Lashley bulks up with Maxim

Lashley bulks up with Maxim

Want to learn how to build muscle and strength? There's no one better to ask than ECW World Champion Lashley. He'll be featured in an upcoming Maxim magazine Expert Fitness column. was in New York City with Lashley as he worked out for Maxim and offered tips on how to bulk up.

"I'm going to give away a couple of my secrets to my successes with my body and build," Lashley said.

Lashley completed a series of five exercises, some with barbells, a BOSU ball and even a makeshift pull up bar, crafted out of sturdy photography lighting equipment. Naturally, Lashley was fearless working out on the photo equipment, as the Maxim editor and photographer looked on in amazement.

"We did have to rig the bar a little bit to get that exercise in; however, my back is my strong point when I work out, so a pull up is pretty easy for me," Lashley said casually. "I do a lot of core work, so I work my abs a lot, so that was easier for me. For the average person it's probably going to be more difficult to do."

Maxim Associate Editor Jeff Foss said picking Lashley for the Expert Fitness column was obviously a great choice.

"I know a lot of Maxim readers are really into WWE. Lashley is a recognizable face and an up-and-coming wrestler. It's a perfect match," Foss said. "I'm just really impressed with WWE, ECW and Lashley. The shoot went so smoothly. He was great. He was the model athlete."

There was no doubt in Lashley's mind that he was the right person to share his knowledge in Maxim.

"I was excited Maxim wanted me to be in Expert Fitness. We look to Maxim as a source of entertainment for the hours we spend on the plane," Lashley said. "And if you look at WWE, I don't think anyone fits that better than me."

Lashley's confidence is backed by certifications in every aspect of fitness -- personal training, nutrition, strength training and group exercise. The ECW World Champion has aspirations to help others work out.

"I'd like to someday possibly come out with a workout video or even a manual just to teach people the things I know," he said. "Working out is simple, if you know what to do."

While ECW fans will have to wait for Maxim to see all of Lashley's tips on bulking up, he did offer some words of workout wisdom for his fans reading on

"Everyone has to start somewhere. I think the problem people get into is they want to go into the gym and look at other people's workouts or they want to lift what other people are lifting. I started out really small," Lashley said. "I actually did a lot of research and I learned all about working out. So take gradual steps."

"Even now, to this day, a lot people in the gym want to see me throw up 500 and 600 pounds on the bench," he continued.  "So when I go into the gym at first, yeah, I'll throw up a lot of weight just for my fans and just for the people watching. After that, I get into my work and I do the real stuff with lighter weight, more reps, better concentration."

All of Lashley's hard work is for one goal -- to defend the ECW World Championship.

"I know I talked a lot about ‘one man, one mission,' getting to the point of becoming ECW World Champion. It was a lot of hard work -- I trained for years and years and years for it. This just goes to show that the training has not stopped," he said with confidence.

"Actually, the training's going to pick up. Instead of fighting for the title, I'm defending the title, and I have so many more competitors to defend it against. So the title's not going anywhere, because my training is getting harder and tougher, and nobody's going to be able to stop me."

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