Rich Froning has a reputation for being the best at, well, everything that relates to CrossFit® and the CrossFit Games. One of the main reasons for the three time Champion’s success is his consistency in having a high work capacity throughout all time and modal domains that the sport encompasses – from rowing and gymnastics to Olympic style weightlifting.
The training requirements to build this consistency should theoretically mean that Rich should be at a disadvantage to say a professional weightlifter, he simply can’t dedicate the time and focus to one modal domain. In spite of this, his abilities are not too far off world-class; Rich’s Snatch / Clean and Jerk total is just 20kg short of qualifying him for the internationally elite PanAm games in his weight class.
On the ladies side, the gap between PanAm Games qualifiers and CrossFit Games athletes is even smaller, even overlapping in some cases: The up and coming Maddy Myers for example, who has finished top ten in the South West region in every 2015 Crossfit Games Open event so far as well as qualifying for the PanAm Games in the 58kg class with a total of 189kg. Australian Kara Webb, who would be in the 75kg weight class with an impressive total of 208kg, more than qualifying her as an elite lifter, also holds two 2nd place finishes worldwide in the 2015 Open.
In the 2014 documentary “The test of Fitness” focusing on the CrossFit methodology, CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro had this to say about the future of Games athletes:
"They're all going to have 300-lb. snatches, they're all going to have 600-lb. deadlifts, they're all going to run sub-5 (minute) miles, they're all going to have sub-2:15 Frans."
—Dave Castro, on the future of CrossFit Games athletes
Where Rich’s progression as well as that of other up-and-comers like Matt Fraser certainly suggest this is on the horizon, will division of training requirements ultimately prevent this new breed of all-rounder from achieving par with the best in the world in each modal domain?
Rich Froning has a reputation for being the best at, well, everything that relates to CrossFit® and the CrossFit Games. One of the main reasons for the...Read More
Many of us, CrossFitters, weightlifters, strongmen, gymnasts, NFL players, and entrepreneurs alike have hit that wall at some point where we ask ourselves, "why am I still doing this?"
For me it was after a particularly frustrating attempt at deficit handstand push-ups that no matter how many times I tried, I fell on my head, repeatedly. With a pounding headache I sat down with my coach afterwards and he explained to me something I'll never forget, "Successful people aren't the ones who are the most talented, they are the ones who stick with it the longest." This simple statement put that frustrating day (and the many that have followed) into perspective. Whatever your walk of life, if success is your goal, you have to put countless hours into training, learning, improving, and most importantly: failing.
Many of you probably watched the 15.3 Open announcement and thought, "14 minutes of failed muscle up attempts..." But without that failure, we would never succeed. Those of you that actually had this experience, do you feel closer to successfully completing a muscle up? Did you learn anything from that repeated failure? My guess would be yes, even if you didn't get one. Anyone who has found success in any sport knows the ripe taste of failure better than anyone. Camille LeBlanc Bazinet has failed a muscle up. Remember when Rich Froning couldn't do a rope climb?
Start watching at at 16:30
Check out this video of Julie Foucher practicing her olympic lifts in 2009. Look familiar? It takes hours, days, weeks, years of failures to even come close to that feeling of true success. The question remains the same for all of us, how many times will you try?
Many of us, CrossFitters, weightlifters, strongmen, gymnasts, NFL players, and entrepreneurs alike have hit that wall at some point where we ask ourselves, "why am...Read More
Can you "Out Fran" Sam Briggs? Match Rich Fronings Backsquat? Or Snatch Like Lindsay Valenzuela?
Check out this awesome Infographic from the Crossfit Games page comparing the "Average" male and female athletes to last years Podium finishers at the 2013 Games.
Can you "Out Fran" Sam Briggs? Match Rich Fronings Backsquat? Or Snatch Like Lindsay Valenzuela? Check out this awesome Infographic from the Crossfit Games page...Read More