Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Eric Strives For Physique Perfection!

Men's physique competitions were the perfect testing ground for Eric's athletic ability. Get the training and nutrition protocols he uses to maintain a pristine physique!


How did your bodybuilding journey begin?

I played every sport growing up and excelled at wrestling and hockey even though I was small. I started working out in high school and saw minimal results because it was hard to put on size. At the time, I didn't understand nutrition and training but still did what I could. I never let it get me down and stayed consistent and dedicated. My progress was slow but steady. After high school, I kept developing my physique and put on a few quality pounds of muscle per year.

I worked as a personal trainer throughout college which taught me lots and enabled me to share my knowledge with others. After college, I focused more on bodybuilding and was happy with my physique but still wanted more. I discovered NPC men's physique but wasn't ready at the time, so I took six months to build muscle and found a coach. My coach set me up with a diet and training protocol that transformed my physique. I placed second at my first competition in 2012.

Coach and I decided I needed more improvement to accomplish my goal and compete at a national level. My second show was nine months later and my physique was greatly improved. My stage weight was 160 pounds with 4-5 percent body fat. I made second callouts out of more than 25 competitors. I decided to make a few adjustments, competed three weeks later, and placed third. Although my goal is to win, I was satisfied with my efforts and results. I learned so much about my body. Now I'm in the offseason and am working to build muscle and compete again in 2014.

"Setting goals and seeing results is what it's all about to me; an endless journey of self-improvement and fulfillment."

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

I wanted to transform and shape my body how I saw fit. Setting goals and seeing results is what it's all about to me; an endless journey of self-improvement and fulfillment.

What or who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?

I was self-motivated to pursue bodybuilding. It started by wanting to be better at sports and then wanting to improve my appearance. Now it's my passion; a vital aspect of my life. Bodybuilding taught me dedication, consistency, and focus.

Where did you go for inspiration?

I kept my goals in mind. Sometimes it's just a matter of telling myself "this is what I'm going to do" and doing it. I have an amazing support system of close friends and family who fuel my inspiration daily.

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

To represent my sponsors as best as possible, I strive to accomplish my fitness goals, grow my career in the fitness industry, and improve my physique. My competition goal for next year is to earn my IFBB men's physique pro card.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

Stay consistent with your diet. Nutrition is the number one factor to achieve the physique you want. If you care enough for a result, you will attain it.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and IFBB men's physique pro Mark Anthony are my favorites.

How did help you reach your goals?

I find to be very useful. The articles on nutrition and training and the interviews with IFBB pros are amazing. The huge selection of supplements is nice also.

Eric's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet" by Dj Ellman
  2. "Slay It" by Cryptex
  3. "Titamium" by David Guetta
  4. "In My Mind (Part 2) by Flo Rida (Feat. Georgi Kay)
  5. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem
Contest History
  • 2012 TOC MP - 2nd Place
  • 2013 LA Bodybuilding MP - 2nd Callouts
  • 2013 OC Muscle Classic MP - 3rd Place