Matthew Fraser: From Weightlifting to CrossFit
Matthew Fraser is among today’s CrossFit favorites. This year alone, he has won various awards in the different CrossFit competitions since 2014. At 26, Fraser is already considered a CrossFit champ. Compared to the other CrossFit athletes, he is relatively new to the field.
He just started about two years ago and yet, his performance has already been impressive. Originally, Fraser was famous as a heavy weightlifter. Since he got into CrossFit, this sports personality garnered three recognitions such as being the first-place winner during the CrossFit Games in 2016; 2nd place in 2014, as well as in the 2015 CrossFit Games.
As mentioned, Fraser was originally famous for his weightlifting prowess and CrossFit just came by accident. In an interview, the athlete said, before he joined CrossFit, he “trained for weightlifting for ten years.” He started weightlifting at a very young age of 12.
His retirement from his first physical training urged Fraser to get into Crossfit. After he retired, he said he did not go to the gym for four consecutive months. His absence at the gym resulted in 25 pounds lost and at the same time, fats gained. And so, he thought of wanting to go back to weightlifting in a casual way just to be back in shape. And that’s when and where CrossFit came in, and the rest is history.
Since he switched to CrossFit, Fraser admitted in his interview that he does not train his lifts anymore. He adds, “I saw that my lifts were decent in the CrossFit world,” not to mention, placing him “high enough in competition” minus undergoing through training.
This means most of the time spent for working on the other physical movements for Fraser. Having said this, it seems that the former weightlifter is nor more comfortable and at home doing CrossFit. In his newfound sport, Frasier said, he has now much stronger back, upper body and hamstrings. These same stronger parts of him, he says, are the ones allowing him to add more weights on to the bar.
Tips from Matthew Fraser
Having been into weightlifting for more than ten years and CrossFit for two years now, Fraser shares a few tips with the other CrossFit aficionados. First is to eat right away after every workout. Second, recover simply. According to the athlete, he tries to do ice bath whenever he can.
He also recommends relieving the muscles using the foam roller or sitting for about 20 minutes for easy stretching. Third is to work on one’s weakness. Say, there’s a particular movement which one considers a weakness, he should do that specific movement day after day. Fourth, work harder rather than quitting. And lastly, consider getting a coach. Fraser says one won’t make it to the top in CrossFit alone.
Among the tips he shared, this CrossFit champ puts emphasis on the last one he mentioned. He finds considering a coach the most important. In fact, in about one per ten sessions, Fraser always has someone watching him for some pointers.
In spite of considering a partner in coach, this CrossFit competitor says one does not need a coach to hold his hand throughout the entire workout. Nevertheless, he said, it is good to have an eye on him from time to time to ensure he’s doing the training right.
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