The Athlete: Scott Mathison
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Fitness Style: Weights, calisthenics, parkour/free-running
Go-to Exercise: Muscle-Up
Favorite Workout Song: "Undead" by Hollywood Undead
How did you get started in fitness and Team Performix?
When I moved to Santa Monica three years ago, I only lifted weights in the gym. Then I saw guys training calisthenics down at the pull up bars and wanted to learn. I starting adding calisthenics and parkour/free-running into my training, and my whole style of fitness changed. I followed and learned a lot from watching Michael Vazquez, and eventually I met him. We had similar training styles so we trained together a view times, and then he asked if I wanted to work with Team Performix. I was already following the company and loved what it stood for, so it was an instant yes, and I've loved being a part of Team Performix ever since.
How are you driven in fitness and in life?
I put every bit of energy I have into everything I do. When I'm training, I go until I physically can't workout anymore. When I'm working, I will work and work, and even re-do work until it is perfect. I always strive to be the best that I can be.
What advice can you give to our fans who are just starting out or looking to get back to the gym?
My biggest piece of advice is to stick with it. Training is always a process and results don't come easy. Accept the fact that it's going to take work to get to your desired goal, and then put that work in!
Barstrength training. I lift weights to be as strong as possible, and then I train calisthenics/functional movements to be as agile as possible. I trained back at the gym today, and here is what my workout looked like: First half of workout with weights 4 exercises 5 sets each exercise Reps 15, 12, 10, 8, 6 Upping Weight each set 1.) Lat pull down 2.) Bent over row 3.) Close grip pull down 4.) Close grip cable row (I did a lot of Close grip because I knew I was heading outside to do muscle ups and pull ups, and wanted some strength left) For the second half of my workout I did the circuit in this video 8 times...but I had a lot of energy...aim for at least 4 times. I did each exercise until failure. 1.) Clapping push ups 2.) Box jumps 3.) Muscle ups 4.) Handstands 5.) Toes to bar If you want to try this circuit and can't do muscle ups, do pull ups instead. If you can't do handstands, do handstands against the wall. After this circuit, I did 4 sets of pull ups until failure to properly finish off my back workout. Then I went inside and did 10 minutes of sprints on the treadmill followed by 10 minutes on the stair master. My workouts aren't always this long. This is a bit overkill, but I had a lot of energy(probably from the Performix ISO v2X I took), and it's Sunday...so what else was I going to do? Hope you are having a great weekend and are getting after it! #barstrength #performixdriven #strengthwraps
If you had to pick only three exercises what would they be and why?
Currently, the three exercises that I think are crucial are muscle-ups (sub in pullups if you can't do muscle-ups), pushups, and box jumps. These movements keep you fit, strong, and agile.
Follow Scott on Instagram at @scott_mathison_.