“The most frustrating part was that every doctor was like, 'Oh, this is gonna work,' because both our blood work- he's super health, I was very healthy- our blood work was excellent. Not just good, it was excellent. And so, we actually had to sign paperwork that we were going to have multiples because everything looked so perfect on paper. And so, there wasn’t an issue- there isn’t an issue."
"And so, I joke, I tell everybody well the reason is that they’ve [Lakelyn, Trice & Violet] been our babies the whole time. But I had told Rich, 'Adoption's been on my heart.' Ever since I was little. I didn’t even really know a lot about it. I don’t have any friends that were adopted but I had just known and he was like, 'okay, you know my uncle adopted a little girl…' and so, our plan was- well, we’ll have three and then adopt after. "
"Yeah, that was our plan. It’s funny how God’s like, 'Nah, that might be your plan, but that’s not my plan.” - Hillary & Rich Froning
As the most-decorated CrossFit Games athlete of all time, Rich Froning has won gold at the Games 8 times: 4 times as an individual, and 4 times as a part of team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
Rich and his wife, Hillary, finalized the adoption of their first child, Lakelyn, just before the start of the 2014 CrossFit Games, and shortly after Rich chose to step away from individual competition to dedicate more time to his growing family.
The road to becoming parents wasn’t entirely straightforward for Rich and Hillary. After struggling with infertility, they ultimately followed their hearts and navigated the adoption process, dealing with anxiety, joy, and disappointment along the way.
These days, they’re a family of five, after adopting son Trice and daughter Violet. In addition to raising the kids and owning CrossFit Mayhem, they’re staying busy with more endeavors that we can count from raising bison on Froning Farms, to opening a new coffee shop, organizing a yearly fundraiser for Mustard Seed Ranch, hosting a CrossFit Sanctional, online training programs, Train with Rich seminars, a YouTube channel and podcast, running a boutique, managing Airbnb properties, and more.
We were excited to sit down with Rich and Hillary to catch up on all that has changed since the last podcast we recorded together in 2015 (hint: it’s a lot!). We talked about Hillary’s take on Mayhem’s secret to success, what they’ve learned through their journey to start a family, and how they work together as a team to juggle all their endeavors.
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