Have you ever sat around wondering would could have been? Do you ever reflect back on personal goals that you never achieved? We have all been there at one point or another in our lives. Our next guest is open and honest about his life. Please welcome Matt Hoover.
KK: Matt please tells our reader a little about yourself. Where did you grow up?
MH: I grew up in small town Iowa, where everyone knows each other.
KK: What is you athletic background?
MH:My sport growing up was wrestling. I wrestled in high school where I won state championships and I wrestled at the University of Iowa. U of I is one of the top ranked wrestling colleges in the Nation.
KK: What happened to your wrestling career?
MH: In college I started to experience something I had never gone through before, injuries.
KK: What caused these injuries? Was it over training?
MH: Not at all, that may have been my excuse back then but the truth of the matter was all the drinking and late nights. I wasn't allowing my body the time it needed to recover. I wasn't getting hurt because of bad luck; I was getting injured because of these bad decisions.
MH: You can't stay out until 3am drinking and then get up at 6am to go workout. You can't do these types of things when you're attending a National Champion school without some sort of repercussions. If you don't play by the rules you will get hurt and I did.
KK: Did you finish college?
MH: No I left with just 12 credits left to compete. I left with baggage and blame. I blamed my coach for helping me out.
KK: What did you do to gain all your weight?
MH: I drank a lot, I drank Thursday though Sunday and I ate a lot. I would sit down and eat 50 to 60 wings. I didn't mind because I could still stand and I was funny; I was the life of the party. Some of my friends would compare me to, comedian, Chris Farley
KK: How did you get onto the Biggest Loser?
MH: After sitting around doing nothing for four years I gained weight, I was over 350 pounds. I was sitting on the couch watching TV (the Biggest Loser 1st Season), while eating junk food that was resting on my gut, drinking beer and gaining weight. I watch these people crying on the show and thought I can do this. I laughed inside thinking I am a wrestler and that would never be me. These guys are a bunch of babies and thought I can do this and I am going to apply for the show. Ironically at the end of the show they announce a casting call for the next season. I went online and saw the casting call was two hours from my house the next day.
MH: I went to the casting call; I looked around and notice there were people there that were bigger than me. I thought I would never get on the show. The casting crew called us in, they did it in a group of six, and they only gave us one minute to talk about ourselves. When it was my turn it was easy; because of my sports background I know how to talk to people. The next day they called me and ask if I would come down for an interview. After that I was picked to be on the show.
KK: After being notified that you had been picked for the show what did you expect?
MH: I didn't think it was going to be that hard. I was a wrestler. Hall of Fame coaches have trained me. How hard can this be?
KK: Who was your trainer on the show?
KK: How was it at first?
MH:I figured out real quick that I was not a wrestler anymore. With in no time I was throwing up, cramping up and crying, just like those folks I saw on Season One. Those people on the last season were not big babies, I was. If you watched my season, they showed me crying on every episode.
KK: What were some of the things you gained from the show?
MH:I met my wife Suzy on the show and we now have two children. It gave me time to reflect on my life and allowed me to make personal changes. I was able to hang in there and win the show. I am able to do guest speeking engagements, which I hope will help other people.
KK: When did you get involved with triathlon?
To be continued September 6, 2009 (We will be updating Matt Hoovers progress weekly from now to Kona Oct. 10, 2009)