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Train With The World's Fittest Man: Rich Froning CrossFit Workout!

Doing CrossFit with Rich Froning is like playing hoops with LeBron or golf with Tiger. Let's see if you can hang!

I've never competed as a bodybuilder, but I trained like a bodybuilder for many years. I started doing CrossFit as a supplement to my regular training. Then, I fell in love with it and I haven't looked back! You don't have to be a CrossFit competitor to do CrossFit-style workouts. If you're a bodybuilder, physique athlete, or even someone new to fitness, you can use a CrossFit workout as your cardio day, or you can add the movements to your normal routine for a new challenge.

If you want to add a CrossFit workout to your program, try this one. It's a quick, fast burner that will improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, work capacity, and more. This workout will also help your grip and coordination. You might even learn some new movements!

Rich Froning Workout

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This workout is designed for anyone. It's a CrossFit-inspired metabolic-conditioning circuit. There's a push, a pull, and a cardio element. As soon as your push gets uncomfortable, move to the pull. When the pull becomes an issue, move to the jump rope. Jumping rope will make you tired and challenge your forearms just enough to make the other two movements a bit harder.

The workout isn't fancy: You don't need much equipment, and you can do it in less than 10 minutes.

Here's what you'll do:

This workout is done for time. Complete all the work as quickly and efficiently as possible. There are no programmed rest periods; the only breaks you get are during transitions from movement to movement.

You'll begin with shoulder to overhead (STO). After you complete 15 reps, you'll go directly to pull-ups (PU) and do 15 reps. After you're done with pull-ups, you'll do 30 double-unders (DU).When you're done with the DUs, return to STO and do 12 reps. Then you'll do 12 reps of PUs and another 30 reps of DUs. You'll keep repeating that pattern. The STO and PUs will go down by three reps each set, while the double-unders remain constant at 30 reps.

The Movements

Shoulder to Overhead

The point of this movement is to get the barbell from your shoulders to over your head. Your arms must be completely locked out and the bar must end up over the center of your body. There are three ways to do STO, which I'll go over below.

Pull-Up

A pull-up rep counts when your chin is above the bar. There are multiple ways to do pull-ups for a CrossFit workout.

Double-Under

A lot of people are going to hate these. Yes, they're difficult. The rope goes under you twice in a single jump. The trick is to keep your hands slightly in front of you and close together. The wider your hands are and the farther they are away from your body, the shorter the rope is. That's when you start smacking yourself in the shins. It might take some work to get the timing right.

Scaling the Workout

One of the awesome things about CrossFit is that it's infinitely scalable. Meaning, if you can't do a movement as prescribed, then you can make it less difficult. If you can't lift the prescribed weight, or aren't coordinated enough for a particular move, there's always another option. You can go from an elite level to a very basic level by making a few simple changes.

For this workout, your goal is to finish somewhere between 5 and 7 minutes. So, scale the moves and weight appropriately. If your weight is so heavy that you are taking more than 10 minutes to finish, you're missing the point of the workout. If, however, the weight or the movement is scaled back too far, then you're not going to challenge yourself like you should.

Here are some options:

Shoulder to Overhead

OPTION 1 // Shoulder Press

For this movement, your feet should be right underneath your hips, your hands just outside the shoulders. The bar will rest on your shoulders. Keep your elbows up slightly and in front of the bar. If your elbows are behind the bar, then you're pushing the bar out instead of up. We want the bar to go straight up and straight down.

Press the bar up and tuck your chin. Make sure you use active shoulders at the top, pulling your ribcage down, and tightening your core to protect your spine. You should feel good support all the way through the movement. Bring the bar down in the same path as it went up. The more straight up and down you move the bar, the more efficient the movement is, the better it is, and the safer it is.

OPTION 2 // Push Press

A push press is similar to the shoulder press, but we're going to add some velocity. Once you get tired, you're going to want to save your shoulders and use your legs. Begin the same way you would with a shoulder press, except this time, you'll do a quick dip with your knees. Use that momentum from your hips to drive the bar up. Don't dip your chest forward, because then the bar will go out instead of up. Keep the bar over the center of your mass.

