Curtis Dennis Jr.

Background

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I started bodybuilding when I first took look at Flex Magazine. I've always been amazed by muscles, even in comics. From that point on, I was hooked on working out.

First, I started out working out from my house and then it went to my high school's weight room. At this time, I had met up with a powerlifter who was about my age at the time, 16, and was already benching 365. We arm wrestled against each other and he pretty much beat really...really easily. That's when I realized that I wanted to be defined and strong too, so I got hooked on powerlifting. I went about it through football, then I realized the love I have for lifting and quit football, practically.

Since 1997, I've competed in eight powerlifting competitions and placed first in five of them. I still compete today even though I've dropped body fat just to have the look of a bodybuilder, I'm stronger now at 220 than I ever was at 246. My bench is currently 350 for a double, 545 squat (not deep), and 540 deadlift. I'm hoping to compete in the nationals this year and really compete with the best!

1999 WNPF Alabama State Powerlifting Champion
2000 WNPF Alabama State Powerlifting Champion
2000 USPF Alabama State Powerlifting Champion

Curtis
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Name: Curtis "naturalfreak" Dennis Jr.
Years Bodybuilding: 9 years
Favorite Bodyparts: Shoulders, chest, and arms
Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts
Favorite Supplements: Cell-tech Hardcore, Nitrotech
Body Fat: 12%
Age: 21
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Chest: 50"
Calves: 17"
Legs: 28 1/4"
Arms: 19"
Waist: 36"

Articles

  • How To Stick With It

    Read the muscle magazines for the info, not for the pics. Don't be afraid to apply the knowledge in everyday training and dieting.

  • An Interview With Josh Bryant - Part Two!

    In part two of this interview with young gun Josh Bryant, Josh talks about what it feels like to bench over 600, his future goals and much more!

  • Train Or Die/Metal Rage Attitude!

    When I started my message board, I found out that others were about the same thing as well. It was really amazing to see that everyone was taking and living the trainordie attitude further than I thought possible.

  • Training Weaknesses - Part 3!

    In part three of this series, learn about how to train your weaknesses on the deadlift and how to develop better deadlift technique!

  • An Interview With Strongman Shawn Lattimer!

    Shawn Lattimer is one of the four men in the world who are amongst the strongest benchers in the world and is not only going to join Gene in the 900 club but is planning on being the first at the 1000 bench!

  • Training Weaknesses - Part 2.

    In part two of this series, learn about how to train your weaknesses on the bench press and how to develop a more powerful bench!

  • Training Weaknesses - Part 1!

    Training weaknesses is what powerlifters train for really. Every meet and/or every session, there is always something to improve upon. Here I'm going to talk about the typical training weaknesses on the big 3 that you can go about in the gym!

  • Bill Kazmaier Profile!

    What do you think of when you think of Bill Kazmaier? Does Big Kaz come to mind? How about 3-time World's strongest man?

  • How To Train Your Grip!

    When you talk about guys benching 700+ on the bench or squatting over 1000 or deadlifting over 900, do you think about strength? Of course, but imagine what their grip must be like. Learn how to get a vice-like grip!

  • An Interview With Bill Carpenter, #3.

    Since the last interview Bill has changed up his training quite a bit and has successfully hit not only 700 but hit 722 as well at the Bench Bash for Cash. Read on, because Bill is heading to 750 and then, 800!

  • An Interview With Dave Gulledge: A Young Gun!

    Introducing Dave Gulledge. Pursuing his Masters at Kansas City and shooting for the title of youngest person to get a 700lb bench, Dave Gulledge is truly a young gun in the making!

  • An Interview With Strongman Jim Parrish.

    Introducing Jim Parrish. Personal trainer and stongman in his own right, Jim has trained many of the best strongmen around. Not to mention that Jim has accomplished all of his feats of strength while being all natural, drug-free!

  • An Interview With Mike Ruggeria: Moving On Up!

    Already one of the top superheavy weights in the world, Mike is quickly making startling strength gains due in part to his dedication and training methods implemented from Westside Barbell.

  • WABDL Alabama State Meet: My Best Meet Yet!

    Before May, I had more bad meets than good. Some I pulled it out and some I didn't. But let me tell you the experience I had with this meet!

  • The Impossible Is Possible: The Bench Is Raised!

