However for the three-time defending CrossFit Video games Champion Mat Fraser, the second his profession went from good to nice was not on account of a win, however quite an agonizing loss.
“For a very long time I hated that [silver] medal,” the 29-year-old American advised CNN again in January in Miami. “It stored me up at evening. It was a supply of disappointment. Now I would not commerce that medal for something.”
As quickly as the previous weightlifter Fraser appeared on the CrossFit scene in 2014, he was instantly heralded as the way forward for the game.
In his debut look on the CrossFit Video games that exact same 12 months, Fraser completed runner-up behind the Four-time champion Wealthy Froning, who was stepping away from particular person competitions, leaving the coast clear for Fraser to take up his mantle.
However it wasn’t that straightforward.
The next 12 months, Fraser entered the occasion as the favourite however as soon as once more completed second, this time to Ben Smith.
Two silver medals, however every eliciting a wholly completely different response. Whereas his silver medal in 2014 was met with a way of accomplishment, his second silver modified every part.
“I hated my 2015 medal. To me it simply represented the minimize corners, the slacking off, the considering I may out-train a nasty weight loss program,” Fraser continued, “If I had received in 2015 whereas carrying these dangerous habits, I’d’ve stored these dangerous habits. I’d’ve thought I may do that whereas consuming terribly. I can do that whereas coaching sporadically.”
As a substitute, the longer term Fittest Man on Earth modified his total routine.
He altered the way in which he educated and have become extra targeted and disciplined within the course of. Fraser additionally modified his weight loss program. Or extra precisely, he outsourced his total caloric consumption to his girlfriend, and now fiancee, Sammy Moniz, who paperwork their meals on her Instagram account ‘Feeding the Frasers.’
After the 2016 CrossFit Video games, the place Fraser lastly claimed his first gold, he and Sammy moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, dwelling to the person who had crushed him the primary time Fraser climbed the rostrum on the CrossFit Video games, the four-time champion Froning.
All these way of life adjustments labored, maybe even higher than he had imagined. Since that life-changing loss on the 2015 Video games, Fraser has not misplaced a single competitors at any degree. Claiming three consecutive Gold medals on the CrossFit Video games, annually by a larger margin of victory than the final.
However now Fraser faces a unique drawback. He has turn out to be so dominant within the sport, that followers of the game not give him credit score for his victories, suggesting as an alternative that every one he has to do to win is just present up.
However Fraser believes they are not seeing the entire image. “I used to be getting these feedback on a regular basis, like: ‘What are you fearful about?'” Fraser explains. “I am dedicating every part I’ve for the months prior and there is a actual chance that issues will not go proper.”
“They do not see the behind the scenes of how a lot goes into it. How devoted my day after day is. That my life revolves round it. Consuming, sleeping, coaching, social life. Every little thing.”
When the Video games get underway on August 1, Fraser would be the overwhelming favourite to win a fourth straight CrossFit Video games, equaling the mark set by his new neighbor Wealthy Froning. A feat unimaginable if not for that fateful loss again in 2015.