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Kevin Mattson

2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition. - Transformation Story. PART 2 of 2.

2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition. - Transformation Story.PART 2 of 2.


***Training***

NOTE: Just one of the unusual things that I did in this Challenge
was to create my own Training Program. I put a lot of thought and
detail into my training. And really wanted to showcase not only how I
perform and execute these exercises, but also to show what the
challenges and obstacles are that I face with and what I do to overcome
them. I Always have worked hard to obtain what little I have, always
appreciating what I have, working with the best of my ability to utilize
with what I have to work with. This has been a trait that has been
instilled in me ever since I was born.

MONDAY: ***TRAINING with PAPA BEAR ~ Chiseling the Chest***

Forum: POST #84: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=3

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinma...ar_chiseling1/



What you spend your time on...Is What You Truly Respect.


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TUESDAY: ***TRAINING with PAPA BEAR~BACK DAY***

***HEAD STRONG***

Forum: POST #95: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=4

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinma...4/head_strong/



The Mind Always Falls First... Not The body. The Secret Is To Make Your Mind Work For You... Not Against You.


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WEDNESDAY: ***Training with PAPA BEAR ~ LEG DAY***

Faith is Essential

Forum: POST #98: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=4

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinma...papa_bear_leg/



My leg training days are on Wednesday and Saturday. I have read articles
about the advantages of Twice A Week Training. Although I do alternate
with only training them once a week too... Walk Like A Duck!!!


To become strong in anything... you must first be Wise. And the have
Faith that your Wisdom will make you Strong. Faith Is Essential.


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THURSDAY: ***Training with PAPA BEAR ~ Dymatize Diamond Cutting Delts***

Forum: POST #69: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=3

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinma...bear_dymatize/


***Protein Programs Your Body to Burn Fat***

Protein programs your body to burn fat. It throws a "metabolic switch"
and tells your body that it's okay to burn fat. Here's why? Your body
keeps fat on reserve for one reason: to prevent starvation. But when
your body has all the protein it needs, its survival is not threatened.
It then feels "safe" enough to start burning off its fat stores.


Let me break this down for you Bobbo Syle. Life Is Scary... Get Used To It! There Are NO Magical Fixes... It's All Up To You!!!


The Separation of Talent and Skill is one of the Greatest Misunderstood
concepts for people who are trying to Excel their Dreams that want to do
things. Talent you have Naturally... Skill Is Only Developed by hours
and hours and hours of Beatin' On Your Craft.


Motivation is the stuff that keeps you going every single day... The
Motivation is on a Daily Basis What are you going to do in order to
follow through on that Spark!? So You've lit the match... Now What!?
It's that Daily Motivation of waking up every morning saying... I Want
To Do It. I Want To Be The Best That I Can Be Because I Want To Achieve
The Things That Inspire Me And Make Me Feel Great!!!


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FRIDAY: ***Training with PAPA BEAR ~ Arm Day***

Everyday Is A New Day... I Am Thankful For Every Breath I Take.

Forum: POST #77: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=3

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinma..._is_a_new_day/



To Strengthen the Muscle of Your Heart, the Best Exercise is Lifting
Someone Else's Spirit When You Can. Training with PAPA BEAR and Grandpas
lil' Jumping Beans. [Wink] Consider your heart a cocoon from which
dreams emerge like butterflies to wander in the garden. To the world you
may be just one person... but to one person you might just be the
world. We make a living by what we get... We make a Life by what we
Give. Everyday Is A New Day... I Am Thankful For Every Breath I Take.


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SATURDAY: ***TRAINING with PAPA BEAR ~ THE INNER STRENGTH, CORE STRENGTH SPECIAL***

***Zeroing in on the Core***

POST #42: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...9547631&page=2



I have found most of my Strength and Encouragement through reading the
Bible. Reading not only entertains and exercises the mind, but has also
helped nurture that Inner strength that has helped me with my Inner
Core... my Soul, my Spirit.

SUNDAY:

REST DAY... R&R.



Focusing in on the Pleasure and Pain... You may feel the Pain... But Don't Give Up.


Assign A Priority To Each Hour of Your Day.


Our life is like a train on the Track to Success. Each day God gives us
24 golden box cars (hours) to load up. What we place in each box car, or
hour, determines the speed and distance our train will move toward our
next city of accomplishment. Make your life count today. Every hour is a
Seed. You control The Harvest.


Do not pray for an easy life... pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.


I write things down. I strategize and re-strategize my efforts. I am
always writing down notes, it is a good way to remember and follow
through with my Ideas... I always execute all my Training Exercises by
Contracting Isometrically with Controlled Movements. While Deeply
Focusing on the Muscle Group that I Am Training. This not only helps
Improve my Progress. This also helps to prevent Unnecessary Injuries.

***Always Remember... While Performing Any Exercise Focus In On the
Particular Muscle Group You are Using... Utilizing Mind Muscle
Connection***



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What makes me stand out?... Why should I win?

