Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Mathew Park

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  • Name: Mathew Park
  • E-mail: mattpj6@yahoo.com
  • Age: 18
  • Where: Acadia Valley, Alberta
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 185 Lbs., contest: 160 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :5
  • Favorite Bodypart: Biceps and Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Deadlift, Preacher Curl, Squat
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein, ZMA, Glutamine

How Did You Get Started?

I started weight training when I was 12 years old. My uncle Mike built his own gym about 8 years ago and with his 15 years of experience I started my journey too. I was totally obsessed with bodybuilding, as I carried my water jug and food with me everywhere I would go. In school, at work, I never missed a meal and always strived to be a better and more mature bodybuilder and person. I've always had the patience that it takes to get gains properly, DRUG FREE. I've competed in two bodybuilding comtests. The first was the Alberta Provincials when I was 17. I placed 5th. The latest one was the Western Canadian MuscleMania's where I placed 4th. About 7 months ago, I got featured in the October 2002 issue of Ironman Magazine as well.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I tried many programs but the one that gave me the most increadible results was high intensity training. Recovery is the most overlooked aspect in bodybuilding, so when people ask me how much I workout I always say around 2 to 3 times per week, even during contest preperation. Remember, it's not the length of the workout, it's the proper amount of intensity and focus you achieve. My best lifts are the deadlift, as I rep 390 pounds, and squat, as I rep 430 pounds. My workouts are usually 20 to 30 minutes in length.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Three supplements that I use regularly are Optimium's 100% Whey protein and ZMA, as well as Glutamine. These supplements have given me great gains in strengh and size. I love ZMA because it helps me recover faster during intense workouts.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

The dedication it takes to be a bodybuilder is greatly overlooked. Preparing for a contest takes a lot of work and disipline. Not only that, but your mindset is greatly improved as you become a more mature bodybuilder. Bodybuilding isn't all about lifting weights, it's 50% mind and 50% body. When you prepare both aspects to their full capabilities, you will succeed.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm a personal trainer right now and am starting a course in performance nutrition as well. In January I'm going to school for business and marketing so that when I have completed everything, I will be starting my own business in personal training. I also have plans to start my own gym in near future as well.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never overlook proper recovery during your training. Stimulate that certain muscle, then get the hell out, eat and grow. Remember, if someone ever offers you steriods, tell them where to stick it.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I've never idolized any bodybuilder before, but some of my favorite natural bodybuilders are Markus Reinhardt and Skip La Cour. A bodybuilder that possesed a strong mind and body was the great Mike Mentzer. Thanks a lot to Micheal Stolz's help in my contest preparation and training.