Ron Partlow AKA: @rep300 has always known the value of consistency. With over 30 years of bodybuilding under his belt, including 24 competitions and an IFBB Pro Status, Ron is still going strong – showing no signs of stopping.
Standing at 6’1” and weighing 310lbs in the off-season, Ron’s a true ‘force of nature.’ He continues to show to everyone how success is made in bodybuilding.
This is his story:
“Bitten by the Iron bug at age 14.”
Full Name: Ron Partlow Weight Height Age Date of Birth 295 - 310lbs (133.8kg - 140.6kg) 6'1" (185.5cm) 48 October 14, 1975 Nationality Profession Alias Canadian Professional Bodybuilder, Sponsored Athlete rep300, Big Ron Partlow Era 2010 Weight 295 - 310lbs (133.8kg - 140.6kg) Height 6'1" (185.5cm) Age 48 Date of Birth October 14, 1975 Nationality Canadian Profession Professional Bodybuilder, Sponsored Athlete Alias rep300, Big Ron Partlow Era 2010
- 2015 Canadian Overall Masters Champion
- 2007 Canadian Super Heavyweight Champion
- 8X Canadian National SHW Runner-Up – 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
- 1999 Heavyweight and Overall Alberta Provincial Champion
- 1997 Northern Alberta Heavyweight Champion
From the moment he set his foot in the gym at the age of 14, Ron Partlow had his sights on one goal, and one goal only – to become a professional bodybuilder.
However, it proved to be a long road to the top.
As a teen, Ron took part in many contests, and won almost all of them. This included the 1997 Northern Alberta Show and 1999 Overall Alberta Provincial.
Ron also took part in the 2000 Canadian Nationals, where he was runner-up.
However, although he did his best in every contest, the Pro Card proved to be all too elusive.
A Long Road to the Top
While initially, Ron was certain he’d get hold of his Pro Card one day, this hope slowly faded away over the years. As he said; “Earning my IFBB Pro card was something I was absolutely sure would happen when I was younger.
However, as I got older it started to seem like I was never going to come to fruition. Close calls, setbacks, injuries, finishing as a runner-up TEN times in Pro qualifiers, and winning the Super Heavies in 07 but not getting a Pro card, all seemed to suggest my fate would not include advancement to the IFBB.” – Ron Partlow
But then, in 2015, the odds finally turned to Ron’s favor as he won the long-awaited Pro Card at the 2015 Nationals.
Life as a Pro
After achieving his initial goal of becoming a professional bodybuilder, Ron set his sights on new ambitions. Among these was to make his debut on the IFBB Pro circuit.
Ron took part at the Vancouver Pro just a couple of months after entering IFBB, subsequently finishing in 7th place.
Ron Partlow Today
Alongside bodybuilding shows, Ron also puts a lot of time and effort into growing his own gym and brand. He’s also a sponsored athlete, and as such, represents high-profile sports companies.
His work ethic and ‘old-school’ approach to training, where he trains for 2-3 hours per workout, is what makes Ron Partlow a name that stands out in the world of bodybuilding.
“I’ve lived my entire life in the trenches, in hardcore gyms, constantly setting the standard for dedication, sacrifice, and commitment everywhere I trained. I have seen the evolution of modern bodybuilding first hand.”
Ron’s Style of Training
Many bodybuilders like to choose either between intensity, weight, or volume in their workouts. But, Ron being Ron, wants to have it all.
He includes a lot of volume in terms of sets and reps, but also lifts heavy and with a short duration between sets. This makes his workouts extremely intense.
For example, here’s how Ron’s leg workout looks;
Leg Press: 3+ sets of warm-up, followed by 4+ working sets of 10-20 reps
Hack Squats: 1-2 sets of warm-up, followed by 3+ working sets of 8-12 reps
Leg Extensions: 3-4 working sets, finishing off with drop sets and partial reps
Squats or Lunges: 3+ sets of 8-15 reps
“Goal is max pain and burn to get the killer pump.” – Ron Partlow
Full Workout Routine
- 1st Day: Chest, triceps, and calves
- 2nd Day: Quads and hams
- 3rd Day: Biceps, triceps, and calves
- 4th Day: OFF
- 5th Day: Delts, triceps, and calves
- 6th Day: Back and biceps
- 7th Day: OFF
As much as he loves to train hard, Ron also knows when it’s time to take his foot off the gas pedal.
He said; “I work around what hurts. If I’m feeling good, then I’ll load up the bar. Then there are days when I don’t go as heavy, but I’ll take shorter rest periods and do drop sets.”
Ron describes himself as a “picky eater” who doesn’t eat anything unless he knows the ingredients and how his meals are made.
He enjoys eating clean, even in the ‘off-season’. This makes his contests prep much easier as he doesn’t have to cut for a long period of time to get ripped.
“I dislike many foods, including: green peppers, onions, cream sauces, sour cream, many kinds of cheese, most seafood, and too much garlic.”
Here’s a typical meal plan for “Big Ron”:
- 1st Meal: 10 egg whites, 100 g of oats, 1 scoop protein powder
- 2nd Meal: 8 oz beef, 1 cup rice, 200 g green beans
- 3rd Meal: 8 oz chicken, 1 cup rice, 200 g green beans
- 4th Meal: 2 scoops protein powder, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Intra Workout Drink: 30 g BCAAs, 75 g carbs
- 5th Meal: 8 oz fish, 1 cup rice
- 6th Meal: 8 oz beef, 200 g green beans
- 7th Meal: 2 scoops protein powder, 30 g natural peanut butter
Every once in a while, Ron rewards his hard work with a good ‘cheat meal.’ Restaurants are his favorite places for this kind of occasion.
Ron’s favorite cheat meals are cheeseburger and fries, or pasta and pizza. For the dessert, Ron enjoys having a pint of his favorite ice cream.
Ron Partlow with the late Rich Piana.
Idols and Influences
One of Ron’s biggest influencers is the bodybuilding legend, Dorian Yates. Here’s Ron talking about Dorian;
“I admire a guy who sticks his body into the wall at 300 mph. It says a lot about a person. He just took it until he fell apart. If he had trained a little more carefully, as Haney did, he may never have won anything. There’s something about him that’s special.”
What we can learn from Ron Partlow
What we can learn from “Big Ron Partlow,” is that if you want extraordinary results, you’ll have to put an equal amount of effort to achieve your goal.
Regardless of whether you’re a bodybuilder, or just want to build a better body. Your results all boil down to how much effort you’re willing to put in every day while working towards your goals.