OPTION 3 // Push Jerk

The push jerk is probably the most efficient movement, but it also takes a little more coordination and uses the most musculature. You'll do the same dip as the push press and same press as the shoulder press, but you're going to retreat slightly under the bar. So, your legs should be bent and the bar will be over your head. In order for the rep to be complete, your legs must be locked, and your shoulders and arms fully extended. If you widen your feet on the jump, make sure you bring them back in at the top of the rep.

Pull-Up

OPTION 1 // Strict Pull-Up

Everybody knows how to do a pull-up. You pull up! Your chin should end up all the way over the bar. Keep your shoulders active at the bottom; don't just let yourself fall down or let the shoulders fall out of the joint. The problem with doing strict pull-ups during a workout like this is that they're not very fast or efficient. There are ways to add speed.

OPTION 2 // Kipping Pull-Up

Add velocity to the pull-up by using the kip. A lot of people think this is a leg-based movement. In reality, it starts in the core. I've heard negative comments about people kipping, like, "Oh, they're just flailing around on the pull-up bar." The whole point of the kip is to do more work in less time. Your chin still goes over the bar; your shoulders are still active.

OPTION 3 // Butterfly Kip

This type of pull-up is a little faster than the kip. You can get more work done in less time. The essentials, however, are the same: your chin is above the bar, and your shoulders are still active. Butterfly kips take some practice; don't stress too much if you don't get them right away.

More Options

If you can't do any of these options, you can still do the workout. Use an assisted pull-up machine, use a band, do jumping pull-ups from a box, or do inverted rows. Scale according to your skill level.

Double-Under

OPTION 1 // Singles

If you can't do double-unders, then do single-unders. If you choose to just do singles, double the amount of jumps. So, instead of 30, do 60. If you can't do 5-10 double-unders without whipping yourself, then do singles. The jump-rope portion is supposed to challenge your cardio, so if you're stopping every 10 seconds to reset the rope, the workout will last longer than it should.

More Options

If using a jump rope is out of the question, you can jump on and off a plate. You can also jump laterally over a barbell.

Weight

For STO, I use 135 pounds. That's what would probably be prescribed for men during the Games. Women would probably be prescribed to use 95 pounds. However, just like the movements, weight is scalable. Use a weight that's challenging, but not so challenging that you can't complete the workout quickly. If you have a shoulder injury, or don't have the strength to even do a barbell, you can go as low as using a PVC pipe.




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emilysingan

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emilysingan

Not another crossfit article, please!

May 6, 2013 1:17pm | report
 
rennbj4

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rennbj4

He knows and can do a lot more than you. Perhaps you could learn a thing.

May 7, 2013 8:05am | report
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Mobius1

@JoshMarks - Insulting a lady over her BF%? Really? And were in here post did she say she could compete with a CF athlete?

May 7, 2013 11:29am | report
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Looks like rennbj4 and JoshMarks are the experts at 138 and 162 lbs. Haha.

May 7, 2013 11:52am | report
JAMES140haha

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JAMES140haha

This whole article would be great for conditioning but if you notice the whole outline of this is LITERALLY to do the LEAST amount of work possible in the fastest possible time. Go back and read all the "best" options that he prescribed.....Its alot of jerking and flailing. If you do crossfit to compete then this is for you but if you do crossfit to get in better shape then you should do the strict form. You should always try to progress on your lifts and honestly every crossfit article I've read has NOTHING to do with Progressive overload ( even though the top guys/girls in crossfit lift to get stronger)...Crossfit is a fun way to do timed cardio.

May 7, 2013 1:25pm | report
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actually JAMES140haha, there are a lot of WOD's that are "clean and jerk 3-3-3-3-3" Increase weight each time and try to set PR.
I am not a fan of the cultist crossfit society, but if you were a former athlete, you would know that trying to challenge yourself in any way makes you stronger mentally and physically.

May 8, 2013 8:52am | report
rvidal

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"Looks like rennbj4 and JoshMarks are the experts at 138 and 162 lbs. Haha"

Jwethall, not everyone is trying to get bulky like you.

May 9, 2013 2:37pm | report
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434AT3M3

rvidal - You better be 5'2" if you weigh 160 lbs...just sayin'.

