Bodybuilding.com Fit Employee Spotlight - February 2010: Matt Biss!

Congratulations Matt Biss for being selected as Bodybuilding.com's Fit Employee of the Month. Find out how Matt turned to strongman competitions to complement his fitness lifestyle!

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Vital Stats:
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Matthew Biss Name: Matthew Biss
Email: matt.biss@bodybuilding.com
Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 235 lbs
BodySpace: Muscle Mania Matt

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[ Q ] Tell us a little about yourself. What is your position at Bodybuilding.com? How long have you worked here?
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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.

I Partake In All Things Related To Training, Nutrition, And Supplementation.
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I Partake In All Things Related To
Training, Nutrition, And Supplementation.

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[ Q ] What was your workout/fitness/nutrition level before working at Bodybuilding.com?
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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.

It Is Rare For Me To Miss Training.
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It Is Rare For Me To Miss Training.

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[ Q ] What does your workout routine consist of now (please give detailed weekly workout)?
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READING THIS WORKOUT LOG
Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 Program - First you determined your current 1-rep maximum (not your best ever, what you can do now), and cut it down a bit from there - down to 90%. Next you use that reduced number to calculate your loads for a four-week cycle of lifts. Week one is 3 sets of 5 reps on your major lift, week two is 3 sets of 3 reps, week three is 5/3/1, and week four is a deload with light weight for 3 sets of 5 reps.

Each set is done heavier than the set before but all lower than your maximum - even the single in week three is 95% of 90% of your 1-rep max, so it should be a little lighter than you can handle for one. The catch is, for each of the first three weeks, you do as many reps as possible for the final set. You don't train to failure, but rather one or two reps short of failure... enough to require serious hard work.

Circuit - Perform 1 set of each exercise with no rest between sets. When finished with the circuit, rest, then repeat until the desired number of sets are achieved.

Warmup: Circuit

Goblet Squat. Goblet Squat.
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Goblet Squat.

Monday:

Atlas Stones. Atlas Stones.
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Atlas Stones.

Barbell Hip Thrust. Barbell Hip Thrust.
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Barbell Hip Thrust.

Tuesday:

Log Press.
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Log Press.

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

Strongman/Highland Games event day. Typically 3-4 events are practiced. On this day, I train with other strongmen and throwers.

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[ Q ] What does your diet consist of now (please give detailed daily diet)?
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Meal 1:

Meal 2: Pre-Workout

Meal 3: Post-Workout

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Meal 7:

Right now I am in a deficit, as I want to compete a little lighter for 2010.

Right Now I Am In A Deficit, As I Want To Compete A Little Lighter For 2010.
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Right Now I Am In A Deficit, As I Want
To Compete A Little Lighter For 2010.

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[ Q ] What supplements have helped you reach your goals (please give daily supplement program?
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[ Q ] What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? Does it create a helpful fitness environment?
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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.

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[ Q ] How does the Bodybuilding.com environment influence your health, fitness and appearance goals?
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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.

The Workplace Strongly Encourages Self Improvement.
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The Workplace Strongly Encourages Self Improvement.

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[ Q ] What are your co-workers like?
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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.

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[ Q ] Did someone from Bodybuilding.com inspire you to reach your goals?
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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.

There Are Many People Here That Inspire Me.
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There Are Many People Here That Inspire Me.

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[ Q ] Have you inspired others with your new look and attitude?
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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.

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[ Q ] What is your favorite feature on the Bodybuilding.com website?
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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.

I Hope That I Have Helped Others With The Life That I Have Led.
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I Hope That I Have Helped Others
With The Life That I Have Led.

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[ Q ] How does Bodybuilding.com help to motivate/support you?
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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.

There Aren't Very Many Places Where A Meathead Can Be Comfortable.
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There Aren't Very Many Places Where A
Meathead Can Be Comfortable.

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[ Q ] Does practicing the bodybuilding lifestyle improve the productivity of Bodybuilding.com? If so, how?
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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.

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[ Q ] What are your future goals? Do you think working for Bodybuilding.com will help you reach them?
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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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