TEAM GRANITE ATHLETE

Ben Pollack

PHD in Physical Culture & Sports Studies, World Champion Powerlifter
Becoming a Team Granite athlete isn’t for the faint of heart or the weak of body or mind. You’ve got to want it. Every member of Team Granite personifies what Granite Supplements is all about. And every athlete is here to support you. At Granite Supplements, we aren’t about simply going to the gym. Or working out. Or doing exercises. We are about training. Training for life, performance, endurance. . .training to be exceptional. That’s why Team Granite is here to support you in every step of your personal fitness journey. Check out our blog to get training and nutrition tips and learn how to get the most out of your Granite Supplements. 

Q & A

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I’m striving to become the world’s strongest bodybuilder under the tutelage of my coach and one of my earliest lifting inspirations, Justin Harris. I’ve accomplished much in powerlifting: I set the all-time world record raw total at 198 at Reebok Record Breakers in 2017; and before that, I won the largest prize of all time awarded in powerlifting at the 2017 Kern US Open. I also held the American record squat in the 181-pound weight class, and I have squatted and deadlifted over four times my bodyweight. My best total is 2039 at 198 pounds. I aim to build up to 240 pounds this offseason, and in 2020 compete in the heavyweight bodybuilding class and 220 powerlifting class.
FAVORITE TYPE OF TRAINING

Intensity is the name of the game for me.  I call my style of training “the darkside” because it incorporates methods from a variety of strength disciplines, including powerlifting, bodybuilding, and strongman.  Some days I train all-out, heavy, blood-and-chalk powerlifting style; other days are lighter, hypertrophy-focused workouts.

WHAT IS YOUR GRANITE SUPPLEMENTS ROUTINE?

Currently, I’m using Recovery during my training and Pre-Mium for pumps and energy beforehand. I also take EAAs and Joint Care to support my recovery. I’ll even double up on my Joint Care dose when training gets really intense.

WHAT IS IN YOUR GYM BAG?

I try to travel light!I’ve got my wrist straps and knee wraps, and two Granite shaker bottles — one for my Recovery, and one for water, so that I get extra hydration during training. I also keep some extra EAAs and Intra-Carb on hand at the gym just in case a session gets really intense!

WHAT’S ON YOUR WORKOUT PLAYLIST?

Power metal, of course!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?

I like to read, watch television, play videos games, and generally try to relax. Training intensely day in and day out is stressful, so I try to keep things pretty calm in my life outside of the gym.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST GYM PET PEEVE?
My cell phone! It’s a necessary evil in this day and age, but it’s also a huge training distraction. I keep mine on silent in my gym bag so that I can devote my entire focus to the task at hand.
FAVORITE FOODS
I'm a breakfast guy... oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon. Now I'm hungry.
FAVORITE EXERCISE
I’ve got three! For my back, I rely heavily on good, old-fashioned deadlifts, keeping my lats tight and controlling the weight. For chest, I prefer an incline press with reverse bands — this allows me to make the most of my leverages and really work the entire range of motion hard. And for legs, I use the safety bar for heavy squats, as that saves some wear and tear on my shoulders and allows me to press frequently more often.
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES AND WHY?

I believe that to become your best in life, you have to be your own hero!

WHAT MAKES GRANITE SUPPLEMENTS SPECIAL?

It's the time and effort John and the team have put into perfecting the products and making sure they're produced to quality standards. Plus they taste awesome!

Ben's Recommendations

Joint Care

SUPPLEMENT DETAILS

Joint Care’s powerful ingredients help fight pain and heal joints. It works with your body to strengthen your immune system and protect you from other immune system-related ailments. With intense training, our joints are put to the test along with our muscles making it crucial to care for them.

Intra-Keto

SUPPLEMENT DETAILS

Recover faster and get a jump start on your next workout with Granite Supplements Intra-Keto, a low carb,
ketone-enriched version of Recovery.

Thermo Burn

SUPPLEMENT DETAILS

Thermo Burn is a cutting-edge thermogenic fat burner designed to promote an anabolic environment, boosting muscle growth and reducing fat. Thermo Burn helps to control appetite, enhance mood, and increase metabolism.

Joint Care

SUPPLEMENT DETAILS

Joint Care’s powerful ingredients help fight pain and heal joints. It works with your body to strengthen your immune system and protect you from other immune system-related ailments. With intense training, our joints are put to the test along with our muscles making it crucial to care for them.

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