Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness from Tennessee Tech University, and is currently working on his Master’s degree.
In 2010, after first place finishes at sectionals and regionals, Rich went on to make his mark in the CrossFit community with a dramatic 2nd place finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games Finals in Carson, CA. In 2011, after much anticipation through the open sectionals and team regionals, Rich once again forged through the fierce competition in the men’s individuals finals to take 1st place in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, earning him the title ‘Fittest Man on Earth.’ Rich defended his title in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 and became the first male competitor to win the title back to back (and of course 3 and 4 times too). Rich was a baseball player at Cookeville High School from 2001-2005. He was a two time all-district and all-region second baseman along with numerous other team awards. He opted out of two college baseball scholarships to work at the Cookeville Fire Department for over three years while he attended TTU. Rich is married to Hillary and they have three beautiful children: Lakelyn, Trice, & Violet!