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Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

Quick Bio:

Age: 47 (September 21, 1969)
Height: 5’8″ – 173 cm
Contest Weight: 205 lbs – 92 kg
Off-Season Weight: 230 lbs – 104 kg
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

I was always short for my size and never any good at sports. At times I was the target of bullies. Around age 13, I started lifting sporadically with the main goal of just getting bigger and stronger so I wouldn’t be such an easy target. I was about 4-11 and 95 pounds at age 14 when I started lifting consistently. The physiques I looked up to were mostly professional wrestlers like Kerry Von Erich, Superstar Billy Graham, Tony Atlas, Ivan Putski, and Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka. Right when I turned 18, I got an issue of FLEX magazine in the mail that I had sent away for as part of a deal for buying a can of Weider protein powder in late summer of 1987.

Inside were photos of Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari, Gary Strydom, Mike Christian, Lee Labrada, and a very young Shawn Ray. I was hooked right then and there. No matter how long it took or how hard I had to work, I was going to look like a bodybuilder and eventually compete. My first contest was in March of 1989.

What keeps you motivated?

Even at almost age 47, I still don’t feel like I am done improving my physique. It’s always a work in progress. Most of all, I simply love training hard and heavy and challenging myself in the gym. Knowing I have given it all at every workout is so rewarding. Also, I can’t pretend vanity isn’t a big part of why I still love bodybuilding. I enjoy looking and feeling good, and I appreciate it now even more so in middle age as most men my age have given up on their bodies long ago.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

What is your current workout routine?

  • Day 1: Shoulders
  • Day 2: Quads with some hams
  • Day 3: Arms
  • Day 4: OFF
  • Day 5: Chest with side deltoids
  • Day 6: Hams with some quads
  • Day 7: Back
  • Day 8: OFF, repeat

If you had to choose only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

I wouldn’t, but if I absolutely had to they would be the incline bench press, barbell row, and squats. Between those three, you could pretty much hit everything.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

Competition history:

  • 1989 ANBC Colonial Classic 10th, Junior Short
  • 1989 ANBC Yankee Classic 5th, Teenage
  • 1990 ANBC MA State 9th, Men’s Medium
  • 1992 ANBC California 6th, Junior
  • 1992 Muscle Beach Venice 3rd, Heavyweight (different weight classes from NPC)
  • 1993 ABCC Mr. Los Angeles 2nd, Men’s Medium
  • 1993 Muscle Beach Venice 2nd, Heavyweight
  • 1994 NPC Ironman Naturally L.A. 3rd, Men’s Light-Heavyweight
  • 1994 ANBC CA State 2nd, Men’s Medium
  • 1995 NPC Ironman Naturally L.A. 2nd, Men’s Light-Heavyweight
  • 1995 Muscle Beach Venice Super Heavyweight Winner (over 190 was Super Heavyweight)
  • 1995 NPC Ironman Naturally Las Vegas 2nd, Men’s Light-Heavyweight
  • 1997 Muscle Beach Venice 2nd, Men’s Super Heavyweight
  • 2002 NPC New England 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight
  • 2003 NPC Orange County (CA) 2nd, Men’s Light-Heavyweight
  • 2003 NPC MA State 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight
  • 2003 NPC Northeast 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight

Tournament of Champions

  • 2004 NPC MA State 3rd, Men’s Heavyweight
  • 2004 NPC Northeast 4th, Men’s Heavyweight

Tournament of Champions

  • 2005 NPC New England 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight
  • 2007 NPC Natural Colonial Classic Light-Heavyweight and Overall
  • 2009 NPC Team Universe 9th, Men’s Light-Heavyweight
  • 2011 NPC Rhode Island 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight 2nd, Men’s Over 35
  • 2011 NPC Team Universe 2nd, Men’s Heavyweight 3rd, Men’s Over 35
  • 2013 NPC Team Universe 5th, Masters Over 40
  • 2013 NPC Masters Nationals 14th, Masters Over 40 Heavyweight

What is your favourite form of cardio?

In the off-season, I prefer the elliptical trainer and the stepper. If I am preparing for a contest, I will use the StepMill more. It’s brutally difficult, but it burns fat like nothing else.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

What is your diet like?

Sample Off-Season Diet:

  • 2 AM 25 grams protein Myofusion shake
  • 4 AM 25 grams protein from Myofusion
  • 6:45 AM 4 whole eggs, 1 cup oatmeal with 1 cup strawberries or ½ cup blueberries
  • 8:30 AM 2 scoops SuperPump 250
  • 9 AM Size-On and Aminolast during workout
  • 10:30 AM Whey protein and Glycofuse
  • 11:30 AM 12 oz chicken breast, 1 cup white rice
  • 2 PM Turkey breast burger on whole wheat thin bun, baked sweet potato fries
  • 4:30 PM 50 grams protein from Myofusion, large apple
  • 6 PM 12 oz ground turkey in 2 whole wheat tortillas, 1 cup snap peas, 3 tablets Anavite
  • 8:30 PM 12 oz sirloin steak, 6 stalks raw asparagus

Sample Pre-Contest Diet:

  • 3 AM 40 grams MyoFusion shake from Gaspari Nutrition
  • 7 AM 5 whole eggs, 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal), ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 9 AM 2 scoops SuperPump 250
  • 9:30-10:30 Weight train
  • 10:30 1 scoop Aminolast
  • 10:30-11 Cardio (could be 30-45 minutes – in this case 30 minutes)
  • 11 AM Whey protein and 1 scoop Glycofuse
  • 12 Noon 2 tilapia baked filets, baked sweet potato fries (amount depends on bodypart trained – more for back and legs, less for chest and tris day, and shoulder and biceps day), 1 raw carrot
  • 3 PM 2 chicken breasts (seasoned with Adobo, available in Spanish section), 1 cup raw sugar snap peas
  • 5:30 PM 10 oz baked salmon, 1 cup raw sugar snap peas
  • 8 PM 10 oz grilled top round steak, 6 stalks raw asparagus

What supplements do you use?

Currently, these from Gaspari Nutrition:

  • Myofusion Advanced
  • Precision Protein
  • Superpump 250
  • Size-On
  • Plasmajet
  • Aminolast

I also take (most from Parrillo Performance):

  • Multivitamin and mineral
  • Vitamin C
  • Digestive enzymes
  • COQ 10
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Liver aminos
  • Joint complex
  • Vitamin E

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

Website: RonHarrisMuscle.com

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Twitter: @RonHarrisMuscle

Instagram: ronharrismuscle

Author of “Evilx10: 10 Tales of Extreme Darkness” available for download on Amazon and iBooks

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With NPC Bodybuilder And Writer Ron Harris

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