Midwest Muscle Fest competitor spotlight: Matthew Olbert
Matthew Olbert shares his story below on his journey to the Midwest Muscle Fest stage.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COMPETE?
My name is Matthew, better known as Swolebert across my various social media platforms. My journey in bodybuilding commenced during my freshman year of college, and it turned out to be the most transformative decision of my life. While I had always held an interest in the sport, it wasn’t until my recent bulk that a spark ignited within me, compelling me to take the leap into competitive bodybuilding. So, with unwavering commitment, I made a bold move this summer – selling my car and picking up odd jobs so I could stay fully committed to this prep.
WHAT OBSTACLE(S) DID YOU OVERCOME?
Although my preparation initially got off to a promising start, it hit a roadblock when I had to undergo wisdom teeth extraction, which sidelined me for a grueling two weeks. Fortunately, I had the support and guidance of my coach, JR, who helped me stay on course and manage the time off effectively.
WHAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT COMPETING?
Reflecting on the entire competition experience, it was nothing short of spectacular and remains an unforgettable achievement in my life. If I were to pinpoint the most exhilarating aspect of competing, it would undoubtedly be the individual routine. This part holds a special place in my heart because it represents the culmination of meticulous choreography and my personal favorite – the art of posing. Crafting a routine that not only pleases the audience but also excites them and catches their emotions. Through this process, I’ve learned so much, and I’m committed to continuous improvement, with the aim of leaving the crowd in awe at my next show.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE OTHERS CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR STORY?
As mentioned earlier, I’ve been sharing my fitness journey on several social media platforms. What initially began as a personal endeavor to document my progress has evolved into a source of inspiration, education, and entertainment for others. If there’s one message I aim to convey through my story, it can be summarized in two powerful words: carpe diem, seize the day. I firmly believe that seizing the day and making the most of every situation while pursuing our passions is the essence of a fulfilling life. Every day, I’m thankful for the blessings in my life and the opportunity to positively impact others. My hope is to inspire individuals to seize their own day and embark on the adventure that we call life.