Ripped To Shreds: Matt Hampton Talks To Musclemunch


Quick stats

Age: 23
6’3″ – 193 cm
107 kg – 235 lbs

How did you get involved with fitness?

I’ve always had a passion for sport and physical activity growing up. When I was 15 and picked up my first weight, I was immediately fascinated by the body and how It could adapt, get stronger, bigger and faster. Sport (mainly volleyball) was still my main love at this time but injuries continued to come and bite me, which lead to me spending more time in the weight room and less on the court. The more time I spent in the gym, the more addicted I became. After graduating school I proceeded to get certified as a personal trainer and have been expanding my knowledge and expertise ever since.

What does your training routine look like?

I train with high volume and high frequency, hitting every muscle group at least twice per week. Currently I am running a modified ‘push, pull, leg’ split twice per week.


What is your favorite body-part to train?

Legs. The harder the workout, the larger the reward

What do you do to bring up lagging body-parts?

Add volume and frequency! I also target the area I want to bring up first in my workouts.

How do you stay motivated?

Its not hard to stay motivated when you love what you’re doing. Set goals, push your body and your results will always keep you wanting more.

What does your diet look like?

My dieting is based around smart ‘flexible dieting’. Meaning I track my calories and macro-nutrients daily, driven predominately from whole foods. I am ‘lean bulking’ at the moment and eating 4200 calories each day. I don’t usually snack and prefer frequent full meals containing a quality protein source, complex carbohydrate, small amount of fat and of course some vegetables.


What is your favorite recipe?

Im always in the kitchen creating new things but as of late its gotta be my macro-friendly protein banana bread. Recipe below makes 10 slices at approx 100 calories each.

50g powdered oats
50g wholemeal self raising flour
80g banana protein powder
Half a cup sweetener
Around 3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 bananas
Approx 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
100g honey yoghurt
Tablespoon of coconut oil
Dash of walden farms caramel sauce

Make sure you use separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients then combine after and place into a dish. Bake on 180C for around 35-40mins.

What does your supplementation look like?

Whey protein – 40g post workout and anytime needed throughout the day
Fish oil – 6g per day
Multivitamin – 1 serving daily
Creatine – 5grams postworkout
Pre-workout – Before training if needed
BCAAs – 10g Intraworkout

I generally keep my supplementation to a minimum, relying on my diet to fulfill my nutritional needs. When cutting body fat I may also use acetyl-l carnitine or a fat burner product.


What is your approach to cardio?

I do cardio year round incorporating a mixture of HIIT and LISS. The reason I do cardio all year is for cardiovascular health benefits. Heart health/strength is a huge factor not only for the body’s overall function and health but also for gaining muscle!

Lean bulking – 1 HIIT session per week and 1-3 LISS sessions.
Cutting weight – 1-2 HIIT per week and 2-5 LISS

What is your favorite exercise and why?

Recently I’d have to say front squats. Besides feeling great and leaving my legs destroyed every time. I have found my thoracic mobility and strength has shot up! This has transferred over and helped my deadlift, back squat and many other compound movements. Not only this but my elbow and wrist flexibility has also increased and have had pain free joints since starting.

Who inspires you?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson. Both hard working, great men who have excelled in everything they have set their mind on.


What is your ultimate goal in fitness?

To be the greatest possible version of myself. I want to be able to inspire people and become a role model to up coming athletes all over the world.

favorite quote?

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! – Rocky Balboa

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