    Just when you think the records couldn't be broken again, someone comes out and shatters them. As powerlifting gets more popular, more and more people are putting up huge weights and breaking records along the way!

  • An Interview With Mike Miller.

    Introducing Mike Miller. Owner of a gym and a student of Metal Militia, Mike is quickly becoming the world's largest strength athlete with his goal currently set on the bench press. With a 1115 squat and a 2405 total. He is becoming a triple threat.

  • Bench Press History Being Made... Again!

    Months and months have passed and more and more lifters continue to make history in this sport. It's great because now the sport is getting more recognition, and the more of that we get the more people get to know about this sport.

  • Mendelson Makes History.

    Between the 'Bench America' and 'APF seniors' a lot of good lifters took down some big records. Bench America made history by putting on the first 'non-sanctioned' meet ever allowing virtually the best to compete with the best! Let's get started!

  • How To Get Into Powerlifting.

    When I started powerlifting, I had trouble finding info or someone who was in powerlifting. This is the reason I have put my years of experiaces into one place. Find out what you need to get started in powerlifing!

  • An Interview With Bill Carpenter: # 2.

    Bill was one of the competitors at the Bench America contest on July 5th, 2003. Bill deserved his spot amongst the best at this contest. Bill attempted 680 in the 242s and threw it up easy.

  • Increase Your Bench With Metal Militia Training!

    A few weeks before my next week I was stuck at 405 lbs in the bench. Using the metal militia training, I increased my bench by over 100 lbs in less than 6 months! Learn how I did it!

  • An Interview With Greg Stott: RAW Powerlifter!

    Greg is an amazing lifter at the age of 40. He one of those many in powerlifting that benches, squats, and deadlifts RAW. His strength is amazing even for his age!

  • An Interview With Josh Bryant.

    Josh Bryant is a powerlifter that is to be watched in the future. He is already squatting 880, benching 606, and deadlifting 740 at 5'11.

  • Unreal Lifts: What Happened At The WPO Finals.

    A lot has happened in the world of powerlifting in the last few months. A lot more records were broken and more historical lifts were made as certain lifters became legends. Learn what and who did it!

  • What Are Powerlifters?

    Powerlifting is all about dedication, sacrifice, courage and honor and I'm proud to be of one of that breed. I also see that all powerlifters are warriors because they don't know the meaning of the words: give up.

  • Boards, Bands, And Bench Shirts: Are They THAT Important?

    Learn how these benching accessories can help boost your bench. Find out the secrets that the pros are using!

  • An Interview With Sebastian Burns!

    Sebastian Burns recently did a mind-boggling 725 @ 267! But his approach to training is much different from any other powerlifter and it's because of their training that Sebastian went from 500 to 725 in a year! Want to learn more... read on!

  • An Interview With Svend Karlsen!

    He dominated the World's Strongest Man back in 2001 and still stands out now. He's Svend Karlsen. This guy has done it all.

  • An Interview With Ken Brown!

    There are countless competitors in strongman and few of them get mentioned a lot. Ken Brown is also one of my favorites in the strongman arena and today I want to introduce him to your guys.

  • Monster Lifters!

    If you guys have been keeping up with the news in powerlifting, then you know there is some excitement going about. Learn all about it...

  • Got Power? Try The Max Fusion Training Program!

    Learn about the MX training program that helps you to get bigger, stronger, and leaner all at once. And the best thing of all, NEVER HIT A PLATEAU AGAIN!

  • An Interview With Ryan Kennelly!

    A few months ago, I introduced to you guys Ryan Kennelly, who recently benched 800 in competition. Learn about his life experiances, his new book, and his future plans!

  • An Interview With Mat Duvall!

    Mat Duvall is one of the strongest guys in bodybuilding. Learn how his powerlifting background has helped him in his bodybuilding career and much more!

  • The Workout Of Champions!

    Try these workouts from the top powerlifters in the sport, if you can!

  • Glen Chabot - The Man Behind The Monster!

    The best of all time is James Henderson and come April 6, 2003, exactly one year after I beat Bill Kazmaier, I will beat James Henderson's 711. And then nothing will stand in my way of becoming the best in the world.

  • An Interview With Jeff Willet!

    Jeff is a hard-worker and represents what 'tanking it out' means. Jeff's physique has also came a long way from back in 2000 to now. Learn what he is up to and what he plans to do next!

