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Taylor Matheny – IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete & Nutrition Columnist Talks With T&T

Taylor Matheny – IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete & Nutrition Columnist Talks With T&T

Taylor Matheny Routine

Taylor Matheny Routine

What Is Your Best Accomplishment So Far? Proudest Moment?

Taylor Matheny: Earning my Pro card at the 2011 Team Universe was quite an accomplishment, I then went on and competed in several pro shows and earned a spot at the 2012 Bikini Olympia in just my first year as a pro…. if I was a prideful person that would be my most proud moment 🙂

What Is It Like Competing?

TIME CONSUMING!!!!! But worth all the hours of training and food preperation. It’s not the easiest sport to be involved in but I believe it’s one of the greatest learning and growing challenges of the competitors lives.

What Workout Routine Has Worked Best For You?

Full body workouts mainly everyday, with variations of cardio (30-60 minutes incline walking) I take Sundays off from the gym at least and I will take my work out outside like a hike or bike ride. There is no weight lifting on sundays
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Taylor Matheny’s Full Routine: 6 Different Exercises

3 sets of 15 – 3 sets consisting of 2 different movements supersetted together.

Monday: Upper Body

Bent Over Row – 3 x 15
Superset With Deadlift – 3 x 15

Around The World – 3 x 15
Superset With Squat Press – 3 x 15

Hindu Push Ups – 3 x 15
Superset With Jump Lunges – 3 x 30 (15 each leg)

Tuesday: Glutes

Squat Press – 3 x 15
Superset With Kettle Bell Upright Rows – 3 x 15

Walking Lunges – 3 x 15
Superset With Single Leg Step Ups – 3 x 15 each leg

Push Ups – 3 x 15
Superset With Triceps Dips – 3 x 15
Wednesday – Friday: alternate Monday and Tuesdays routines

Saturday: Cardio day

Sunday: Rest day
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Top 3 favorite Exercises And Why?

Jump Lunges: because I like the explosiveness and getting your heart rate up while you tighten and tone.
Squat Press: this is more of a love hate relationship….haha I hate doing them but I love the results!
Kettle Bell Up Right Rows: sculpts great glutes and great shoulders in one~

Favorite Form Of Cardio?

Hiking outdoors, I love going to Runyon Canyon in Hollywood or Running the Santa Monica stairs as well as the Beach workouts here in Newport
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What Is Your Diet Like?

CLEAN, strict, yet fun and flavorful!! I am a personal and private chef so the diet part is made a bit easier for me.
I love cooking healthy meals but keeping them tasting great is a must. Most athletes in the fitness industry have and in season and off season diet program, I however have a Lifestyle. Eating healthy is just a part of who I am and what I love to teach.

Any Staple/Classic Healthy Meals That You Always Eat?

Salsa Chicken is most definitely on hand at all times. I just boil chicken breasts, then drain and shred them, and toss with salsa… simple but delicious! Great when you get home starving and need some quick protein. (just can’t have this after I cut sodium for a show)
Taylor Matheny Diet

What Is Your Favorite Cheat Meal?

Honestly I love Fruit! I don’t eat any sugars while training so I miss the simple things like apples and watermelon. but if we are talking sweets… I’m a sucker for Frozen Yogurt!!!!!

What Supplements Do You Use And Why?

I have the basic Athelete stack:

Vita Sport- Protein Synthesis 7 Vanilla, chocolate protein powder
Forza One- BCAA’s sport Amino Acids for during my workouts
Kat-a-lyst – Lipocor for EFA’s omegas L-carnitine and CLA
Kat-A-lyst -maximum strength Glutacor and Evochem Betabol for advanced muscle recovery
XP2- pre work for my pre workout supplement
Nu-Tek- Nature’s Essential kit containing the Fruits, Greens, EFA’s and Nature;s Fuel for over all health

You Can Find All These Supplements At NutriShop!
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What Are Your Tips For Success For Beginners?

It’s not a diet it’s a Lifestyle!. I eat clean even when no one is looking haha, you have to overcome the flesh and have major self control and discipline.

What Is The Best Advice You Have Ever Been Given?

You’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do. So Explore, Discover, and Dream Bigger!!!!
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Did You Make Any Mistakes When You First Started Out?

Yes, we all make mistakes… I still do but it’s apart of growing. You just need to learn from them and gain understanding through every situation and lesson.

What’s Your Favorite Body Part?

I love shoulders. Shoulders and arms are the first sign to a FIT body on anyone. I love defined shoulders, shout out to Dwight Howard, Hey! 😉
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Your Best Tips To Getting Into Contest Shape/Losing Those Last Few Pounds?

Sodium is a huge thing most people tend to overlook. Water weight is the most common problem with thoe last 5-10 lbs. Cutting out salty foods and artificial sweeteners will make a huge difference with getting rid of the bloated look and feeling. I recommend Detoxin by Kat-a-lyst helps to clean out your body’s filtration system and shed that unwanted water weight.

What’s Your Gym Playlist Like?

A big shuffle of everything! Hip hop to indie rock to classical

Favorite Song To Play While Running?

Bruno Marz “Get away Baby”

Where Does Your Motivation Come From?

Knowing that others look up to me to set the example and live the Lifestyle

Favorite Fitness Models?

Andy Haman, he has re invented the fitness industry and how to work it and make it work for you!


I have always been inspired by Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Also a big thank you to my trainer Ryan Bentson from Team Zero Gravity. With out his help and amazing eye for competitors I wouldn’t have made it this far. Ryan has a gift like no other, he is so talented and has completely transformed my body. He is not only my coach but my best friend. I am blessed to have him in my life.

Favorite Quote?

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
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Her Facebook:
Her Website: (Look Into Buying Taylor’s CookBook: “Eat To Win. Cook To Lose”)
Her Youtube: Taylor Matheny Fitness
Email: [email protected]

Photography Credits

Ronz Photography

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