Crossfit is a lifestyle that follows safe and effective exercise with a hint of sound nutrition. Crossfit promotes physical exercise philosophy.
Among all of the athletes in CrossFit, Mathew Fraser is one of the renowned athletes known for winning five CrossFit Games titles.
Mathew Fraser (Mat Fraser) is a Canadian-American professional athlete in CrossFit. He started his career in CrossFit from 2014 to 2020.
He consecutively won the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 CrossFit Games. With such outstanding records, he is considered the most dominant athlete ever in CrossFit’s sports area.
Before diving into his life and career journey, here are some interesting quick facts.
Mat Fraser: Quick Facts
|Full name||Mathew Fraser|
|Birthdate||25 January 1990|
|Birthplace||Kingston, Ontario, Canada|
|Age||31 years old|
|Father’s name||Don Fraser|
|Mother’s name||Candace Fraser|
|Sibling Name||Not Mentioned|
|College||The University of Vermont, Northern Michigan University’s Olympic Education Center|
|Marital status||In a relationship|
|Girlfriend’s Name||Sammy Moniz|
|Weight||In Kilograms – 88 |
In Pounds – 195
|Height||In Centimetres – 168 |
In Feet and Inches – 5′6″
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Occupation||Professional CrossFit Athlete|
|Net Worth||$2.5 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||HWPO: Hard Work Pays OFF(Book), Wall Print|
Childhood and Early Life
The CrossFit athlete was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on January 25, 1990. He was born to the former Canadian Olympic figure skaters Don Fraser and Candace Jones.
Fraser spent most of his childhood in Sharbot Lake, where his mother worked as a doctor, whereas his father stayed at home.
Later, the family moved to the United States in Colchester, Vermont. Fraser attended most of his schooling in the United States.
Athletic from a young age, he learned different sports like swimming, water-skiing, downhill, and even going up the stairs in a handstand at the age of just five.
At the age of twelve, Mat Fraser started gaining interest in weightlifting when he saw his coach trying to lift weights to compete with a friend.
Later, he was introduced to a weightlifting coach who helped him understand how to lift weights with proper techniques.
Mat Fraser graduated from Colchester High School. After his graduation, he began his training full-time in Olympic weightlifting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on scholarship.
While doing a clean pull, he injured his back, and later, when performing a squat, he further damaged his back.
Later, after his injury, he enrolled in the Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University. There, he focused on subjects such as maths and physics while recovering from his operation.
In Vermont, Mat Fraser did a double major course in mechanical engineering and engineering management.
Similarly, he also did a double minor in Maths and Business at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
At the age of twenty-two, Fraser started his CrossFit training and competed in the CrossFit training in 2013.
Despite intending to pursue an engineering career, he changed his decision after working as an intern in an aerospace company to focus on CrossFit.
While graduating with degrees in business and engineering, Fraser had also established himself as a CrossFit athlete.
Career & Crossfit Program
At the age of 13, Mat Fraser earned his first national title in weightlifting.
Likewise, he also was the school champion in 2003, 2005, and 2007, leading him to become the junior national champion.
Coming from a background in Olympic weightlifting and a junior national champion, Mat Fraser made his debut at the 2014 CrossFit Games.
While looking for a better environment to practice Olympic lifts, Fraser got involved in CrossFit.
Although he showed no interest in CrossFit, he utilized the CrossFit gym due to various equipment types used by the Olympic lifters in town.
Fraser first came across CrossFit while studying in Vermont and training at the CrossFit gym (Champlain Valley CrossFit).
He got encouraged to compete in the CrossFit events and began competing in 2013, starting with local competitions.
Despite having a few months of CrossFit experience, Fraser could finish fifth in the CrossFit North East Regionals. However, such a record was still not enough to qualify for the CrossFit Games.
Thus, for the time being, he competed as a member of the team, the New York Rhinos, in the NPGL in 2014, whereas in 2015, he became a member of the Built By Bergeron team.
With his hard work and effort, Mat Fraser won the North East Regionals in 2014; this victory earned him public attention.
At his debut in the CrossFit Games, he ended up as a runner-up to Rich Froning. At the 2014’s event, in total, he had seven top 10 finishes.
Similarly, along with Froning, he was tied for first place in the Overhead second. He also finished the position second in Midline March and Thick ‘N’ Quick.
With such an outstanding record in few months, he won the Rookie of the Year award.
