An everyday Aussie mastering big feats in the worldwide fitness industry!

“I  love  the  business  but  some  days  I  just  turn  off  my  phone  and  read  a  book”  Matt  says  shyly,  running  a  hand  along  his  tanned  forearms,  navy  blue  shirt  sleeves  pushed  up  to  his  elbows.  We  are  sitting  in  the  Los  Angeles  airport,  after  being  drawn  to  meet  each  other  through  our  familiar  accents,  while  the  boy  from  the  bush  is  reminiscing  about  the  days  growing  up  on  the  outskirts  of  Coonabarabran,  NSW,  on  a  little  property  with  his  Mother  and  younger  Brother.  “Small  town,  no  traffic  jams,  I  do  miss  that  place  sometimes.”  He  smiles.  Even  though  24-year-old  Schooner  is  now  one  of  the  most  sought  after  male  fitness  models  in  Australia  and  overseas,  it’s  easy  to  see  why  he  needs  his  peace  and  quiet  from  time  to  time.  And  you  wonder  why  I  stopped  to  talk  to  him?

How  it  all  began…
Being  raised  by  a  single  devoted  Mother,  working  two  jobs,  he  was  encouraged.  “My  Mum  is  my  inspiration”,  he  says  solemnly.  “She  worked  constantly  to  make  sure  we  had  a  roof  over  our  heads  and  food  on  the  table”.  High  school  was  the  starting  point to  his  career,  when  all  the  other  kids  were  either  studying  for  a  specific  job  or playing  sport  to  get  into  the  top  leagues,  he  would  go  to  the  gym  during  lunch  time  and  then  again  in  the  afternoon.  “It  was  my  way  to  escape  the  stressfulness  of  school.  Once  I  put  those  earphones  in,  my  whole  attitude  changed  and  I  would  become  relaxed  and  energised.”  After  a  few  months  of  doing  his  routine,  a  man  approached  him  offering  advice  and  mentorship.  “Joe  Douglas;  the  owner  of  the  gym,  explained  to  me  that  he  had  been  watching  my  progress  over  the  past  few  months.  He  saw  my  dedication  and  offered  me  guidance  about  a  career  in  fitness.  I  never  really  knew  anything  about  so  Joe  assisted  me  in  learning  about  the  industry,  along  with  different  routines  and  eating  plans.”

Over  the  next  few  years  of  training  together,  Matt  began  competing  in  male  fitness comps  across  Australia.  These  competitions  are  a  new  high  class  sport  across  the  world  where  winners  can  make  an  amount  of  up  to  $500,000!  Thousands  of  athletes  compete  with  many  competitions  held  yearly.  Matt  competed  in  the  South  Coast  Physique  Championships  in  2012  at  the  age  of  20,  getting  placed  in  the  top  10  males.  Once  he  had  a  taste  of  his  first  competition,  he  craved  it.  He  attended  many more  competitions  over  the  next  years  such  as  the  Virus  Fitness  Mania  Gala  Competition  in  Victoria,  until  he  won  his  position  at  Australia’s  NSW  Championships in  2015.  “I  was  speechless  when  I  heard  them  call  my  name  out  amongst  all  the  other  5  finalists”,  he  laughs.  “I  have  to  keep  pinching  myself  to  believe  that  it  I  really  won.”

After  this  competition,  he  was  asked  to  come  on  board  with  many  different  modelling  agencies  such  as  the  AEFM  Australia’s  Elite  Fitness  Models  and  ANB  Australian  Natural  Bodybuilding.  Through  these  agencies,  he  has  gained  numerous  modelling  positions  for  Australian  magazines  such  as  Men’s  Fitness  and  Men’s  Health.

What  now?
He  claims  that  his  whole  career  started  by  dreaming  about  doing  something  big  with  his  life.  “Travel  was  always  on  my  mind  growing  up”,  he  stops  and  pauses.  “If  it  wasn’t  for  my  trainer  Jo,  and  the  dedication  my  Mother  showed  me,  I  don’t  think  any  of  this  would  have  been  possible.”  He  added  some  very  exciting  news  saying  that  his  younger  brother;  Brad  Schooner  is  beginning  to  walk  in  his  footsteps.  They both  train  together  daily,  while  residing  in  the  Gold  Coast,  so  be  sure  to  keep  an  eye  out  for  the  upcoming  brother  duo.  He’s  not  just  focused  on  family  though,  as  he  encourages  others  who  are  interested  in  fitness  and  don’t  know  where  to  start  to  contact  him  via  social  media  platforms  to  ask  him  any  questions  or  advice  they  may  need.  Things  are  only  going  to  grow  from  here  for  the  champion  fitness  model.

After  a  lot  of  sweat,  blood  and  tears,  literally,  Matt  Schooner  has  now  broken  into  the  male  fitness  modelling  profession,  being  a  highly  sought  after  man  for  competitions,  modelling,  fitness  advertisements,  fitness  fashion  shows,  sports  advertisements,  supplement  advertisements  and  magazine  spreads.  “The  decision  to  create  a  profession  out  of  such  an  industry  is  one  that  involves  constant  dedication,  self-discipline  and  plenty  of  perfect  practice  to  master!”  Meeting  Schooner  just  proves  that  an  everyday  Aussie  can  achieve  his  biggest  dreams  through  determination  and  persistence.

Follow  Matt:
Website;  www.MattSchooner.com,  Facebook;  Matt Schooner,  Twitter;  @MattSchooner,  Instagram;  Matt_Schooner

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