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10 Hottest and Fittest Men of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games

Rich Froning

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The muscle man to beat, Rich Froning Jr is CrossFit's most-recognizable ambassador and two-time champion. The 5'9", 195-pound Tennessee native can deadlift nearly three times his weight (545 pounds), back squat 445 pounds, and raise the roof with 75 pull-ups. The 25-year-old fitness icon is looking for a three-peat this July, but he doesn't assume that the crown's in the bag. “CrossFit is very good at humbling you and that’s what I think makes the sport so great—everyone pushes each other and even after the workout, we’re still friends,” Fronning told Oakley.com in May.

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Graham Holmberg

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Maybe third time’s the charm for the 2010 CrossFit champion Graham Holmberg, who returns for a third try to reclaim the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” from repeat Games winner Froning. The last two years, Holmberg has come in fourth and tenth, respectively, overall. With impressive stats like his 525-pound deadlift and 415-pound back squat, the 28-year-old new dad from Ohio has a real chance to dethrone the current CrossFit king. After all, he's done it before—Froning came in second to Holmberg in 2010.

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Jason Khalipa

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At this year's NorCal Regional event, 27-year-old Jason Khalipa set a new world record, completing the “Jackie” workout (1000-meter row, 50 thrusters, and 30 pull-ups) in 5:04, shaving six seconds off the previous record. How did the 2008 CrossFit Games champion train for such a feat? “It takes years of hard work and dedication, spending hours inside and outside the gym training, eating well, and sleeping even better—lifestyle choices become very important,” says the 5'9", 210-pound family man.

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Kyle Kasperbauer

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Qualifying for the Games four times in a row and placing third overall at last year's event just isn't enough for Kyle Kasperbauer, who told CrossFit.com that he plans to compete for life. The 31-year-old father of two (his adorable kids are his athlete profile photo) is back for more, including possibly upsetting Khalipa's world record for the “Jackie” workout—he was just 2 seconds shy of doing so at the North Central Regional. “I'm honored to compete with such great athletes,” says the 5'8" Nebraska native.

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Neal Maddox

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“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Neal Maddox has these sage words of famous basketball coach John Wooden posted in his room and lives by them. When it comes to the Games, the 5'10" 35-year-old who trains in San Jose, CA, is anything but unprepared. “These past couple of months, I've tried to get in as much volume as possible while still listening to my body to only push it as far as it will let me,” says the 2009 CrossFit Games judge-turned-veteran-competitor (he has participated in the Games for the last four years).

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Matt Chan

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“No pain, no gain” has new meaning for 5'10"Matt Chan. After Regionals, the 35-year-old from Denver, CO, likes to train by recreating the grueling workout conditions of the Games, which means no air-conditioning, working out in the sun, and sometimes double days. Last year’s second-place finisher recognizes that he couldn't do it without the support of his friends and wife, though. “I try to socialize with friends as much as possible and also hug and kiss my lovely wife often!” he says.

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Scott Panchik

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“Most people go to the gym to get fit, but CrossFitters go to the gym to prove they're fit,” says 25-year-old Scott Panchik, who has made it no secret that he wants to “prove” he can win the Games. It's big talk for the relatively small 5'9", 190-pound rookie athlete, who came onto the scene last year as an unknown. But he had a helluva first season, qualifying for the Games and ultimately placing fourth overall. His secret? “We take our mind and bodies to a place most wouldn't think they could go, and then we do it again!" he says.

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Josh Bridges

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There's nothing surprising or special about Josh Bridges’ training plan. “I work out twice a day for a couple hours at a time, eat clean, and try to get as much sleep as possible,” says the 30-year-old. What makes the 5'5", 165-pound SoCal competitor stand out isn't his current fitness routine but rather his past one. As a former Navy Seal, Bridges has a built-in mental and physical toughness that's hard to match. It's no wonder he placed second overall at the 2011 Games.

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Austin Malleolo

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Three-peat North East Regional champion Austin Malleolo sticks to a formula that has earned him an invite to the Games four years in a row (he's made it to the top 10 overall twice). “With my travel on the weekends and running the box, I need to train smarter, not more, or else I will run myself down,” says the 26-year-old who exercises most of the year, going three days on and one day off. The 5'5", 175-pound head coach of Reebok CrossFit ONE in Canton, MA, can deadlift a back-breaking 570 pounds and knock out 65 pull-ups.

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Marcus Hendren

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Aptly nicknamed the “The Silent Assasin” by his friends, 24-year-old Marcus Hendren has a knack for surprising everyone with his killer workouts. Last year the rookie not only placed 11th at the Central East Regionals, he also set an event record, completing four rounds of two 15-foot rope climbs, a 100-foot sprint, and four squat cleans (225 pounds each) faster than two-time defending CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning and 2010 winner Graham Holmberg. At the Games, the 5'10", 198-pound Ohio underdog crushed it again, earning seventh overall. His fit-losphy: “Have faith in your future, then move your legs as fast as your hope will allow.”

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