Best Lifter spotlight from the USPC Battle of the Beasts on October 16, 2021. Top Men's Raw and OVERALL Wilks 2.0...
Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting? Quentin Ballentine, 24 y/o and have been powerlifting for 5 years.
Instagram name? @strengthcoachq
Best lifts in competition? Deadlift
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting? I swam and did competitive sailing in high school.
Why Powerlifting? I immediately fell in love with lifting and realized I was very strong for my size. When I first started I was 132lbs and was hitting 315 for reps on squats within 4 months of lifting.
Tell me something about your gym/team. I primarily train at the gym I'm contracted with. It's a great environment of coaches because we all run our own training businesses out of this gym so most of us are like minded. Currently don't have a team.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team? I train alone or with my brother-in-law who is starting to enjoy the sport.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you? I am the fifth youngest of 6 kids and started lifting so I wasn't so easy to pick on.
Biggest inspiration in the sport? Ed Cowan, Ken Snell, Mark Bell and Jamal Browner
What's your favorite lift? Squat
Least favorite lift? Bench Press
Biggest challenge in your training? I tore my pec in June so I was a little hesitant to start training for another meet. But I teamed up with an awesome group of PTs at BioRehab and they helped a ton.
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy? Depends on the day. Definitely prefer to have a couple crazy guys/girls around to push me.
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach? I have written all my own programs for my lifting, but after this meet I've asked a friend of mine to help take me to the next level!
Social media. Positives and negatives Great for tracking your own progress and getting your name out for coaching purposes, but that is a double edged sword because there are a lot of stupid coaches.
Diet you follow? Supplements? Nothing to crazy. Eat fairly clean, protein shakes, creatine, and plenty of vitamins.
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career? 1400lb total which I accomplished at this meet. Can't wait to crush that number in December when I actually hit depth on my final squat.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals? Create enough income through my online businesses to give my wife the option to work or not.