Whether you love it or loathe it, Crossfit has been scientifically proven to be one of the most comprehensive measures of total fitness around. The fastest growing sport on the planet has seen people like Camille Leblanc- Bazinet and 4x Fittest on Earth Rich Froning Clean & Jerk 370lb, Snatch 305lb and Deadlift 570lb, as well as being able to run multiple miles, perform gymnastic muscle ups, and climb up a rope faster than you can say ‘GAAAIINNSSS’!
Crossfit is considered “a quantifiable approach to a finally well-defined notion of what fitness is.”, it is multi-varied and for me, ticks all the boxes for what overall fitness is. One of the newcomers to the sport is a young man called Mat Fraser, at just 25 he took the fitness industry by storm by coming second in his rookie year as a Crossfit athlete, losing only to the fittest of all time, Rich Froning.
Olympic Lifting Background
Fraser was lifting from a very young age, winning multiple national youth Olympic lifting events, such was his ability and dedication that he was also drafted for Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games. However, and it’s a BIG however, Fraser suffered a nasty back injury that eventually meant he had to have rods inserted into his back. This would end many peoples careers, but not Mat’s, instead he rehabbed diligently, gave Olympic lifting another go but soon realised that his heart wasn’t fully in the repetitive nature of this sport anymore. Still loving weight lifting and fitness though, Fraser took up Crossfit and never looked back after realising he had a pretty good engine too! His back held up and he is now the second fittest person on the planet (for 2 years running).
One thing he does EVERYDAY…
In order to get himself ready and tuned up for training Matt ensures that he does one thing:
“No matter what, I make sure I go into the gym with a smile on my face,”
So it’s not some unique, innovative method of lifting, or a clever concoction of supplements (although he does use them of course), it doesn’t involve putting his left sock on before his right or wearing some luck cycling shorts…however it is similar in the sense that a good, hearty smile does prepare him mentally for the impending session. Fraser insists that ‘happy feelings’ make him willing to suffer a little bit more, to ‘dig deeper and go harder’. He attributes his great success to this little trick of his, and I for one think that this would be a FANTASTIC thing to catch on in the gym. There is after all far too much attitude in many gym environments these days (not all of course, but far too many)!
Men’s Health, (2015). 6 Insanely Fit Guys Reveal One Thing They Do Each Day. Retrieved 31st July, 2015, from http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/things-fittest-men-do-each-day?cid=socFit_20150729_49871106&adbid=10155812328185207&adbpl=fb&adbpr=56916320206