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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Master Of The Mind

Lawrence channels his inner Kai Greene to overcome mental barriers and bury the competition. It starts with his mind and ends with a trophy in hand. This is the path of champions!

Name: Lawrence Ballenger
E-Mail: Lawrence_Ballenger@yahoo.com
BodySpace: Lawrence_Ballenger
Location: Zion, Illinois
Age: 25  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 251 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 2

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How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I will never forget the reason why I started working out seriously. When I was 15 years old, my family and friends from church came over to celebrate Thanksgiving at my cousin's house. After dinner, we went to the basement to lift on his new bench.

Everyone was lifting 50 pounds for 20 reps. When it was finally my turn, I unracked the bar and it fell straight to my chest and everyone started laughing because I couldn't get it off. I was extremely embarrassed. If that wasn't bad enough, they called a 15-year-old girl down right after me and she did it 20 times.

I was 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds when the girl out-lifted me, so the next day I bought a Flex Magazine and asked my sister if I could go to the gym with her until I got my license. The following summer I grew almost eight inches, gained 50 pounds, and have been in the gym ever since.

My first competition was in June of 2012 at the Bodybuilding.com Fit Body Competition. I was nervous before stepping onstage. I always wanted to compete, but didn't know if I had it in me. When I stepped onstage it felt like home and I was hooked. I placed second, and from that point on I had a new passion and drive to pursue the sport. I haven't looked back.

What Workout Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

What works best for me is pre-exhausting the body part by doing isolating exercises so I get a good pump and then go heavy on my compound lifts. I usually add partial sets and dropsets for isolation lifts. I rest one minute between sets. I saw growth this way, so I stick with it throughout my bulk and cut.

Day 1: Legs


Day 2: Chest


Day 3: Back


Day 4: Shoulders


Day 5: Legs


Day 6: Arms


Day 7: Rest

What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?
Bulking Diet ///
Meal 1
Meal 2
Pre-Workout
Post-Workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6

Cutting Diet (Carb Cycle) ///
  • Sunday - Low
  • Monday - Low
  • Tuesday - Medium
  • Wednesday - High
  • Thursday - Low
  • Friday - Low
  • Saturday - Low
High ///
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Post-Workout
Meal 5
  • Tilapia

    Tilapia

    6 ounces

  • White Rice

    White Rice

    2 cups with 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Veggies

    Veggies

    1 cup

Meal 6

Medium ///
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Post-Workout
Meal 5
  • Tilapia

    Tilapia

    6 ounces

  • White Rice

    White Rice

    1 cup with 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Veggies

    Veggies

    1 cup

Meal 6

Low ///
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Post-Workout
Meal 5
  • Tilapia

    Tilapia

    10 ounces

  • White Rice

    White Rice

    1/2 cup with 2 ounces olive oil

  • Veggies

    Veggies

    1 cup

Meal 6

What Supplements Gave You the Greatest Gains?

How Did Your Passion for Bodybuilding Emerge?

My passion for bodybuilding came from wanting to improve myself and having the will to not be average. I want to make myself better every day and never settle. If I'm not improving myself in every facet, than I'm not working hard enough. This sport is amazing because there's no off time like other sports. Everything you do throughout every minute of every day counts. You have to stay focused on the goal.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Bodybuilder?

As a kid I always loved watching cartoons and wanted to be a super hero. As I got older, I started looking at fitness magazines and remember the guys looking like super heroes. I wanted to look like that. I've been striving for that super hero body since.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I go to Bodybuilding.com and look at community and pro videos. Watching the pros lights a fire inside me, so I can hit the gym harder than ever.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I hope to compete at the Arnold Amateurs and at USAs this year and win my IFBB pro card. I also plan to do more fitness magazine shoots. Besides that, I plan on releasing more fitness videos on YouTube so I can continue helping and inspiring people to chase and achieve their fitness goals.

What Is the Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

The most important tip I tell people is to stay consistent on your nutrition; your body is not made in the gym, it's made in the kitchen.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

My favorite bodybuilder is Kai Greene. He taught me that the mind governs your every action. If you feel bad or put out negative vibes, you receive negativity. If you put out positive vibes you get back positivity. Every day is a battle of the mind and if you can win these battles you can achieve your goal and win the war.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com is the reason I started bodybuilding. Without them, I would have never started. They believed in and choose me to be part of their fit body competition. Bodybuilding.com has great articles that taught me how to get ready for my completion. I didn't know anything about bodybuilding diet prep going into my first show. Because of their articles, I place second. They also have the cheapest supplements online. BodySpace is a dream come true because I can talk to likeminded people and get help and encouragement when I need it most.

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jaepeel

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jaepeel

You looked great at the Arnold bro, 2nd ever BB show and you brought a respectable physique against some very seasoned guys. Now wheres all my free stuff??

Mar 4, 2013 6:12pm | report
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Savantris

Nice interview. Will def be co-opting some of your leg day workout.
And you're so right, majority of this is mental!

Mar 5, 2013 6:20am | report
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PDeV1

Nice body, really strong ! shoulder, traps and pec !

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DJLH

Great article and looking awesome! I've been using Lawrence's carb cycle and currently sit at approx 7.5%bf with loads of energy - Try it for yourselves.

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Triphopper

Just started this workout and it's a killer. I'm one of those "skinny legs" guys and hitting legs twice a week with high-volume isolation mixed with heavy squats and presses is brutal. Wondering, though, if anyone has thoughts on Day 5, where the squat/press volume is upped to 5x20? Had to do only 60% of my normal weight on squats and 50% on the press. Better to focus on higher weight/lower reps (5x5 again), or quit wining, suck it up, and push through? Looking to do what's best building mass and strength.

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karate1224

I started working out now for about 2 months and everyone is telling me how fit am looking. My body craves the gym now. Your workout progarm looks great. I have to try this.
Thanks

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body_sculptor

Wow great body! 5 whole meals per day. Thats the onlt wau to get that. Fantastic bodt dude.

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fishnbrah

lol @ 2 years training. thats BS and gives a false impression on what is actually attainable in that amount of time.

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beauwilkerson

I am going to try this one out I am interested in how this will work with a natural body builder. The only thing I am taking right now are the Animal pack ripped and peeled. I am sure this workout will give me a run for my money.

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