How Terrence Ruffin sculpts his client, Josh Langbein, for the professional scene
Classic Physique competitor Terrence Ruffin is widely regarded as one of the most impeccable setters currently at the IFBB. Watching Ruffin artistically transition from one pose to another is reminiscent of bodybuilding greats like Franco Columbo and Flex Wheeler. In a YouTube video posted on August 14, 2022, Ruffin shared his client’s preparation for the professional stage.
Ruffin is known for his pair of Olympia finalists in 2020 and 2021 and his two Arnold Classic titles. This success is due to his size and conditioning presented via the continuous flow of his pose, which anchors his intricate routines. Watch Ruffin prepare his client, Josh Langbein, for Langbein’s pro debut at the 2022 Tampa Pro below:
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The video opened with Ruffin checking in with Langbein at 4:30. Langbein explained that when he was in full preparation, he had trouble sleeping. He had already completed 60 minutes of fasted cardio on the stair master at this point.
Four days from Tampa Pro
Langbein stripped down to his underwear for his morning weigh-in with Ruffin. Sitting at 185.3 pounds, Langbein was right on Ruffin’s schedule for the Tampa Pro.
On every show, you freak out about your weight.
Ruffin and Langbein headed to a lighting setup for some progress shots and posing. Ruffin had the power of Langbein through the movements as quickly as possible, although there was importance to an overall mastery of the poses and their corresponding transitions.
For poses or comparisons on stage, a bodybuilder must know how to show as much of his physique as possible in a short time.
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Ruffin reached out to Langbein about how Langbein is currently feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally just days before the show. Langbein felt tired as expected but remained energized.
Ruffin used his fingers to gauge how much water and fat Langbein’s physique still contained.
Yeah, a little water there, we’ll find you a little dryer, you have to increase your water a little.
Langbein was already drinking about two gallons of water a day. Ruffin said Tuesday — four days before the contest — would likely be Langbein’s last cardio session. Ruffin sought to keep Langbein from feeling exhausted onstage.
Being so close to the show, minor details and small manipulations were the focus. They’ve already baked the cake, and it was time for a final layer of frosting.
Ruffin discussed diet changes for the day: less rice for Langbein’s fifth meal and adjustments made accordingly based on Langbein’s weight and appearance. On top of that, most of Langbein’s diet stayed the same besides removing his intra-workout carb source.
Josh prepares his first meal
Langbein prepared his first meal of the day, consisting of 100 grams of egg whites, three egg yolks and 50 grams of cream of rice. Langbein devoured the meal before heading to the gym. Langbein shared that her favorite after-show meal was sushi.
Upon their arrival at Dave’s Gym, Ruffin said this workout would likely be Langbein’s last longer “normal” workout for this prep.
Tomorrow there will be pump stuff, Thursday he can lift his feet, watch TV and play video games, pose between meals.
At this stage of the preparation, no movement has been led to failure. They weren’t trying to tear down the muscle too much, but rather work out the finer details of Langbein’s physique.
It’s going to be a pretty quick workout…only…two sets per exercise.
Ruffin knew Langbein had a pretty solid chest and didn’t need much to hold it up. They were left with six to seven working sets with one superset added.
So, four days out, we’re not going to put on any new muscle…and get injured. We just want to keep the muscle full.
Langbein’s first move is the incline hammer bench press. He worked up to three plates on each side for two sets of work to pump his upper chest before hitting seated cable flyes.
Langbein and Ruffin’s third move hit the shoulders – a compound move in the form of a seated shoulder press.
Ruffin and Langbein’s fourth and final move was the tricep push using wrists instead of a rope or barbell to emphasize the muscle itself and chisel out those fine details without relying too much on grip strength. .
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Ruffin suggested that proper preparation prevents significant loss of strength. Many factors can lead to a drop in strength, such as untimely preparation or moving too quickly to gain weight. Trainers must learn how their clients’ bodies react during preparation and adapt accordingly.
Coaches will often have time requirements for how long they want to work with a client before a show to ensure they have enough time to successfully prepare. Ideally, a coach will work with their client from the offseason through to show preparation.
Langbein stripped down to his underwear for another posing practice session with Terrence.
Slow down too, if you go too fast you will fall.
The practice of the pose is essential throughout the preparation. You can have the most extraordinary physique in the world, but if they don’t know how to present it on stage, they can still lose a show.
Grocery shopping for prep
Langbein’s grocery cart was loaded with lean chicken breast, Ben’s original steamed rice and some vegetables. Langbein ended the day by preparing some last-minute meals.
When I cooked chicken, I used turmeric.
Ruffin and Langbein took Langbein’s preparation as seriously and personally as Ruffin takes his. They went into great detail with every facet of the preparation, making minute-by-minute changes as needed.
Langbein competed in the Classic Physique division at the 2022 Tampa Pro, finishing in 13th place with a score of 63. Courage Opara won the contest.
Featured image: @ifbbpro_pinoylangbein on Instagram