MY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST STARTING TO LIFT IS TO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE THAT MAY BE AT THE GYM YOU GO TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULDN’T GO BECAUSE YOUR ARMS OR CHEST ARE SMALL COMPARED TO THEM. EVERYONE HAS TO START SOMEWHERE…
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: MATT DECONTI
BBG: Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: One of the reasons we’re interviewing you is because we know you’re an avid Big Back Grips user. What did you use before BBGs and why did you settle on BBGs? How do they help your workout?
MATT: I never used anything before BBGs, I just used my bare hands. The reason I settled on BBGs was because I needed something that would prevent calluses and would help me better target the muscle I’m working each day. It helped in a few aspects of my lifting. First, it allowed me to not think about my grip as much on my days when I did my back work. For working lats, you need a solid grip on the handle, and these keep my sweaty palms from slipping off the bar. So I have much better back workouts. They give me more support through my wrist and forearm because they make it so that the weights feel like they are planted in your hands. Lastly, when I am using the Big Back Grips, I feel like I have more stability when doing the chest press, because the weights aren’t moving or caving in, ruining my form.
BBG: Thank you. So tell us a little about yourself: your name, background, where you grew up, where you went to school and for what. What do you do professionally? A mini-bio, if you will.
MATT: My name is Matt DeConti and I turned 17 about two weeks ago. I lived in Berlin, Connecticut, and I work at a local grocery store called Roger’s Marketplace which is right here in Berlin. I’m in high school and I am currently a junior maintaining high honors. After high school I want to go to college to major in nutrition because I found that kind of stuff very appealing to me and I would love to help people with their health goals and lead a healthy life.
BBG: Where do you work out?
MATT: I work out at Powerhouse Gym, in Berlin Ct.
BBG: Did you play or excel at any sports?
MATT: I used to play football when I was a freshman but then I stopped because I didn’t find it that appealing to me. I also did karate for almost 3 years and was in the advanced/master club classes, but I also stopped doing that because I soon got bored of it and I eventually got into weight lifting and have been hooked ever since.
BBG: What brought you into the world of lifting? What are your main goals in bodybuilding?