Rudy Harbin

Rudy is a born and bred Michigander.  He is a family man, trainer, athlete and an all-round nice guy.  He has definite goals to become the best powerlifter he can be – and make Michigan proud in the process.

Are you a Michigan native?

Yes. Born and raised in the Hamtramck projects.


How did you get into powerlifting?

I have always been a big and strong character. I gave it a try and it became and obsession.


What is your personal best squat, bench and deadlift?

To be determined October…lol. Squat 865lbs. Bench 505lbs. Deadlift 705lbs.


Do you hold records?

Yes. Usapl Raw Squat record for Michigan.


What is your favorite lift and why?

Squat. There is just something about having that much weight on your back and moving it. An adrenaline rush.


How many hours a week do you train?

15-20 hours.


Do you train with a partner?

I have a team, they help me out and keep me motivated. I have a homegirl who has been helping me out alot and my partner since day 1, Prathier, always makes sure I am good to go.


Where do you train?

Everywhere and anywhere in Michigan.


Do you follow a specific training method/regime?

Yes, I do my own programming and also set up programming for others. #HarbinFitnessTrainingMethod


Do you do other sports besides powerlifting?

As of right now, my main focus is my powerlifting. I have been swimming after workouts as a form of cardio.


What is your opinion on cardio?

It is necessary for endurance. It also depends on your style of training. If you are doing short breaks in between sets of 8 or better, that is a form of cardio. That is how I program it in to the first block of training for myself and my team.


What do you find the most challenging/difficult in your training?

Juggling so much. Being a family man, a coach, working full time, and the stress of daily life. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in day.


How soon before a meet do you begin preparing?

Ideally, I like to have 12-14 weeks of prep planned out.


How do you choose an opening attempt weight?

I’ll have a number in mind, then go in on a sluggish/tiring day and if I can hit that number for 2-3 reps, I know I will be able to hit it on the platform as my opener.


What are your powerlifting goals?

The first goal is to let it be known that I am the best in Michigan. The second goal is to use it to launch my personal training and powerlifting into a long term career. The third is to be known as one of the best raw, drug free powerlifters in the world.


What tips do you have for first time lifters?

Train smart, don’t let your ego get in the way. Get the fluidity of the movements mastered and the strength will follow. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The powerlifting community is full of people that will have no problem helping.