It's no surprise then, that Rich is a fitness expert and entrepreneur who hosts the podcast, Froning and Friends, and has some thoughts about how to eat right.
"I don't think there are any must-eat foods, but here are seven foods I tend to rely on and why," Rich says. He adds that Renaissance Periodization (@RPStrength) a service offering online diet and training programs, also "helps me with my diet so I can train and recover optimally."
Here, seven of Rich's go-to workout foods.
"Lean steak cuts provide an excellent source of high-quality protein, and the taste is second to none! Chicken and turkey are great as well, but I prefer steak myself."
"Eggs are not only one of the highest quality sources of protein, but they come stocked with various vitamins and minerals as well. Whole eggs are high-calorie foods, so I eat them in moderation."
"Broccoli, spinach, celery, and the like are excellent low-calorie foods that are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. Their ratio of nutritive value to calories can't be beaten, and I eat them with most of my whole food meals."
4. Sweet Potatoes
"One of my favorite sources of slow-digesting carbs to help me fuel up for and recover from my super hard workouts. Rice, pasta, and whole grain bread work great for this purpose as well, but I personally prefer sweet potatoes."
"Various kinds of fish provide an abundant source of protein and are often leaner than other animal sources, so if I want my bodyweight to come down a bit, I can focus a bit more on fish and a bit less on protein sources like steak. Fish are also rich in Omega 3 fats, which are critical for basic health support."
6. Workout Carbs
"I also work with Advocare so I drink their Rehydrate along with some protein during my workouts to keep me energized all the way through the finish. For my longer training sessions, intra-workout shakes like these are very helpful."
7. Peanut Butter
"Peanuts are a great source of some of the healthiest kinds of fats and can provide a lot of calories for my body's high-level needs. And let's be honest, peanut butter is delicious!"
Rich Froning Jr. owns and operates the CrossFit Mayhem gym in Cookeville, Tennessee.