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Body Transformation: Patience Powers Progress!

Weeks of disappointing progress photos pushed Mathew to the brink, but he stayed strong, battled a nasty flu, and got absolutely shredded!
Name: Mathew Caripolti
Email: mpolti34@gmail.com
BodySpace: mpolti34

Mathew Caripolti Mathew Caripolti
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'11"
WEIGHT
230 lbs
BODY FAT
20%
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'11"
WEIGHT
195 lbs
BODY FAT
7%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was a chubby kid when I started working out at age 13. I worked hard for years and had a solid body by age 17. I started to cut weight for summer in February because I wanted to look good and continued this trend for many years. I attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and stuck to my same routine of lifting hard through the winter to gain mass and cutting for the summer. During my years at IUP, I studied exercise science and received a bachelor's degree. I also got certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a certified health fitness specialist.

In December 2011, I met my beautiful girlfriend and weighed 190 pounds. After a year, together, I fell into a trap and got comfortable and lazy. I was also making the transition to the real world and figuring out how to live. Burdened with school loans and trying to afford life, I didn't have the drive to train hard.

In March 2012, I started my job as a personal trainer at the Indiana County YMCA and weighed 248 pounds (my heaviest ever). While working at the YMCA, I was introduced to a program called the "Y's Loser Program." The class included about 50 individuals whose main goal was to lose weight.

After working with these people and my clients, I become motivated to be in better shape. I had the tools to show them it's possible to lose weight and completely transform, so I started to work out hard. I love to eat and it was very difficult to get my diet right. By the end of summer, I lost about 15 pounds.

I was on Bodybuilding.com buying supplements in January and saw the $100,000 Transformation Challenge. That was my ticket. When I started the challenge, I weighed between 228-230 pounds. My goal weight for the end was 198 pounds. I knew it took a perfect diet and training routine to achieve my goals. Aside from my transformation, the money was a large part of my motivation so I wouldn't have to worry about school loans and other bills.

At the beginning of the challenge, I weighed 230 pounds with 20-22 percent body fat. My lean weight was 183 pounds and I had 45 pounds of fat. At the end of the challenge, I weighed 195 with seven percent body fat. My lean mass stayed at 183 pounds, but my fat dropped to 12 pounds.

How I Accomplished My Goals

Every personal trainer at the YMCA had to get their picture taken for display on the wall so members could recognize us. When I saw my picture, it was the first time realized how bad I let myself go. This was the real start to my transformation. It took a while to get my diet down, but I got there and became a strong lifter, which was motivating, and the "addiction" came back.

When I started the Bodybuilding.com 100k Transformation Challenge, there was no turning back. From that point, every workout and meal was extremely important to the goal I wanted to achieve. As I took progress pictures, they weren't as good as I expected, but I kept a positive mindset and knew the work would pay off. I never thought about quitting. By week 11, I was very happy with my progress photo.

On Monday of the last week of the challenge, I got the flu (I thought I was exhausted from the lowered carbohydrates). I was supposed to take my final pictures that Friday, so for four days leading up to Friday, I made myself workout at the same intensity for the 12 weeks prior. On top of that, I had to work and keep my energy up to motivate my clients. It was a miserable week. When Friday morning came, I was still extremely sick and sweated badly when my girlfriend took my final pictures.

After the contest, I was happy with my transformation and relieved to see my hard work and dedication pay off. It was the longest and strictest 12 weeks of my life, but the most rewarding. Because of the transformation, I'm in the best shape of my life.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
With Meal 1
Intra-workout
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
  • fish

    Fish

    8 oz

  • salad

    Salad

    1 serving

  • veggies

    Vegetables

    1 serving

Meal 5
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I start every workout with 5-10 minutes of light walking on the treadmill and a quick stretch routine depending on the muscle group I work that day. Then I do a 10-minute ab workout and rotate four exercises in a circuit and go through 2-3 circuits for 20 reps each.

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Back
Day 3: Legs
Day 4: Shoulders
Day 5: Arms
Day 6 & Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The worst part was looking at my first progress pictures. I took new photos every two weeks and my first four pictures didn't make me happy, so I started to second guess myself. I kept a positive attitude and stayed confident in my plan.