My relentlessness and refusal to give up. Knowing that no matter how
hard I try to be and set a Positive example, and be a Positive Influence
to my Family and Friends... I keep getting hit hard and knocked down by
various adversities that have tried to Destroy my Life so many times.
This enrages my Heart and Soul... and only makes me Hungrier to Strive
and Push Harder to Break through my many barriers that only try to hold
me back from achieving my Goals and Dreams. Having to deal with and go
through so much Pain and Heartache has only made me STRONGER Mentally,
Physically, and Spiritually. Every Morning I Am reminded to Always Thank
God for Another Day. Everyday Is A New Day...I Am Thankful For Every
Breath I Take.


And I know that you have to establish yourself in this Industry. By
consistently getting yourself out there. Making a name for your self.
Branding yourself with a unique personality. I believe I have
accomplished that over and over, time and time again. Showing I have a
Solid Foundation and that I will stop at nothing from achieving my goals
and making my dreams come true. I have been blessed with a variety of
talents. I love to write, and I Love To Entertain! You know I never try
anything... I just do it. I do a lot of creative writing, Incorporating
and combining my love and passion for film, acting, writing, and
physical fitness, through my writing, pictures with creating my own
photo shoots, and directing, producing and editing my videos as well. I
value my time, and have found my time spent through Bodybuilding.com has
been well Investment of my time...

Bodybuilding.com has literally been an answer to my prayers.


Back in early 2008, I had been looking for work on the Internet. I
started liking the Internet, and was praying for something that I could
get Involved in. Like a hobby. Something I could get Involved in, where I
could accomplish goals and be an Inspiration to others. So I started
looking throughout the Internet, and that is when I came across this
website Bodybuilding.com. And watching the many varieties of workout
videos through Bodybuilding.com had sparked and Ignited an old burnt out
flame that I and hidden and buried deep in my heart, but was never
forgotten.

If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be doing all
this, and have accomplished so much on this Internet, I would have
literally laughed... I would actually say, the Internet is a waste of my
time! Boy, I see now how blind and wrong I really was.

Life is full of valuable lessons... If we open our hearts to see them.

I Love Being Challenged... To Me It Represents Opportunity. It does not
matter either way to win or lose. It was, is, and always has been the
Opportunity to do something Good for yourself. Your well being. The
Health and Fitness Benefits of looking and feeling good Alone are
PRICELESS to me... and should be for Anyone.

The Value Of A Man Resides In What He Gives... And Not In What He Is
Capable Of Receiving. In Life There Are Good And Bad Challenges, But
Challenges Are What Makes Life Interesting... Overcoming Them Is What
Makes Life Meaningful. To Get Through The Hardest Journey We Need Take
Only One Step At A Time... But We Must Keep On Stepping.


My Motivation Derives from Knowing that I have Strong Support from A
Loving Family and Friends that Care and Need me... Just As Much As I
Need Them.



You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.
Forum: POST #43: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631&page=2
I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens
to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character,
making you a much stronger person.



Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.


2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition. - Transformation Story. PART 1 of 2.

2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition. - Transformation Story.



What did I do to accomplish my goals?



Tough As Nails... With A Heart Of Gold.

Forum: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinmattson/

If your not prepared to be wrong... you'll never come up with anything original.

Toughness is in the Soul and Spirit not in muscles and an Immature mind.


SACRIFICES -

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinmattson/2014/02/14/sacrifices_toughness_is_in_the/

Forum: POST #72: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631&page=3



I
would like to start off by sharing a quote that I had just read
recently from someone that I admire, respect and is a great Inspiration
to me. I really
believe there are no shortcuts in life and the secret is just
continuous, Incremental Improvement over years and years. Staying
focused and patient.

FINAL DAY!!! Weigh in @ 192 pounds. Again, Feeling so Grateful, Blessed
and Content. With an overwhelming sense of Accomplishment.


Since I started these Transformation Challenges back in 2008. I
have gone from 230 pounds all the way down to 179 pounds. This now
completing my 7th Transformation Challenge. The first one I did not
really know what I was doing at all. I did not keep accurate records of
my progress, and with all its simplicity, I did not fully understand
just how much was/is Involved. I know I say this over and over again.
But I have always looked at these Challenges as Positive and Productive
Learning Experiences, and steps forward in my Forever Fitness Journey.
In the past I have not known how to steadily maintain my weight. I have
gone up and down. Every time I want to lean out, I lose too much hard
earned muscle mass. Then I bulk back up, adding weight on again. Through
these many Challenges, through trial and error. I believe that I have
finally figured out how to maintain this balance. Because I have written
so much, keeping track of my progress here through Bodybuilding.com and
have committed myself to consistently strive for excellence and never
give up no matter what. I do not use my negative circumstances or
physical setbacks as excuses to achieve my Goals and Dreams. There are
there only to make me stronger and use as positive examples to help
Inspire and Encourage others. The details that I have written out for
completing this Transformation Challenge I have meticulously have
written through the duration of this Challenge in my Body Blog and also
the Forum here on Bodybuilding.com. So it is yet another Challenge for
me to write all the explicit details here in one post! lol. So I have
shortened this post as much as possible, leaving the links to my
training, and diet/nutrition stats. Promoting and representing not only
myself, but Bodybuilding.com in a Professional Manner and Inspirational
and Positive way the best that I possibly can in all aspects with what I
have to work with is, and always has been Important to me. That has
been reaffirmed with me when I had attended Media Arts School as well. I
pour my Heart and Soul into everything that I do.






