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Mat Fraser Talks ‘Selective’ Ideology and Training Mal O’Brien in USA Today Interview

July 10, 2022 by
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Five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser recently spoke with major news outlet USA Today for an interview regarding his CrossFit experience, his new role as a coach, and how newcomers can try CrossFit for themselves.

“Show up, give it a try.”

Fraser acts as an ambassador to the sport in the article, explaining the Games system and acknowledging that getting to the highest tier of the sport takes more than just “signing up for the Open,” while maintaining a level of accessibility for prospective athletes. Fraser advises people interested in CrossFit to “show up, give it a try,” citing the age-old slogan of CrossFit being “infinitely scalable” as his evidence.

“I’m very selective with who I work with.”

In regards to his new role as a coach to the “next gen” of CrossFit Games athletes, Fraser said it’s “very rewarding” to see up-and-comers like Mallory O’Brien prove to themselves what they’re capable of. Currently, Fraser and HWPO train O’Brien, Jake Marconi, and Jayson Hopper.

  • In addition, Fraser identified O’Brien as having the potential for a long and successful career. He said their current goal is to set solid foundations to support years of elite training for the 18-year-old.

The bottom line: Fraser shed good perspective and light on the world of CrossFit to a large audience, and struck a balance between exciting readers through the mystique of CrossFit and the accessibility.

Read Fraser’s interview with USA Today here.

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