Being a professional CrossFit athlete is a full-time job. This has been proven by Mathew Fraser, aka Mat Fraser, the winner of the 2018 CrossFit Games for the men category, as well as Tia-Clair Toomey, winner for the female category. You can also see any of the winners from the team category, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom for reference as well. But, who are they? And what did they do to win the CrossFit Games in 2018?
What you need to know about 2018 CrossFit Games winner Mathew Fraser!
Also known as Mat Fraser, he is a professional CrossFit athlete who, previous to winning in 2016, had already placed second in the 2014 and 2015 CrossFit Games. From 2014 to the first year he won the CrossFit Games, he placed first in regionals, seventh in the open in 2014 and 2016, and first in the open in 2015. He placed first on all three phases in 2017 and 2018. He then proceeded to win the next two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018. This made it three years in a row that he has won the CrossFit Games.
Before becoming a CrossFit Athlete, he was an Olympic weightlifter that was injured in 2009. He does not have a fixed workout program. Due to the unpredictability of the CrossFit Games, he tries to prepare for everything. Before 2015, he did not have a strict diet either and would eat anything he desired. When he placed second in 2015 he decided to take a more serious approach with his diet.
What you need to know about Tia-Clair Toomey!
She is not only a CrossFit Games athlete, but also a Weightlifter. Before winning in 2017, she placed second in 2015 and 2016. She placed third during regionals in 2015 and second in 2016 and 2017. She placed first in 2018, her second CrossFit Games win in a row. During the open, she placed 63rd, 82nd, 18th, and 12th respectively.
She began doing CrossFit in 2013 and was approached as a weightlifter by Miles Wydall. She has been successful in both types of competitions. Before that, she was mostly a runner.
What you need to know about CrossFit Mayhem Freedom!
It was founded and led to victory by Rich Froning in 2015, 2016, and 2018. It is one of only two teams to win the CrossFit Games twice in a row. Despite having competed before in 2013, they won until Rich Froning retired from individual competitions and joined their team. Before that, in 2013, they placed 27th.
They won in regionals as well for both years and kept five of the six members they originally had with them in 2015, including Lindy Barber, Richard Froning Jr., Matt Hewett, and Tasia Percevecz.
What did they win?
Aside from the title of the Fittest on Earth, the prize was a total of $300,000 for winning the CrossFit Games in 2018. The prize for winning is expected to go even higher this year.