Habits Die Hard.
It starts with Consistency. If you want something bad enough you will get
tired of the excuses, and you will not let anything detour you from
achieving your goals! After a while... just like your bad/unwanted
habit. Your decision to kick the habit, will also become habitual.
Habits... Good or Bad... are difficult to break. We are what we
repeatedly do. Therefore, Excellence is not an act... it is a habit.
Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinmattson/2014/02/01/habits_die_hard1/
Forum: POST #34: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631&page=2




We
are all unique. We have the world menu in our hands to select and
choose what we want to do. To elucidate our talents and expound our
skills!

I am a Highly Energized, Self Motivated, Unique Disciplined Individual.

Jack of All Trades... Master of None. I do not
consider myself a "Professional Bodybuilder", or a "Professional
Boxer", or a "Professional Martial Artist"... As a matter of fact. I am
not a Professional Anything. And never have claimed to be. But what I DO
have is a lot of HEART. With a Strong Will and Drive to Succeed in All
Aspects of My Life.

It takes more Courage to reveal Insecurities than to hide them...
More Strength to relate to people than to dominate them... More Manhood
to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex.

As a Creative Writer, I love to express and relate real life hardships that I have been
faced with and continue to go through. Writing incidents of the
adversities, obstacles, and barriers that come across our path in life. I
pour my HEART and SOUL into all that I do. Despite facing so much of my
own afflictions. In which they Only Make ME Stronger!!! Not just
Physically... but Mentally and Spiritually. Only to take my afflictions,
and turn them around. And use them as Positive examples... To Help
Inspire and Encourage Others. In return, the Inspiring lives of others
Conquering their afflictions Help Inspire and Encourage me.


This now completes my 7th Transformation Challenge
through Bodybuilding.com. I have been a loyal member since March of
2008. Pursuing my passion for Health and Fitness I have accomplished
many goals through BB.com. I am a highly energized self motivated
Individual, and I am aggressive at networking, not only promoting
myself, but also BB.com and the many other companies, and websites that I
frequent. I am blessed with a variety of talents that I have been able
to combine together, and Incorporating throughout the Internet 24/7 365
day a year. I do not profit financially from the work that I do. I find
that my Ultimate Reward has been sharing my passion with others, and
receiving 1'000's of reply back's and messages from all over the world
from people that have told me how much I Inspire and encourage them
through the extensive work that I do, and the many achievements that I
have accomplished. Through my writing, pictures, and videos. Well, it
has been absolutely Priceless! However, at the same time, It sure would
be nice to earn a steady and stable Income through a well established,
reputable, and very successful company such as Bodybuilding.com. I would
absolutely love a career working for Bodybuilding.com!


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***Diet/Nutrition***

NOTE:
It is not only Physical Strength that keeps me going. It is a mental
toughness... an Inner Strength. I thank God for giving me the Inner
Strength that is needed to always and consistently push forward.
Mental Toughness is a skill that can be learned, and the tougher you
get, the bigger you'll dream and the more fun you'll have in all aspects
of Life.
It has
already been difficult building and maintaining size
due to physical set backs! Also learning through trial and error with
listening to my gut Instincts, having to eye ball my portions because of
my stupid brain doesn't understand the concept of mathematical
equations of calculating and counting calorie intake and all that,
because of complications from my dyslexia, and I depend very highly on
my computers spell check as well. It is has been frustrating to say the
least.
However, I have Faith and Hope on my side! I am very focused with a
positive outlook, self motivated, and very well disciplined! I see
things through no matter what. And despite my physical set backs and
negative circumstances. I am Driven... Compelled by a WARRIOR SPIRIT
that I have embedded within me. Deep Inside My Heart and Soul.


I believe that good and proper supplementation is an essential role
in building and maintaining muscle and recovery as well. Enhancing your overall
progress. Along of course with a well balanced diet/nutrition, weight
training, exercise, etc. And honestly, I am unable to afford them
either! However, I make A LOT of SACRIFICES!!! I make it a PRIORITY to
be able to purchase my supplements. For instance... I have not owned a
cell phone since 2007! I simply have weighed out my priorities, and I do
NOT need a cell, period. This is my lifestyle! How many people do you
know that would sacrifice there cell phone? lol.


You know, during my years of New Construction Plumbing I had many freak
Incidents that occurred.
There has been many times throughout the years of working in Construction, that I have had near death experiences. Some may think I am Lucky... or unlucky.
However, I believe that it is nothing more than a Miracle... and shear
fate that I am sitting here now opening up my heart and sharing my
thoughts with you now.

DETAILS POST #72: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631&page=3
Even back then, they called me WARRIOR because of my DIE HARD
Perseverance and undying Faithfulness and Dedication to Always striving
to do what is right. Having Love and Respect for my Family, Friends and
Neighbors.


Staying on track, remaining focused with a positive outlook is not
always easy. When physical setbacks, sickness of loved ones, financial
hardships, etc. happen in life that are unavoidable. However, having a
deep rooted Faith in God has always helped me to remain focused and
overcome my challenges in Life.

Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinmattson/2014/02/16/diet_nutrition/
Body Blog: http://blog.bodybuilding.com/kevinmattson/2014/02/06/the_power_of_oats/
Forum: POST #74 and also POST #61:
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631&page=3

In all it's variety and complexity... My Choice on Heart Healthy
foods has always been Simply Simplicity.
Kevin Mattson ~PAPA BEAR.


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And More Posing Practice... Practice... Practice!!! ;)

In the Final Week... taking some more shots the other day. Always
practicing posing. Went down a couple more pounds since Monday. Weighing
in these shots @ 195.6 pounds. Still feel light as a feather, full of
energy, and as strong as steel.







Doing the best that I can to dial everything in. I am just so
thankful that I have been able to maintain size and still be able to
shred and lean out.

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Comparrison Shotzzz...

Again... Posing Practice. Comparing a variety of extra shots that I
took on on Monday after my Training. Weigh in @ 198 pounds. Taking in
Short and Sweet comparison notes as well.



I like this shot because it captures Good Quality Symmetry, Strength
and Size along with some noticeable separation coming through my Quads
that I have worked so hard to obtain. I have found that the Hold and
Squeeze like Hell Method that IFBB Pro Joe Palumbo had shown me works
the Best for me to Bring em' Out!!!



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This shot is showing much overall growth, Good Quality Lats Wing Span
here I think. Plus it is a Pretty Good Shot of my Abs as well. However,
not putting enough emphasis in my Quads. Need to SQUEEZE THEM SUCKERS
TIGHT!!!



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Bringing it in a little more... You can start to see a faint looking Vein appear in my Upper Right chest Area.


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Vein starts to POP... now showing a little bit more.


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And a little more.

Again... Feeling very Blessed, Grateful, and Content, with a Great Sense of Accomplishment.

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WEEK #12... FINAL WEEK!!!

WEEK #12... FINAL WEEK!!! Weigh in @ 198 pounds. Feeling very Blessed, Grateful, and Content, with a Great Sense of Accomplishment.





Here we are in the last and final week. I am so Inspired and Motivated with every bodies Amazingly Awesome Transformations, High Energy and Volume. And although there has been a lot of very unpleasant  circumstances going on here at home, especially in these last few weeks has got my Home Life in a Crunch... I am always remaining focused to accomplish my goals with a positive outlook... No Matter What.

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WEEK #11: Weigh in @ 200.6 pounds.

This has been A LOT HARDER to do than losing 40 pounds. But I Know I Will Achieve My Goal No Matter What.



2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition

If your not prepared to be wrong... you'll never come up with anything original.


Tough as Nails with a Heart of Gold.


 http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159547631





Jack of All Trades... Master of None. 


This week I was able to drop down just a little bit more. In the past I have been able to lose 40 pounds in 12 weeks, and I have also been able to gain 40 pounds within 12 weeks as well. Either way... that has been an easy challenge for me to accomplish. I find that trying to obtain as much lean muscle as possible while
shedding the excess body fat has been very challenging for me to say the
least. Maybe it wouldn't be so hard if I was able to understand the concept of counting calories, carbs, etc. and all that. However, with being Dyslexic I have learned to rely on my own Intuitions... In which I Heavily Rely On!!!


I do not consider myself a "Professional Bodybuilder", or a "Professional Boxer", or a "Professional Martial Artist"... As a matter of fact. I am not a Professional Anything. And never have claimed to be. But what I DO have is a lot of HEART. With a Strong Will and Drive to Succeed in All Aspects of My Life.

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Where there is a Will... There is a Way.

The Hardest Battle You Are Ever Going To Fight Is The Battle To Be Just You.


WEEK #10: Weigh in @ 202 pounds. Recovering from a very bad week. Just
trying to maintain focus and continue to make those sacrifices.





My main goal now is to just keep focused... keep with my current diet/nutrition fitness agenda. And shed as much extra body fat as possible. I will be doing the best that I possibly can. As for writing, and posting new content... well, last week was a tough one for sure. Like I have said before. My wife has not been feeling well at all. Last week she has been very sick with much pain again. More than usual. And her chest pains have gotten worse. She is a Stubborn Super Trooper for sure... I believe she gets it from me. She should have went in the ER. But she won't do it! Although she says she is going to make an appointment with her Doctor. There has been a lot of stress financially. We had also received a notice last week from her Dentist's Attorney. My wife had some dental work done, in which her Insurance was supposed to cover. But due to changes in the Insurance Plans, they did not cover a majority of the work. We had been making small payments on this. But recently we have not been able to. So before we could even respond to all this... they garnished my wife's wages for a substantial amount! There is nothing we are able to do about it right now. They will most likely be taking yet another hefty chunk out of her next check as well. We are just getting by from pay check to pay check. I am just sick to my stomach about everything. Sometimes its so hard to hold on and keep everything together. But I have to be strong for the both of us... for my Family. I know with Faith in God... a lot of prayer. We will some how manage to make it through. I just hope and pray that my wife will be able to get better. She tells me with her Unconditional Love that no matter what to continue on my efforts in Health and Fitness... achieving my goals... and making my dreams alive.


Love is patient, Love is kind and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4).


