I started lifting weights the year after high school graduation. I took a one-credit class in weight training. I was amazed by the changes in my appearance in only one month. I lifted on and off for the next eight years.
I didn't get serious about bodybuilding until I was about 27. That's when I started reading all I could about nutrition and training. I jumped from 165 lbs to 220 lbs almost instantly. Within a year and a half I competed in a bodybuilding show for the first time.
After a few years of competition I began getting into physique photography and contest promotion as well. I now help run a federation (OCB - Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders), promote shows, cover events as photographer (www.mattshepley.photoreflect.com), and even publish a magazine about physique competition (Fitness & Physique - www.FitnessandPhysiqueMag.com).Age: 35 Height: 6' 2" Weight: 225 lbs. (about 195 contest weight) Residence: Fairfax, VA May 1999 - Unsanctioned Hot Bodies Competition, Frederick, MD - 1st Overall May 2000 - NGA Annapolis, Annapolis, MD - 2nd Open LHW March 2001 - ANBC Lion Country Classic, State College, PA - 1st Open Tall April 2001 - ANBC Sin City Natural, Las Vegas, NV - 2nd Open Tall August 2003 - NASF American Challenge, Virginia Beach, VA - 4th Open Tall September 2003 - INBA Forever Natural International, Las Vegas, NV - 2nd Open Tall