MAT FRASER - DESTROYING COMPETITION AT THE CROSSFIT GAMES - 2017 MOTIVATION
Mat Fraser wants the Fittest Man on Earth title. Again
Winning the 2019 and 2019 CrossFit Games earned Mat Fraser the title “Fittest Man on Earth,” and it’s a title he has no plans to relinquish any time soon.
The 2019 version of Fraser is focused on being the best he can be when the CrossFit finals roll around in August, but before that competition begins Fraser has a qualifying tournament, CrossFit Regionals, to navigate through.
Fraser is currently busy getting into beast mode for this weekend’s East Regional, but he took some time out to discuss his preparation, aims for the finals and his new personal edition Nike shoe, the Nike Metcon 4 Mat Fraser, which is inspired by two of Mat’s favourite things, weightlifting and motorcycles.
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Men's Health: How is your preparation for CrossFit Regionals going?
Mat Fraser: It’s going great. I am just looking forward to the weekend. I train with this time of year in mind all year long. It’s an exciting time.
MH: Does your preparation for Regionals differ in any way from the CrossFit finals? And how easy is it to go through Regionals and then have to mentally shift focus to Finals?
MF:I train with the games in mind all year. Obviously, I have to focus on different times of the year in order to get there, but the games are always the ultimate goal and what I focus on all year with my training. Being focused on Regionals is easy. If I don’t succeed at Regionals there isn’t any games. I don’t get ahead of myself. When I'm at Regionals and leading up I am 100 per cent focused on being my best for that weekend. The focus is earning a trip to the Games. As soon as that weekend is done my focus immediately shifts to preparing specifically for the Games – it's a quick turn-around.
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MH: What motivates you to want to try and win a third CrossFit Games?
MF:I don’t focus on the number of wins. I barely focus on winning. I can’t. I have to work hard and not get bogged down with hoping and wishing I will win. Everyone I compete against is getting better, so I have to as well. Yes, I want to win. That goes for everything: every workout, every comp I do. I am motivated to win every time I step on a competition floor, every workout I do in training.
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MH: Are you doing anything differently for this year's CrossFit Games, or are you sticking to your tried and trusted method?
MF:I train hard every day to be the best I can be. I don’t think about winning a third in a row. That is wasted energy. Yes, I want to win and work hard to try and do that, but I don’t focus on three in a row. I try to get better every year and do my best in every event. If I put the work in and do my best I can be proud no matter what the result is.
MH: You mentioned in a previous interview with MH that you take a couple of weeks off after the CrossFit Games. What do those couple of weeks look like?
MF:They are very chill. I usually go to my family’s cottage in Canada on the lake and do nothing: sleep, sit in the sun, water ski. I like to travel a bit after the Games so after I recoup for a week to 10 days in Canada, I start looking at travelling a little.
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MH: What were your first thoughts when Nike approached you for this special edition shoe?
MF:It’s pretty cool having a shoe of my own, and to see it come to life is unreal. I’m really excited and proud.
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MH: Can you tell us how involved you were in the design process for your shoe?
MF:Very. Initially, Nike took a crack at it off of a general conversation. It was pretty wild what came back. We made some minor changes to it, but they really made it mine with every detail.
MH: Does the design of these shoes say more about you as an athlete or you as a person?
MF:I feel like I am very similar as a person and an athlete. I wanted the shoes to speak to the hard work I put in every day. Also, a reminder that I am who I am on the competition floor and in training as a result of [my] life experiences.
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MH: How important is your footwear for weightlifting and CrossFit? And what advice would you have for our readers about the kind of footwear they should invest in?
MF:It’s really important. It’s really the only tool or piece of equipment we are able to use in everything we do in CrossFit. It’s a pair of shorts, socks and shoes. Nike makes the best training shoes in the world. I and all the Nike athletes have had a say in how the Metcon has been built from the ground up. It's versatile and comfortable; you can use it for running, weightlifting, and wearing around.
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