The Human Spirit Always Prevails! This Is The Truth For Those Who Dig Deep And Commit To Manifesting Their Dreams, Their Wills And Their Visions.



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WEEK #9: Weigh in @ 205.2 pounds.

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Another Is The Purity Of Your Attention.


WEEK #9: Weigh in @ 205.2 pounds. Fighting Hard at Maintaining as much Size as Possible. Gotta tighten, adjust, and fine tune my diet. Zero it in the Best I Can.





***NO PAIN NO GAIN***


Sometimes life is hard. We pull together our inner resources to make it
through certain parts of our Lifes Journey... which are often harder
than we ever imagined. In retrospect, we can look back on these chapters
and the lessons learned the hard way. People say that I am Obsessed with Health and Fitness. Obsession is just a word that the Lazy use to describe the Dedicated. There is No Magic Process... Just Practical Thought Processes, Habits, and Philosophies that are Drawn from our Inner Strength that God freely gives each one of us, and its up to us to decide and pursue. Mental Toughness is a skill that can be learned, and the tougher you get, the bigger you'll dream and the more fun you'll have in all aspects of Life. I am compelled... driven with a strong urge of doing. Knowing is not enough. It is Importance of Applying Towards Accomplishment. Being willing is not enough... We Must Take Action. High Achievement Always Takes Place In The Framework Of High Expectations.


Mental Toughness is the Secret to Overcoming Challenges... Turning Mediocrity into Greatness.



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Faith is Essential


I recently had an Epiphany! It's kinda hard to fathom though. Looking through my recent progress pics, I have really begun to notice the reaping benefits from my hard work and effort that I have been putting into my leg development. Through all my struggles and foreseeing through the complexity of well developed legs... I strongly believe that in life, there are situations that we just have to experience and learn on our own.


So I took a few shots with my
Bodybuilding posing trunks on, lol. My legs were pumped and
looking pretty swole! Looking them over, I see that the separation is
becoming more apparent and the various quad striations and some
vascularity are faintly appearing as well, with a nice vein showing
through especially on my right quad.
Taking these shots and looking through them I have come to the realization of the Importance of Posing and Squeezing my legs appropriately in the mirror. Just like I do when I am practicing my upper body posing. I know I know... this is all common sense with much simplicity! My Bad... lol. Non the less... seeing these noticeable changes and Improvements has given me some new enlightenment... and a Burst of Fresh Re-Energizing Motivation!!! ;)  


Ya' know, It's hard to put down in words the gratefulness that I
feel to see these changes taking place, knowing how hard I have fought along the way
against much negative circumstances and physical setbacks. However, I do
not use them as an excuse or let them distract me from achieving my
goals! My strong deep rooted faith in God has given me the Inner
Strength that is needed to always and consistently push forward... no
matter what.



My leg training days are on Wednesday and Saturday. I have read articles about the advantages of Twice A Week Training. Although I do alternate with only training them once a week too... Walk Like A Duck!!! 


***Training with PAPA BEAR ~ LEG DAY***

Focusing in on the Pleasure and Pain... You may feel the Pain... But Don't Give Up.


Standing Calf Raises:

4 sets @ 20 - 25 reps to failure.


Since I do not actually have a machine or anything. I stand on my Hyper
extension on the ball of my feet. I do as many as I can! And since my
ceiling is low downstairs, I put my hands on the joists and push down
with Isometric force to further challenge and burn the muscle tissues in
my calves!


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Seated Calf Raises:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


My sets are actually done on my weight bench leg attachment. Hey, you
gotta work with what you got! I have an old chair that I sit on. And I
put together a step platform that I made out of some extra pieces of
solid wood I had laying around. So I do four sets EACH LEG. Propping the
padded cusion just above my knee cap, so I don't blow my knee out!
Pushing with the ball of my foot that rests on the step platform. I push
and squeeze as hard as I can. Feeling the burn throughout my calves,
until I am unable to do any more... I wait a few seconds, and then try
to blast out a few more!


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Front Tibialis Curls:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


Performing these with my toes curling up, squeeze and hold briefly.
Again, always with Controlled and Steady movement. Here is a graphic
Image of your Front Tibialis.


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Lying Hamstring Curls:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


I push and squeeze my ham strings as tight as I possibly can. After each
set I adjust the weight accordingly, Taking on or off weight to obtain
the maximum burn.


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Leg Extensions:

6 sets @ 10 - 12 reps to failure.

NOTE: A funny thing happened to me a while back in 2011, during
my 5th Transformation Challenge, (Juggernaut Challenge sponsored by
Infinite Labs), through Bodybuilding.com. I had added a lot of weight on
my leg attachment set up. I never put this much weight on my leg
attachment. As I started on my last reps, I slowly sank down as I
completed my 2nd rep. I wondered what the heck was going on? lol. I
lifted up the bench flap to check it out. The weld that holds the
bracket to put the pin in place to elevate for leg lifts had weakened
and breaking apart! Determined to Finish my last set, with my Ingenuity
kicking in, I got a solid dumbbell to stick In between the lift to
Complete last reps.


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Squats:

5 sets @ 10 - 15 reps to failure.


