing to see how Rich's faith helped him to change his priorities. After putting God first, he was able to win the games twice(when this book was written), then twice more has an individual and once as a team. What an amazing way to glorify God by being the best at what he does.

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  • Rusty
  • 20-07-15

Fantastic

What a great down to earth Man! Read once and listened once. I recommend it to all :)

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  • D. E. Weerasinghe
  • 16-10-15

highly dissapointed

If you are a Rich Fronin fan boy then by all means get it. But if you are someone looking to oush your own performace to the next leevel you will get nothing here. Fronin describes in detail his childhood, all his competitipns in minute detail and praises God. Thats it!! No motivation, inspiration, and hardly any training tips. so unless you are a die hard fan of his pass this one up. Long and tedious too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Just okay

this man is someone I truly follow and look up to. i guess it was my expectations that were set too high prior to reading this book. its more like a biography which I watched on Amazon (his documentary). still learned a lot though and appreciate Rich even more 🤙🏼

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  • Ross F. Nelson
  • 26-08-20

Outstanding read

Great book for the young Christian athlete and those who enjoy CrossFit.

Rich has an amazing story to tell and this book does it in a great way. Wish I had found it a couple years earlier

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  • Kunal
  • 07-03-22

Not deep enough

Most of the book seems to be a high level commentary of CrossFit open which you could watch online.
Would loved to have gotten more details on what is happening underneath the hood. For example, Rich says that the events are 70% mental and 30% physical but there isn’t much mention of what mental strategies have worked.

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  • AWin617
  • 28-01-22

Entertaining

I very much enjoyed hearing about the ups and downs of a crossfit legend. How he developed mental toughness, his faith in God and how he doesn't want crossfit to define him. Really well narrated which draws you in to the story.

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  • Jeremiah Santini
  • 27-01-22

Wonderful Story, Great Lessons

I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2008. I remember seeing Rich coming up in the news and watching him get better. This audiobook went into good depth of Rich’s life and the struggles he faced along the way. I have great respect for him! I’d recommend this to anyone, since there are lessons peppered in that can apply to any formidable endeavor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-21

Inspirational

As a man of faith myself I am truly grateful for this book in reminding me how important it is to put God First.
The 3 F's
1. Faith
2. Family
3. Fitness

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  • Sean Pease
  • 22-10-21

Really enjoyed hearing the background to this great athlete

This was a great story and a good audio book. It was easy to follow and understand. I appreciated the way it was laid out. Highly recommend.