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Rick Hall

Rick Hall

Rick Hall went from self-professed “pro-gamer” and party animal to a lean, muscle bound fitness expert in a mere 4 years, and increased his mass by 100lb!

He used to love the party scene, going out meeting girls and staying up until the small hours of the morning – and beyond – but the late nights soon caught up with him and he quickly realised that his lifestyle was having little to no benefit to his wellbeing.

So, he turned a 180 and decided to make some changes. Firstly, he cleansed his liver, cleared the negative people in his life and found solace in the gym.

This turn around was to be one of the best decisions Rick would ever make as he now owns five thriving businesses in the fitness industry, one of which, Lets Add Mass, is a seriously intense training programme designed to help individual’s build solid lean mass in just 12 weeks.

An undoubtedly passionate guy, he’s determined to keep moving onwards and upwards all the while enriching the lives of those around him, and those who train with him.

Interview with Rick Hall

Let’s start off with a little background information, were you always interested in bodybuilding or would you consider yourself an athlete who turned to it later on?

Rick Hall

An athlete would have been the last thing I would have called myself before I started training. I was a former pro gamer (yes paid to play computer games), who was interested in music, girls and partying. After too many late nights, I had an epiphany. I had arrived home at 6am with no money, what appeared to be the start of a hangover, and no real benefit from my previous night’s expenses. I realised this life wasn’t taking me any place worth going.

My future looked bleak.

At this point I decided I needed to make some changes to take my life in a completely new direction. After cleansing my liver and clearing out some people who I ‘thought’ were my friends; I found sanctuary in a place surrounded with iron. The men were much bigger than me, but I was not intimated. I was eager to learn!

As with anything I do, I spend hours and hours on research, hunting out the best in the world to learn from. Having had my head in books, and having hunted out some top pros, I started my quest and my new life.

How long have you actually been training?

I started in October 2009 after that fateful night out. The entire first month was spent researching and learning before I actually even entered the gym. But to answer the question simply: about 4 years.

During that time did you ever feel like you wanted to give it up? If so, how did you beat this?

Giving up has never even crossed my mind. My life is full of positive people. My businesses are my passion. It’s taken a lot of work to get here, and there is no going back, only forward.

What has been your biggest gain to date and how long did it take for you to achieve this?

My biggest ‘gain’ is my mental clarity, and my new found friends. But if we are talking in weight gain: I have gained around 100lb in lean muscle mass.

There’s a lot of debate surrounding the age at which people should start lifting weights, especially if they’re wanting to add mass, do you think there is a “safe” age and can people actually start too young?

Rick Hall

There are also age restrictions on sex, drink and drugs; which lots of young kids are induced into through our society. So I say, if it gets them off the streets and into a positive place, then I think it’s a good thing regardless of their age.

What training advice would you give to those wanting to give bodybuilding a go?

Rick Hall

I would advise that people do what I did and learn from experts. This skips years of failing. Pick up books; this is actually a technique I use now for accelerated learning in any field. It’s what I did originally, but it was not deliberate at the time. Pick some good coaches and some good books and you will be setting yourself up for success, not failure. Remember, good science is repeatable.

I would advise that people do what I did and learn from experts

Likewise, what nutritional advice would you give?

I couldn’t give this advice in such a short space, as it would be misleading. The nutrition I use works synergistically with the training I do. If you do my diet without my training, then your results will not be the same.

It’s all about efficiency if quick results are your aim. Too many people get ’some’ components right; but its getting all the little things right that separate the great from the good.

What three whole foods do you rely on to maintain your physique?

If I could only pick three, then I would choose grass-fed steak, organic eggs and sweet potatoes.

Do you currently use any supplements? If so, what do you use and why?

Rick Hall

I use an array of supplements, but again they work directly with my training and diet. I wont specifically name brands, but I will say that only use high quality brands, that spend that extra time in ensuring quality!

