Mat Fraser
Mat Fraser

Episode 170 — Mat Fraser — The Fittest Man on Earth

The legendary CrossFit Games demand an extraordinary feat of endurance. Merely qualifying necessitates placing within the top 10 percent among hundreds of thousands of contenders in rigorous trials.

Emerging victorious in a single CrossFit Games is a remarkable accomplishment in itself, but Mat Fraser has astonishingly claimed this title a staggering five consecutive times.

In this episode of The Game Changing Attorney Podcast, Mat and Michael sit down to discuss:

  • Why failure played a pivotal role in Mat’s initial triumphs
  • What sets Mat apart from his adversaries
  • What propels Mat to strive for utmost greatness
Episode 170 — Mat Fraser — The Fittest Man on Earth
Show Notes:

Remove “what if” from your vocabulary. “After college, I decided to go all-in on CrossFit. I made the call that I was going to do one year where there were no what-ifs. What if I wasn’t distracted by a girlfriend? What if I had a better sleep schedule, a better diet, a better training regimen? I decided to live one year without a single sacrifice and see what the results were. If I didn’t get the results I wanted, then I could go back to those other things. But I won. After a year of that dedication, I won the world championship by the largest margin of victory ever. And it was all worth it. It was great. I set up my life so that there was as little risk as possible.”

Drive beats skill. “When I was competing from behind in the 2019 Games, I had no doubt that I’d still win. It doesn’t matter how much better somebody is than me at an event, because no skill level can trump the amount of passion that I have. I am willing to go to lengths and depths that I know that they won’t touch. So I went onto the floor of that last event knowing that I was going to win. There was no doubt in my mind. They could be better than me, but I will hurt and suffer tenfold of what they will. I wanted to rely on my heart rather than my muscles, as corny as that sounds. I knew that I could put myself into this deficit and still pull through because it’s what I’ve already decided is happening.”

Minor improvements produce major results. “ I don’t think my dominant performance can boil down to any one thing. There was a whole laundry list of things that I was doing, and not a single one of them on their own would have made a noticeable difference. But when you start accumulating dozens of these different habits over the years, they start to add up. It all came from a coach that I had early on who told me that my training is not special. Everyone is doing what I’m doing in the gym. Everyone’s doing hard rowing intervals or squatting heavy, so I needed to find the 1 percent gains elsewhere that they’re not doing. So I tried finding those little areas, like taking my sleep more seriously than anybody else. I set up my life so that I didn’t have to think about anything outside of the gym. If you do one of those things for one day, you won’t notice a difference, but if you’re doing 30 or 40 of these things over multiple years…that’s when you start setting records. I woke up with one goal and one goal only: to be the best competitor there ever was.”

Hard work pays off. “When I first got into CrossFit, I looked at my competitions like school exams. I would look back at my scores and ask myself, ‘What was my poorest event finish? What did I struggle with?’ My whole CrossFit career just became one big problem-solving session. Everything I did, I just focused on how I could get better at every aspect of it and put in the work.”

What does being a game changer mean to you? “There’s a sense of pride to doing things in a different way or doing them to a level that no one’s ever seen before. It makes you proud of yourself, and I think that’s the most important thing. I’m always striving to make myself proud because the people that I choose to have in my life love me no matter what. So I’m trying to find every little nook and cranny where I can get a 1 percent gain here, a 1 percent game there. If you accumulate enough of those things, you’re going to change the game.”

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