Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Eric Daye

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How Did You Get Started?

Football was the name of the game when it came to sports. I eat and breathed that sport. All through high school I lifted weights and did speed camps for football specifically.

After years and years of getting beating on and punished because of my size it was time to put an end to football and begin onto something new. Now don't get me wrong I was a hard hitter but the size and speed I had wasn't enough to bring me to the next level.

However, I never gave up working out after football because I felt it was something I loved to do. I have never gone 1 day to the gym not wanting to go!

Finally when high school had ended I started hitting the gym a bit more and really getting the feel of things. Being 135lbs coming out school I told myself I had to find away to put on some weight if I ever wanted to be bigger.

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Eric Daye At His 1st Contest.

At this point I actually had a few friends that were into bodybuilding but there was one I looked up to day in and day out. He was like my Arnold and I wanted to be just like him.

Every now and then when he would step into the gym I would try and ask him a couple questions but never be too much of a nag.

As our friendship grew he taught me a bit about the game (bodybuilding) and gave me pointers on how to workout and eat right. From here it escalated to reading book, magazines, online articles or ANYTHING I could get my hands on that would give me information about the bodybuilding aspect.

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Eric Daye.

About 2 months of hard work trying to make money to go to college it was time to go. About February of 2006 I decided that I had a love and passion not only for weights but for helping people in any way possible.

The biggest thing that struck me was Fire fighting. So after summer passed and I made some money I took off to fire fighting school down in Sarnia, Ontario. After getting settled in and off to a great start with a first semester GPA of 3.9, I put myself to the test.

I got right on a weight gaining diet and before you knew it I went from 140lbs to 158lbs in about 2 and a half months. Now for someone that has struggled gaining weight his whole life and reaching those numbers was more than I could ask for!

Before I knew it the school year was done and I asked myself, "now what am I to do with all this weight"? I wasn't sure if I should lean down or just keep on bulking to see where it would stop me at.

Of course with summer just around the corner all eyes were on getting those shredded abs! So with little thought I told myself I was going to lean down.

Throughout this time I had been talking with my "Arnold" about getting into a bodybuilding show and stuff and he really urged me to do one. He comes up to me after one of his shows, "man look at you dude, you could step on stage right now and beat these guys!"

Hearing this from the one guy I look up to the most was the biggest boost of my life. So no more than 3 months later I stepped on stage for my first show in Edmonton, Alberta. The show was called the Muscle beach Classic.

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Eric Daye.

This day was probably the most fun I have had in a long long time. I felt so at home and everyone was as friendly as could be. That night I walked away with 2 trophies in my hands and proud to say I stepped on stage!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have found sticking to the 8-12 rep range gives me the results I have been looking for. Compound movements make up the majority of what I do but making sure I get in 1 isolation exercise at the end.

Being a lean person I try not to do to much cardio because it tears away my weight and size. If there is any cardio I do it will be on the incline treadmill for about 15-20 minutes after my workout.

My workout week looks something like this:

My workout for each day can change up depending on what I feel works the best. If something works don't stop doing it until you don't feel it any more.

I keep all workouts between 45 minutes to an hour. Anything after this and your probably reaching a catabolic stage and not doing your muscles any good.

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Eric Daye.

Cardio: I like to warm up with 15 min incline treadmill before every workout. Other than that I do no other cardio because my workouts are at a very high intensity.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

When it comes to bulking up in the off-season I like to keep my carbs and protein high with my fats at about 20% of my daily intake in a day.

My recommended amount of fat usually comes from a supplement called UDO's oil. I have never had anything else like it and I find it essential in my diet just like protein.

For my bulking stages I will consume mostly red meats and chicken breasts for my protein source. I also take Iso protein for after my workouts with some Gatorade.

At night I will take a casein protein shake to keep my body in an anabolic state. When bulking I like to consume about 2 times my bodyweight of protein to insure I am getting the right amount to gain mass.

When it comes to carbs I stick to a pretty strict complex diet. I don't consume too many simple sugars unless it is right after my workout or in the morning. To me it is essential to hit all your food groups so I like to get some fruit in me in the morning.

I will have veggies with about 3 of 6-8 meals I have in a day. Carbs will include: oatmeal (not the packaged crap), brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat breads and sweet potatoes. I like to switch it up here and there so I never get bored and whatever I feel works the best with my body.

On season, which is starts about 4 months before contest is pretty basic. I eat basically the same foods as off-season but I start cutting calories every month and so on and so forth. It is more so when it comes down to the last 2-3 weeks where food gets out of control and I start eating different things.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

All in all, Iso protein and glutamine are something that I cannot live without.

These two products will always be by my side as they never seem to let me down. Again, Udo's oil is another supplement that I would recommend to anyone out there.

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Eric With His Trophies.

I have experimented with NO products but don't find much use for them anymore as I am a firm believer in eating lots and getting your rest. I will be testing with a stack of a testosterone booster, NO and creatine to see if this gives me further results.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is more than just a sport; It's a lifestyle. Every meal I eat I feel my muscles growing and when I am in the gym I hit the weights hard for that amazing pump!

Being backstage, ready to pose out in front of people who care about the sport and understand what it is all about is very comforting. I love that it takes more than just showing up to practice for a sport.

The way you eat, train and think mentally all revolve around what you make yourself.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I haven't really decided what I am going to do after this year in terms of bodybuilding. A future goal for me would to be a top contender in the Canadian nationals for my weight group.

In the next two years as a junior I hope to compete at national level! Further down the road I would like to compete consistently and one day attain my pro card as a natural bodybuilder.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Do what works for you! I cannot stress this enough. Always keep on open mind but if something works don't stop doing it. I have explored many many paths and finally found one what works. This goes with your training as well as your diet.

So many first timers that hit the gym will end up really sore the next day from a KILLER workout and then the following week they will switch up what they did. WHY? If it is working then DO IT!

If your noticing huge results with the supplements you are taking or the food you are eating don't stop until your body starts reacting in a different way.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnold is a true inspiration to me not only in the sport of bodybuilding but what he has achieved outside of it.

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Eric With Dexter Jackson.

Franco Columbo, Jay Cutler, Frank Zane and many others give me the power and determination to hit the weights hard everyday.