CrossFit Games Winner Mat Fraser Explains The Mentality of A Champion

“No, no. I do not have an addiction to suffering. I have an addiction to what the product of suffering is." Mat Fraser

“Same way as anything I do in life. Like when I was in school, I would—literally—sit in the library for like 10 hours on a Saturday. I would read the textbook cover to cover. When I finish a chapter, if I couldn’t tell you every single law that was in there or every single formula, I would go back and read it again. It’s not because I was addicted to reading the textbook. It’s because I was addicted to the day that we got our exams and the exam wasn’t challenging.”

“That’s the feeling I chase.”

“Getting your test score back and you have the highest score in the class, that’s a good feeling.”

“… I don’t love doing rowing intervals or max-out squats. That shit hurts. But the day you show up to exams and you put up a top time, that’s the feeling i chase.”

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