There’s no question about Mat Frasier’s level of fitness this year. He was untouchable at the Games, creating a lead between him and 2nd place that there was about 0% drama involved with the men’s competition. You couldn’t even make up a story line 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 sitting in your seat like I was 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 unphased 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.
I will say that it’s no surprise that behind this hugely successful man, is an adorably loving and supportive girlfriend. When I saw Sammy in the athlete area after the awards ceremony on Sunday night, you could just tell how committed this girl was to Mat. They are an awesome couple that are giddy as if they were high school sweethearts. Seriously, it’s adorable and seeing love like that makes my heart smile 🙂