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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Eric Laughton

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  • Name: Eric Laughton
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  • Age: 45
  • Where: Buffalo, NY
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs/Chest
  • Favorite Exercise: Barbell Squat/Flat Bench Press
  • Favorite Supplements: Xtend

How Did You Get Started?

I've lifted weights since age 17. But I never nailed the nutritional component, at least not well enough to compete. I was a strong boy with a tad too much (but not excessive) body fat as a result. Then I went to my first bodybuilding show in 2008 and was hooked, and competed in 2009 for the first time. After suffering a nearly fatal illness in February 2010 (lost 42 pounds after waking up from a coma), I competed in October 2010 for the 2nd time and won my overall class.

Eric Laughton
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Eric Laughton

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Generally speaking I work out 6 days a week. Monday through Friday I workout each body part once. On Saturday, I instinctively train a body part I feel need the extra work (usually legs or chest). During contest preparation, it is not uncommon to see me in the gym 7 days a week.

I have to admit I do little cardio off-season. Because I eat strictly even off-season (with more calories of course), I do not generally exceed 15% of my contest weight so gaining excessive fat is not usually an issue. Contest preparation is a different story.

Then, I do cardio starting at 3 days a week (30 min) to 5-6 days a week towards the end. The benefit (for me) is that since my body is not accustomed to the cardio, I tend to drop fat quickly

Day 1: Legs

On legs day, if I've exhausted myself early, I will eliminate leg extensions and/or lunges.

Day 2: Chest/Abs

I occasionally add band training to chest, which tends to be a weak part.

Day 3: Back/Traps
Day 4: Shoulders
Day 5: Arms
Day 6: "Whatever I Feel Day."

I will take one to two body parts (often chest, legs, or both) that I feel need attention and perform between 6-10 sets. I will also concentrate on abs.

Day 7: Off

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Eric Laughton

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Meal 1: 4 AM - Pre Workout
Meal 2: 6 AM - Post Workout
Meal 3: 8 AM
Meal 4: 11 AM
Meal 5: 2 PM
Meal 6: 5 PM
Meal 7: 8 PM
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Eric Laughton

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Mostly this depends on if I am in my on or off-season phase. For contest prep, I add additional supplements. But my staples are simply protein powder, creatine and BCAAs. Occasionally I will add Jack3D before a leg or chest workout, and I always drink a full cup of black coffee pre-workout as well.

My current supplementation looks like this:

Pre & Post Workout:
Intra Workout
  • BCAAs: 6g (with water and Crystal Light)
Post Workout:
  • Dextrose: 50g
  • BCAAs: 6g

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love bodybuilding because it is the epitome of what defines disciplined life. If you can be a successful bodybuilder (that does not necessarily mean you have to compete) that tells me you are likely successful in other aspects of your life. As a police officer and military officer, bodybuilding is a natural fit for me.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I have four boys and a wonderful soon-to-be-wife (who is a fitness chick). My desire is to pass a healthy lifestyle down to my children. If they see their father in his mid-forties, competing, hopefully that will spark something in them. In a day an age were unhealthy lifestyles seems more the norm, I have an obligation to show my boys a better alternative. And, as they say, your actions will speak far louder then your words.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

Simple: I went to my first bodybuilding show a few years ago and I was hooked. It became a goal to compete. It really is that simple: see goal, obtain same.


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Amateur Bodybuilder Eric Laughton posing routine from the 2010 Olympus

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Again, very simple: I want to gain my pro card. I am a personal trainer and a future goal will be to open a PT studio.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Challenge yourself. Don't go to your grave saying "what if." Go for it; give it a shot. If you fail..."you" really didn't. Failure-according to my favorite author Zig Ziglar-is an event, not a person. One thing is for sure: you miss 100% of the shots you never take.

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Eric Laughton

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My mentor and friend, INBF natural pro Bert Harrop. The man believed in me and if not for him, I'd not be where I am. Out of pure chance, I emailed him for advice. It sparked a friendship that led to a successful bodybuilding contest (with his guidance).

What Features Do You Use On

Supplement reviews and purchased; looking at tips from pros like Bert Harrop and Layne Norton, along with Doctor Joe. I've purchased many things from including my posing trunks. I am impressed most by the customer service. I had a minor issue they gladly rectified, without questioning, and fast.

I also am active on the forums where I gain useful information from ordinary folks like me trying to be a successful bodybuilder. To see others (without great genetics) make it, and gauge what worked for them, is helpful.