There are always ways to improve. Every meal and workout is extremely important. I don't want to be the person who looks back and says "If I wouldn't have cheated on my diet I would be better off." I want to be the person who pushed it to the limit every day and didn't cheat on my diet.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to continue working as hard as possible to achieve a better physique. I planned to compete two weeks after the challenge ended, but the flu really through me off schedule. Hopefully I will enter my first bodybuilding competition soon.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Transform for you and make it a lifestyle change that lasts for life.
  • Set short and long-term realistic goals that motivate you to work hard.
  • If you don't meet goals, use it as motivation to work harder and get back on track.
  • It takes time to lose weight. It wasn't put on overnight, so it won't come off overnight.
  • Most importantly, don't give up!
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com was the most important tool I had for my transformation. I buy my supplements from the site and intake the endless amount of information about exercise and nutrition. BodySpace is also a huge motivation. It's inspirational to see what others do and say. I spend hours researching everything I can on Bodybuilding.com and feel like I haven't touched the surface of information on the site.

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mark2927

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mark2927

Nice work Mathew!

Jul 17, 2013 5:20pm | report
mmiltonp

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mmiltonp

Impressive indeed!!!

Jul 17, 2013 6:31pm | report
jtortorich

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jtortorich

awesome progress man!

Jul 17, 2013 6:58pm | report
jayjay12345

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jayjay12345

big big change! good job!

Jul 17, 2013 8:08pm | report
Satsao

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Satsao

wow amazing , i want that kind of body ! great progression

Jul 17, 2013 8:55pm | report
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anouchka

great work!

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Jul 17, 2013 11:48pm | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 10'2"
  • wt: 122.36 lbs
  • bf: 15.0%
KillianBrady

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KillianBrady

Very inspiring!

Jul 18, 2013 1:52am | report
TonyGarber

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TonyGarber

awesome change

Jul 18, 2013 8:14am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 13'10"
  • wt: 166.4 lbs
  • bf: 13.0%
libyan94

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libyan94

too much suplments

Jul 18, 2013 9:11am | report
libyan94

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libyan94

too much suplments

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libyan94

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libyan94

to much suplments

Jul 18, 2013 9:11am | report
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dchampisere

That is by no means 7% bf. More like 9%. Almost always the body fat percentages are off by a good margin. Good job though!

Jul 18, 2013 11:09am | report
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solarphoenix

He spelled it out perfectly. Takes hardwork dedication and determination

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rduke220

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rduke220

That's an awesome 3 month transformation!!

Jul 18, 2013 1:03pm | report
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tmdeloatch

great job! Thanks for the motivation!

Jul 18, 2013 1:51pm | report
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tomleevis

Nice job, I really need that chest:(

Jul 18, 2013 2:19pm | report
Shuja123

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Shuja123

Awesome m definitely following your workouts bro!

Jul 18, 2013 6:20pm | report
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Shuja123

Awesome m definitely following your workouts bro!

Jul 18, 2013 6:20pm | report
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stuwork28

good job!

Jul 18, 2013 11:17pm | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 14'11"
  • wt: 179.5 lbs
  • bf: 14.0%
csusnik

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csusnik

Nice Job man!

Jul 20, 2013 6:20pm | report
Jasonwtp

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Jasonwtp

Good work dude, I am going to give your workout a crack looks like a pretty good program. Keep up the hard work!

Jul 22, 2013 3:04pm | report
horndog21

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horndog21

I am going to give this program a try. What times did you eat at?

Jul 23, 2013 12:51am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 15'10"
  • wt: 190.8 lbs
  • bf: 25.0%
khan020202

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khan020202

This is amazing. Exactly what I would love to achieve.

Jul 26, 2013 3:21pm | report
jayvaa

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jayvaa

AWESOME BRO!!! this is exactly what i needed to keep myself on track... thanks for the inspiration/motivation! keep it up.

Aug 2, 2013 4:15am | report
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smokemeakipper

any cardio added into this? i'm struggling with the cut and added 2-5k runs 3 times a week to my 5x5 routine

Sep 22, 2013 6:22am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 16'3"
  • wt: 195.11 lbs
  • bf: 16.0%
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