I do have a squat rack! I always make sure the safety bars are locked and loaded!
I stand with my legs a little more than shoulder width apart. With my
feet out as straight as I can. I always try to go down as deep as I
possibly can too. Pushing and squeezing my quads. These are killer for
me, lol. I am no stranger to past physical set backs from lower back
issues, to hernia surgery to repair two massive hernias, in which they
Implanted a mesh patch in my lower left groin area. If I go too hard, it
starts pinching me. So I gotta be extra careful, always to be aware of
my body language, especially since I do not have a spotter!


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Alternate 1 Leg Lunge and Stretch:

2 sets each leg @ 15 reps to failure.


I love at the end of my leg training when my legs are on fire. I love to
give my quads that extra last burn! Hitting them with much Intensity
and Isometric force!

Feels GOOOOD!!!


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NOTE: I always execute all my Training Exercises by Contracting
Isometrically with Controlled Movements. While Deeply Focusing on the
Muscle Group that I Am Training. This not only helps Improve my
Progress. This also helps to prevent Unnecessary Injuries.

***Always Remember... While Performing Any Exercise Focus In On the
Particular Muscle Group You are Using... Utilizing Mind Muscle
Connection***




To become strong in anything... you must first be Wise. And the have Faith that your Wisdom will make you Strong. Faith Is Essential. 

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Head Strong

***HEAD STRONG***


The Mind Always Falls First... Not The body. The Secret Is To Make Your Mind Work For You... Not Against You.



I know I am not at my HEAVIEST weight ever... and I also know that I
am not at my leanest weight ever. However, I am now currently at my
HEAVIEST/leanest weight EVER... In My Life.



(WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds)


***TRAINING with PAPA BEAR~BACK DAY***


Front Pull Downs: 3 sets @ 10 - 12 reps to failure.


I start off by using the Horizontal Lat Bar pull downs. I use a Wide
Grip with my back slightly arched, chest out, with my shoulders elevated
and arms extended. I Execute these Without leaning back. Pulling the
bar into my upper chest while contracting my lats, while Squeezing my
shoulder blades together.



(WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds)


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Reverse Grip Pull Downs: 3 sets @ 10-12 reps to failure.


I position my body the same way as the Front Pull Downs. Except my grip
is curling into my chest with my hands parallel to my shoulders.
Performing them this way gives me a Greater Range of Motion. I Execute
these by keeping my torso upright and chest up. Pulling as far back as I
can while squeezing my shoulder blades together at the point of Peak
Contraction.



(WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds)


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Bend Over Rows: 3 sets @ 10-12 reps to failure.


Standing straight with my feet parallel with my hips, I slightly bend my
knees and with a wide overhand grip I slightly lean forward about 45
degrees. ...I Execute these by Contracting Isometrically with a
Controlled Movement Into my mid section.


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One Arm Dumbbell Rows: 3 sets @ 10-12 reps to failure.


Leaning forward at my waist, I place one hand on my bench. While keeping
my back flat and head straight. I Execute these again by Contracting
Isometrically with a Controlled Movement as High as possible. Always
Remember. While Performing Any Exercise Focus In On the Particular
Muscle Group You are Using. In this case, Let Your Lats Pull You
Through.


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Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets @ 10-12 reps to failure.


I start out by sitting upright on an old padded cushion. Firmly holding
the bar at close grip, (NOTE: I ALSO SWITCH BACK AND FORTH CLOSE AND
WIDE GRIP). I maintain a slightly arched back with my chest out and
Execute these by Contracting Isometrically with a Controlled Movement
Into my Mid Section.


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Back Extension: 3 sets @ 20-25 reps to failure.


I Love performing these. Positioning my heels and resting my hips on the
pad of my Hyper Extension. I hold my arms up with my hands behind my
neck. Executing these by lowering myself down and Contracting
Isometrically back with a very Controlled Movement. Tighten and Contract
your back muscles when coming back up and hold briefly... Repeat!
Excellent for strengthening lower back muscles Improving Significantly
Issues with lower back pain!


NOTE: I always execute all my Training Exercises by Contracting
Isometrically with Controlled Movements. While Deeply Focusing on the
Muscle Group that I Am Training. This not only helps Improve my
Progress. This also helps to prevent Unnecessary Injuries.

***Always Remember... While Performing Any Exercise Focus In On the
Particular Muscle Group You are Using... Utilizing Mind Muscle
Connection***



(WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds)



(WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds)




Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

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WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds.

WEEK #8: Weigh in @ 206.4 pounds. Still making Turtle Progress, lol.
However, I am content. Moving forward, 1 Step at a Time. No Matter What.





Sssooo... were in week #8 now! woot woot ;) I am excited and content that I have been able to maintain my size pretty well so far and still shedding extra body fat and making progress. Even though it has been Very Turtle! lol. I also continue to diligently train my legs. My leg training days are on Wednesday and Saturday! I have alternated in the past with only training them once a week. However, I have read articles about the advantages of Twice A Week Training too. I plan on taking some new Progress Pics, and hopefully a video too during my actual leg training day. When my Quads are pumped, in the mirror I can see the separation coming in real good. It's hard to put down in words the gratefulness that I feel to see these changes, knowing how hard I have fought along the way. 


