Mat Fraser, CrossFit’s winningest male athlete, is retiring from competition.
The five-time consecutive (2016-2020) CrossFit Games champ announced his decision to stop competing on Instagram today with a message of appreciation over several photo slides. He’s only 31 years old—so he’s leaving the sport young, at the top of his game.
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“Like so many others that wandered into a CrossFit gym, I wasn’t expecting to find my best friends, business partners, wife, countless life lessons, and 5 gold medals,” he wrote. “Today, I leave the sport older, wiser, fitter, and grateful.
“I’m diving into the next chapter of my life with the same HWPO [Hard Work Pays Off] mentality. From now on, decisions won’t be solely based off how they affect my performance, but how they affect my family, friends, health, and happiness.
“I look forward to remaining a part of the CrossFit community, I just won’t be doing it from the competition floor any longer.”
Fraser penned a longer, more detailed note for The Morning Chalk Up, which was published shortly after his social media posts. In the address, he expands on the sometimes obsessive fixation he had on being the greatest CrossFit a