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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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  • 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.

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  • Wayne Halbert
  • 2019-06-26

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
  • 2019-06-16

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
  • 2019-04-27

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
  • 2019-03-14

great book and well written

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

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  • Javier
  • 2019-03-05

The story of Rich and how religion affects his lif

Good book for the readers interested in the life of Rich Froning. For all those people addict to Crossfit just looking for tips about how to train, how to eat or how to win Crossfit competitions: Don't buy this book. This book is not for you because he doesn't talk about that and you'll be disappointed overall.