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Lawrence Ballenger Interview

Personal Trainer, Men’s Physique Competitor, Featured Dymatize Nutrition Athlete and Gamma Labs Sponsored Athlete Lawrence Ballenger speaks with dualFIT.com

Age: 25 Years Old
Height: 6 Feet
Weight: 245 Pounds Off Season

Max Bench Press: 475 Pounds
Max Squat: 545 Pounds
Max Deadlift: 600 Pounds

WHY DID YOU BEGIN TRAINING & EXERCISING?

I started training because I was REALLY skinny in the beginning of high school but I didn’t know how weak I was. When I was 15yrs old I went to my cousins’ house for thanksgiving and he had a flat bench set in his basement. So after dinner all the kids went down stairs and started bench pressing 60lbs for reps. When it was my turn I got under the bar and unracked it, right when I did that it feel straight to my chest and I was pinned. Everyone started laughing and they had to get it off of me. Then to make matters worse they called a girl from upstairs to bench press and she did it 20 times. From that day on I said I was going to go to the gym and train hard every day and never be weak again.

WHAT ARE YOUR WORK OUT RELATED GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

I hope to do quite a few things in the near future; I plan on getting my WBFF Muscle Model Pro Card as well as getting my IFBB Heavy Weight Bodybuilder Pro Card. I will be competing in the Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete in Las Vegas this year, my last two attempts I place 6th then 4th so hopefully I can pull off a win this year. I would also like to make the top 5 for the 2013 bodybuilding.com Spokes model search. Last but not least I hope to land a cover shoot sometime in the next year.

 

WHAT IN YOUR EXPERIENCE IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE ROUTINE?

I think the most affective routine to do is a mix between strength training and power lifting. I want the best of both worlds I want to look aesthetically pleasing but be really strong as well.

Monday – Legs

Leg extensions
Squats (1 extra set of 1-3 heavy reps)
Leg Press (1 extra set of 1-3 heavy reps)
Leg Press Calf raises
Hack Squats
Single Leg Leg Press
Single Leg Leg Extensions

Tuesday- Back

A.M. Cardio and P.M. Back4 sets of 8-10 reps
A.M. CARDIO-15 100yrd Sprints
Pull Ups
Lat Pulls
Wide Grip Barbell Rows (1 extra set of 1-3 heavy reps)
Dead Lifts (1 extra set of 1-3 heavy reps)
Cable Rows
Hammer Strength High Rows
Single arm Neutral Grip Lat Pulls
Shrugs

Wednesday – Chest

Incline Bench Press
Flat Bench Press (1 extra set of 1-3 heavy reps)
Incline Dumbbell Press
Incline Dumbbell Flys
Cable Flys
Cable Press
Pec Deck
Incline Hammer Strength
Decline Hammer Strength

Thursday- Hamstrings / Calves

Leg Curls
RDL’s
Reverse Hack Squats
Hip adductors
Hip abductors
Standing Calf Raises
Seated Calf Raises
Walking Lungs

Friday- Shoulders

A.M. Cardio 3-5mile jog
P.M. Shoulders
Lateral raises
Front raises
Upright Rows
Arnold Press
Seated Barbell Military Press
Hammer Strength Shoulder Press
Shrugs

Saturday- Biceps / Triceps

Standing Bicep Curls
Weighted Dips
Reverse Curls
Reverse Tricep Pull downs
Preacher Curls
Skull Crushers
Drag Curls
Cable tricep pull downs
Zottamen Curls
Single Arm overhead Tricep extensions

WHAT IS YOUR DIET & SUPPLEMENTATION LIKE?

MEAL 1

  • 1 serving of Dymatize Elite Mass
  • 1 scoop Dymatize ISO 100
  • 1 cup oats
  • Dymatize Super Multi
  • 2 Omega 3,6,9 Pills
  • 2 Gamma-O Testosterone Pills

MEAL 2

  • 6 white egg
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 10oz of steak or chicken
  • ½ cup veggies
  • 3 enzyme pills

PRE-WORKOUT MEAL

  • 2 scoop Dymatize ISO 100
  • ½ cup of steal cut oats
  • 2 scoops of Gamma Labs PTF

WORKOUT

  • 5 scoops of Dymatize Recovery in ½ gallon of water

POST-WORKOUT

  • 1 scoop Dymatize ISO 100
  • 1 serving of Dymatize Elite Mass
  • 60G dextrose from pixie stixs or fun dip
  • 2 fish oil tablets
  • 5g Dymatize Creatine

MEAL 4

  • 16oz sirloin steak
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 enzyme pills

MEAL 5

  • 16oz Chicken Brest
  • 1 cup of baby spinach or asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter with flax seeds
  • 3 enzyme pills
  • ½ cup cottage cheese

MEAL 6

  • 10 oz. Salmon
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup of baby spinach or asparagus
  • 2 scoops of Dymatize Fusion 7

MEAL 7

  • 2 serving of Dymatize Elite mass
  • Dymatize Joint Tec
  • Gamma Labs Gamma-O Testosterone booster

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WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST TRAINING MISTAKES AND HOW WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY?

My biggest training mistake was doubting myself when I got started and listening to the nay Sayers. People always told me I would never be muscular or strong and they still tell me that. When I was young I listened to them and I doubted myself and was nervous to push myself to my physical limit every time I went to the gym. Once I started lifting with positive people who pushed me and took some classes on nutrition and training I got great gains. I realized as long as you work hard and eat quality food and take quality supplements you can achieve whatever you want your body will do whatever you mind tells it to.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR GENERAL FITNESS?

Never stop training because you are not getting instant results. It takes time and dedication to achieve your fitness goals.


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