COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - As the CrossFit fitness craze continues to sweep across the nation, one of the program's biggest ambassadors is here in Middle Tennessee.
Rich Froning, is the winner of the last two CrossFit Games, an annual competition that features top notch athletes from around the world. Now, he runs the CrossFit Mayhem gym in Cookeville, where he is getting Middle Tennesseans hooked on the workouts.
"The draw of it is, it is competitive, and there is always something new and challenging," said Froning. "It's for everyone."
CrossFit athletes are currently in the process of attempting to qualify for the CrossFit Games in July. They will undergo 5 weeks of workouts, with the top 48 men and women in the country advancing to the regional competition. From there, they will move onto compete against thousands of athletes from around the world at the CrossFit Games.
CrossFit workouts feature cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. The workouts constantly change to challenge athletes and keep them from getting bored.
"It's not just that we want to be the biggest, fastest or strongest," said Froning, "We want to be good at everything."
Participants said they have been amazed at what they have accomplished through workouts at CrossFit Mayhem.
"When I first started, I couldn't do a pull up," said CrossFit athlete Sarah Brown. "For me, it's a mental thing. I surprise myself with the things I'm able to do."
"When everyone is around you cheering you on, it pushes you to go harder and faster, and you get to push them too," said CrossFit athlete Angelo Dicicco.
The annual CrossFit Games will be in Carson, California July 26-28.