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Tribesports User of the Week: Matteo R


Posted by Matteo R under Weight Training (Strength Training) on 24 July 2013 at 11:00 PM

Matteo R profileWhich has been your toughest Tribesports Challenge and which are you most proud of?

The toughest is with no doubt 1200 push-ups in 1 hour, this was a killer one and definitely a thing I will never try again! I did it on a Saturday and the next Monday I was still really sore, I remember I had to decrease a lot my weights on bench press because of it. I'm proud of it as well as of the Progressive trap blast, a fantastic challenge that gave me as much results as pain, simply great!

Another one I'm proud of is Ultimate pull-up Challenge, I was not really optimistic about it because I never did so many pull ups in a single workout and with a time limit, and I'm happy it went quite good. 

What are your favourite exercises for getting beach-ready?

Matteo R on the beach

Well, is more a whole body work and I always try to have a balanced and proportioned figure during all the year. The things I give more importance during my workouts are definitely the technique of execution and increasing strength. I love that kind of exercises that make work more muscles at the same time as squat and deadlift, which are my favourite with shoulder shrugs. I can't deny I'm pretty much obsessed with definition, especially with abs. My favourite abs exercises are oblique hanging leg raises and hanging leg lifts, but I also enjoy Russian twists with legs lifted from the floor and the dragon flag, which I managed to perform correctly only recently and it is really hard!

You're taking on lots of nutrition based Challenges (from no alcohol for 90 days to no Mcdonalds for 365 days) - which 'bad' food do you find hardest to resist?

I've been always very careful on what concerns food, always favoring the nutritional properties and trying to have a balanced diet. I can resist almost everything from junk food to alcohol since I know they are not strictly necessary or useful to my needs; I'm not really tempted about them and not drinking becomes a challenges only when I'm out with friends. I said almost because I got a sweet tooth, so sweets are definitely my biggest weakness! Any kind of them, from chocolate to ice cream and cakes. Just say sweets, and I have high chances to fall into temptation! When there are sweets at home I know they are there hiding tempting me to eat them, and the most of the time I let them win! I've lost the count of how many times I had to restart the no Chocolate, Desserts, Puddings and Sweets Challenge, but I did it at the end. 

In your #GameChanger quote, you say that training helps you feel mentally strong as well as physically - how has this helped you?

I know this sentence is abused, but I firmly believe that working out is a lifestyle, not only a matter of building up muscles. This is true also for all the other sports. Reaching and overcoming my physical limits gave me more consciousness of myself, of my possibilities and priorities. I also learned to never give up, and if I set a goal to myself I will struggle until I will achieve it, it doesn't matter how hard it can be.

Matteo R #GameChanger

Of course I know there will always be something that will need me to take a step back and reconsider my position, determination is good only if doesn't lead to useless obstinacy. I always try to see the good in everything happens in my life, and I like to think to every obstacle I find on my way as a chance to take a look around and find new ways that probably I wouldn't have ever considered. 

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge?

I never thought about it, but I'm really fascinated by two amazing countries, Japan and Australia, and I'd love to have the chance to complete a challenge there. 

Matteo R 'The Other Me'Which Tribesports user makes your day?

The first is for sure Michele H, she's an amazing friend, always ready to help and support me. Rick P, Eunice Y, my very first followers, are my top supporters with Helen L, Dave W, and Sergio O; with Sergio we share the same passion for body building and we encourage each other to always do better. Maryse D is definitely a huge inspiration and example with her dedication and ultra-workout standards! Anne Margaret S and Candida B are always so kind to me and their running logs are really outstanding! I also want to mention the Italian Tribesporters Giorgio C, Christian M, and Alice Nancy B and all my also-Facebook friends I have not named here, such amazing people I'm really grateful to be in touch with!! It's a real honor for me to be part of this great family.

What's your favourite quote?

I used to say 'If I can think it, I can also do it'. I felt a bit wise for some time until, recently, Alyona T made me discover with one of her posts that there's a quote from Napoleon Hill that says:
'Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve'. Much better worded than mine.

How can I forget the Murphy's Law, 'If something can go wrong, it will'. Favourite quote of one of my teachers at high school, this sentence has haunted me for five long years.

The last one I want to share is one of my favourite quotes, the NAVI Seals' motto:
'The only easy day was yesterday'.