Seriously Ripped: Interview with WBFF Pro Matt Ferro
Interview with WBFF Pro Matt Ferro.
Years of training: 9 years
What is your background and how did you get into bodybuilding and fitness?
Health and wellness has always been a major part of my life. From a young age I was always drawn in and succeeded in multiple sports. As I grew older and joined my first gym with aspirations to further my talents in basketball and football, I noticed the mass amounts of fitness competitors that were constantly training at my gym. Admiring their physiques, I was constantly asking questions and researching various training and dieting strategies to better my own physique. This passion eventually led to me completing my Honours Degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University and ultimately encouraged me to push myself and enter my first competition. Ever since day one of my very first contest prep, I have been in love with this industry and all that it entails.
You’re already competing in the WBFF, what’s your ultimate goal to achieve in the fitness industry?
That’s a great question! It’s always important to have both the short and long term goals. I find that my goals have constantly changed as my career progresses as I am constantly aiming higher and higher. At first I just wanted to compete. But that wasn’t enough. I wanted to win. Then I wanted my Pro Card. It wasn’t until around my second or third show that I really began to develop what I truly wanted to achieve in this industry. Being an extremely competitive and driven person, I always aim for the stars when it comes to my goals. My belief is that if you’re going to do something, strive to be the best. For myself, my ultimate goals would definitely include winning the WBFF World Championships for the Male Fitness Model division, travel the world to both help educate and motivate others as well as become one of the top Male Cover Models in the industry. Some of the biggest names who I have looked up too for a long time and whose footsteps I try to follow in would include Greg Plitt, David Kimmerle, James Ellis, Rob Riches, and Lazar Angelov to just name a few. All of these fantastic athletes have become excellent role models and are the absolute elite at what they do and it is my goal to one day join that list of names.
I’m sure you get bored of being asked the same questions over and over again, so let’s try something different – what annoys you the most in the gym?
Oh wow there is definitely a lot I could put on this list haha. I try to sway from the usual texting, bad form, gym etiquette, and machine hogs and try to give something different. Refusal to have an open mind! One of the most frustrating things about seeing people train is that they are so stuck in their ways and refuse and sort of outside concept that will give them better results. People will find programs online and believe that those programs are the holy grail to gaining muscle and then push off any other form of training. It is extremely important to show your body different training styles as not every one person is the same. Switch things up and try something new!
Do you have a go to workout routine and what works best for you?
There are definitely a ton of workouts that I love to do and my coaches at TBA always have me dying at the end of each workout. I have always found high volume to be the best for me for gaining size and staying lean. When making your workout program it’s important to know what your weak point and target areas are and to focus your workouts around bringing those up. For myself I will include shoulders and chest on at least two days to help bring those areas up. An example of a training split would include:
Day 1: Quads/ Core
Day 2: Back/ Bis
Day 3: Shoulders + Chest Finisher
Day 4: Hamstrings/ Triceps
Day 5: Chest/ Shoulders Finisher
Be sure to switch up your workouts as well as the order to make sure you don’t plateau and your body is always being shown something new.
What’s your daily diet like?
Currently, I am in the process of bulking up to add muscle as I get ready for the show season to start in the coming year. Right now I am aiming to hit around 4,800cal with anywhere from 400-700g of carbs depending on the day. My body responds very well to carbs and so I really try to use that to my advantage when adding size as I can put on muscle and maintain leanness with high carbs and calories. I tend to keep most meals similar in terms of protein and carbs per meal and most alter the forms and timing of my fats depending on when I workout.
When it comes time to cut down, I have found that carb cycling has been amazing for getting shredded. I will normally do one high day (still relatively low), one medium carb day, and two low days in a cycle with my high carb days being days that I trained a big muscle group such as legs or back.
What drives you each day Matt, is there a philosophy you live by?
I am driven by my desire to be the absolute best I can be and the to surpass every goal and milestone that I have laid out for myself. I won’t accept failure and I know that every day and every workout has a purpose and will take me one step closer to reaching my goals. There are a few quotes that really illustrate what it takes to be the best and that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve success. One of my favourites state “It’s a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” This quote is what drives me. There is no easy pathway to success and it is getting through and overcoming those tough times and obstacles that breeds a champion. Where others give up, I will push forward. When I want to quit, I will find the strength to keep going. Nothing in life comes easy and it’s those who are willing to work and do everything in their power to achieve it that ultimately will. Another great quote states “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Again, this quote is showing that unless you are willing to push beyond your comfort zone and beyond those self implemented limitations, you will be be stagnant in where you are at. Reaching your goals and reaching success is about going above and beyond what you are used to, going that extra mile to get what you are striving for.
If you could take just one supplement and do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
This is a tough one! If I could only chose one supplement I would probably have to go with something like an HMB or BCAA. These will help with muscle recovery and building lean muscle and strength. Picking only one exercise is definitely even tougher having to decide with either squats or deadlifts. Here I’m going to have to go with deadlifts. Not only are they my favourite exercise but they are one of the best compound movements and target almost every muscle. Being a compound movement, you are able to push a lot more weight during a dead lift and it will drastically improve overall muscle size and strength as your only exercise. Plus, it’s awesome being able to push a crap ton of weight!
Lastly, what would your advice be for anyone aspiring to get into the fitness/bodybuilding industry on any level?
Do it because you love it. This industry is about being fit, healthy, and overall improving your life. We all want to be the best that we can possibly be. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t see results as quickly as you’d like or when you don’t place as well as you had hoped. You are still improving each and every day and you will reach all of your goals in time. Be passionate about what you are doing, this industry isn’t all about winning but rather inspiring and being a role models for others to make a change for the better in their lives as well.
Thanks for talking to us Matt!