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Kevin Mathewson

This 35-year-old family man is four years into doing JimStoppani.com training programs, with the physique to show for it.

Kevin Mathewson

Written by Kevin Mathewson

Blessed with a strong family that recognized the importance of fitness, I fell in love with weightlifting in my early teens after being overweight most of my childhood. My dad and brother taught me the basics of form and routine, and I am so grateful for that.

I was tired of being the fat kid, so I decided in high school that it was time to do something about it. I adjusted my diet a little, lifted heavy, and did some cardio. I made some decent muscle mass gains, and although I was never “shredded,” my body fat stayed low and I was happy and confident through college.

But I used various supplements based on “bro science,” basically ate whatever I wanted (including a lot of beer), and trained like crazy seven days a week. It worked for a little while, but that lifestyle couldn't be maintained. In my mid-20s, I was newly married and a working professional, so I couldn't maintain the training intensity, and I even stopped altogether for long periods.

My weight went up and down, and when I did weight-train, I was basically spinning my wheels. By the time my daughters were born in my early 30s, I had become very overweight. About a year after my second daughter was born, we found out we had another baby on the way. I started thinking about how proud I was as a kid to have a dad with a muscular physique and I wanted to be that dad for my kids, so I decided to get back in the gym.

I knew I needed a plan, though. I found Jim Stoppani on bodybuilding.com in 2013 and was immediately intrigued by the amount of information he put out there regarding training, diet, and supplements — and it was all backed by scientific research. He always referenced studies that confirmed what he was saying. Not only that, he called out the fitness and supplement industries for basically feeding people lies to make a buck. I had never seen anything...

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