| Name: Matthew Biss
Weight: 235 lbs
BodySpace: Muscle Mania Matt
[ Q ] Tell us a little about yourself. What is your position at Bodybuilding.com? How long have you worked here?
I have worked for Bodybuilding.com for 2 1/2 years, and currently work in web content. My current mission is to make the Exercise Database a thing of beauty, but I partake in all things related to training, nutrition, and supplementation and stick my opinion in where ever I want.
[ Q ] What was your workout/fitness/nutrition level before working at Bodybuilding.com?
I started training at the age of 13, and started competing in bodybuilding soon thereafter. Prior to working at Bodybuilding.com, I was a personal trainer for several years. It is rare for me to miss training.
I have trained squats or deadlifts on every birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas for the last 10 years. I even went to the gym the day I got married to my beautiful wife Emily, and trained legs until I puked.
About a year ago, I joined the National Guard as a Cavalry Scout. I was gone for much of the year training, and lost about 45 pounds, looking deathly skinny when I returned.
This was a huge turning point for me, because I realized that I have always wanted to be a strength athlete, and this was a good time to make that change.
[ Q ] What does your workout routine consist of now (please give detailed weekly workout)?
|READING THIS WORKOUT LOG|
- Barbell Deadlift: 5/3/1
- Pullups: 4 sets of 8 reps
- One-Arm Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Barbell Good Morning: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Grip Training
- Military Press: 5/3/1
- Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Rear Delt Raises: 4 sets of 8 reps
- Donkey Calf Raises: 4 sets of 8 reps
Strongman/Highland Games event day. Typically 3-4 events are practiced. On this day, I train with other strongmen and throwers.
[ Q ] What does your diet consist of now (please give detailed daily diet)?
Meal 2: Pre-Workout
Meal 3: Post-Workout
- 1 scoop of Universal Torrent
Right now I am in a deficit, as I want to compete a little lighter for 2010.
[ Q ] What supplements have helped you reach your goals (please give daily supplement program?
- Universal Animal Pak
- Universal Animal Flex
- NOW Omega-3
- Vitamin C
- Coenzyme Q10
- Universal Torrent
- GENR8 Vitargo S2
- Optimum 100% Whey Protein
- Optimum 100% Casein Protein
- Scivation Knockout
[ Q ] What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? Does it create a helpful fitness environment?
I am very blessed in my career. I am fortunate because I love what I do and the people I work with. Not only that, but my career compliments my training, and vice versa.
I can go into an important meeting with food containers in hand and no one there thinks I'm crazy. Actually, they do think I'm crazy, but not for the food. Eating like that is very typical at Bodybuilding.com.
[ Q ] How does the Bodybuilding.com environment influence your health, fitness and appearance goals?
The workplace strongly encourages self improvement, whether it be mind, body, or spirit. My coworkers keep me on top of my game, and keep me humble (they try at least).
My goals are my own, and being a strength athlete makes me a little different from most of the folks here.
[ Q ] What are your co-workers like?
BBcom'ers know how to get down. Everyone is fun and full of life. All I can say is that if you are spending any time with the Bodybuilding.com crew, bring a camera because you never know what will happen. Be ready.
[ Q ] Did someone from Bodybuilding.com inspire you to reach your goals?
I was 100% meathead before I ever arrived here, but there are many people here that inspire me. Our Editor in Chief, Kris Gethin, is such a person.
[ Q ] Have you inspired others with your new look and attitude?
I hope that I have helped others with the life that I have led. Although, being a ginger I don't think I'll inspire too many people with my looks.
[ Q ] What is your favorite feature on the Bodybuilding.com website?
The Bodybuilding.com Video Network. It's great to see the pro's, like Layne Norton's New Powerlifting Series or Uber Strength With Corey St Clair. But it's not just limited to training; check out Cooking with Christina.
[ Q ] How does Bodybuilding.com help to motivate/support you?
They love me just the way I am! They encourage employees to learn and develop as much as possible, and give me a chance to do what's important to me. There aren't very many places where a meathead can be comfortable, after all.
[ Q ] Does practicing the bodybuilding lifestyle improve the productivity of Bodybuilding.com? If so, how?
Absolutely! This is something we need more of, but I think that no matter what you do, be it customer service, IT, and especially web content, it all translates into you knowing your customer.
How can you develop the world's biggest bodybuilding website if the people making it don't know anything about it? It's about having the right people in the right places to get the best features, products, and information to the customer, wrapped the way they want it.
[ Q ] What are your future goals? Do you think working for Bodybuilding.com will help you reach them?
This will be my last year that I want to compete in Strongman as a lightweight. I plan on doing either a Strongman, Highland Games, or Powerlifting meet every month for 2010. In Strongman, I want to crush the lightweights at every event this year.
In the Highland Games, which I am pretty new at, I plan on winning my events, and being a strong A class competitor this year. I also want a raw total of 1700 lbs in powerlifting this year, which I think is realistic.
Further in the future, I want to be a pro in both Strongman and Highland Games. One day I hope to step on to the stage of Met-RX World's Strongest Man.
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