- Name: Eric Laughton
- E-mail: LTRIK@hotmail.com
- 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.
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
On legs day, if I've exhausted myself early, I will eliminate leg extensions and/or lunges.
- Barbell Or Smith Squats: 6 sets of 8-12 reps
- Leg Press: 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Walking Lunges: 3 sets of 20-24 steps
- Leg Extensions: 3 drop sets of 8-12 reps
I occasionally add band training to chest, which tends to be a weak part.
- Flat Bench: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps
- Incline Barbell Press: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Incline Flyes: 2-3 drop sets of 8-12
Hanging Leg Lifts: 6-8 sets to failure
Decline Crunches: 6-8 sets to failure
- Pull-Ups: 4 sets to failure
- Barbell Rows: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps
- Rack Deadlifts: 4 sets of 6-10 reps
- Cable Rows: 3 drop sets of 10-15 reps
- Rope Face Pulls: 3 sets of 8-14 reps
- Reverse Shrugs: 6 sets of 6-12 reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Military Press: 4-6 sets of 8-12 reps
- Lateral Raises: 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Bent Over Dumbbell Raises: 4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Front Raises: 3 sets of 10-12 reps
Rope Crunches: 5-8 sets to failure
Hanging Leg Raises: 5-8 sets to failure
- Barbell Curls: 3-4 sets of 6-12 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
- Hammer Curls: 3 drop sets of 8-12 reps
- Concentration Curls: 2 sets of 8-12 reps
- Close Grip Bench Press: 4-5 sets of 8-12 reps
- Dumbbell Nose Breakers: 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps
- Rope Pushdowns: 3-4 drop sets of 8-12 reps
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.
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
- 1 scoop whey protein isolate
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:
- 4Ever Fit 4Ever Whey Isolate: 1 scoop
- BCAAs: 6g (with water and Crystal Light)
- 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.
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.
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 Bodybuilding.com?
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 BB.com 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.