Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Matt Carlin

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How Did You Get Started?

My high school was too small to support any sports teams, so for fun, a couple buddies and I went up to the local YMCA after school to play basketball and lift weights. As I kept lifting, I wanted to maximize my gains from the gym, so I started researching online. I kept on getting more and more into the sport of it, and when I got to college I made a lot of great friendships in the weight room. My friends and I got to talking, and I eventually decided I'd try out a competition.

Matt Carlin.
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Matt Carlin.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I tried to keep my lifting heavy all the way up until the time of the competition to keep up as much mass as possible. I also used high volume training on my main movements.

Day 1: Back/Triceps

Day 2: Core

Day 3: Legs

Day 4: Off

Day 5: Chest/Biceps

Day 6: Core/Cardio

Day 7: Shoulders/Traps

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Matt Carlin.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I opted for the very low carb, high fat and protein approach for contest preparation. I feel like it gave me great conditioning on stage. Also, eating frequently (every 2 hours) was one of the biggest factors in losing fat. Note - every 3rd day, I would have a carb up meal consisting of brown rice, sweet potatoes, veggies and a piece of fruit.

Meal 1: 7:40 AM

Meal 2: 10:00 AM

Meal 3: 12:00 PM

Meal 4: 2:30 PM

Meal 5: 5:00 PM Post Training

Meal 6: 7:00 PM

Meal 7: 9:00 PM

Meal 8:

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Matt Carlin.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

BSN's CellMass gave me great strength gains when I first started bodybuilding. Protein powder has always helped to fill my macros for the day. Scivation's Xtend really helped me get through workouts as I was dieting and worked pretty well to curb my appetite if I was hungry. I am also a very firm believer in a good multivitamin (I use AST's Multi-Pro).

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love to continually improve myself in every way. Through bodybuilding, I am able to drastically improve my body. I also am a very competitive person, and bodybuilding gives me a way to compete.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

My mom always made healthy meals for the family as I was growing up which really built a solid foundation of the rest of my bodybuilding endeavors. I feel like I have built a lot of who I am around health and bodybuilding, so it's just second nature now.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have always been pretty competitive, so I want to achieve my bodybuilding goals to give me the best chance at winning competitions. More importantly, I believe the ability to set goals and achieve them lends greatly to the internal strength of a person, so I am driven to achieve my goals to develop my mind and personality.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm taking about a year off from competing and really focus on adding quality strength and mass. Standing at 6'1", I have a lot of frame to fill out. But in the long run, I will be competing to be the best I can possibly be!

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Matt Carlin.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

The one tip I'd give to other bodybuilders would be to surround yourself with people who love bodybuilding as well. I have a group of friends that I constantly bounce new ideas off of and talk bodybuilding with. It's great to be able to relax with people who have similar interests as you. I would be nowhere near where I am right now without my friends!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I admire Arnold a lot for his classic physique. Kai Greene is a constant inspiration to me because of his training philosophy. I'm also a big fan of Philip Ricardo Jr. and Layne Norton.

What Features Do You Use On Bodybuilding.com?

I read a lot of articles on Bodybuilding.com. I would say that the majority of the knowledge of bodybuilding I have now comes from the articles that I have read on this site. They have been a great inspiration to me especially when I first started getting into bodybuilding. I also buy my supplements from the Bodybuilding.com store.