Dean Balabis is gracing the Mr. Olympia Mens Physique Showdown stage for the Second time this year. The show that qualified him for the showdown was the San Jose Pro in 2016. Below are some questions that Dean Personally answered some questions for Men’s Physique News in our Olympia 2016 Series.
How many shows have you competed in your career?
3 NPC, 6 PRO
When did you win your pro card?
What’s the hardest aspect of contest-prep for you heading into the O?
Trying to maintain a normal lifestyle and balancing work, relationships and training for the O
Did you have to change your training style in prep for the O?
yes, had to step up my training intensity because I know I’m going against the greatest physiques in the world who are all giving it their best.
What changes to your prep did you have to do for the O?
reduce my recovery sets if I wasn’t doing super sets, Pretty much I’m constant movement throughout the gym and making sure I monitor my heart rate at all times
how many weeks have you been prepping for the O?
What got you in to this sport?
I’ve always been passionate about health and fitness and wanted to see how far I can take my physique to the next level. My coach actually had more confidence in me than I did. He believed I would be one of the best in the sport.
What motivates you to stay focused for the O?
My family, friends and Fans and looking at myself knowing that there is always room for improvement both professionally and personally.
How much cardio do you do in prep for this?
Everyday 45 mins fasted cardio on treadmill or stairs
What changes to your prep did you do in comparison to previous years?
Increased my simple carbs more than my complex carbs on days I felt needed to improve on strength and muscle
What advice can you give to anyone out there that wants to step into the sport?
It is a real commitment and can be a selfish sport focused on a physical. You have to have thick skin, as you will have a lot people put you down and try not to let the negativity get to you. At the end of the day, inspiring others is what helps keeps me grinding.
Who are your inspiration?
Every competitor I see on stage both male and female, As I know the hardwork they endure and sacrifice.
If you could go back in time and be part of any era or group of bodybuilders, which one would you choose and why?
The Arnold and Ray Ferrigno Years.
If you could train with any Mr. Olympia winner, past or present (in his prime), who would you pick?
If you could take any stubborn body part of yours and trade it for someone else’s, what trade would you make?
I would want Arnold’s Biceps.
What is your favorite exercise, and least favorite?
Favorite shoulders, Least Burpees
Whats your home Gym?
Any gym in the city is my home gym
Whats your best method of Cardio?
HIT while performing Plyos.
Do you do Cheat meals during your prep? and how close to the show are they cut out?
Absolutely because it resets your bodies metabolism and most important keeps you sane. Just make sure nothing awlful like deep fried food. Cut them out 1 week before.
What are your strong points? and what are your weak points?
Strong points – fast muscle recovery between sets Weak points – gauging how heavy I can go without compromising technique.
Are you coached or do you coach yourself?
Both – with all the years working with Ariel (Cutz) he has mentored and educated me so well that I’m to help coach myself and easily determine what areas I need improve an necessity to have a another set of eyes to gauge where you are at. As the saying goes, the worse critic is yourself.
Do prefer to train alone or do you have a training partner?
I like training by myself at times or with my girlfriend. Although, I would mind having a well established trainer pushing me at the gym. I train and push myself.
Whats your meal of choice post show?
I prefer Lasagna, however its too heavy to have after a show. I will pick typical Burger and fries.
What does your Filling out process consist of prior to stepping on stage?
pop tarts, muffins, or basic simple carbs. It changes each prep, depending on what your body needs.
Whats your peak week process?
Typically low carbs first few days and fill up later on the week.
At what age did you start weight training?
How old were you when you first started competing? what was your first show? and what placing did you get?
My first show was when I was 27 and I placed 3rd , which automatically qualified me for Nationals
Who was the first bodybuilder/athlete that you remember seeing who really inspired you?
My friend Mike Conel.
Is there a message you would like to say to your fans and/or followers?
From the bottom of my heart, my fans are my fuel to keeping me dedicated, motivated and disciplined. They highly contributed in my journey to be where I’m at.
what is you’re career outside of Mens Physique?
Personal trainer and online coach
Whats the best place for your fans to find you and keep up to date with you?