Our next profile to feature on Rising Muscle is the 22-year-old Terrence Ruffin from Florida! With just 4 years of serious training, Ruffin has already won titles in the pro division and has proven that he poses a threat to anyone who aims to win the elusive Classic Physique Sandow at Mr. Olympia. A title which he aims to claim in the close future!
City: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Occupation: Air Force, Avionics
Division: IFBB Pro Classic Physique
Years in training: 4
Weight on / off
2014 Contest-144lbs Off season-185 2014-2015 Contest -155lbs Offseason- 176lbs 2016 Contest 157-162lbs Offseason -170lbs
-2014 NPC PANHANDLE SHOWDOWN 1st Novice Lightweight
Overall BB Novice Winner NPC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 1st BB Lightweight(Pro Card)
IFBB OLYMPIA SHOWDOWN 9th Place CP
IFBB DAYANA CADEAU CLASSIC 2nd place CP
IFBB KENTUCKY MUSCLE 1st place CP
RM: Terrence, do you remember the first time you walked into a gym and what that experience was like?
Terrence Ruffin: Well I trained on and off since the age of 13, my mother’s friend had a home gym, and when we would visit I would go mess around in there. The first time I really started hitting the gym was my freshman year of high school. Ha-ha, I remember being pissed off that I could barely bench press the bar.
RM: What are the best things about the Classic Physique division?
Terrence Ruffin: I believe that CP is bringing the art back that has been slowly leaving bodybuilding. It is slowly bringing back the nostalgia of the 70’s & 80’s bodybuilding. The thing about classic physique is size is no more important than any other judging criteria which give hope to the younger generation to get into our sport.
RM: What are your other passions besides bodybuilding?
Terrence Ruffin: Well, I’m somewhat of a decent artist, I’m not on Kai Greene’s level but I know my way around a sketchbook. Besides that, I like to try different recipes in the kitchen and occasionally explore nature whether it be hiking or canoeing.
RM: Do you have any regrets in life?
Terrence Ruffin: I don’t have any regrets I believe that everything that I have been through has led me to the place I am now.
RM: How would you describe your training style?
Terrence Ruffin: Very instinctual, honestly most days I don’t have a plan to go into the gym or I come up with something a few hours before training. This off-season I plan on being a lot more structured though, I’ll be writing out my training plan for the month and keeping track of PRs as well.
RM: What are the most important things to focus upon when you want to build an aesthetical muscular physique?
Terrence Ruffin: I think that you have to have somewhat of an artistic eye to be a good bodybuilder. Just as a sculptor must be able to see where he needs to add clay as bodybuilders I believe that we must be able to take a step back and honestly critique ourselves to improve
RM: What does bodybuilding mean to you?
Terrence Ruffin: Bodybuilding is my passion and I’m blessed enough to be able to excel in it. Bodybuilding for me is the love for self-improvement. I believe this sport if done correctly can bring out the best in people & show them just how powerful they are both physically & mentally. Bodybuilding has created a way for me to give my wife and mother the extra things they want. I just hope that one day, it will become a full-time gig, and trust me I’m doing everything possible to make that a reality.
RM: Where in life is Terrence Ruffin 10 years from now?
Terrence Ruffin: Hopefully by then I have won at least One CP Olympia and maybe, just maybe doing battle with the best of the 212!
RM: Ok Terrence, time for the wrap-up. If there is anything you want to mention or add – please go ahead:
TR: I just want to say that to be one of the best you have to be willing to make certain sacrifices. I did my first show at 19yo and turned pro at 21years old but during that time in-between I had tunnel vision. I lived bodybuilding, I didn’t go out and party I gave up certain luxuries like having a smart phone, cable, and the newest shoes or clothing. I also busted my ass doing whatever I could for my local gym and supplement store. I did all of this to fund my dream. I did all of this to achieve my goals. So what I would like to see from my generation and younger aspiring bodybuilders are fewer excuses and more hustle! Believing is not enough you must all be willing to put in the work and not just in the gym.
RM: Thank you Terrence for your answers and insights plus congratulations on your win at IFBB Kentucky Muscle! We are looking forward to seeing what you bring to the stages in 2017 and we are wishing you all the best in all of your future endeavors!
Terrence Ruffin is a professional bodybuilder who has competed in many prestigious events, including the Mr. Olympia contest. Ruffin first started lifting weights as a teenager, and he quickly began to see results. After a few years of dedicated training, Ruffin decided to compete in his first bodybuilding competition. He went on to win several local competitions, and in 2019, he competed in the Mr. Olympia contest for the first time. Though he did not win the overall title, Ruffin’s performance was impressive, and he solidified his place as one of the top bodybuilders in the world. Ruffin continues to compete at the highest level, and he is always striving to improve his physique. With his dedication and hard work, there is no doubt that Terrence Ruffin will be a force to be reckoned with in the world of bodybuilding for years to come.
Contact info: IG: IFBB_Ruff_Diesel
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