After 30 arrests, 40 ER visits and 20 detoxes, Matt Childs finally reshaped his body and his life


This last go-around, I had to just accept how people felt because I did this through my drinking. A lifetime of self-centeredness doesn’t change overnight,” explains Childs, who needed a positive outlet to help consume all of the hours in a day.

Although he never stuck with any of the sports he played, working out and training was all he really knew besides restaurant work— you don’t have time to pick up new hobbies when you spend most of your thirties blacked out—so, he got into the gym and simply started.


Once he set his sights on transforming himself, his obsessive and addictive personality came into play but this time for the better. Childs dove in headfirst. His meals consisted of asparagus, egg whites, tuna, tilapia and boiled chicken. He ate that everyday…for a whole year. Early morning fasted cardio sessions at 7:00am became the norm, followed by one of his outrageous workouts—most of which are upwards of 40 sets and last up to two hours.

I created my own rehab,” says Childs. “I went to work, ate my food, went to the gym, logged my workout and then went to my meetings.


And show he did. Presently, Childs is an absolute savage. He dropped 65 pounds, going from 236 pounds to 181 pounds, shedding eight inches off of his waist. His transformation alone is M&F worthy in it’s own right. He walks around in stage ready condition and still has enough energy to crush it in the gym every single day. “Off days” are hardly that; you’ll still find him running speed drills, slamming a tire with a sledgehammer, and hopping onto a 30-inch box, laterally, with one leg.

Statistically speaking, Childs’ chances of relapsing are 90 percent over the course of the next four years, according to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A relapse is something Childs has experienced time after time again and the idea of undoing the past 13 months with one beer is pretty frightening, but he

takes it all in stride. A lifetime of drinking robbed Childs of who he was. Now he’s beginning to find that person, and he likes him.

Before, I never knew how to love myself or anybody. I love my family more than I ever have; I love my wife; I love my kids; I appreciate everything that God has given me,” reflects Childs as he acknowledges the fact that anything is possible, even a relapse. His response, though, is pretty simple. “I can’t worry about tomorrow; it’s not here yet.


Childs did what no one ever thought he could do; he proved the naysayers wrong and proved himself right. He has yet to see that condescending anger management instructor, but if he did he sure as hell would eat his words. But that’s not what it’s about for Childs; there’s no desire to seek him out, rub it in his face, and say “I told you so.”

He just wants to show people the power of change. Whether it be by taking on a young protégé in the gym—who spends most of the sessions keeled over a garbage can—or by going to high schools across the country and sharing his story: that’s his ultimate goal.

I was put through all of that dumb, crazy s**t for a reason,” Childs declares. “I feel like my reason is to get my story out and to show people that they can do anything if they want.

Matt’s workout routine was very similar to the German Volume Training – check it out here.

Via: Muscle and Fitness


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