Mat Fraser has seen glory topping the podium in front of a packed stadium to be crowned the Fittest on Earth a whopping three times, but that’s not all he’s been up to! Fraser has teamed up with Nike to design a new functional trainer called the Metcon 5. And this is what he/Nike has to say about them:
Mat Fraser’s daily, often solo, training takes him to the “dark place” — physically and mentally. The gritty grind prepares him to step into the bright, public light of the competition floor, ready to destroy workouts in jaw-dropping fashion. This is (apparently) what forms the basis of the design behind the Metcon 5.
The darkness represents Fraser’s inward focus and meticulous dedication to his routine, while the lightness signifies him stepping into the spotlight for competition. The red racing stripe is a nod to the chase for first place as well as the shorts worn by the CrossFit Games leader. The three bullseyes on the medial heel and on the sock liner stand for the three consecutive first-place medals Fraser has earned at the CrossFit Games. Also on the sockliner is Fraser’s mantra, “HWPO” — hard work pays off. His signature appears on the transparent outsole.
The shoe comes in a box packed with tissue paper with the image of a bull’s skull (something Fraser uses to remind himself to strengthen his weaknesses) and the HWPO acronym.
The Nike Metcon 5 Mat Fraser PE was available to NikePlus Members on June 25, and on June 28 on nike.com and at select retailers.