Mike Matarazzo Bodybuilder


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Mike Matarazzo was born in Boston Mass USA in 1966 and has now made his home in the middle of the mecca of bodybuilding at Venice Beach California where he trains with the best there is. Mike is 5'10" and his fans have given him a nickname "Big Guns" probably because of those massive arms that he has.

His parents did not have any money and he learned very early on in life to appreciate the simple things. When Mike got his Pro-card he changed his life around completely and has now completely dedicated since 1991 when he started as a professional bodybuilder.

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Mike says that when you are working out the only way that you are going to make any progress is by concentrating on what you are doing. That means it is necessary to be able to completely switch off anything happening outside of the gym.

Mikes arms are huge and he is often asked how he trains his biceps and if he mixes them up with training his back or anything else. Mike explained this by saying that he is always switching his program around so that he does not get stale. On the question of training his biceps he says that his workouts are intense because he tries to always rest between sets as short a time as possible and when doing his biceps he is also looking for the point of failure towards the end of his workout.

Mike explains about his bicep routine saying that when he first turned pro he met up with Larry Scott who explained to him that the best way to improve your biceps is to do sideways preacher curls. A rather simple method of insuring that you always supinate when you do a dumbbell curl by standing sideways to a preacher bench. He explains how he does them using the method that Larry Scott taught him.

Firstly you need to sit or stand sideways in relation to a preacher bench. Then lock your arm in position, away from your body and make sure that you always supinate each rep, which tends to pull the dumbbell even farther away. Below is what Mike would do on a bicep training day:

Cambered-bar preacher curls 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Seated alternate dumbbell curls 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Concentration curls 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Sideways one-arm dumbbell preacher curls 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Reverse cambered-bar preacher curls 4 sets of 10-12 reps

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