  • Interview With Bill Carpenter!

    Bill Carpenter is an accomplished powerlifter who has many years left in his training.

  • Ryan Kennelly Profile!

    Ryan pretty much came out of nowhere hitting 768 at one competition, and then at an another doing 780. People were speculating that Ryan was going to hit 800 first and no sooner later Ryan hits 800 out of nowhere.

  • Monster Benchers!

    I love powerlifting. The fact about testing your strength fuels my blood. And nothing more fuels my blood than seeing powerlifters accomplishes what people think are impossible.

  • Interview With Scot Mendelson!

    I haven't heard from you guys on what you think of these guys and I need some input on this. As usual, I'm supporting powerlifting by bringing news and by introducing stars of the sport to best of my ability. This months' profile is Scot Mendelson.

  • Interview With The Bench Press King George Halbert!

    George Halbert is one of the most well known big benchers from resent years. Benching 733 at just 220 and 683 at 198, he is clearly a very elite bencher.

  • An Interview With Squat King, Brent Mikesell!

    First he did 1041 squat, making his presence felt in the powerlifting world and rocking it with his 1074 squat later on. His name is Brent Mikesell.

  • Fusion Testimonials!

    Well, automatically you think about getting stronger right? And when you think about getting stronger, you think about getting a bigger bench right? Read what other people are experiancing!

  • Powerlifting Meet Preparation!

    Meet preparation is everything prior to a power lifting meet just like it is before a bodybuilding meet...

  • Fusion Bench Overview!

    Well, automatically you think about getting stronger right? And when you think about getting stronger, you think about getting a bigger bench right?

  • Record Breakers!

    I hope to increase the involvement of powerlifting by delivering news from the powerlifting world every other month or so.

  • How To Gain Discipline

    Discipline is the willingness to sacrifice things to achieve your goal. Learn what discipline is right here and see how it comes into play during your training.

  • Herculean Champions!

    Everyone has a person who motivated them into lifting. Many of us would say Arnold because his physique is something we all wanted.

  • Training Partners: It's A Requirement!

    The physiques that impress me the most are the ones that powerful as well as well-built. I have a few bodybuilders/power lifters that I think are Training Partners: It's A Requirement in my eyes.

  • NaturalFreaks!

    Naturalfreaks... Who are they? Where do they come from? I'll tell ya where... They come out of nowhere... Determined... Focused... Mortal gymrats envy them... And outside the gym, they fear no one!

  • Ten Commandments Of Muscle Mass!

    There are lots of ways, but only 10 ways to achieve that massive...thicker look for the next summer season. For the sake of this article we'll call them the Ten Commandments of Muscle Mass!!!

  • Hidden Secrets Of The 'NaturalFreak'!

    Thus far, I've given you a great workout and this week the workout changes and I've also given you the diet and supplementation tips for you to formulate a diet and supplement program.

  • Ripped Fusion Training Course Part 3: Tips For Motivation!

    Thus far, I've given you a great workout and this week the workout changes and I've also given you the diet and supplementation tips for you to formulate a diet and supplement program.

  • My First Powerlifting Meet!

    I loved the workouts my coach put me through, I was hurting when I left the gym which was great for me.

  • How To Squat Perfectly!

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people don't know how to squat. There are several ways to mess up the squat, but their are also several ways to improve it as well.

  • Hybrid Training Course: Phase 3!

    Fusion training is beyond High-Intensity because of the fact it manipulates so many factors. For one, the rest periods are manipulated. Most of the techniques in the training allow 10-to-15 second rest which is to allow an increase in muscularity.

  • Ripped FusionTraining Course!

    If you've done the first training course then you know what hybrid (fusion) training is all about. It's high-intensity evolved and it can give you strength and definition through the techniques that are used.

  • Hybrid Training II: Why Be Natural!

    I have to tell you a story about a guy. If you've been on Yahoo! messenger, you've probably met him. One night, he sent me a message to start chatting with him. He was deciding whether or not to take roids.

  • Hybrid Training: Phase 1!

    This program will give you a little insight on what hybrid training is all about. Hybrid training takes the best of any training system and combines it with others to produce unbelieveable results.

  • Hybrid Nutrition!

    How can you improve your nutrition? By putting yourself on a diet. Ok, don't frown at this fact. With the Hybrid Training System, your diet is YOUR diet simply because a lot of the foods you choose will be up to you.

