First

What It Takes to Win
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (489 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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  • pargi1988
  • 09-01-17

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
  • 04-17-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

very motivating

i really enjoyed this book it helped keep me focused on training and pushing myself

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  • M. Evans
  • 08-21-19

Excellent

Well read, great balanced content and inspirational. Easy read on audible too ! Would definitely recommend.

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  • Paul
  • 02-07-19

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
  • 01-31-19

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
  • 11-23-18

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
  • 09-17-18

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
  • 06-07-18

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
  • 05-22-18

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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  • Daniel
  • 09-01-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-18

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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  • Livsword
  • 08-07-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-17

Rich Froning

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