Rich Froning Jr., born July 21, 1987, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, USA, is an American CrossFit competitor.
Froning is a natural born athlete, having starred in baseball at Cookeville High School from 2001-2005. He was a two-time all-district and all-region second baseman, along with numerous other team awards. After graduating, Rich opted out of two college baseball scholarships to work at the Cookeville Fire Department for over three years while he attended Tennessee Technological University.
Froning discovered his passion for CrossFit training and competition in 2009, and would soon go on to become one of the biggest names in the fast-emerging sport. In 2010, after first-place finishes at sectionals and regionals, Rich made his mark in the CrossFit community with a dramatic second-place finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games Finals in Carson, CA. In 2011, after much anticipation through the open sectionals and team regionals, Rich once again forged through the fierce competition in the men’s individual finals to take first place in the 2011 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.