Matt Heafy (Trivium): Strength in Numbers and Vital Statistics

Strength in Numbers:
MATT HEAFY

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Trivium’s guitar-shredding frontman on how a jiu-jitsu lifestyle allows him to rock even harder on tour
3,750

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CALORIES HE EATS DAilY while TRAINING 

“You don’t realise how many calories you get through. I was only eating 2,000 per day, but burning maybe 1,500 during training. Then I started a weight-lifting programme of four workouts a week and bumped it up to 4,250 per day to get me to 88kg. Now I eat somewhere around 3,750.”

Vital Statistics

  • Discipline: Metal God 
  • Age: 30 
  • Height: 1.91m 
  • Weight: 84kg 
  • Roll of Honour: Guitarist/singer in top-selling US metal band Trivium. Seven albums to date starting with 2003’s Ember to Inferno. Last year’s Silence in the Snow peaked at 19 on the US Billboard 200 and on the UK album charts.
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the number of days he trains IN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU each week on tour 

“We take along 10x10 mats and I grapple with my tour manager. I’ve become a better guitar player and singer thanks to BJJ – it requires the same consistent drilling of exercises and ensuring there are no bad habits.”

In order to rock hard on tour, Matt Heafy trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This has helped him become a better guitar player and singer

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109

THE weight in kilos that HE CAN DEADLIFT 

“I’ve never been overly strong, but before BJJ I was weight-lifting for aesthetic reasons and it didn’t work. I lost weight when I started, but I also seemed to be getting a lot of weird little injuries. So I began my weights programme to help the jiu-jitsu and also strengthen my joints and muscles. I actually had to raise the action [distance between the strings and frets] on my guitars, because my hands were much stronger from all the gripping in BJJ.”

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THE NUMBER OF HOURS a DAY HE practises BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU 

“At home, I train for two-three hours a day, six days a week, including an hour of weights, conditioning or yoga. There are no shortcuts in BJJ – you improve through mat time, and practice with partners.” A martial art focused on grappling, BJJ is a way of life for its practitioners, building character and teaching discipline. “Since taking up jiu-jitsu, I’ve learned more about who I am than ever before.”

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THE WEIGHT IN KILOS HE LOST WHEN HE STARTED training

“When I began doing BJJ, I dropped almost 20kg. At one point, I was doing two sessions a day and maybe burning too many calories and driving myself too hard. Then friends and coaches encouraged me to eat more – and healthily. I don’t eat fast food, or go to chain restaurants. I’m not really strict, but I am a foodie. And in my daily calorie intake I do require three beers!”

 

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