Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Who's Laughing Now?

Matthew faced serious criticism in high school for daily fast food visits. He grew tired of the haters who bet that he couldn't change. See how Matthew won the bet in a laugher!

Name: Matthew Wolfe
E-Mail: matttbowler@hotmail.com
BodySpace: wolfe715
Facebook: Matthew-Wolfe
Location: Long Island, New York
Age: 21  Height: 6'2"  Weight: 183 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 3

Q
How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I was always the fat kid whom everyone made fun of. Fast food was part of almost every meal I consumed. My doctor told me to make changes soon or face serious health risks down the road. My friends bet me I couldn't get in shape and stop eating fast food. I accepted their bet, and three years later I'm in the best shape of my life.

I started working out at age 18 in the fall of 2009 with a BMI of 30, a body fat percentage of 32, and a weight of 250 pounds. I had never been to a gym in my life, so it was all new to me. I started doing cardio every day with circuit training the first couple months and lost about 30 pounds from September to December 2009. I felt good about myself and kept going strong since. I got serious about my diet, weight training, and cardio in 2012 and achieved a single-digit body fat.

What Workout Regimen Delivered The Best Results?
Day 1: Chest/Biceps/Cardio
  • Dumbbell Bench Press Dumbbell Bench Press

    Dumbbell Bench Press

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

    Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Decline Bench Press Decline Bench Press

    Decline Bench Press

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes

    Dumbbell Flyes

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Cable Flyes Cable Flyes

    Cable Flyes

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Push-Ups Push-Ups

    Push-Ups

    1 set to failure
  • Incline Dumbbell Curls Incline Dumbbell Curls

    Incline Dumbbell Curls

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Preacher Curls Preacher Curls

    Preacher Curls

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Reverse EZ-Bar Curls Reverse EZ-Bar Curls

    Reverse EZ-Bar Curls

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Cardio Cardio

    Cardio

    30 minutes


Day 2: Quads/Calves/Cardio
  • Barbell Squats Barbell Squats

    Barbell Squats

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Hack Squats Hack Squats

    Hack Squats

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Leg Press Leg Press

    Leg Press

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Lunges Lunges

    Lunges

    4 sets of 15 reps each leg
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Standing Calf Raise Standing Calf Raise

    Standing Calf Raise

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Leg Press Calf Raise Leg Press Calf Raise

    Leg Press Calf Raise

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Cardio Cardio

    Cardio

    30 minutes


Day 3: Abs/Cardio
  • Cable Crunches Cable Crunches

    Cable Crunches

    5 sets of 30 reps
  • Oblique Cable Crunches Oblique Cable Crunches

    Oblique Cable Crunches

    5 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    5 sets of 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Pull-Overs Dumbbell Pull-Overs

    Dumbbell Pull-Overs

    5 sets of 10 reps
  • Cardio Cardio

    Cardio

    30 minutes


Day 4: Back/Hamstrings/Cardio
  • Lat Pull-Downs Lat Pull-Downs

    Lat Pull-Downs

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • High Row Pull-Downs High Row Pull-Downs

    High Row Pull-Downs

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Low Rows Low Rows

    Low Rows

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Reverse Pull-Downs Reverse Pull-Downs

    Reverse Pull-Downs

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows Seated Cable Rows

    Seated Cable Rows

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Pull-Ups Pull-Ups

    Pull-Ups

    3 sets to failure
  • Seated Leg Curls Seated Leg Curls

    Seated Leg Curls

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls

    Lying Leg Curls

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlift Stiff-Legged Deadlift

    Stiff-Legged Deadlift

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Cardio Cardio

    Cardio

    30 minutes


Day 5: Shoulders/Triceps/Cardio
    • Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise

      Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise

      4 sets of 8 reps
    • Seated Front Dumbbell Raise Seated Front Dumbbell Raise

      Seated Front Dumbbell Raise

      4 sets of 8 reps
    • Cable Lateral Raises Cable Lateral Raises

      Cable Lateral Raises

      4 sets of 12 reps
    • Overhead Machine Press Overhead Machine Press

      Overhead Machine Press

      4 sets of 8 reps
    • Dumbbell Overhead Press Dumbbell Overhead Press

      Dumbbell Overhead Press

      4 sets of 20 reps
    • Shrugs Shrugs

      Shrugs

      4 sets of 8 reps
    • Triceps Cable Push-Downs Triceps Cable Push-Downs

      Triceps Cable Push-Downs

      4 sets of 8 reps
    • Overhead Rope Extensions Overhead Rope Extensions

      Overhead Rope Extensions

      4 sets of 15 reps

Superset

  • Cable Kickbacks Cable Kickbacks

    Cable Kickbacks (shown with dumbbell)

