HOLD FAST FRIDAY 1/8/2016
I am finally getting around to reading Rich Froning's book, titled First: What it Takes to Win. Granted this book is a couple years old, at the time Rich won back-to-back-to-back CrossFit. Since 2013, Rich went along and won another Games in 2014 then the Team events in 2015.
Physical Strength Can Only Take You So Far
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, readers come alongside Rich as he trains for and competes in back-to-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 and spiritual challenge.
This book is inspiring to say the least. There is one passage stands out to me, a time when Rich turned to the bible for inspiration. The competitors were in route to the beach for the first event and the nerves were running high, especially high for Rich. He turned on his Bible app and read a verse from Jeremiah.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.
Rich did not perform too well in the first event, but that's what the verse is speaking to. Just because life doesn't go our way, doesn't mean it isn't His will. Lean onto Him and not our own understanding. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking motivation on and off the field.