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Old 04-21-2016, 04:15 PM
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Default Craig Ballantyne Bench Press Transformation

In 2006 I weighed 194 pounds and was able to bench press 310 pounds. That's crazy even for me to write. Wow.

These days I weigh 20 pounds less. I chalk that up to 3 factors:

1) IBS - It's been tougher for me to eat because of bloating... but I've made some great progress and I'm upping my calories. I also need to work as hard on my nutrition as I do on training.

2) Lack of training partner - In 2005-2006 I trained 4 days per week with Anthony Belza. He went on to become the strength coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs. We lifted hard and heavy, using the Westside style of powerlifting. Most mornings I'd wake up thinking I had just been hit by a truck...but we can bigger and stronger.

But now I train by myself...and I've lost some of the accountability and intensity. It might be time to hire a trainer, because my schedule is too unpredictable for a workout partner, plus I travel so much.

3) I'm older...10 years older. My testosterone isn't what it used to be (I know this for a fact). I spend more time warming up to avoid injury than I do training at maximum intensity. I'm simply not willing to risk an injury (not that I ever was injured back then).

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However, those are not excuses. I can get bigger, better and stronger again, and so the next TT transformation contest shall be dedicated to building my bench press back up.

It's going to be fun.
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