  • Pure Burning Desire!

    I can tell you for DAMN sure that I'm not genetically gifted, I just had pure desire to get stronger. To me, that's all you need to succeed at any sport.

  • Hybrid High Intensity Program!

    HIT, Max-OT, Power Factor are all great training systems and I've tried just enough to gather knowledge about my own training system someday. Hybrid Training is the basic combination of bodybuilding and powerlifting. Here is what it is all about!

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 23!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Beginners' Bench Press Program!

    Increasing your bench and adding chest mass is easy if you know what to do!

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 22!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 21!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 20!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 19!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 18!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 17!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Power Rack Training, Part II: The Squat And Deadlift!

    Overcome your fear of the squat and deadlift!

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 16!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 15!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 14!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 12!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 13!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 11!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 10!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 9!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 8!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 7!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 6!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 5!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 4!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 3!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 2!

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Curtis Dennis Jr. Training Journal: Page 1.

    The philosophy of this system is one thing... building muscle.

  • Hybrid Strength System!

    This system will keep you gaining and constantly changing so that you never plateau again!

  • The Lift (A Poem).

    Do you bodybuild and love poetry? Curtis Dennis's poem on lifting is a must!

  • Bench III: Setting Up The Workout!

    We're going to discuss how to setup a workout geared to increasing your bench fast. This is the major part of increasing your bench and its the most important as well. Here are the 12 commandments of bench!

  • The Importance Of The Deadlift!

    For years, the deadlift has been the most feared exercise among bodybuilders, while it's been praised among powerlifters. But, what people sometimes forget is that the deadlift determines your strength and is a mass builder.

  • Supplementing And Eating Big!

    Read the muscle magazines for the info, not for the pics. If you read the info, you might be the pics in the magazine in the future. Don't be afraid to apply the knowledge in everyday training and dieting.

  • Methoxy-Pro Review!

    Lately, protein supplements are coming by the millions and its hard to say which is the best stuff out on the market. You have so many companies and even more protein supplements.

  • Periodization For A Better Bench Press.

    Surefire Way to Improve Your Bench Press...

  • Pump Up Your Arms!

    Ever wonder why powerlifters have such big arms? They do a lot of close-grip bench presses and tricep extensions. Learn how here.

  • 50 Rep Madness!

    Regardless of your goal, putting on size or strength, this technique is worth giving a shot at. 50-rep technique is doing an exercise to a total of 50 reps. Now all 50-rep do not have to be done in one set, you can do it in 2, 3, even 5 sets...

  • Power Rack Training, Part 1: The Bench Press!

    Power-rack training is one of the best ways to help increase strength and rehab from injury. I've been using rack training for almost a month and it has helped a whole lot on other exercises. Let me explain what it is.

  • POWERLIFTERS And POWERLIFTING!

    Not everybody knows about the sport of powerlifting. Those who do not know about the sport, judge powerlifters on cockiness and over-confidence.

  • Keys To Gaining Strength And Size!

    Learn why getting big is important for a guy. Learn how to increase you max! Learn all about squats, deadlifts, and much more...

  • Mass Gain DIET & SUPPLEMENTS!

    Ok, now I'm pretty sure any lifter knows about supplements and the ones today are better and safer than taking steroids. One supplement sticks out from the rest....Andro. It's good stuff but to a fault, it's not going to work for everyone.

  • Beginning Powerlifting!

    Some people think that there is no difference between powerlifting and bodybuilding, and I can't blame them. But once you get into it, you can tell the difference like you can tell the difference between black and white.

  • Ripped Fusion Training Course!

    I did the first week of it and by Wednesday my whole upper body was sore. The new methods, MPO method, and Maximum Pump method were good methods for growth.

  • Seven Benching Sins!

    Who wouldn't want to bench 405 for reps? Here are seven benching sins that you should never commit, no matter what myths you have heard!

  • Static Rep Training!

    Everybody has heard of negatives, burnouts, supersets and giant sets. Those have been used by every lifter imaginable. Most lifters want more for their training and variety. I found and tried a new type training called Static Rep.

  • A Cool Mind Trick!

    Even wonder why incredible feats of strength are performed under pressure? Well, one answer comes to mind ... the brain. Teach yourself to use this power in the gym!