The Big Dawg Ambassadors is a section where we will highlight a member from the Big Dawgz United group on Facebook each month. We will find out what makes them tick and how they train.

This month’s Big Dawg Ambassador is Patrick “The Manimal” Barnes from St. Petersburg, Florida

Patrick "The Manimal" Barnes

Name: Patrick D. Barnes

Date of Birth:  15 July 1986

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 225-230 off-season; 200-205 contest

Hometown: Greencastle, IN

Current Residence: St. Petersburg, FL

Years Training: 6 years

Sport: Bodybuilding

Gym Name & Location: Gold’s Gym in Pinellas Park, FL

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Accountant

Contest History

2009 – NGA: 4th Place Novice 185 lbs and up

2010 – INPA: 3rd Place Novice Tall

2011 – OCB Southeastern States Natural: 8th Place Open Tall

What is your training split?

My training split is very similar between the Off Season and Contest Prep but when a contest comes around I usually try to do a bit higher volume. I’ve always been a volume trainer.

Monday – Back, Abs, Cardio

Tuesday – Legs (Hamstrings, then Quads, then Calves)

Wednesday – Chest, Abs, Cardio

Thursday – Arms, Calves

Friday – Shoulders, Traps, Abs, and Cardio

Saturday – Legs again *Mostly occurs in contest prep mode* But this time I do quads first followed by hamstrings.

Sunday – OFF – But just cardio and abs

What supplements do you take?

Right now what I have been taking is the following:

-ALRI Chain’d Out *at least 4 times a day*

– Dymatize Elite Whey Isolate

– Fish Oil

– Labrada Lean Body – CLA

– VPX Meltdown *contest prep*

– Glutamine

What’s your diet like?

Off season and contest prep nutrition is basically very similar. The only thing that is different is in the off season I am more lacked on what I eat (such as I will eat a pizza, have some burgers, go out to eat, try to enjoy my food and the company that I am with)

Meal 1: 8 egg whites, 2 yolks, 1 or 2 cups of oatmeal, sometimes will throw in some plain Greek yogurt

Meal 2: Can of Tuna, 2 tbs. of Natural Peanut Butter. Will throw an apple or some olive oil mayo in the off season

Meal 3: 12 oz of chicken, 1 cup of green beans/asparagus/broccoli, ½ cup or 1 cup of brown rice *when I have higher carbohydrate days

Meal 5: 4 egg whites, 1 yolk, ½ cup of brown rice *pre workout*. Will sometimes have a turkey burger and sweet potato

Meal 6: Whey Isolate Shake (70 g of whey), Small Gatorade

Meal 7: Some white fish, salmon, or some beef, and some kind of vegetable. Sometimes will throw in some carbohydrates (brown rice or sweet potato) if I was having an off day

Meal 8: Handful of Almonds, and a BCAA/Whey mixture shake

Off season I usually have a cheat meal once a week, mostly on the weekends. A cheat meal for me would be sushi, maybe some pizza, a burger. I try to eat clean, day in day out.

What makes you a big dawg?

To me, a Big Dawg, is more than just a way of life. It is a mentality that one has. Many individuals go into the gym to just “workout” but I go into to the gym to do work.  I’m a big dawg because each and every time I am in the gym; I am there to work, not to socialize, not to pick up chicks. But to Grow and Train, to better myself. To separate myself from the average gym rat. I’m a Big Dawg because I strive for success EVERYDAY. Just the IRON and me!!!!!

Check back next month when we feature another big dawg that is making big moves and doing big things!

If you interested in being featured as a Big Dawg Ambassador or have questions about anything related to Big Dawgz United, feel free to e-mail us at


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