Posted 06 February 2011 by Interview:

Matt Karstetter

How and when did you start training?

I have been involved in sports since I was 6 or 7 years old, Tee Ball is the earliest I can remember, but I began pushing the weights when I was in High School. By the time college rolled around I had to choose, play ball or get the degree that I wanted. I chose the degree, because I realized that chances of going pro were slim. Still I am a competitor and I realized it was the weights that I loved more than anything. I came to Kansas State University in 2002, so I guess you could say I have been training for 8 years with intensity increasing over time.

How many days a week do you train and
what is your routine?

Off season (bulking) I generally train 5 days week, heavy mostly for about 1.5 hours. Then about 3 months out from a show I increase to 6 days a week, higher reps, clean up the diet a bit, and add in cardio gradually. I am pretty lean by nature, so I don’t do a lot of cardio until I am ready to tighten up. I ease into it gradually with 10-15 minutes and by the end of the 12-week period I am doing about 45 minutes. I like the elliptical, or stationary bike the best, mainly because it’s easy on the knees.

What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?

Basically, Fish, Oatmeal, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, Greens, Eats Whites

What’s the contents of your fridge?

Well I just had a show three days ago so it’s basically Fish, Oatmeal, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, Greens, and Egg Whites. But my wife just made me sloppy Joes and Mac n cheese as a celebratory meal, so you might find some left over Joe’s in there as well, lol.


What is your favourite cheat meal?

I love all kinds of food, but my last show was in Chicago so of course I ate some deep-dish pizza. Probably one of the worst things for you, but after 3 months of oatmeal and chicken, its taste damn good.

How do you managed to stay motivated?

I stay motivated two ways:

  1. The support from my beautiful wife, family, friends, trainer, and complete strangers with there words of encouragement. That means more to me than most people know. Nobody likes a kiss ass, but just the fact that someone waits till I am not busy, ask a diet or training question and trusts in me is truly an honor and makes me push even harder. To everyone in the gym that is a step a head of the rest, be kind to the little guys, you have to start somewhere.
  2.  Haters, I love these guys! I know there are plenty of people that don’t like seeing me succeed. They may even compliment me to my face, but I know they act like they like it when in reality they really don’t. Tell me I can’t do something, and see what happens!

What is your greatest bodybuilding/fitness
achievement so far?

This is a difficult one. I was 150 lbs in High school, ripped to the bone and muscular but still 150 lbs none the less. Now off-season I am 240 lbs at around 10% bf, so I would say the 90 lbs gain has been my greatest feat.

What are your future goals?

I plan on doing Jr. Nationals or Jr. USA’s next summer. Other than that
the plan is to go Pro in 3 years.

Who are your favourite bodybuilders/ athletes
or fitness models?

I like several different pro’s. Branch Warren is a monster and I like his mentality from what I know of him. I have Dennis Wolf and Dexter Jackson and both guys seem to be pretty likeable, but I only spoke with them briefly as they were the guest posers at the shows I was doing. More or less I would say my favorite Pro is any of them that know they are great, but still treat everyone with respect, even when nobody else is watching. That’s what greatness is to me.

What would be your top 3 tips for anyone wanting to get CutAndjacked?

  1. Get your diet right, first and foremost! If you don’t know how to go about it, get a trainer that does. My Trainer is Chris Newland out of Kansas City, without him I would still be a little guy.
  2. Know how and when to train and eat.
  3. Stick to it. Bodybuilding is a sport of patience. Get a plan, stick to it, and then bring home the trophy!

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