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CrossFit champ Rich Froning talks retirement, love for bacon and Paleo diet

Four-time CrossFit champion Rich Froning is ripped to shreds and as strong as a horse, thanks to a high-protein diet that includes up to two pounds of bacon every week, Refinery reported.

CrossFit champ Rich Froning talks diet and workout: No to Paleo, steroids, yes to bacon
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The CrossFit love of bacon is legendary, but Froning takes the porcine obsession to a whole new level. Surprisingly, 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, previously said he 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. Whatever diet Froning's following is obviously working for him, based on his absolute dominance of his sport.

Retiring From Individual Competition to Focus on Team Sports

Froning, who worked out up to 10 hours a day to train for the annual CrossFit Games, will soon change up his workout regimen 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, which kicks off later this month, Canoe reported. “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.”

Success Due to Hard Work, Not Steroids

Rich, who does not take rest days, kept up a grueling workout schedule that involved up to seven workouts a day, usually done every two hours. Froning, who received a hefty $275,000 paycheck for winning the 2014 CrossFit Games, said being the best took lots of hard work and sacrifice, but he's now ready to ease up a bit.

Rich, 27, also insisted he does not take steroids, and chalks up all his success to back-breaking work. “It’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hard work," he said. "There’s no secret to it. It’s sacrificing things that normal and sane people wouldn’t sacrifice."

Froning is the undisputed "Fittest Man on Earth" according to CrossFit acolytes, but he's also a new father to a baby girl, and wants to spend more time with his family. “I have a beautiful baby daughter now and I need to switch gears a little bit,” said the Tennessee Tech University alum. “I need to be a good dad.”

Rich said he prefers the term "switching gears" to retirement, insisting he will remain an active part of the CrossFit scene for years to come, especially now that he has signed a lucrative long-term contract with Reebok, sponsor of the annual CrossFit Games. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

Update: Rich Froning discusses his future and dealing with injuries