The AT50: CrossFitter Rich Froning (#47)
Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.
Highlights: First ever back-to-back champion in the Reebok CrossFit Games (2011, 2012); former NCAA college baseball player at Tennessee Tech
Quote: "Surprisingly, my diet isn’t that great. I eat a lot of peanut butter and drink a lot of whole milk."
Fact: Froning was a firefighter for 4 years.
AT50 Point Total: 33
Many of Rich Froning's records are in events that most people haven't even heard of, blazing through timed workouts in the rising sport of CrossFit. Still, when you're sporting the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" for your second straight year at the tender age of 25, it demands attention. Froning picked up CrossFit—"the sport of fitness"—shortly after graduating from Tennessee Tech in 2009, and quickly established a name in the sport by placing second at the Crossfit Games in 2010. He went on to win in 2011 and 2012, making him a fitness celebrity and the sport’s first repeat champion. There are, of course, hard numbers behind Froning's athletic prowess that translate for you and me: at 195 pounds, he deadlifts 525 pounds, squats 425 pounds, snatches 270 pounds, bench presses 335 pounds and can perform 70 straight pull-ups. Fittest man on Earth? Maybe. A fitness beast? Definitely.