We’ve known Matt and Kim for more than three years. They are two of the nicest people we’ve ever met. When Kim found out that our daughter Jaye was taking ice skating lessons she sent her a sweater. Here’s their story as told by Matt.
My first contest was the 1993 Mr. Cincinnati where I competed as a small heavyweight. At 5′11″ I weighed in at 204. Contest photos indicated that I should have been about 185 to be in shape. I didn’t have much quality muscle nor was I in very good condition, therefore I deservedly took 4th out of a total of five people in my class.
Since that contest I’ve learned a great deal about training and dieting, some by trial and error and some from a group of very knowledgeable people. Mike Matson introduced me to Roger and Sandy in 1995 and I’ve been following their nutritional advice and using Beverly International supplements religiously since then. I started taking Ultra 40, Mass, and Complete protein powder and felt a big difference almost immediately.
I had to put a hold on my competitive plans for the next couple of years due to a career move to Chicago, but decided 1998 was going to be the year! I ate pretty clean through the holidays and started my diet on January 1, 1998 at 243 with 10% body fat. The first thing I did was cut out the dairy products, breads and sugars. A couple weeks later I started taking the caffeine, ephedrine and aspirin stack. When I felt my fat loss was starting to slow down, I added 20-30 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning. As my contest date loomed nearer, I gradually increased my cardio and eventually added 20 minutes at the conclusion of my training and sometimes even an evening session before bedtime when I really felt that I needed it. I usually trained each muscle group one time per week and occasionally would do a little more for some areas that I needed to bring up.
My diet consisted of 6-7 meals per day. I always ate at least 1 lb of red meat daily, and sometimes 2 lb. depending on how heavy my training was that particular day. Along with the red meat I also had egg whites (2 yolks), chicken, some fish and 2-3 protein drinks daily. Since I work construction it’s hard to sit down and eat all the time so I relied on protein drinks to keep my protein intake high... 450-500 grams daily. I personally prefer Beverly’s Complete which is a milk and egg source protein powder along with a complete balance of complex carbs, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. My carbs came from oatmeal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, green beans and asparagus. My fat came from the red meat, egg yolks and a couple tablespoons of flaxseed oil. At about 6 weeks out I cut the red meat back to 3/4 lb a day and picked up the rest with egg whites and chicken. I also went to strictly sweet potatoes, green beans and asparagus and cut back to two protein drinks daily.
I met with Roger and Sandy again on Feb. 21. They did a body composition on me and came up with 5.5% body fat at 223 lb. I was having a problem getting my back into the same condition as the rest of my body. Roger suggested cutting my carbs down to almost zero for 2 days, then eating 30% more than I had been on the 3rd day. He also suggested that I eliminate the protein drinks. I added Beverly’s Muscularity and Density to my daily intake of Mass and Ultra 40 in order to help maintain as much muscle as possible.
It worked, I lost a ½ inch off my waist the first week after making these adjustments. I weighed in at 218 for the Battle Of Champions and took 1st in the Heavyweight class, losing the overall by 2 points to my friend, John Meadows, who is also featured in this issue.
I still needed to be a little bit tighter for the Jr. USA. Roger revised my diet for the remaining three weeks leading up to the show. At the contest I weighed 217 and as you can see in the accompanying photo, had greatly improved my condition. I took 4th in the Heavyweights at the 1998 Jr. USA