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MATT PORTER
Sport: Bodybuilding | Recent Titles:
Overall 2010 Oregon State Champion & 2011 Oregon Ironman Overall Champion
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NPC Oregon is proud to introduce 2010 Mr. Oregon Matt Porter. Matt has won a few shows here and there and has been runner up to some strong names such as Matt Lowden while fighting for the Oregon State title, and in 2010..
it was all his and there was no denying him as he presented the most complete and most conditioned physique onstage July 10, 2010 at Parkrose High School.
Matt is now getting ready to start taking his physique to the next level and NPC Oregon is right behind him all the way!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I started competing in 2004, when I was 19 years old. I had started weight training when I was 16 and loved Bodybuilding but never believed I had what it took to actually compete. That was until my sister’s ex-husband convinced me I would do very well in the teenage division. I decided to enter my first show with 7 weeks to get ready. Needless to say, I surprised myself and won my division of 9 other teens. I was hooked from that moment.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
Bodybuilding is special because you can always progress and improve your physique with drive, discipline, consistency and a tenacious work ethic.  I strive to push the limits on my body every single day and won’t ever give up due to never being satisfied.  I want to go as far as my body will take me; whether that’s the national level or professional ranks I will give it my all.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I change my training frequently, as I believe the body is very efficient at adaptation.  I will switch training styles daily to weekly to monthly, it just depends.  Also, depending on injuries and joint/ligament health, exercises will be manipulated accordingly to accommodate the way my body feels at the time. I actually experimented this season during contest preparation with a very intense training style which let me train through injuries and make improvements even with such setbacks. I may release some of it on a YouTube video in the future, it is pretty cool and effective.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?

When dieting my favorite meal would be hot oat bran cereal, with Ezekiel toast with splenda and cinnamon sprinkled over both carb sources.  My favorite cheat meal was my nightly Wendy’s drive-thru this last off-season. 1, triple stack, 1 chicken wrap, 1 crispy chicken wrap, 1 bacon cheese burger and of course a chocolate frosty.

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
I have never had a nutritionist/trainer/guru etc…. I have always handled every aspect of nutrition, training, supplementation, off-season and contest preparation on my own.  My favorite part of this lifestyle is figuring out what works for my body and experimenting through trial and error.  This lets me be able to help other people who don’t have that same mind set and prefer someone to take care of that aspect for them.  As far as people I look up to and respect in this industry? That’s easy. Every time I have been fortunate enough to speak on the microphone after a victory, I make sure to thank Andre Scott. He has always been very positive, helpful and motivating in helping me believe in my abilities, when I don’t believe in myself.  He is a great Bodybuilder, but most impressive is that he is a great person whom I respect to the utmost.  I am inspired by my fellow Northwest competitors who are genuinely good people in the industry, which isn’t always so common. Brandon Lyons, Joe Derousie, Roger Baker, Matthew Lowden, Mike Sedano, Turk Ficklin and Noel Fuller. These gentlemen all inspire me with their physiques and accomplishments, but they motivate me by being good guys in this sport. WAIT!!! My beautiful girlfriend Rachel Prince has been a major role in my success in this sport. She pushes me in the gym, helps with marketing myself, networking, you name it, and she handles it! Very grateful for her support!

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Once again, it is that never-ending drive within me to keep pushing the envelope, but also the people I mentioned above who believe in me and have always inspired me to keep pushing and to believe in myself. Bodybuilding is in my opinion about mental toughness and your psychological state of mind. If you are weak minded, your elite genetics will only take you so far. I believe someone with just good genetics but overwhelming mental toughness will go farther than someone with superior, elite genetics and weak mental toughness.  This sport is VERY MENTAL.  I feel my biggest strength isn’t my physique or genetics but my mental fortitude.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I am currently 5 days away (7/24/10) from the NPC Los Angeles Championships. This show is 1 week prior to the USA’s and high caliber competitors will be trying to make a statement there. I am hoping to place top 5 at this show. Anything above top 5 is a blessing! As for 2011…I would love to do the Emerald Cup if my off-season goes to plan and I stay “relatively” injury free. We will see.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
The first competition I entered. I had never even attended a Bodybuilding show and just showed up in the morning and was in awe. All of these brown painted people chewing gum, eating rice cakes, cheek bones popping out.  I just took everything in and loved every minute of it. When Kim Farrison (MC) announced my name as the winner, it felt almost surreal. My entire preparation of starving, suffering, cardio twice a day, training twice a day, no sleep etc… was over just like that. It was hard for me to comprehend that all of what I put myself through was over in 10 minutes of judgment.  It was awesome!

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
For contest preparation, off-season regimens or general nutritional plans, you can email me at matthewteamporter@gmail.com I would love to plug my sponsors for supplying me with the best quality supplements I have used and yes I actually use these products!
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10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

Yes. Thank you for supporting the NPC in Oregon by attending these shows and supporting the competitors. The Pacific Northwest is filled with awesome people and tremendous talent and I’m very proud to be a part of it. Thank you Oregon Judges for always being very fair and giving great feedback. I appreciate it and so do my fellow competitors.

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