Matthew Eubanks

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO COMPETE BUT NEVER HAD THE BALLS UNTIL NOW. I JUST COMPETED MARCH 17TH IN THE NPC MID WEST AND PLACED 2ND IN THE LIGHT HEAVIES AND 4TH IN MASTERS. NOT BAD FOR MY FIRST SHOW!

BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: MATTHEW EUBANKS

Matthew “Hulk Smash” Eubanks is a personal trainer at ImpactfitKC in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the owner of www.MuscleThreadz.com gym-inspired clothing and is a sponsored athlete at Big Back Grips dealer Supplement Supersource in Kansas City. He surprised us recently with an awesome review of Big Back Grips on his website www.bodybybb2k.com. So naturally we asked him if he’d do a profile for us.

Interview Questions

BBG: Matthew, first we have to ask: You obviously have been training and training hard for a good long time. We know you came across Big Back Grips on Facebook. But we’re wondering what was going on with your workouts that you needed to look into BBGs. What had you been using prior? Gloves? Straps? Chalk? Bare hands?  Why did you need to look into something new?

Matthew: I have always used straps and over the years I had become dependent on them. My grip was very weak and my forearms were so small and weak looking. I could never train without the straps and I really hated that. I tried chalk but the gyms I train at frown on chalk. Gloves are a joke in my book so I had to seek out something that actually worked! And I did with the BBGs!

BBG: How have your workouts changed with BBGs?

Matthew: My workouts are much better now. I am in control of the weight, not the straps. It’s all medoing the work! The grips provide me with everything I need – a perfect grip, a little cushion and a killer workout.

BBG: Ok, 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.

Matthew: My name is Matthew Eubanks; I was born and raised in Hamlet, North Carolina. I love the country but I wanted a change in my life so I move to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1994. I am a personal trainer at Impact Fitness, a sponsored athlete with Supplement Supersource and I also own www.MuscleThreadz.com I love working from home on my business, it allows me to have the freedom to eat and train like I need to. I am married to the most beautiful woman on earth, Shelly. She also has a home based business www.DIYestores.com and she is also my training partner.

BBG: Matt, some couples can train together, and some couples can’t. Really really can’t. What is it about your approach that allows you and Shelly to be successful training partners?

Matthew: I know what you mean. I don’t know of any couples that train together. They tend to be at each others throat the entire time. 2 different people with 2 diffferent goals. As far as my wife and I, we have to go back a 3 years. We both were in horrible marriages with no love in them. Shelly was a member of the gym I worked at as a trainer. We began talking and the next thing you know were are happily married. We can easily train together because I motivate her to do her best and she does the same for me. She says things like “your competition is doing another set, why arent you?” and things like that to kick my ass mentally. Not to mention I get to sneak a kiss or two in during our workouts. Our relationship is very strong and we both love fitness.

BBG: What about your bodybuilding history; how long have you been training, what are your main accomplishments, what got you into it, what are you goals long or short term?

Matthew Eubanks' competition crab pose

Matthew:I first walked into a gym in 1989. I wanted to look like the owner of the gym –  he was a big dude! I weighed a super heavy 145lbs. LoL! He showed me the basics but I never took it seriously. ( I was more into cruising and chasing girls.) I was in and out of the gym for years but in 1994 I had a serious change in my life. I was in a car accident and fractured my C6 and was partially paralyzed. It took a very long time to recover from that. So I started weight lifting again, not seriously at all, to help strengthen my body but it didn’t last long. In 2004 I had an accident at work and ended up having 4 knee surgeries on my right knee. I ended up being 30% disabled in my right knee. So after 2 years of healing and physical therapy I finally decided to hit the gym and stick with it. I haven’t stopped since. In 2007 I did a transformation contest for Bodybuilding.com and placed 2nd. This set me on fire to train seriously. I’ve always wanted to compete but never had the balls until now. I just competed March 17th in the NPC Mid West and placed 2nd in the Light Heavies and 4th in Masters. Not bad for my first show!

BBG: No, not bad at all!

Matthew: It’s approximately 2 years old. I created this site to provide feedback on products and services in the fitness industry. To try and help people make quality decisions on what they buy. There are so many rip offs out there it’s scary. I devote a few hours a week to it. It’s more of a hobby then a money maker. It’s there to help people find out what works and what doesn’t.Fill us in a bit on www.bodybybb2k.com. How long has it been up? What were your reasons for creating it? How much time is devoted to it?

Matthew Eubanks' rear double biceps

atthew: My diet is amazing. I love the way my body responds to it. My macros are 360g Pro, 200g Carb and 16g fat a day for now. As my show gets closer the carbs will drop as low as 75g a day. My body leans out pretty fast and I respond to this type of diet perfectly. I use only ALR supplements for my training and diet. www.ALRindustries.com

BBG: What are your favorite exercises or body parts to work? What do you consider your best body part? Do have a body part that’s especially challenging to make headway on?

Matthew: I love working shoulders and by far they are my best body part. They really stand out. My weakest body part(s) would be my arms. I can’t get them to grow and it’s frustrating. My legs need work but understand I had so many surgeries they got behind.

BBG: If someone were going to work out with you, what are they in for, what’s your workout style? What would you want from a partner?

Matthew: I don’t “bro lift”. I do not talk, I TRAIN. Talking can be done after the workout. I would tell my partner how to spot me and when and that’s about the only talking we would do. I am there to grow, not BS with people. I focus on my training and nothing more.

BBG: Is there a workout that really stands out from the rest? A particularly amazing workout where you ended going further than you ever had?

Matthew: I used Hell Raiser Training for 12 weeks. It was amazing and I got the best gains ever from it. Basically you do 8 regular reps then 6 slow negatives. I would do my 8 regular reps then each slow negative was 6 seconds on the eccentric portion. This totally fried my muscle fibers. I’m taking some time off from it but will add it back in a few months.

BBG: What’s your advice to people just starting out?

Matthew: Don’t quit! Your results will come with time and consistency. Never be intimidated by the “fit people” in the gym, for they too started off out of shape and climbed their way to where they are now.

BBG: Finally, can you give us your workout for just one body part: back or legs, shoulders, chest or arms, even abs. Just pick your favorites.

Matthew: This is what I am currently doing for my legs:

  • BB Squat 4 x 10
  • Hack Squats 4 x 10
  • Leg Press 4 x 10
  • Leg Ext 4 x 15
  • Lying Leg Curl 4 x 15
  • SLDL 4 x 10
Matthew Eubanks on stage with victory medal
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