Tuesday, December 3, 2013


*I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale House, in exchange for an unbiased written review*
I don't know if you have ever heard of Crossfit, but it's a great way to get fit. Some people, like my handsome husband take it pretty seriously. He's actually now a crossfit instructor. As with everything men do, there are competitions for those who just have to see who's best. I laugh because I'm not competitive at all, but I do love to watch they guys battle things out. There are crossfit games for women too, don't get me wrong.

This is Rich Froning's story, the two time world champion who has been announced the fittest man on earth. I've watched him compete of course and know who he is because my husband is a fan. I have to admit he's amazing to watch but what is even better than his muscles is his kindness and generosity. After he whoops the other guys he encourages them to the finish and stands there cheering for them. I've seen it time and again. Inspirational.
I read this book knowing who he is, but enjoyed finding out more. Perhaps because I had some serious PMS and was a tad emotional, I had a good cry while reading about how he proposed to his gorgeous wife, Hillary. He's really romantic too?! Is there anything Rich lacks? This guy is the complete All-American package, an athlete, good looking as heck, smart, was a firefighter, is  a polite southern boy, and he loves his family. But what I am really impressed with is his faith in Christ and how he is open about it and shares it with the public and his fans. I follow him on twitter and he frequently tweets Bible verses.
If you're not a crossfit fan, you will still enjoy this wonderful guy's story. Young men in your life? By all means, get the this book. The world could use more men like Rich Froning. What a great role model.
First was a great read, now I better give it up to my husband who has been waiting to get his hands on my copy!

Publisher's Description

Physical Strength Can Only Take You So Far

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, readers come alongside Rich as he trains for and competes in back-to-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 and spiritual challenge.

Author Info

Rich Froning is a natural born athlete. Rich discovered his passion for CrossFit training and competition in 2009. In 2010, Rich made his mark in the CrossFit community with a dramatic second-place finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games. In 2011, after much anticipation Rich took first place in the CrossFit Games, earning him the title, "Fittest Man on Earth." In 2012 Rich successfully defended his title, becoming the first man ever to win the Games twice and cementing his place as the top CrossFit athlete in the world.

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