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Mat Fraser: Daily Routine

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When Mat Fraser came runner up in the 2015 Crossfit Games for the second time in a row, it was a disappointment that stayed with him. “It felt like I had lost first place,” he admitted in a Men’s Journal interview. Motivated to never feel like that again, Fraser made changes to his lifestyle, with a particular focus on his diet, after realising that he “ate terribly the year before.”

Before I found success in the Games, I trained as hard as I could all the time but I wasn’t putting in the same effort outside of the gym. I thought all the value was just in the training itself, but really it’s the small percentages that add up. For example, ensuring your diet is on point, that you’re getting enough sleep and properly warming up and cooling down before and after your workout – that’s what makes all the difference.

Training tips from the fittest guy on earth | Men’s Health

After overhauling his routine to ensure he was getting in the right nutrition, sleep and training, Fraser went on to win the Crossfit Games four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), and is currently the reigning holder of The Fittest Man on Earth title.

Fraser’s daily routine begins when he wakes up between 7.30-8.30am, after getting his required 9 to 10 hours of sleep. His fiancee, Sammy, who prepares all his meals, has breakfast and coffee waiting for him. “I’m having coffee and food within two minutes of being awake—your classic three-part breakfast of bacon, eggs, and oatmeal,” he told GQ in a 2018 profile.

When it comes to his nutrition, Fraser likes to keep it simple. With Sammy cooking and preparing his meals, Fraser’s primary focus is just to avoid junk food and stick mainly to rice, meat, vegetables and fruit. During the Crossfit Games training season, Fraser can consume up to 7,000 calories per day.

“Right after a competition, when I take my off season and I’m not training at all, I’m eating maybe one or two meals a day,” he told weightlifting website BarBend. “Then when I start ramping back up, I’m only training once a day, so I’m probably hitting three or four thousand calories. And when I’m in full swing, my only purpose in the day is I wake up and everything is directed toward training, that’s when the calories increase to six or seven thousand calories.”

Instead of obsessing, I just try to eat well: No junk food. No soda. Very little that comes in wrappers. It’s mostly meat, vegetables, and fruit. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m not hungry, I don’t. There’s not too much of a science behind it.

The Real-Life Diet of Mat Fraser, the Fittest Man on Earth | GQ

By 9.30am, he’s at his Crossfit gym working through conditioning, weightlifting, strength training and metabolic conditioning until 1pm, when he heads home for lunch. After eating, he’ll hang around for a couple of hours before heading back to the gym for an afternoon session.

Training finishes up between 5-6pm and he’ll head home for dinner, unwind with some TV and do some stretches and recovery exercises like stretching and foam rolling. He also uses a TheraGun, especially after a heavy quad workout. Fraser usually heads off for bed at around 9.30-10pm.

I’m not trying to break a four-minute mile. I’m not trying to squat 800 pounds. I’m trying to run a five-minute mile and squat 500 pounds.

Training with Mat Fraser: Inside the gym with the 2016 CrossFit Games champion | Sports Illustrated

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