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CrossFit champ Rich Froning talks Paleo diet, workouts, steroids, and retirement

Four-time CrossFit champion Rich Froning stays in top shape by following a high-protein diet and working out every day, CNN reported Aug. 30. Froning, who recently retired from individual competition to focus on team sports, takes a surprisingly laid-back approach to diet for the man crowned the "Fittest Man on Earth" for four consecutive years.

CrossFit champ Rich Froning talks diet and workout secrets: No to Paleo and steroids
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Rich doesn't follow the Paleo diet, which is the diet of choice among CrossFitters. "A lot of people who do CrossFit eat a strict Paleo diet, but I don’t subscribe to any specific way of eating," said Froning. "I'm not Paleo at all.”

The 5-foot-9 Rich, who weighs a solid 175 pounds, drinks a lot of protein shakes during the day, eats lots of peanut butter, and a gallon of of milk to keep his bones strong. Paleos generally shun dairy and peanut butter.

However, one Paleo snack Rich loves is bacon, eating up to two pounds a week. He also avoids pasta and bread because he doesn't like the taste. Whatever diet Froning's following is obviously working for him, based on his absolute dominance of his sport.

Rich Shares Thoughts On Retirement and Fatherhood

Froning, who used to work out up to 10 hours a day to train and took no rest days, has recently adjusted his grueling workout routine and lifestyle now that he has retired from individual competition to focus on team sports.

Froning was recently named captain of a team of top CrossFit athletes who will compete in the first-ever CrossFit Team Series. “I grew up a team-sport guy,” he said. “Being part of a team, it’s just fun; it’s a different stress. I’m looking forward to being back on a team.”

Rich, who earned a cool $275,000 for winning the 2014 CrossFit Games, recently signed a lucrative long-term endorsement contract with Reebok, sponsor of the CrossFit Games. He told the Daily Burn he's happy to have made the sacrifices necessary to secure his win, but is looking forward to have more free time, especially now that he's a dad.

"We just adopted a baby girl and I don’t to want to let other things sacrifice that," he said. "I’ve made a good living for what I’ve done so far. But I want to have some fun on a team. I grew up a team sport guy and I want to try that aspect of it."

While Rich is officially retired from individual competition, he prefers the term "switching gears" to retirement, and insists he'll remain on the CrossFit scene for years to come. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said.