The CrossFit craze has proven to be a lot more than just a craze with gyms popping up in every neighborhood, an already huge and growing following, and even its own annual event to crown the Fittest Man (and Woman) Alive.
From these CrossFit stars, Rich Froning has emerged as the biggest name in the sport, winning the CrossFit Games in 2011 and 2012. He took a moment to talk to Muscle & Fitness from his home in Cookeville, Tennessee before he left for Chile for an event to answer questions from readers.
Muscle & Fitness: Hey Rich! How is everything? Thanks so much for doing this. We got a lot of great questions from your fans.
Rich Froning: No problem, glad to help. Going good. Getting ready to go to Chile tomorrow for BSN.
Daniel Haas asks: “How do you get started as a CrossFitter?”
Rich Froning: I had a professor show me CrossFit videos when I working on my undergrad. Tried some workouts, got hooked, built a little set up in my Dad's barn... the rest is history.
Jackie Colson asks: “How do you best get motivated for a workout?”
Rich Froning: I just really enjoy working out.
Matt Carpenter asks: “What kinds of bodybuilding, powerlifting or isolation exercises, if any, do you incorporate into your workout schedule?
Rich Froning: Olympic lifts several days a week, Powerlifting the same... but no isolation movements.
Gaddiel Pizarro asks: “Can someone still look like a bodybuilder doing CrossFit alone?”
Rich Froning: Yes! Just lift heavy stuff a lot!
Derek Angerman asks: “In your diet, how many grams of protein are you taking in on a normal day?”
Rich Froning: No clue, I don't keep track of any of that stuff.
Quinn Fogel asks: “What do you normally take for pre- and post-workout supplementation? And what types of food do you eat after finishing a workout?”
Rich Froning: No pre-workout... I take Syntha-6, Amino-X, and cell mass occasionally. I just like food, so I eat whatever
BetaNOX Ultimate Energy asks: “Rich, are you completely Paleo?”
Rich Froning: Not paleo at all.
Muscle & Fitness: Is there any dieting philosophy you abide by?
Rich Froning: No, ha, but I don't really like bread or pasta so that helps.
Dennis Zuccolotto asks: “Would you consider playing a pro sport? I could see you as a fullback or a mixed martial artist.”
Rich Froning: I love sports so growing up I always wanted to play professional baseball or football! MMA... I don't do well with getting shot in the face!
Marco Antonio Morales asks: “Have you ever had an injury during your training? If so, how did you power through and succeed?”
Rich Froning: I screwed up my lower back after the 2010 CrossFit Games... KStar's mobilitywod.com helped me a TON
Bogden Kotzev asks: “How do you keep your joints healthy?”
Rich Froning: By working out ha! I take fish oil but other than that I just work on efficiency and body position, which usually protects my joints pretty well