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Dips Dips

    Dips

    4 sets to failure
  • Close-Grip Bench Press Close-Grip Bench Press

    Close-Grip Bench Press

    4 sets of 8 reps
  • Cardio Cardio

    Cardio

    30 minutes


Day 6: Off

Day 7: Abs
  • Cable Crunches Cable Crunches

    Cable Crunches

    5 sets of 30 reps
  • Oblique Cable Crunches Oblique Cable Crunches

    Oblique Cable Crunches

    5 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise

    Hanging Leg Raise

    5 sets of 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Pull-Overs Dumbbell Pull-Overs

    Dumbbell Pull-Overs

    5 sets of 10 reps

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Leaning Phase ///
Meal 1
  • Oats

    Oats

    1 cup

  • Dymatize ISO-100

    Dymatize ISO-100

    2 scoops

  • Hungry Jack Wheat Blends

    Hungry Jack Wheat Blends

    1/3 cup

  • Emerald Almonds

    Emerald Almonds

    1/4 cup

Meal 2
  • Grilled Chicken

    Grilled Chicken

    8 ounces

  • Brown Rice

    Brown Rice

    1/2 cup

Meal
Meal
  • Grilled Chicken

    Grilled Chicken

    8 ounces

  • Brown Rice

    Brown Rice

    1 cup

Bulking ///
Meal 1
  • Oats

    Oats

    2 cups

  • Dymatize ISO-100

    Dymatize ISO-100

    2 scoops

  • Hungry Jack Wheat Blends

    Hungry Jack Wheat Blends

    1/3 cup

  • Emerald Almonds

    Emerald Almonds

    1/4 cup

Meal 2
  • Grilled Chicken

    Grilled Chicken

    8 ounces

  • Brown Rice

    Brown Rice

    1 cup

Meal
Meal
  • Grilled Chicken

    Grilled Chicken

    8 ounces

  • Brown Rice

    Brown Rice

    2 cups

Meal
  • Chobani Yogurts

    Chobani Yogurts

    2 yogurts

What Supplements Gave You The Greatest Gains?
With Meal 1
Pre-Workout
Post-Workout
Before Bed


How Did Your Passion For Bodybuilding Emerge?

I constantly challenge myself to get better. I like that bodybuilding changes with new areas to improve on and new breakthroughs and training regimens to take advantage of. There is support out there. All you have to do is ask and people will guide you through anything.

What/Who Motivated You To Be A Bodybuilder?

Haters motivate me. I strive to keep bettering myself. If I sit there and do nothing, I know another person is going pass me. I get up, do what I have to, and keep challenging myself.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

I go to YouTube and watch videos of Zyzz, Jay Cutler, and various other bodybuilding motivational videos. Once I see these videos, I know it is gym time. When I feel tired or unmotivated, I look myself in the mirror and find areas to improve on. It makes me so angry that I get into my car and drive directly to the gym.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to put on more size, compete in the future, and help others by motivating and sharing my experiences with them.

What Is The Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

Never give up. Get doubt out of your head. You have to believe in yourself if you want to succeed.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

Sadik Hadzovic. I have known Sadik for awhile and he has taught me so much about bodybuilding. He motivates me every day to go out and better myself. He's the perfect example of someone who believes and makes his dreams come true.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com offered me guidance through many different workout plans, dieting, supplements, and motivation when I needed it.

Thank you: I would like to thank my father for motivating me to push myself harder in life. Without his encouragement I wouldn't be where I am today. Rest in peace, Dad.

I would also like to thank my friends and family who supported me through the years and especially my girlfriend for always being there for me through the best and worst times. I don't know what I would do without you. I love you.

I would like to thank Jimmy Murtaugh for the amazing pictures he took of me and for the work he did for me. He's truly a great guy who helped me grow and develop.