May 10, 2013 7:35am | report
rvidal

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434AT3M3, How do you figure? Im actually pretty happy about where I am, I'm only 10 lbs away from my goal weight. Like I said before, not everyone is trying to get big and bulky. With my frame, I would look ridiculous at anything higher than 180lbs.

May 10, 2013 1:36pm | report
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mdterps24

this is a awesome article

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Real McBop

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Real McBop

Fantastic article!

May 6, 2013 1:38pm | report
 
fishnbrah

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lol at worlds fittest man. maybe to the cross fit cult he is.

May 6, 2013 1:58pm | report
 
johnnyj411

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johnnyj411

Thats fo sho!

May 6, 2013 8:22pm | report
Shepherd215

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Shepherd215

@fishnbrah On a pure performance level, could you outperform him? "Fit" means athleticism and performance, and competitive CF athletes dont joke around. Lifting weights is fun but is much easier than a pro boxers workout or a brutal CF session.

May 9, 2013 2:01pm | report
rvidal

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Fishnbrah, as ripped as you look I GUARANTEE that Froning would outlift you on any movement.

May 9, 2013 2:26pm | report
Packer4life

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Packer4life

You're joking right? You know this dude can overhead squat 360 pounds. If his performance in the crossfit games isn't impressive to you then you're a fool.

May 9, 2013 8:04pm | report
fishnbrah

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fishnbrah

lol at all of you. and what exactly is "outfitting him?" because if you mean by big 3 lift (squat, deads, bench) im pretty sure i could hang to say the least. and im 20lbs less than him. if by out fit you mean, do unconventional workouts like swing from a bar aka kipping, or an overhead squat? how does holding the bar over your head make you more fit? it doesnt, it just means your doing a squat while holding the bar over your head for no good reason.

May 10, 2013 6:24pm | report
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Ohhh fish :P haha

May 11, 2013 12:58pm | report
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fishnbrah, you're kidding right? "... holding the bar over your head for no good reason", ever thought it's to make the lift more technical and harder to perfrom? I would bet you can't overhead squat the exact same weight as you can back squat. Yes I don't agree with the title "fittest man in the world" but Hawaiian Ironman winners are called the same title. Fronning is super fit and he is the crossfit worlds fittest man.

May 12, 2013 9:08am | report
fishnbrah

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@strict form. bro, youre agreeing with me on both points. yes, like i said he is "crossfits" fittest person. not the world. theres no way to judge who is the fittest, fit is an opinion. and ya obviously in not going to be able to back squat the same as "over head" squat, as holding the bar over my head makes it harder. my point is how does it make the lift any more effective? it doesnt. its just crossfit, being crossfit

May 12, 2013 3:37pm | report
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lol at the fact that @fishnbrah thinks he can "hang" with froning on his squat bench or deads... next time you bench 350 or squat 450 you should wake the hell up and go workout.. guarantee froning is faster, stronger, bigger, leaner, better endurance or whatever else there is. you can probably take more shirtless selfies than him though..

May 12, 2013 4:34pm | report
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Fish if you don't think holding the weight over head doesn't add an element of shoulder flexibility and core involvement, then you know nothing of biomechanics. And as far as you competing with him, this makes me giggle. You know the dude dead lifts 600 lbs, Overhead squats probably more than you back squat, and clean and jerks 375 lbs. plus a 300 pound snatch. Your misconception of crossfit proves that you will never be fit. Keep doing your curls and let extensions bro.

May 12, 2013 5:09pm | report
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rmcclanahan87

Iv been doing crossfit for about a year now and I am a former NCAA devision one athlete. Im pretty sure no matter who you are crossfit will help you get in the best shape of your life period! Don't knock it before you try it!

May 13, 2013 6:00pm | report
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gilpintyler

@fishnbrah, he is fittest man in world because, if you go up to any body builder he can out run and out swim him, if you go to the best runner, he can out lift and out swim them, and if you go to best swimmer he can out lift and run them, he is fittest man because he does well at all things not because hes the b est at any one thing

May 19, 2013 2:39pm | report
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Christina1

Everyone gives Rich crap but can any of you clean 300lbs like it's a joke? Just saying.

Jun 11, 2013 4:37am | report
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