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Teen Bodybuilder of the Week: Matt Burzacott

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  • Name: Matt Burzacott
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  • Age: 19
  • Where: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Height: 5' 9"
  • Weight: 240 Lbs., Contest: 215 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :6
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
  • Favorite Supplements: Multivitamin's, MRP's, Creatine, Glutamine, BCAA's, Antioxidants

How Did You Get Started?

I started training when I was 13 years old. I started because I am a pure ectomorph and I was tired of being skin and bones. I was the typical beginner trainer, just doing bench press and curls. When I turned 14 I picked up a FLEX magazine and discovered that there were other exercises to be done. I took information from books, magazines and the internet and began my transformation. Bodybuilding became my passion and obsession.

All I did was read, read, read, and with knowledge, trial and error and years of consistent training, I have gone from 115 LBS. at age 14 to 240 LBS. at age 19. I started competing because I missed competing in something when high school football was over and some guys told me I had good genetics for bodybuilding so I thought I'd give it a shot. Now I'm hooked and I'll be a bodybuilder for the rest of my life.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

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I have never really had a certain plan I followed. I train what needs to be trained and I don't follow any set schedule. Sometimes I'll train 14 consecutive days, sometimes 2 consecutive days. I really just go by how I feel and listen to my body. I just make sure I hit every bodypart at least once a week and I keep things simple.

I construct everything around heavy deadlifts, squats and bench presses. I'll usually deadlift every other back workout and I'll squat every other quad workout. So the weeks I deadlift I don't squat and vice versa. A typical workout week would look like this:

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

In the off season I'll usually have around 5-8 meals a day including shakes. I don't count calories, I just make sure I get 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. After that anything goes. If I want pizza I have it. If I'm craving ice cream I eat it. I estimate I probably get between 4,000 and 5,000 calories a day.

My body fat never goes above 10% so I will eat like this in the off season until I can t anymore. Pre-contest my diet looks like this:

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    Meal 1: 1 cup oatmeal (dry measurement)
    9 egg whites
    1 whole egg
    1 banana


    Meal 2: Shake (48 grams protein and 99 grams carbs)

    Meal 3: 1 cup brown rice (cooked)
    8 oz. steak

    Meal 4: 1 cup brown rice
    8 oz. chicken

    Meal 5: 1 cup brown rice
    8 oz. chicken

    Meal 6: 8 oz. steak
    1 cup broccoli

That is sort of a typical day. I cycle my carbs with low, medium and high days depending on how I look and feel.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Creatine, Glutamine and BCAA's.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because everyday I wake up I feel like I have a purpose. It is what gets my lazy butt out of bed everyday. It is a 24/7 job for me. I love knowing that everything I put in my mouth and every time I bust my butt in the gym I am trying to better myself. This makes everyday fun.

I love the challenge of lifting heavy weights and being different from the average person. Bodybuilders are not average people. The things we do every single day is not what normal people do. I love the mental and physical challenges that bodybuilding demands. It has made me a tougher, stronger and more disciplined human being and I know I will benefit in all aspects of life because of bodybuilding.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am doing the 2005 Teen Nationals again. It has been my dream to win this show since I was 14 and this is my last go around so I am not holding anything back. After this show I don't know when I'll compete again, but no matter the outcome I'll compete until my body says no more.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

BE CONSISTENT! Be consistent with training, be consistent with nutrition and be consistent with supplements. Also BE PATIENT! It takes time to develop the type of physique you want. That's what makes this sport fun. Take everything day by day and do anything and everything you can to grow EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Dexter Jackson is my favorite. I just admire that guy s physique. He basically has no flaws that I can think of. Obviously Ronnie Coleman is up there because he is the best ever. I also like Chris Cormier, Nasser El Sonbaty, and Jay Cutler.