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What It Takes to Win
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)
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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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Good overall story

It was a good story and liked how he explained he newly found faith.

There was a bit too much simple naration at some parts.

But overall good book.

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Great insights into a Christian athlete

Loved it. A God send for me at this point in time of my life. Blessings to you and your family Rich Froning.

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Genuine and well rounded bio!

Insightful and grounded account of Fronning's perspective on life and what he has achieved. Some might find his point of view provoking but I was inspired that he chose to stand firm on what he believes. Extra respect!

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Rich Froning

Love this guy & his autobiography. Love the book have to go back & re-listen to some parts. Chapter 8 to the end.

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  • Samire
  • 10-01-2016

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
  • 20-07-2015

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
  • 16-10-2015

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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  • Jbarker61981
  • 14-03-2019

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
  • 05-03-2019

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.

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  • Carlos Barrios Gonzalez
  • 15-02-2019

Loved the Book, his story and his Faith!

A must read for any Crossfit, sports competitor, or fitness interested individuals seeking to grow as a person and competitor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2018

Christ & Crossfit

I loved learning about Rich’s life & what makes him Rich. But I loved how he put things in perspective of his faith without being preachy, yet giving God all the glory! His telling of past CrossFit games was great too!! I hope he writes more!

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  • Megan Haney
  • 21-10-2018

Inspirational!

Very encouraging! He has a very interesting background. I highly recommend for all ages. Great listen!

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  • Calee Corazalla
  • 15-10-2018

Inspirational

loved the book and Rich's passion for the sport and faith. Would recommend for anyone to read.

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  • Danna
  • 05-03-2018

First

Really liked his personal philosophy towards CrossFit, Faith, Family, Fitness, etc. Wish he had read it himself! Only critic. He’s quite at amazing athlete and person.

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  • pargi1988
  • 01-09-2017

not bad for fans

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

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  • James C Thompson
  • 17-04-2017

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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  • Paul
  • 07-02-2019

Very flat, uninspiring, poorly delivered.

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

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  • Yorkshireterrier38
  • 31-01-2019

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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  • Chris Bramley
  • 23-11-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2018

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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  • Mikes
  • 07-06-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2017

great listen

great insite to a very committed and dedicated athlete, a true professional who has achieved great results