Ring Leader: 1-On-1 With Wrestler/Bodybuilder Rob Terry
Want a bodyguard? Want that bodyguard to be 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, and ripped to the bone? If that sounds about right, then Rob Terry
is probably your man.
Terry is currently the bodyguard for TNA Impact Wrestler
Robbie E, but that's not all. The Welsh superstar has made
a splash worldwide. As a former MuscleMania world
champion and British Invasion stud, he's left a lasting
imprint on the wrestling business.
Whether in the ring or in the gym, Big Rob is
intense. He attacks the weights like he
thrashes an opponent: hard, fast, and furious.
The weights should be grateful—he's never hit
them with his signature "Freak Buster" finisher.
We sat down with The Freak and tried to gain insights
into his training without pissing him off:
bodybuilding or wrestling?
Rob Terry: Bodybuilding. I started lifting when I was
13 to supplement all the sports and activities I was into. Despite my interest in sports, professional wrestling was already a huge factor in my life. I would see these huge superhero-like men on TV battling each week. I looked up to them. I wanted to be like them. I had no idea that bodybuilding would eventually lead me to wrestling.
My philosophy on training boils down to one thing and one thing only: intensity. Intensity is what I bring to the wrestling ring and to the weight room; it's what takes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me to the next level. There are many training routines out there. People tend to jump from one program to another. I believe that no matter what program you're using, if you apply intensity, believe in what you're doing, and give 100 percent, you're going to grow.
One of my favorite body parts to train would have to be my back, which I consider a weak point. I've acquired that V-shape with wide lats, but because my back is so wide, I need more depth in the center. So, I constructed two different back routines, both of which I hit once per week.
- Day 1: Back
- Day 2: Chest
- Day 3: Legs
- Day 4: Back
- Day 5: Off
- Day 6: Shoulders
- Day 7: Arms
- Day 8: Off
When I was growing up in Wales, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the man. Every magazine that had anything to do with fitness or bodybuilding, there he was. He was also starting to dominate the action movie scene. I realize now that all his films were influencing and motivating me. They gave me the drive and determination to overcome any obstacle and strive for excellence with my physique.
The wrestling world in the late 80s and early 90s featured many iconic wrestlers who inspired me. I would have to say that the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan encouraged me most. Seeing these two battling it out in the ring was a great and memorable experience for me.
As a kid, I was just a fan. As I got older, I realized wrestling was something I really wanted to do. I didn't know how to go about applying for auditions, so I just sent self-made audition tapes to various American Wrestling Federations in the hope that I would be able to get a tryout with one of them.
Unfortunately, I didn't hear anything back from them, so I decided to continue bodybuilding. My bodybuilding career culminated in 2006 when I competed in a natural bodybuilding show in Hollywood, California. It was at that show where a talent scout approached me about doing professional wrestling.
They were impressed with my physique and told me I had the presence of a professional wrestler. This was my opportunity to move to America and start my wrestling training. In 2009, I was approached by TNA for a tryout. My tryout was successful and I had my debut on April 30, 2009 as a member of the wrestling faction called the "British Invasion."
When I first started training, I weighed around 200 pounds. I was 14 and was very active. I was probably one of the biggest in my class. Right now, I weigh a solid 295 pounds and I'm 6-foot-5.
A lot of people ask me this question. I believe that a physique should aways be as powerful as it looks. I have matured, perfected my training style, and still go as heavy as I can. I use good form and a rep range of 8-15. I feel this is the rep range that best works for me to attain a hard and full physique.
Here are some of my personal bests:
- Bench press: 1RM 545 pounds
- Squats: 585 pounds for 6 reps
- Deadlift: 1RM 725 pounds
My goal in the wrestling world is to become the Impact Wrestling world heavyweight champion and the face of Impact Wrestling. I'd love to meet as many of my loyal supporters as I can. Impact Wrestling has some of the best fans in the world. As for a dream opponent, I would have to say Hulk Hogan. He has done so much in this
industry and was one of the first wrestlers to inspire me.
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This interview is awesome. Few people inspire me more than Rob Terry and to me he is the future of the wrestling business. It is always a great moment for me whenever he has a big fight on TNA and I look forward to the day he becomes the Heavyweight Champion of the World as I'm sure he'll get there.
Great article, big Rob Terry fan in both wrestling and bodybuidling. So many of the huge bodybuilders don't succedd in wrestling recently, Rob is the guy to end the drought. I don't see other 300lb guys doing jumping spinning back kicks. Realistically he needs to work on the mic though. Go Rob Terry!