Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir, the men's and women's 2012 CrossFit champions, will be here shortly to take your questions!
Rich and Annie are just grabbing a bite to eat and we'll get started right after they're done!
OK....keep those questions coming! Let's get started!
Does nutrition play a role in your training? Do you follow a special diet/eating lifestyle?
No. For competition, it's a little different than doing something for your health. For competition, you just try to get calories.
I would say I think it's important to be aware with what you're eating. I have tried many diets and then I figured out what was best for me. It's an individual basis as well. In my case, I try to eat little processed foods, clean and a lot of dairy.
To Rich Froning Jr., If you could CrossFit with one professional athlete, who would it be?
Past: Barry Sanders. Current: Calvin Johnson.
Annie, What kind of mental preparation do you do for the longer time-domain workouts?
I try to split it up into a smaller workout. I realize how I'm going to feel in each segment and that it's nothing wrong with it if I feel tired. Then I try to think of the end goal.
Rich/Annie, How did you both become so good at Olympic lifting while doing CrossFit full-time?
Lots, lots, lots and lots of practice. It doesn't even have to be heavy. Doing the movement. Light weight, whatever.
Lots of movement. And thanks for saying I'm good at the lifting!
Rich and Annie, Do you like to play any other sports?
I do. Anything but basketball.
I'm not really good at anything that has to do with ball sports. But for the fun of it, I like to try different sports.
How do you listen to your body to know how hard to push yourself, and how do you ignore the pain that you are enduring when doing the CF Games workouts?
You get familiar when knowing good pain from a bad pain. A good pain is when you're pushing yourself. A bad pain is when it's something that could result in an injury.
You can tell when you're run down and need to dial down the intensity.
Annie says "Boom!"
Outside of your home town, are people starting to take note and recognize you?
Yes, actually at home, it's kind of nice because no one cares. People say it's just Rich, no big deal. I've been stopped at airports, sports games.
Rich and Annie: Any changes in your workload for the 2013 Games? If so, what changes?
No, not really. Starting on a strength program right now. Then I will follow the same circle. Always something new to work on or different weaknesses. I will try to bike more for next year.
What did you both do before Crossfit came about, fitness wise? Also, how long do you plan to compete in the games? Do you plan to compete at the masters level?
I was in gymnastics for 8 years. And then I was looking for another competitive sport. I was in dancing pole vaulting. Then I found CrossFit. I figured out that was my sport. Good competion and variable.
I played baseball in college and high school. Then I worked at the fire department sometimes. It's very slow sometimes and I would go into the backroom to our weight room and did the normal weightlifting.
Do you two ever get challenged by other professional athletes, since you all are labeled as the fittest man and woman on earth?
Yeah, people challenge us all of the time. It's funny to watch people get in a normal workout and they'll take off and then they're tanked. I'll take that.
Oh yeah all the time.
How has wining back to back years changed your lives?
It's kind of the same as winning last year. It's a different feeling winning for the second time, but in changing my life, I'm just as happy as last year.
Yes. Boom! It's cool, but it feels like last year, the same. Except we get to come to ESPN this year. It's cool.
@ Annie. would you be at the same level or have even done CrossFit if you would have grown up somewhere else?
It's hard to think about it, because I didn't even find it myself. It was a friend of mine that dragged me into competing in it. I'm in a pretty remote location, so I probably would have. It works really well with what I like.
Mr. Froning how do you keep your self well rounded?
Work out a lot. You try to do every movement you could possibly think of, but there are still somethings that you don't know will come up. You can't train for everything. You just have to do it all. CrossFit, that's how.
How often do you take a few days off to simply cut loose?
One day is usually enough for me. I took four days off after the Games this year. That's the most in two years.
I took two and I was miserable. My wife wanted to kill me.
How do they each stay motivated to workout everyday ad co sits y be in excellent shape?
I don't know what it is. When I look at what I have to, I just get excited about it. Knowing I'm going to the gym and I'm excited about the workout. When it's a workout that I want a better score in, it drives me.
I have a group of guys that I work out with and it's second nature. I know how bad I feel if I don't work out, so I know I have to work out.
@ Rich, you said you hate running, and like to attack weaknesses. Are you going to work on your running this year?
Nope. It's not that I'm that terrible at running. I just don't like to, so I don't do it. There were three workouts that had running this year and I didn't do terrible at them. I'll take it.