HWPO: Hard Work Pays Off

HWPO: Hard Work Pays Off Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 4 hours and 26 minutes
Author Mat Fraser, Spenser Mestel - contributor
Narrator Mat Fraser, Chris Berger
Audible.com Release Date January 11, 2022
Publisher Random House Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0979JLCLD
Best Sellers Rank #6,634 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#22 in Sports Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#24 in Exercise & Fitness (Audible Books & Originals)
#29 in Sports Training (Books)

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Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Mat Fraser fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Mat Fraser fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2022
I pre-ordered this book around 9 months before it was released. As soon as I heard Mat Fraser was releasing a book, I was excited to pick it up. 

Mat Fraser recently broke the record for the number of times a male has won the Crossfit Games; winning it in dominating fashion 5 times. A feat many feel is unlikely to be repeated. No one really understands how he is as dominant as he is, he's seemingly on another level, so this felt like a great opportunity to learn form the man himself.

This book really is a mashup of autobiography, food recipes, training templates, favourite workouts, weakness templates, technique, advice based on experience and observations. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about this: I was hoping for an autobiography, personally. I expected the standard 'child to champion' memoir that the majority of athletes release shortly after they retire...

However, as I began getting into it, I found that the book did have a solid narrative to it: essentially that telling of Mat's story from being an Olympic hopeful to being injured to finishing second at the Crossfit Games to developing a mentality to destroy all his weaknesses - which he believes is the key to his dominant wins - that I'd hoped for. But, in addition to that, the training templates, technique analysis, etc were used both to break up the text and give deeper insights into Mat's methodology - in a more practical and applicable sense. In their own right, they were enjoyable, educational and I'm excited to use them in my own training.

As an example, in the first chapter on strength, Mat goes into detail on his experiences growing up as a weightlifter and eventually getting to workout in the Olympic Training Centre. Every few pages, you'll have a breakdown of a movement, variations of a movement, strength session templates, templates to work on weaknesses, or some WODs (such as Grace or Fran) that involve strength/barbell cycling. The weakness templates range from improving your Squats with prescribed sets and reps for movements such as Overhead Squats through to improving your Snatches with Hangs, Powers and Snatch Balances. These are all coming from Mat Fraser who is not only a multiple Crossfit Athlete, but student of multiple Olympic-level weightlifting coaches.

The other sections in the book are: Endurance (essentially running, swimming and ERGS), Speed (short section on strategy and efficiency), Coordination (Gymnastics and movement quality), and Mentality (giving your all and overcoming obstacles). Each one follows a similar format to the above with a narrative and then plenty of illustrations, technique breakdowns, workout suggestions, and tips to bring into your own training.
I really liked the illustrations in the book. They are all of Mat doing techniques, but not photos: it's this fun, interesting cartoon-y style. The layout of the book was good too, although there is a lot of stuff in here: from workouts to pictures to text to tips, the book never feels messy or cluttered. The cover is nice and the hardback edition I picked up has a cool HWPO silhouette with Mat in the centre. This would make the perfect gift for a Crossfit fan, but I don't think you'll be at all disappointed if buying this for yourself.

Overall, I'm really happy with this book. It isn't the autobiography I was expecting when I ordered it, but it's a fantastic insight into Mat Fraser's methodology and mindset with SO MUCH I can take away and apply to my own training. I genuinely think this book will make me a better athlete and, at very least, it's fired me up to put more effort and thought into my workouts going forward!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2022
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad as an example
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in content and execution
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2022
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