Last year, during the 2013 $100,000 Bodybuilding.com Transformation Challenge I was pushing myself sssooo hard!!! It was back training day. And I knew my back was hurting that day. I was trying to go a little bit lighter. However, I pinched a sciatic nerve, and slowly had to lay myself right there on the floor underneath my squat rack! I have to laugh at it. I know this back pain well. My Granddaughter was in the basement when this happened. She was looking at me funny. Because although I was lying there in excruciating pain and could not move. I was smiling at her as if nothing was wrong. She asked me, are you ok Grandpa? Should I go tell Grandma to call the ambulance for you? I laughed, and told her that I was ok and was just taking a rest. After lying there for a few minutes or so, when the pain subsided a little, and I was able to get up. To my dismay, I had to end my workout short. Within a few days, I was back at it. And although I completed last years Transformation Challenge, I had done so despite fighting against these unpleasant circumstances. Ya' know, I am Always trying my best to push past my boundaries and limitations... but in the back of my mind, I am always aware of my physical setbacks, and the mesh patch that is Implanted in my lower left groin area lets me know when I go beyond my limitations. I have a lot of negative circumstances and physical setbacks that I have been going through for a long time now! However, I do not use them as
an excuse or let them distract me from achieving my goals! My strong
deep rooted faith in God has given me the Inner Strength that is needed
to always and consistently push forward... no matter what.

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Toughness is in the Soul and Spirit not in muscles and an Immature mind

Toughness is in the Soul and Spirit not in muscles and an Immature mind



Feel the Burn!!! Mind Muscle Connection... Nothing Else Matters.

~Kevin Mattson... PAPA BEAR


Everything that's really worthwhile in life comes to us freeā€”our
minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our intelligence,
our love of family and friends and country. All of these priceless
possessions are free.



Seated Calf Raises:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


My sets are actually done on my weight bench leg attachment. Hey, you
gotta work with what you got! I have an old chair that I sit on. And I
put together a step platform that I made out of some extra pieces of
solid wood I had laying around. So I do four sets EACH LEG. Propping the
padded cushion just above my knee cap, so I don't blow my knee out!
Pushing with the ball of my foot that rests on the step platform. I push
and squeeze as hard as I can. Feeling the burn throughout my calves,
until I am unable to do any more... I wait a few seconds, and then try
to blast out a few more!



And thats ths way we do it around here. Gotta Love It... WOOT WOOT!!!

~Kevin Mattson... PAPA BEAR

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SISU ~ Strength, Perseverance and Resilience.

SISU ~ Strength, Perseverance and Resilience.



Ya' know, although I have never been to Finland, I am told that I
have 100% Finnish Blood running through my veins. And did you know that
there is a Finnish word: SISU. That to the Finnish people, SISU has a
mystical, almost magical meaning. SISU is meaning Strength, Perseverance
and Resilience. The literal meaning is equivalent in English to HAVING
GUTS... Also taken as similar in meaning to the English saying, JUST DO
IT. Hhhmmm... I believe I have heard that BAD-ASSERY somewhere else
before



SISU (see'-soo) is a unique Finnish concept that cannot be fully
translated. One definition is: special strength and stubborn
determination to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity. It's a
combination of stamina, courage, and obstinacy held in reserve for hard
times. SISU is considered to be at the same level with Zen Koans,
"kanssa; se taytyy kokea." which means, "One Must Experience It."




It has Always been my Philosophy of Life that Difficulties Vanish when Faced Boldly.

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***Focusing in on the Pleasure and Pain***


***Training with PAPA BEAR ~ LEG DAY***

***Focusing in on the Pleasure and Pain***

***You may feel the Pain... But Don't Give Up***




Standing Calf Raises:

4 sets @ 20 - 25 reps to failure.


Since I do not actually have a machine or anything. I stand on my Hyper
extension on the ball of my feet. I do as many as I can! And since my
ceiling is low downstairs, I put my hands on the joists and push down
with Isometric force to further challenge and burn the muscle tissues in
my calves!


*******************************************

Seated Calf Raises:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


My sets are actually done on my weight bench leg attachment. Hey, you
gotta work with what you got! I have an old chair that I sit on. And I
put together a step platform that I made out of some extra pieces of
solid wood I had laying around. So I do four sets EACH LEG. Propping the
padded cusion just above my knee cap, so I don't blow my knee out!
Pushing with the ball of my foot that rests on the step platform. I push
and squeeze as hard as I can. Feeling the burn throughout my calves,
until I am unable to do any more... I wait a few seconds, and then try
to blast out a few more!


*******************************************

Front Tibialis Curls:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


Performing these with my toes curling up, squeeze and hold briefly.
Again, always with Controlled and Steady movement. Here is a graphic
Image of your Front Tibialis.


*******************************************

Lying Hamstring Curls:

4 sets @ 15 reps to failure.


I push and squeeze my ham strings as tight as I possibly can. After each
set I adjust the weight accordingly, Taking on or off weight to obtain
the maximum burn.


*******************************************

Leg Extensions:

6 sets @ 10 - 12 reps to failure.

