This week we have an interview with Matai McGrath, a Graphic Designer living in Auckland. Matai has been interested in building his physique with weight training since he was a teenager and in this interview he tells us how its much more than just building his ideal body.
Hi Matai thanks for joining us. So what is so good about weight training at the gym?
The way it can completely change your physique. You can decide how you wanna look and then find out how to do it and then you just do it. Step by step. Its pretty slow but you can completely change the way you look. You can get big, you can get ripped, you can get extremely powerful and build yourself into a machine.
How did you get involved?
I have always been interested in appearances so when I was a teenager i used to do push-ups and lift weights in my room (without a clue what i was doing!) I did a lot of push-ups and chin ups, which was good. I always knew that I wanted to improve my physique and get bigger, so I just went and joined the gym.
What is the best way to get started?
Join a gym, get a personal trainer and tell them what you want to do. Also see a nutritionist or seek nutritional advice (this might be from your trainer) And then just learn as much as you can and as quick as you can.
How long does it really take to see the great results?
It depends what you mean by results. Every time I set a goal and make it to the goal then I just set a higher goal – so I have seen great results but I still have a long way to go. When you start lifting weights you have to spend a couple of months getting your body ready, you can then start to train seriously which is when you really see good results fast. So basically within the first 6 months to a year you can see really good results.
Apart from the obvious rewards of muscle growth and appearance, what other benefits have you seen in your life?
I have got fitter, stronger, more confident, met a lot of people, learn a great deal about the human body. So basically harder, faster, and stronger!
Would you ever recommend this type of training to others?
Definitely. I think everyone should do some form of weight training. No matter what your goal lifting weights will help you get there.
What are the 3 things you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
1. How big a part nutrition plays
2. More about the science behind the process the body goes through
3. I wish I had more specific fitness goals than just to go to the gym and get bigger – I think I could have been more focused if I knew exactly what I wanted
Where can people find more information?
What are your goals for the future?
Gain another 20 pound of hard mass and then focus on definition and basically build the ultimate physique.