Mat Fraser (athlete)

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Mathew Fraser
Mathew Fraser 1.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-01-25) January 25, 1990 (age 29)
ResidenceCookeville, Tennessee, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Vermont, Northern Michigan University
OccupationCrossFit Athlete
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Weight195 lb (88 kg)[1]
WebsiteCrossFit athlete page
Sport
SportCrossFit
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2014 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2015 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2016 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2017 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2018 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2019 CrossFit Games Champion
Regional finals5-times Regional champion
North East (2014)
East (2015, 2016, 2017)
Central (2018)

Mathew "Mat" Fraser (born 1990) is an American professional CrossFit athlete known for winning the 2016, 2017,[2][3][4] 2018, and 2019 CrossFit Games after taking second place at the 2014[5] and 2015 CrossFit Games. After a strong performance in 2014, and the retirement of 4-time defending champion Rich Froning Jr., he was a favorite[6] to win in 2015, but was edged out in the final event by Ben Smith. The following year, Fraser took first place by a commanding margin, and Smith took second. Fraser is the second person to win four consecutive CrossFit Games titles, with Rich Froning Jr. being the first.

He is the son of Canadian Olympic figure skaters Don Fraser and Candace Jones.[7]

CrossFit Games results[edit]

Year Games Regionals Open
2014[8] 2nd 1st (North East) 7th
2015[8] 2nd 1st (East) 1st
2016[8] 1st 1st (East) 7th
2017[8] 1st 1st (East) 1st
2018[8] 1st 1st (Central) 1st
Year Games Qualifier Open
2019 1st 1st (Dubai)
1st (Rogue)
1st (world)
1st (United States)

Training[edit]

Fraser came from an Olympic weightlifting background before injuring his back in 2009.[9] Since switching to CrossFit, he has not followed any sort of routine training program due to the constantly varied movements found in CrossFit and the CrossFit Games. In 2017, he moved to Cookeville, Tennessee.

Before the 2015 CrossFit Games, he did not maintain a strict diet and would often eat an entire pint of ice cream or a half dozen donuts. After coming in second to Ben Smith in 2015, he changed to a more strict diet and dropped ten pounds, although he still does not adhere to a specific diet such as paleo or counting macros, which is common in CrossFit. Fraser tends to eat four to five big meals a day which include mainly meat and vegetables, along with sticky white rice.[10]

In preparation for the 2019 CrossFit Games, he trained regularly with reigning female champion Tia-Clair Toomey and her coach/husband Shane Orr.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mathew Fraser". games.crossfit.com. Crossfit. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ Matheson, Andrew; Seimas, Jim; Jag, Julie (24 July 2016). "Local Roundup: Three CrossFit Games 2016 tests waged in Aromas". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  3. ^ Free Press Sports Staff (24 July 2016). "Colchester's Mathew Fraser wins CrossFit Games". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  4. ^ Cecil, Andréa Maria. "Fraser Wins First Games, Davidsdottir Repeats". CrossFit.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Mat Fraser Gears Up for the 2015 CrossFit Games". Muscle and Fitness. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Fittest in Fierce Fight at CrossFit Games". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. ^ "The Real Deal: Mat Fraser". CrossFit Games. July 1, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e "CrossFit Games Leaderboard". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Interview with Crossfit Superstar Mat Fraser". jsstrength.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Want to Be a CrossFit Games Champion? Here's Your Guide". Men's Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.scmp.com/sport/outdoor/crossfit-strongman/article/3002784/crossfit-open-195-mat-fraser-and-tia-clair-toomey