My best advice would be NOT to use REGULAR WHEY or CASEIN; they are condition killers, and give many people problems with digestion. This in turn leads to fewer uptake of nutrients.


My best advice would be NOT to use REGULAR WHEY or CASEIN; they are condition killers, and give many people problems with digestion.

How often do you mix up your gym routines and how important is it really to do so?

Rick Hall

Mix up routine? This again is inefficient. I use a specific system that incorporates multi-faceted training. This way I hit all muscle fibres and muscle types, whilst tracking them weekly. The only changes should be weight / load or reps.

The intensity should always be 100% and beyond failure. We have a system called TPF4; which ensures my clients and I always train past failure. As humans we are an adaptive force, therefor to add mass we must FORCE adaptation! It’s Fight or Flight!

It takes a lot of dedication to maintain a physique like yours, do you ever feel lethargic and if so, how do you combat this?

Lethargic? Hardly ever! I stay sub 10% body fat all year round, as do my clients. We grow whilst being lean, as this is the most efficient way, not only for aesthetic purposes, but for overall health and metabolism. I feel lean, strong and great!

How important is mental attitude when people are training?

Not only is mental attitude important for training, it’s important for life! Training actually helps mould you into to a much more structured way of thinking. We are in constant failure in training, and it teaches us how to overcome barriers through persistence and dedication. This is helpful for anything in life.

Training actually helps mould you into to a much more structured way of thinking.

How has your training affected your life?

Rick Hall

Training has affected my life massively. My life has changed as I envisioned it, and it’s still changing and improving week on week, as I raise my short-term goals in the quest for my overall long term goal.

I don’t want to brag about my possessions, as I think that it’s trivial, immature, and not at all relative to happiness, but I now have freedom in my life! I run 5 businesses in the fitness industry and I’m making something for the future, which will benefit my life and the lives of my employees. It’s all about enriching lives! I believe a lasting business is built upon friendship.

You’ve turned your passion into a business – why did you decide to start up Let’s Add Mass and how has your training helped you with your business?

Let's Add Mass

As I said earlier, enriching other people’s lives is hugely rewarding. It’s not just about the money. That is why my 12-week plan is made so affordable. I wanted to make it just enough that it would give people commitment, and that means I get to work with the right sort of people, as that’s what I enjoy.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement to date?

I never really think of my achievements in such a way, a I’m setting higher ones all the stime. Shifting the goal posts. When I achieve them, I set more. One day I hope to look back and feel pleased with what I have achieved; but my big goal, my dream, is so high that I’ve still got a lot of climbing to do yet.

What is your ultimate goal in the sport of bodybuilding?

Rick Hall

My ultimate goals would be pompous to tell others. I keep this one for close friends or people who actually know me. I think everybody should aim high for their dreams, but things can often be misconstrued as egotistical or arrogant from a stranger’s perspective. Keep your dreams close to your chest, that’s where they will mean the most to anybody!

How important is it for you to maintain a work, gym and personal life balance?

I find a balance by prioritising. What is more important? Then I assign time for each activity. My training only takes four 1-hour sessions per week, as this is the most efficient way to train in my opinion. Hit it hard, force growth through TPF4 techniques, then eat correctly and at the right times, around training and through out the rest of the day, fuelling the body to repair and grow.

What are the four most important things people should focus on in order to achieve their workout goals?

Rick Hall
  1. Education, application and dedication.
  2. Educate yourself, and surround yourself with positive people and coaches.
  3. Application. Apply the methods you learn to real life. Act upon them and learn.
  4. Dedication. Don’t quit at the first hurdle. See it through. Set short-term and long-term goals and go get them. Failure is not an option.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Mass? (laughs)

Joking aside, I’d like to thank all those people I have learned from. My mum, who was former Miss UK 95’, and now Bodyfitness North Champion 2013 (I’m currently coaching her for the British finals on her return to training after 18 years). She taught me so much, and her dedication and passion is something that has really rubbed off on me. My family, friends and #THEMASSFACTION you all enrich my life!