HB Unfiltered: Mat Fraser is Smart
By: Heather Bergeron
There’s no question about Mat Frasier’s level of fitness this year. He was untouchable at the Games, creating so much of a lead between himself and 2nd place that there was about 0% drama involved with the men’s competition. You couldn’t even make up a storyline that was interesting because the only story you could focus on was how insanely fit this guy was across the entire board of tests that Castro laid out for these athletes.
Mat came in 2nd place in 2014, and again in 2015. But, when you watched him those last two years, you knew he was insanely fit then, too.
What was so obvious to me this year in comparison to the previous two years was this: Mat has become a far more mature and smart as an athlete.
When we saw Mat in the hotel on Saturday morning, he was telling us about how much food he had been eating. He, himself, was shocked by (A) how much he had eaten throughout the weekend, and (B) how great he was feeling because of it. He said he normally never eats any food in between workouts.
If you watched Mat get no-repped, like, 10 times on the ring handstand push-ups (which is probably one of the worst movements to get no-repped on), you were likely wondering when he was going to storm off the floor, whipping his head back and forth in a fit of fury and lashing out about how pissed off he was at his judge for being so unfair to him.
Instead, he dealt with it, adjusted, and came off the floor unfazed by it all because he was still able to finish in 4th place for that event. Had this all happened last year or the year before, it would’ve been a totally different scene.