NOTE: A funny thing happened to me a while back in 2011, during
my 5th Transformation Challenge, (Juggernaut Challenge sponsored by
Infinite Labs), through Bodybuilding.com. I had added a lot of weight on
my leg attachment set up. I never put this much weight on my leg
attachment. As I started on my last reps, I slowly sank down as I
completed my 2nd rep. I wondered what the heck was going on? lol. I
lifted up the bench flap to check it out. The weld that holds the
bracket to put the pin in place to elevate for leg lifts had weakened
and breaking apart! Determined to Finish my last set, with my Ingenuity
kicking in, I got a solid dumbbell to stick In between the lift to
Complete last reps.


*******************************************

Squats:

5 sets @ 10 - 15 reps to failure.


I do have a squat rack! I always make sure the safety bars are locked and loaded!
I stand with my legs a little more than shoulder width apart. With my
feet out as straight as I can. I always try to go down as deep as I
possibly can too. Pushing and squeezing my quads. These are killer for
me, lol. I am no stranger to past physical set backs from lower back
issues, to hernia surgery to repair two massive hernias, in which they
Implanted a mesh patch in my lower left groin area. If I go too hard, it
starts pinching me. So I gotta be extra careful, always to be aware of
my body language, especially since I do not have a spotter!


*******************************************

Alternate 1 Leg Lunge and Stretch:

2 sets each leg @ 15 reps to failure.


I love at the end of my leg training when my legs are on fire. I love to
give my quads that extra last burn! Hitting them with much Intensity
and Isometric force!

Feels GOOOOD!!!



NOTE: I always execute all my Training Exercises by Contracting
Isometrically with Controlled Movements. While Deeply Focusing on the
Muscle Group that I Am Training. This not only helps Improve my
Progress. This also helps to prevent Unnecessary Injuries.

***Always Remember... While Performing Any Exercise Focus In On the
Particular Muscle Group You are Using... Utilizing Mind Muscle
Connection***

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WEEK #7: Weigh in @ 208.4 pounds.

WEEK #7: Weigh in @ 208.4 pounds. Maintaining Size the Best that I can. Half Way There... Time to Seriously Start Cutting!!! ;)

2014 Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge Presented by Dymatize Nutrition.


***COMPARISON FRONT SHOTS***



This top picture is my front shot that I uploaded for my WEEK #7 Progress Pics. Since I know from past experiences the Importance of practicing your Posing, and also doing extensive work on a variety of modeling projects. I take more than just one shot, and look them over meticulously before I decide to post them. Just like you have many many facial expressions, each movement and adjustment of your body portrays a different look! I try to look for ones that stand out with overall Muscularity and Symmetry details. And although I know there have been discussions of people bloating and/or pushing out there stomach for there before pics. lol. That literally makes me laugh! I look for the ones that stand out, showcasing more prominently these Muscularity and Symmetry features. Believe me, when I am in a relaxed state, especially on my before pics. My midsection was much more puffed out in a relaxed state. I sucked it in, posing the best that I could. I have the pictures saved in my albums. But that's just me... and that's how I roll.



Now this is an extra shot that I had looked over, and was debating on which one to upload. What I see different and stands out more in this shot than the one that I uploaded, is that I am pushing up with my toes, squeezing my legs tighter in which is showing and making my quads look a little better and bigger. However, at the same time my midsection looks squishy, lol. And I am not tightening my midsection to showcasing my abs in comparison to the first shot. Yeah, I know these are just the weekly progress pics, and it probably does not matter to a lot of people. However, it matters to me. Always Positive and Productive Learning Experiences. And I find it good practice to observe details along the way. Always being thorough in everything that I do. It is Important to me, because these are not just "Transformation Challenges" to me. I do this 24/7 365 days a year. This is my passion. It is a lifestyle to me... No Matter What.


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Here is my side shot. Just like your front and back shots. There are many different posing positionings that can alter your look. I am trying my best to stay with this consistent look throughout the duration of this Challenge. Although I would like to also Incorporate a few other poses that stood out this week. The Body Blog Editor only allows you so many shots to upload. So I will do another comparison post for that. So I can compare another back shot below.


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Comparing your progress pics not only helps you with your posing practice, but it also gives you a real good visual to see and compare your weaknesses and strengths. Like people are always leaving me nice compliments on my back development. I also have been working very hard and very diligently in further developing my legs as well. My hamstrings and calves look ****ght here. I know my calves are strong and I have a lot of good size with them. And that might make it appear that my quads are not that big. Although I am working hard at developing more size, they have been growing pretty good. I just need to work harder at developing the separation and getting the striations to come in.




Now comparing this shot with the one that I uploaded for my WEEK #7 Progress Pic. I believe that I am leaning in a little more, bending my leg. You can see that my left hamstring is showcasing much more prominently. Angled just right... Giving my hams a little bit thicker look. However, at the same time, the details in my back are lacking a little of the luster compared to the top pic. lol.


Again, I would like to say. Yeah, I know these are just the weekly progress pics, and it probably does not matter to a lot of people. However, it matters to me. Always Positive and Productive Learning Experiences. And I find it good practice to observe details along the way. Always being thorough in everything that I do. It is Important to me, because these are not just "Transformation Challenges" to me. I do this 24/7 365 days a year. This is my passion. It is a lifestyle to me... No Matter What. Gotta Love It. ;)

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