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What It Takes to Win
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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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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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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Don’t expect much

To be honest not the greatest book that I have listened to, you keep waiting for it to really kick up a gear and get interesting but it never happens! Also a bit to god squad for me.

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Interesting

Rich is a real nice guy. He was brought up well and is a devout Christian. He does lots of excercise due to a disciplined upbringing.

That is the bones of this biography. it doesn't get much more thrilling than that. If you are a crossfitter then I would definitely recommend listening to this.

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  • Samire
  • 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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  • shane merchant
  • 22-09-19

Great read!

As a CrossFit fan and athlete I really enjoyed getting to here the story of this amazing person!

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  • Cy F.
  • 19-08-19

Amazing Book

I have always admired Rich Froning from the first time I saw him at the games. I finally had a chance to listen to his book and I am super glad I did. What an amazing story of Faith, Family and Fitness. If you are debating on buying this book, don't just buy it you won't regret it.

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  • richard w nebel
  • 05-08-19

Love me some Rich but...

Rich’s story is awesome, and the book was great but there were just a few things that got on my nerves with this audio version of the book. Being an avid crossfitter, I’m familiar with the daily language obviously. Listening to the narrator spell out W.O.D. every time (instead of just saying “wad”) was like nails down a chalkboard. Spelling out HSPU every time instead of saying handstand push-ups was also annoying. He also referenced Dan Bailey as “Dave” a few times.
I totally understand that the narrator has probably never set foot in a crossfit gym, so this is a new language to him as well, but maybe someone could’ve went over with him how to say these certain things before reading one of the most iconic people of that sport’s book. Lol.

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  • Wayne Halbert
  • 26-06-19

Inspiring and enjoyable read

Finished in only a few days! Great to hear Rich's story! Thanks Rich for your incredible example of work ethic and faith!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-06-19

Good to see a brother speaking honestly

Thankful for the testimony of Christ’s power in the ordinary faithful life. Fan of Rich’s and grateful for what God’s done in his accomplishments! May God get glory through others who come here to hear about the source of Rich’s strength!

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  • Robert Pascarella
  • 27-04-19

Inspiring

we absolutely love this book and the story behind it. Rich Froning is an amazing man and we cannot wait for more information on him and his history and legacy that he is building.

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  • Jbarker61981
  • 14-03-19

great book and well written

awesome story and a great read. I enjoyed the amount of faith story Rich shared.