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SPC Competitor Close Up: Matthew Beaven

The basics – How old are you, which university do you go to and what do you study?

I’m 20 years old. I go to Bristol University and I study economics.

How did you get into fitness?

I used to play rugby but I always found going to the gym with my mates was more fun. My dad bought me a weight set when I was 16 for Christmas and that was when it all started really.

What made you want to compete?

I was debating giving up on bodybuilding/fitness at uni but then I realised that it would be a real waste of time if I never actually did anything with the gains I’ve made. Competing also looks quite fun and it’s always something I’ve wanted to do so why not. I haven’t got much to lose to be honest.

 

 

 

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How many competitions have you done? Is this year’s SPC your first? How are you feeling about it?

This is my first competition. I’m feeling very relaxed about it, perhaps too relaxed but I’m sure that might change on the day of reckoning.

What is your training like during prep?

Same as always, although I’m not focusing on getting stronger just on maintaining what I already have.

I’m currently going in 5 days a week. My split is chest and triceps, legs, shoulders, back and biceps, then abs and cardio. I’m training in the 6 – 12 rep range with about 5 exercises per workout, with 4 sets per exercise.

What is your diet like during prep?

Very regimented, although I cheat more than I’d like to admit. I try to keep as few a variant in my diet as possible.

I don’t like counting macros as I think that 1 it’s unnecessary provided you are getting sufficient protein and fats and are reducing your carb intake/ doing cardio and 2. Because it’s so unbearably boring. However, I’m aiming for about 175g of protein, 150g of carbs and 50g of fat.

Breakfast – 3 eggs, 1 cup of skimmed milk and maybe a tin of sardines (they’re foul but student budget can only buy me so much)

Lunch – 100g beef, almonds, apple

Post workout – 2 scoops protein, half a scoop of dextrose and a banana

Dinner – chicken, broccoli and green beans

Before bed – Ham, carrots and glass of milk. Bleak I know. I normally schedule in 1 cheat meal a week although this realistically turns out to be 2 or 3.

 

 

 

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How do you stay motivated during prep?

Typing in men’s fitness physique on Google and comparing myself to IFBB pros. The feelings of inadequacy are extremely valuable.

How do you manage your studies alongside staying in shape?

I have 13 contact hours a week so I normally go in between lectures/at the weekend. I bulk cook meals so that I don’t waste time cooking every night. Once I’m in the routine it’s quite easy to follow to be honest.

What are your fitness goals for the future?

Who knows? I will most likey just continue going to the gym steadily building muscle. Although, if I could get a sponsorship/start some fitness modelling that would be the dream.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?

Dorian Yates you’re my hero.

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