After his opponent’s retirement, Rich Froning, Mat Fraser was expected to have victory over the 2015 CrossFit Games.
Although he started his CrossFit career with an outstanding performance, it was followed by several bad performances on the third day of the competition.
He declared his loss to Ben Smith and coming as a second-place as his biggest failure and devastating loss. He stated that the position was a lesson he would reflect on for the rest of his life.
Rise as a Champion
Reflecting and learning from his mistakes and failures, Mat Fraser performed consistently well at the 2016 CrossFit Games events.
Despite not having much interest in the running field, Fraser started his campaign with a 7k Ranch Trail Run victory.
Although that was the only event he won, he did come second place in seven other events and top 10 in almost all events.
His all-rounded performance in the events gave him the chance to dominate the field and rise as the winner. With a 197-point lead, he was able to pass Ben Smith, making it the biggest margin of victory in the history of the CrossFit Games.
Like the previous year, he dominated the 2017 CrossFit Games, where he won four of the ending eight events.
This victory of his was the first time to win more than one event in a single Game.
Similarly, in 2018 as well Mat Fraser defended his title in the 2018 CrossFit Games.
He won two events in the third event, along with the top 4 ends in 10 out of 14 events. In total, he won with a record number of 1,162 points and lead points of 220.
After winning the first-ever sanctioned event, Fraser became qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games. He faced a strong opponent, Noah Ohlsen, in the CrossFit Games.
Despite starting with two wins, he stumbled on day 2 of the competition.
Although he faced such hurdles and challenges, at the final event, he brought the victory, making him the champion for the fourth time.
Training and Diet
During his rookie years in CrossFit, Fraser dedicated his time with only a few hours of training a week and no diet plan.
However, after coming second in the 2015 CrossFit Games, he realized his faults and shifted to a better diet by excluding junk foods, soda and dropped ten pounds.
When training, Mat Fraser tends to eat big meals four to five times a day, focusing mainly on meat and vegetables with sticky white rice.
He makes sure to take various supplements such as whey protein, amino acids, and cannabidiol during his training.
During the off-season, he is lenient with his meals as he consumes only one or two meals a day.
Not to mention, Fraser is also a coffee fanatic, espresso to be specific.
Along with focusing on his diet and training, he also emphasizes his sleep for recovery after training. Fraser makes sure to get 9-10 hours of sleep regularly.
Although he does not have a fixed set training routine, he follows some structure in his training. He focuses on warms up and cools down before and after his training.
During a CrossFit season, he trains a minimum of two sessions a day, four times a week.
His training includes three track sessions, three or four weightlifting sessions, along with a couple of sessions on swimming and one on-road bike.
The next day’s training is connected to the previous one; for example, a day focusing on conditioning may be accompanied by strength work the next day.
For his growth, he also makes sure to focus on his weak points.
Mat Fraser mainly prepares for the competition over a set time period of 12 to 16 weeks; however, when the competition is near, he cuts down on training slightly while avoiding heavy workouts, which could cause an adverse effect.
Mat Fraser: Net Worth
The American professional CrossFit Champion, Mat Fraser, has a net worth of 2.5 million dollars. Most of his earnings are through his primary career as an athlete, whereas his other through open event wins.
Each of the CrossFit Games titles is worth $300,000, and among all, Fraser has gain victory over the five titles.
With major achievements and honors, he has a decent amount of wage.
Mat Fraser and His Relationship
Fraser has been dating Sammy Moniz for many years and is living with her. The couple is not married; however, they are engaged to one another.
Sammy Moniz created a website, “Feeding The Frasers,” which is dedicated to the food she cooks for the CrossFit athlete, Mat Fraser.
Moniz posts pictures of meals and even recipes she prepares for her fiance.
The couple owns a house in Cookeville, Tenessee, and through their social media, one can see that they are very much in love.
Social Media Presence
Mat Fraser is seen active on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. He has a roaring amount of followers, and one can follow him below to know about his lifestyle and events.
Instagram: 2.4M followers with 444 following
Twitter: 70.6K followers with 209 following
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does Matt Fraser eat?
Matt Fraser can consume up to 7,000 calories per day when engaging in the CrossFit Games training seasons.
Is Matt Fraser married to Sammy Moniz?
The CrossFit athlete is engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Sammy Moniz, and they live together in Cookeville, Tenessee.