First: What It Takes to Win
From the Back Cover
What does it take to be the best?
Strength. Endurance. Skill. Discipline. Those are the qualities that made Rich Froning a two-time CrossFit Games champion and earned him the title of “The Fittest Man on Earth.” But it takes more than sheer 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 competes in back-to-back-to-back CrossFit Games and get an inside look into the CrossFit phenomenon that is sweeping the world as well as a personal glimpse into the life of the down-to-earth champion. From the infamous rope climb that cost him the title in 2010 through his subsequent wins in 2011 and 2012, Rich shares invaluable lessons, priorities, and insights that have transformed his life and career and ultimately underscore what CrossFit is all about.
Most important, Rich shares the secret to his own success both in and out of the gym: when God comes first, everything else falls into place.
About the Author
In 2011, Rich Froning took first place in the CrossFit Games, earning him the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.” In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Rich successfully defended his title, becoming the first man ever to win the Games four times. He lives in Tennessee.
David Thomas is coauthor of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Wrestling for My Life with Shawn Michaels and Foxcatcher with Mark Schultz.
Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations. –This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Reviews of First: What It Takes to Win
Review 1: Quick Read
I am so happy that I took the time to read about the THREE time Crossfit champion. It wasn’t the best written book but I have to admit that I really enjoyed it (especially since it was two weeks before the 2013 Crossfit Games). I read it in one long travel day: in the airport and on the plane. Since then I have passed it along to another friend from our box. They said that they liked it also. Again, not the best written book but the story is very inspirational.
Note: for a over 40 person I did get some laughs about a 25 year old getting “aches and pains” – just you wait Rich Froning!