- Name: Matthew McCann
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Age: 18
- Where: Richmondville, New York
- Height: 5' 7"
- Weight: 170 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :4
- Favorite Bodypart: Chest
- Favorite Exercise: Incline Barbell Press
- Favorite Supplements: Ultra-Mega vitamins, Optimum 100% Whey
How Did You Get Started?
Well mentally I was always into lifting weights, even when I was very young. I always remember seeing bigger kids and adults I looked up to, and always dreamed of being better and stronger than them. I wanted them to look up to me someday.
I'm mentally and personally motivated by my own will and had no one else's influences on my bodybuilding. I first got started in 2000, when I bought my first 10lb weight. Then my body and knowledge grew from there. I worked out at my High school and kept increasing my equipment at home. My influence really kicked into gear when I worked at a local gym, in 2004.
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
Sample Training Week:
Sunday - Off
Monday - Chest and Back
Tuesday - Biceps and Triceps and Shoulders
Wednesday - Legs ( quads, calves, hamstrings)
Thursday - Same as Monday
Friday - Same as Tuesday
Saturday - Same as Wednesday
Cardio and abdominal exercise every day except Sunday
Week 1&2 - 12 sets, 10-15 reps
Week 3&4 - 16 sets, 10 reps
Week 5&6 - 20 sets, 6-7 reps
I use supersets the first four weeks, then use giant sets weeks five and six.
After I do week five and six, I go back to week one.
I switch up my workout every 2 weeks, because that is how long your body takes to get used to something (whether it's getting up in the morning or working out). By changing your workout routine every 2 weeks, you will most likely not hit plateaus as easily.
Also by switching your exercises (example: doing hammer curls instead of alternate DB curls). Your body will not get used to your workout routine therefore creating better and more results.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
I eat 4-5 meals a day. The first in the morning is cereal/oatmeal with milk and whey protein powder. The second and third usually consist of chicken or tuna fish and 12 grain bread and/or fruit. And the last one or two is usually vegetables and some kind of low saturated fat meat.
Make sure you have a big breakfast to get your metabolism up for the day ahead of you. Try to eat less at night, because you tend to do less and there's no sense of sleeping on all those calories eaten at night. Try to have a small, high protein snack before bed, like whey protein powder mixture.
The best thing to do is cycle your calories - For example consume 2000cal for 2 weeks then, consume 2500cal the next 2 weeks. By doing this your body is not use to your calorie intake, which will increase your metabolism. Try http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/casi2.htm to help explain.
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
I think the Optimum Whey Protein has given me the greatest gain. The reason is because it is a quick protein source, without the inconvenience of conventional cooking.
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
I just love it when the pump starts to set in. There's no other feeling like it in the world. I love the feeling after a workout, knowing you pushed yourself hard and you get to have the same feeling again tomorrow! Bodybuilding gives me challenges and goals to set for myself and gives results to my body as well as my mind.
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I haven't done any shows yet, even though I am 18. But I am working on signing up for competition soon. I recently e-mailed intelligentfitness.org to sign up for competition.
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Try not to let outside interference effect your workout negatively, always choose an area that's right for you, and never give up on your intensity during a workout.