Four-time defending Reebok CrossFit Games Champion Mat Fraser absolutely DOMINATED Stage 1 of this year’s CrossFit Games, taking four event wins on his way to a convincing first seed finish heading into the Finals in Aromas, California.
We break down his dominant performance in Stage One and give predictions for the field heading into the Finals. Remember, points reset before Aromas!
[Related: Learn more about Mat Fraser’s championship diet.]
Mat Fraser’s 2020 CrossFit Games Stage One
Just how strong did Fraser look across the first seven workouts of this year’s Games? We break it down event by event. Check out the time stamps below for your guide to the video.
00:05 Mat’s commanding Stage One
00:40 Mat content you need to see
01:05 Friendly Fran
01:47 Front Squat
02:25 Damn Diane
02:50 1,000 meter row
03:15 Nasty Nancy
03:40 Handstand hold
03:55 Awful Annie
04:35 Mat’s competition in Aromas
05:50 What could trip Mat up?
Wondering more about Fraser’s competition heading into Aromas? Remember, the points reset, so athletes won’t be taking any form of lead into the Finals. We’ve got you covered with those details and much, much more in the next video below.
Mat Fraser’s Finals Performance
Fraser came into the finals as the four-time defending champion and favorite based on predictions by top athletes and experts.
Event One — 2007 Reloaded
- 1,500-meter row
Then five rounds of:
- 10 bar muscle-ups
- 7 shoulder-to-overheads — 235 pounds
Fraser opened in the row with a smooth pace on the rower with a split that hovered around 1:43. He was not the first to finish the row, but he was the first to start on his first round of shoulder-to-overheads. His pace through the event seemed to follow the commentary team’s suggestion of going unbroken.
Through the event, most of Fraser’s points of rest came during the walks between the muscle-ups and the shoulder-to-overheads. He stopped only a single time during his last round of muscle-ups when he had a comfortable lead over the field and had a failed rep due to fatigue in his last round of shoulder-to-overheads. He secured his record improving 20th Games event win taking first in this events — eight seconds faster than the second-place Justin Medeiros.
Event Two — Corn Sack Sprint
320-meter hill sprint with a corn sack — 50 pounds
The four-time defending champion did not let up in event two. He didn’t take a lead until about a third of the way through the sprint, but once he acquired it, he never let it go. He placed first with a time of 2:51.54. Fraser is undefeated through the first two events of the 2020 Games Finals.
Event Three — CrossFit Total
For total load:
1-rep-max back squat
1-rep-max shoulder press
Fraser’s streak of event wins comes to a close, but not by much. He took second place with a 1,237-pound total, just seven shy of Adler’s event winning 1,244 pounds. None of the lifts looked particularly difficult for Fraser outside of his final successful deadlift attempt of 535 pounds.
- Squat — 492 pounds
- Shoulder Press — 210 pounds
- Deadlift — 535 pounds
Event Four — Handstand Sprint
100-yard handstand walk
Fraser took down his third event win on day one after performing the entire handstand walk with only one break. His official time was 1:20.85. Justin Medeiros implemented a unique but effective strategy of breaking every five yards or so, but it wasn’t enough to stop the defending champion from crossing the finish line first, leaving Medeiros to rack up another second-place finish.
Event Five — Ranch Loop
Run along 3-mile± course through varying terrain
Fraser took an early lead for the majority of the first half of the race, although Medeiros was giving him a run for his money. Upon hitting the finish line, CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro surprised Fraser and Medeiros with a twist — they had to run the course again in reverse. Despite Fraser’s disbelief, both athletes started the second half of the run.
They kept pace with each other for the duration of the event until Fraser turned on the burners in the final stretch to score his fourth event win of the Finals.
Event Six — Toes-To-Bar/Lunge
30-20-10 reps for time:
Kettlebell lunge (yards) — 32 kilogram kettlebells
Who do you think — if anyone — can challenge the defending champions, Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!