Posted 09 May 2011 by Interview:

Josh Halladay

Do you remember the first time you
picked up a dumbbell?

When I was about 12 years old I would go down into my basement and watch my Dad lift weights. I started doing bicep curls in my basement because I wanted to have big arms like every little kid does. The rest is history.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

When I first started to take lifting serious my biggest mistake was not allowing my body to rest. I was doing every body part at least two times a week with only 1 day of rest.

How do you manage to stay motivated
and consistent?

My main motivation for lifting was for football. I always wanted to be the strongest and fastest kid on the field. I knew that lifting weights would optimize my ability on the field, and this is what kept me motivated to keep coming back for more. Now that my football career has ended I find motivation in watching my body grow and mature from the different diets and training routines. Nothing is more motivating than knowing that you have total control over your own body and what it looks like at the end of each day.

What are you most proud of?

I took 2nd in collegiate nationals last year in my very first bodybuilding competition.

How long do you usually spend in the gym?

Most days about an hour and a half.

What rep ranges do you prefer and why?

My rep range depends on the season. When I’m bulking I usually do reps from 6-10. I do this to gain as much mass as possible. When I start cutting I usually stick to 10-15 reps for muscle maturity.

What is your training routine like?

Chest – Flat bench, Inline bench, Dumbbell Flys, Pec Deck, Wide Press

Back – Deadlift, Lat pulldowns, bent over rows, cable rows, hammer strength machines

Legs - Squat, Lunges, Straight leg deadlift, leg press, leg curls, leg extensions, calves,

Thursday: off

Shoulders – Military press, upright rows, side laterals, front raises, rear delts (reverse pec dec), shrugs

Arms – Close grip bench, skull crushers, rope extensions, seated curls, Olympic bar curls, preacher curls, isolation curls, reverse grip bench, straight bar pushdowns

Sunday: off

**Calves and Abs every other day, no cardio**

What is your diet when trying to get
in peak condition?

Usually about 400g protein and alternating carbs between 50 and 300 depending on the day. High carbs for 2 days low carbs for 3 then repeat. All carbs coming from oats, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. Protein coming from lean red meat, fish, chicken, and egg whites.

What supplements do you take?

Protein, pre workout, bcaa’s, amino acids, multi vitamin, glucosamine and chondroitin, fish oil, animal pak.

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

I save those cravings for wintertime! Or eat a tablespoon of peanut butter!

What do you think about when you have to
dig deep and push out that last rep?

I think to myself that someone somewhere is working harder than I am, is stronger than I am, and more conditioned than I am. This helps me bang out the last few reps.

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone
wanting to get CutAndJacked?

1. Be patient
2. Be consistent
3. Set Goals


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