January 26, 2019
Mat Fraser: The Man Behind the Fitness

"I work six days a year. Basically my livelihood and my income is based on how I do on those six days. … and that’s going to affect the rest of my life, you know. The contracts that I am able to get. Anything. … During this six to seven days, I don’t care what you’re doing, what you’re saying, anything. I am focused on the task at hand. And that’s being the best competitor that I can be. … I literally cut everything out of my life, just for those four days.” —Mathew Fraser, three-time Fittest Man on Earth and reigning CrossFit Games champion 

Armen Hammer sits down with the champ for an insightful and personal one-hour interview. The pair discusses Fraser’s introduction to the sport, misperceptions around how he is portrayed, season format changes and more.



2:10 - WZA is the second competition he’s been to and not competed at

4:57 - competing at the East Coast Championships in 2014

7:00 - why does everyone think Mat’s angry all the time?

11:53 - the transition from 2014 to 2015 and lessons learned

13:38 - anything can go wrong at any time

14:52 - “I feel like people make the narrative they see fit.”

19:50 - the photo wall at his home

23:25 - meeting fans and potential stalkers

27:07 - the amazing story of meeting and hanging out with his favorite tattoo artist

34:53 - the new Games season format

39:00 - Dubai

47:07 - after CrossFit?

50:44 - the thumbnail

53:33 - the Office