Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week: Patrick Laugerude

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  • Name: Patrick Laugerude
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  • Age: 36
  • Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Height: 5' 4"
  • Weight: 134 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :24
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Row
  • Favorite Supplements: Everything I can get my hands on.

How Did You Get Started?

A mistake at birth left me with Cerebral Palsy, When I was born the doctor that was on duty that night didn't follow the x-rays that were in my mother's file and went ahead and did the procedure his own way. Instead of delivering me by C section he pulled me with forceps and just tossed me in one of those blue baskets and left me on the floor not breathing while he tried to stop my mother from bleeding. During the time I spent without oxygen I developed cerebral palsy.

I started therapy 1 1/2 years later; trunk, abs, legs and neck, just so I could hold my head up and crawl.

I grew up with 80's movies; Rocky, Rambo, Arnold, etc, etc. And every time I'd watch one I'd think to myself, "that's so cool, I want to look like that." When I was around 6 years old there was a T.V. show called The Incredible Hulk. I used to watch it every week and I found out that the actor who played the hulk had a handicap so I figured if he could get that big I could too, ha! He's deaf! Then when I was 11 I saw Conan the Barbarian on its opening day and after that I always wanted to be a bodybuilder... I would go hit the weights. Also, in the 80's there were shows about the future, like "in 1988 world war III will begin and people will start eating each other." Red Dawn and Road Warrior. I had the thought that I didn't want to be left behind, so I worked out... give me a brake, I was 13.

My junior high had a weight room and there I did leg presses and curls. I also bought muscle magazines and took weight gainers - I know, the weight gainers was a mistake and I wish I hadn't, because they gave me fat cells, I quit taking them in 1989, but for the first year after my hip surgery they worked fine, remember those Joe Weider tablets?

My brothers owned Tai Kwon Do studios and every time they closed one I'd get the weights, rusty Weider plates, ankle weights and dumb bells. Not until 1984 did I really start wanting to get big. I had a huge setback with my hip surgery in 1986; the doctor's wanted pay back, so they told me nothing was wrong, until I found a doctor who didn't know me, he took one look at me and said, "my God, his hip's out of joint!" so, I had to start over, as soon as I was out of the cast, my cousins and I went to K-Mart, I bought more ankle weights and wore them on my wrist the summer of '86.

In high school, working out made me feel better all over. The high school had a weight room and my uncle owned a gym, so I worked out in both places though out the rest of the 80's. My teachers and physical therapists had a conference at the end of my 9th grade, what for? I have no idea. Anyway, my old therapists said it was a bad idea for me to work out, that it would do something to my Cerebral Palsy, she had no idea, she was just pulling it out of her @ss.

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I had an NPC Magazine, the one with Carlos on the cover; I showed it to my brother and said I wanted to do wheelchair bodybuilding. He said "Cha, no way, Pat, you can't because you have to think, your handicap isn't like theirs! No way, don't even think about it, so that made me want to do it all the more.

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All these things are in the back of my mind in a big ball, but really I just like bodybuilding, I like driving the weights and helping myself in the bathroom and driving a car. I just like it and without bodybuilding I could do half or less what I do now.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

On the days I go to the gym I wake up at 5:45am to get to the gym at 8. I go through six meals a day and on the days I don't go to the gym I ride my spin bike after my workout for one hour.

Chest work out- chest presses are best in a seated chest press machine my trainer Denis James holds my elbows up so that the forearms are parallel with the floor, throughout each repetition.

Incline press - I use a Smith machine - a 45 pound Olympic bar on glides, find a new model with counter weight. Denis holds my elbows back so forearms are perpendicular to the floor and upper arms are parallel. Then follow through the reps.

Flyes- use a seated butterfly machine; push with elbows to squeeze chest muscles in each rep. hands should just rest on handles.

Shoulder presses- again I use the Smith machine, this time sitting 90 degrees, straight, position the bench so the bar comes behind your head, Denis holds my elbows. Same as incline. Everything else is the same as most peoples workouts.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

The one Denis James put me on: 6 meals a day and a spoon of olive oil at some meals in place of carbs.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Same as I said above; I need it to get around, makes me feel better, I like the friends, driving the weights... just everything.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Same as I said above; I need it to get around, makes me feel better, I like the friends, driving the weights... just everything.

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Opening the doors for many other disabled people, e-mailing them back, showing them how to get into bodybuilding, making wheelchair bodybuilding bigger, whatever I can do to help someone better their lives. Getting bigger and better every year.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Not to have a big ego. It's fun to play around and put on an act if you and everyone knows it's just for fun - B.S. But it's not good to be in your own little world and let it get the best of you.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

The old guys: Arnold, Franco, Lou; they're great. I love the personalities in the movie Pumping Iron.

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