Terrence Ruffin’s preparation for the 2022 Olympia is progressing at a rapid rate under the guidance of coach Joe Bennett, also known as THE Hypertrophy Coach. Ruffin is one of the most elite competitors in the IFBB Pro League’s Classic Physique division. The Alabama native is a two-time Arnold Classic winner and dominated the competition there in 2021 and 2022. Ruffin has been a tough challenge for the reigning Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead and secured runner-up finishes in the 2020 and 2021 Olympia. Heading into the 2022 Olympia, the 29-year-old has Bumstead’s respect for proving his worth in the division.
Currently, in the final stage of his preparation for a competition, Terrence Ruffin has made significant changes to his diet in order to maintain the body composition required on stage. Recently, he switched to a new 3000-calorie shredding diet and has looked stunning during posing routines. Three weeks out of the 2022 Olympia, Ruffin went through a hypertrophy-inducing complete leg workout under Coach Bennett’s guidance and posted the video of this session on his YouTube channel. Now let’s take a look at how he trained his legs.
Terrence Ruffin crushes a leg day workout
Ruffin is training his legs once every week in the last phase of his competition prep. The 2021 Arnold Classic Physique winner dealt with a knee injury in the beginning of his competition prep and Coach Joe Bennett had to work his way around it. Upon noticing that Ruffin was having problems with hack squats, Bennett instructed him to do free weight squats.
“Depending upon your injury or issue, sometimes getting out of something like this can be helpful. Because it kind of lets your body go a little bit more of a path that it knows where to avoid things that are painful. So we ran that for a few weeks and it went pretty well,” Coach Bennett said.
However, they are back to doing the hack squats now and started the leg workout with a superset that included this exercise.
Superset – Seated Leg Curls and Hack Squats
Hypertrophy Coach started Terrence Ruffin’s leg workout with this superset. The seated leg curls work the hamstrings while the hack squats primarily target the quads and glutes. Explaining the method used for the superset, Bennett said:
“We take long rests between working sets. So it’s literally superset. Warm-up sets we do quick but then we’ll do a full three minutes-plus before the working sets.”
Ruffin did the warm-up sets in rapid succession and jumped into the next exercise after performing the working sets with slow and controlled movements.
Superset – Lying Leg Curls and Leg Press
Ruff Diesel next performed this superset to target the lower body. Once again, the lying leg curls pumped the hamstrings further as the leg press intensified the quads activation. The 29-year-old cranked out all the sets within this superset under Bennett’s watchful eye before taking to the finisher of the day.
Bazooka Split Squats
Terrence Ruffin did a few sets of Bazooka split squats to make brutal leg gains next. This is a compound movement that targets all the major muscles in the lower body. Ruffin did a few sets of this exercise and wrapped up the training session.
Overall, the workout included:
- Superset – Seated Leg Curls and Hack Squats
- Superset – Lying Leg Curls and Leg Press
- Bazooka Split Squats
Coach Bennett concluded the video by sharing the plan of action to train the legs for the remainder of the competition prep. He concluded:
“Maybe a little more volume towards the hamstrings and then the quads are getting a full range of motion. Glutes are getting all the work they need just through all those extension movements. That’s pretty much how to be from now to the show. If anything changes, we might take the volume down on the hamstrings even a teeny bit. But it’s been working well so don’t need to change much right now.”
Terrence Ruffin has proven that he is the clear second-best in the Classic Physique division. Beating CBum to become the champion will have a magnanimous impact on Ruffin’s career. However, Bumstead and Ruffin have already spoken about possible retirement in the next couple of years. Therefore we might see them go up against each other on stage only a few more times. If Ruffin is able to pull the Herculean task off at the 2022 Olympia, he might go down as one of the greatest ever in the division’s history.
You can watch the full workout video here, courtesy of Terrence Ruffin’s personal YouTube channel: