A:I was born in Reading, PA and have lived in Pennsylvania for most of my life. I currently reside in Wernersville, PA.
Q:Tell us about your fitness beginnings...
A:Where do I even begin? Honestly, I was an athletic youngster active in all kinds of sports my whole life. It was from those early beginnings that fitness seemed to be a natural path. After graduating high school I went onto college at Penn State where I studied Kinesiology and Business. While I was in college I started writing health and fitness articles for some websites which opened many doors for me in the industry.
In 2002 I started personal training for a local chain of gyms in my area and was also a strength and conditioning coach for a local high school. In 2007 I made a career change when an opportunity came knocking that I couldn’t pass up. MET-Rx was in need of a regional manager in my area (territory) and I jumped on the chance to work for one of the largest supplement manufacturers in the world. After several years traveling around the United States I was given the opportunity to run the MET-Rx Team Sports division for the entire nation. It’s an amazing feeling waking up every morning loving what I do. I get to work with athletes across the US ranging from high school athletes, collegiate athletes, and professionals. It’s truly a dream job to get to work with some of the best strength coaches and sports nutritionists across the nation to help better their athletes and help them perform at a high level through our collegiate compliant line of products.
Q:You're a fitness author. Tell us about your writing style…
A:Those who follow my work know that I’m a no-BS type of writer. There’s bro-science, and then there’s real science. The latter always wins over readers who are eager to learn more about a topic until they are fully engulfed in the subject and can’t get enough. While I have some humor in my writing to keep things entertaining and fun, I try and bring as much informative information as I can into a feature to give the reader what they came for—knowledge.
My work revolves around health, fitness, and nutrition topics primarily. You’ll get a few that touch on topics such as supplementation, goal setting, motivation, and similar topics. I love learning new things and I get excited every time something new of mine gets published somewhere and I get an influx of emails and messages on social media about my article. It brings me great joy to share the knowledge I have with others. Even as a trainer I’m the type of person who wants to teach someone everything I know and share that with them so eventually they don’t need me. That’s the best feeling in the world knowing you’ve changed someone’s life. People seem to be wrapped up in their own daily lives that they miss the opportunity to make a difference in this world. When you can take the time to help someone, your help and generosity will stick with that person for the rest of their life.
Q:Where have you been featured?
A:It’s amazing to sit back and see how far I’ve come in my writing career considering I never expected it to go anywhere. I started writing as a hobby (which it still is for me) just wanting to help people and share the knowledge I have in the industry. It flourished into more and more people wanting me to work with them on content for their website or publication.
Below is an extremely humbling list of places I have been featured. Never in a million years did I think it would amount to this. I appreciate every opportunity that I have been given and the love that people have for my work and asking for more. It’s truly because of you (the readers) that I get to do this. I appreciate all of you and hope I can continue to give you the information and content you are looking for. I’ve been blessed to have been in:
Over 70 magazines
Over 800 websites
Newspapers (from PA/NY/OH)
Fitness-based podcasts and radio shows
A list of the specifics from the above can be found on my website (www.mattweik.com) under the “PUBLICATIONS” tab.
Q:Can you detail your own favorite workout routines?
A:I have found a routine that works best for me and my body type which I have been using with great results. Below is the routine:
Biceps/Triceps/Shoulders/Calves: Each gets 12 working sets and I’m constantly changing the weights or exercises to keep it fresh and keep my muscles guessing.
Quads/Hamstrings/Chest/Back: Each gets 16 working sets and I’m constantly changing the weights or exercises to keep it fresh and keep my muscles guessing.
Sunday – Rest day (cardio at night if I needed to throw some extra in the mix)
Monday – Biceps/Triceps
Monday Night – Cardio/Abs
Tuesday – Shoulders/Calves
Tuesday Night – Cardio
Wednesday – OFF
Wednesday Night – Cardio
Thursday – Quads/Hamstrings
Friday – Chest/Back
Friday Night – Cardio/Abs
Saturday - Rest day (cardio at night if I needed to throw some extra in the mix)
Q:What future fitness trends do you see?
A:As technology continues to evolve, I see more and more electronic health/fitness gadgets coming to market. With products such as FitBit, Garmin Fitness Bands, Polar Trackers and similar, I really see more and more people jumping on the bandwagon which in turn will help get them active along with some visual feedback found right on the device. Even the new Apple Watch craze is enticing those who can’t live without their smart phone to start using their watch as a fitness device. We are a “device-consumed” society today. You can’t walk down the street without seeing people with their nose in their phone not even paying attention to their surroundings.
I think the key is making fitness “easier”. Not in the sense of exertion, but rather convenience. The use of apps on smart phones and devices has made it very easy to track everything and keep yourself accountable. Some of the devices even tell you if you’re sitting too long and reminds you to get up and move around and even studies the quality of sleep you get each night (sleep is a very overlooked piece of overall health and wellness). Now are these things necessities? Nope. But in my opinion, if it takes a little gadget or electronic to motivate you start doing SOMETHING active, then I think it’s a great tool to have at your disposal.
Our society seems to have two demographics. One is full of people constantly on the go who never stop while the other is full of people who are simply too lazy and exercise isn’t a priority. Regardless of the excuse, if your health and fitness was a priority, you’d find the time to do it. Many of these devices have reminders via the device itself or via the internet (should you decide to frequent your dashboard for the device you are using).
While some people wake up in the morning ready to get after their workout, you have people on the other side of the spectrum where such technology/gadgets discussed might be just the ticket they need to keep pushing forward on their health/fitness journey. No matter what anyone uses, the bottom line is we have a weight/obesity problem in the United States and we need to help fix it by any means necessary.
Q:What projects are you working on currently?
A:If I told you I’d have to kill you. Just kidding. But seriously, I have my hands in so many different projects currently ranging from writing for several different publications over the next several months to my initiatives with MET-Rx to grow the Team Sports division that I manage. We have some really cool and exciting news that we are going to share very soon. There’s a ton of excitement building within our company with a lot of innovation in the pipeline geared specifically for athletes. That’s all I can say about that without giving too much away and letting the cat out of the bag, but definitely keep your eyes peeled for what’s next from MET-Rx.
While all of the projects I work on for this industry are extremely important to me, I have a new “project” which is more important than anything and that is raising my baby boy (he just turned 1 and technically a “toddler” but I don’t care what they say, he’s still my baby). Bringing a child into this world and raising him to be a positive influence on this world means everything to me. Raising a child will be the hardest yet most rewarding thing you will ever do in your life. For me, the fun has just begun.
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com