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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Eric Brugh

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  • Name: Eric Brugh
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  • Age: 43
  • Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Weight: 250 Lbs., Contest: 235 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :25
  • Favorite Bodypart: Quads & Hams
  • Favorite Exercise: Squats
  • Favorite Supplements: Creatine And Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

I had a couple of friends who had gotten into working out. I noticed they were getting bigger and they seemed to have a different outlook on life in general as a result. They seemed more motivated and more structured and I really needed that in my life at the time. They invited me to join them. I was very skinny and figured I would give it a shot. I had seen muscle magazines and was always amazed at how the guys in them looked. Well in my first year, I gained something like 25 pounds. I really liked how I looked and felt and that was all I needed to be hooked.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The days of training ultra heavy are over for me. My body just can't take the continuous pounding of heavy weights as I am getting older. I do have heavy days but their occurrence is much less than when I was younger. What I have found now that works for me is high volume with moderate weights.

I train each body part once a week unless I am trying to bring up something that is lagging. Currently I am training triceps and shoulders twice a week to try and bring them up some. My first exercise on any body part is typically a heavy, free weight movement. I then incorporate drop sets, supersets, ascending drop sets and giant sets for the remainder of the workout. I have actually gained quite a bit of muscle in the last two years by doing this.

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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

One big change I made in my diet over the last two years is to eat clean in the off-season. I will eat clean all week and then eat whatever I want on Saturdays. I never did this before and ended up starting each contest diet with quite a bit of fat. The result of this is I have been able to retain much more muscle precontest and can compete 10 to 15 pounds heavier.

I keep carbs around 500 a day, protein is around 1 gram per pound of bodyweight and fat is pretty low. If I start putting on to much fat in the off-season, I will cycle carbs for a week or two to lose it. I go by the mirror and not the scale though. I have tried more protein in the off-season but it really didn't do much for me. My body needs carbs so that is what I give it. I also do cardio 5 days a week in the off-season which enables me to eat more, gain less fat and gives me good endurance for my workouts since they are very fast paced.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I take creatine in the off-season and whey protein year around. Creatine keeps my muscles very full and keeps my strength up. I will typically cycle it 6 to 8 weeks on and a month off in the off season. I don't use creatine during precontest other then the last three days when I carb up for a contest. Seems to give me more fullness during the carb up. I also use glucosamine religiously - promotes already healthy joints.

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Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding has made me who I am today. Getting ready for a contest and competing takes a tremendous amount of discipline. I have applied this same discipline into all areas of my life. I am a very routine and structured person so bodybuilding is perfect for me. I enjoy helping people with bodybuilding and achieving their fitness goals whether it be competing or just getting into shape. I actually have my own business doing this.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to compete in the 2008 NPC Masters Nationals and possibly the 2008 NABBA Mr. Universe. I have been invited to the Universe the last three years but something has always come up that prevented me from going.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Stay consistent with bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is a marathon, not a sprint. Gains come slow but if you stick with it, the end results are worth the wait. I see too many people in the gym who want results overnight. That isn't going to happen in this sport. The key is consistency. Another tip is to learn proper form. The heavy weights will come but if your form is improper, you are opening yourself up for injury and disappointment.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite bodybuilders are the ones I grew up reading about in the magazines. Arnold, Frank Zane, Sergio Oliva, Lee Haney, Lee Labrada. These guys knew how to train. They had streamlined physiques without the massive guts.

Some people I would like to thank - I would first like to thank God who gives me the strength everyday to do this. I want to thank my wife Shelli for being my number one supporter. I also want to thank the company I work for which is called Medrad. They support me 100%. It makes it a lot easier to do when the company you work for supports your outside activities. I also want to thank Scott "Old Navy" Hults for submitting my information. I probably would have never done it on my own.

I would also like to mention that I do contest preparation and dieting for overall fitness. I can be reached at the email address provided above.

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