Muscle-Munch talks with Universal Nutrition athlete: Josh Halladay

Muscle-Munch talks with Universal Nutrition athlete: Josh Halladay

How did you get started?

I started lifting weights at a very young age. I was hitting the gym multiple times a week by the time I was in 7th grade; getting a ride from my grandparents to the local gym, or walking to my buddy’s house that had some equipment in his basement. My biggest motivation to lift weights from such an early age was to get bigger, faster and stronger for football. Football was my entire life, and I knew that the weight room would help me to improve my game. From the beginning I started making gains quick; from that moment on I was hooked.

What your diet consists of and why?

My diet consists of red meat, eggs, oats, potatoes, rice. Occasionally I will add in some other foods, but most of the year these are the core foods that I concentrate on. I lean out very quickly, which is why I stay away from chicken and fish until the last few weeks of show prep.

What supplements do you use?

  • AnimalPak
  • Animal Omega
  • Animal Flex
  • Atomic 7
  • Torrent
  • Shock Therapy
  • Real Gaines

Example of diet

  • Meal 1: 8 eggs (6 whites 2 yolk), 1 cup oats 1 banana
  • Meal 2: Mass shake with tbsp pb
  • Meal 3: 8-10oz red meat, 2 cups brown rice
  • Meal 4: 6-8 oz red meat, 1 cup oats or brown rice
  • Meal 5: Mass shake
  • Meal 6: 8-10oz red meat, veggies
  • Meal 7: Mass Shake

What does your current work-out routine look like?

  • Monday: Back
  • Tuesday: Chest
  • Wednesday: Legs
  • Thursday: off
  • Friday: Shoulders
  • Saturday: Arms
  • Sunday: Off

What are your max lifts?

I have not done a 1 rep max in a while. My bench is about 455×6, squat 455×10, deadlift 600×2

What’s your opinion on the run of the mill “Bulk & cut” way of training?

I do follow the Bulk and Cut routine to some degree. The off season is a time for growth, there is no way to add mass to your body without constantly stuffing it with nutrients. On the contrary, I do believe that people tend to go overkill on their “bulk”. You can bulk in the offseason without becoming a slob. What I try to do is take my on season diet and double it; keeping the same food groups and eating relatively clean thought out my bulk. This allows me to gain muscle in the offseason without putting on too much extra unwanted weight. Following this kind of bulk diet also allows the body to switch back to a pre comp diet without shocking the system too bad.

What music do you listen to when your training?


How do you stay motivated?

I believe that motivation comes from within. You can watch all the videos you want, Google all the motivational quotes you can think of, look at all the pictures you can find, but if you’re not motivated from within to push yourself to your absolutely limits every time you train, then it just aint going to happen.

Free Weights vs Machines, what are the pro’s and cons and which do you prefer?

I rely on both free weights and machines. I like to start my main lifts using all free weights, do all my power lifts first, and then supplement these lifts with machines. I believe that machines hit certain angles that free weights cannot hit, and free weights hit certain stabilizing muscles that machines cannot hit. I am a very open minded lifter, if something works, go with it.

What are your overall goals in bodybuilding?

I would love to be an IFBB Pro one day, and step on the Olympia or Arnold stage.

What has the been highlight/s of your career so far?

Getting sponsored by the best supplement company on the face of this earth, Universal Nutrition.

Who is your favourite bodybuilder, strongman or powerlifter?

Frank McGrath

Do you take part in any other sports and who do you admire most from other sports?

I played football until my sophomore year of college, but I no longer play any sports. I still love all sports, and am a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, but I do not have a favorite athlete right now.

If you could give someone any advice, what would it be?

Progress is a slow and steady road. Do not get discouraged. Many times we do not see the changes that our body is making because we look at ourselves every single day. Stay focused, stay dedicated, stay motivated, stay driven, and eventually you will get to a place that you never would have imagined you could have ever gotten to.

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