INSPIRING TRANSFORMATIONS – Mat Fraser before CrossFit (and 7 Top Training Tips from the Champ)
Mat Fraser is a household name when it comes to CrossFit, but check out these archival photographs of him training and competing as a young weightlifter.
Use these tips from the 4x CrossFit Games champion to help you become a better, more focused and successful athlete.
BUILD SOLID STRENGTH FOUNDATIONS
Mat Fraser has a formidable background of strength and weightlifting.
- He was 13 years old when he won his first national title in weightlifting.
- In 2003, 2005 and 2007 he was the school age champion
- Mat became the junior national champion in 2009.
On the day he graduated from high school he moved to Colorado and began to train full time as an Olympic Weightlifter. Within one year he was Snatching 130kg and Clean and Jerking 160kg (at 77kg bodyweight). Then he broke his back due to coaches forcing him to continue to compete, even after he knew something bad had happened.
Although he found weightlifting hard at the beginning, he persisted, and it paid off:
‘I didn’t take off with weight lifting. I had to keep coming back and keep doing more, learning more. With weightlifting you can always get better. You can always have a straighter pull. You can always be stronger and faster.’
By the time Mat had recovered from his injury and discovered competitive fitness, he had years and years of strength and lifting experience under his belt, which gave him a huge advantage over many of his competitors. We don’t all have his elite background, but he shows us that a decent foundation of strength will set you up for a strong advantage in any kind of programming, competition or workout. Program your strength work and build those foundations.
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