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What It Takes to Win
Written by: Rich Froning, David Thomas
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's 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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More of a catholic book then a CrossFit book

If you’re into Christianity and how your faith can help you in life; this is the book for you. If you want to know about Crossfit this is not the book for you.

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great book, terrible narration

I love CrossFit and Rich's story. I just wish it would have been narrated by someone different. It turned a very dramatic and exciting story into a dull grind that was harder to get through than Double Murph. I recommend buying the book and reading it yourself.

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  • Samire
  • 2016-01-10

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
  • 2015-07-20

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
  • 2015-10-16

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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  • Apryl
  • 2020-04-12

Great book!

Love this book. Rich sharing his faith is so inspiring. He is such a driven individual and very successful.

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  • J. Glynn
  • 2020-03-21

Loved it!

I liked getting to know the personal side of Rich Froning. I had no idea he was a Christian and really enjoyed hearing his faith walk.

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  • Michael C Tissaw
  • 2020-02-07

Great story

Even if you don’t CrossFit, Rich’s story is motivating and inspiring. I Loved listening to his story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-17

Inspiration in more ways than one

I originally read the hard copy which had a great effect on me, it inspired me to new spiritual and health/physical levels even though that is not the main purposes of the book. So I got the audiobook to listen to in traffic as well, a calming positive influence. Book is about the life of Rich Froning, which teaches the reader about not giving up and getting the right priorities in life.I can even recommend this to people who might not be Crossfit fans, truly uplifting.

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  • shane merchant
  • 2019-09-22

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.
  • 2019-08-19

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
  • 2019-08-05

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.