Erik Bywater

IFBB Pro Men's Physique

  • Height: 5'10
  • Residence: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Contest Weight: 180 lbs
  • Current Weight: 195 lbs

Erik Bywater (BIO)

Erik Bywater is a 27 year old men’s physique IFBB Pro from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Beginning his career as a young athlete, Erik participated in competitive sports such as hockey and soccer. Always motivated and striving to improve, his athletic drive pushed him right into the weight room which began his journey as a men’s physique champion.

To further his career Erik moved to Alberta, Canada where he was approached by a contest promoter, who suggested he compete in the men’s physique category. He went on to win overall at his first show, competing in the Keane classic. Continuing his accomplishments, Erik then placed first in the Alberta provincials, followed by a overall win at the Atlantic Classic championship.

With this impressive list of accomplishments, Erik took his competitive career one step further and competed at the 2015 CBBF Nationals. Winning the overall, Erik attained his IFBB Pro status along with the future goal of being one step closer to the Olympia stage.

Competing in men’s physique allows Erik to remain competitive as a athlete and offers him constant challenges to grow. He chose this category due to the aesthetic nature and marketability of a men’s physique athlete.

Moving forward, Erik plans to accomplish his goal of winning a IFBB Pro event to earn his qualification to the Mr. Olympia Championship. Also striving towards earning a cover on his favourite magazine, Muscle Insider Magazine. With these goals in mind, Erik will channel his motivation and passion for this sport, and do the necessary steps to accomplish his dreams. Watch for Erik to grace the pro stage and make his mark in the men’s physique division.

Contest History

  • 2012 Keane Classic – 1st and overall
  • 2013 Alberta Provincials – 1st
  • 2014 Alberta Provincials – 2nd
  • 2014 Canadian Nationals – 16th
  • 2014 North Americans – 7th
  • 2015 Atlantic Classic – 1st and overall
  • 2015 Canadian Nationals – 1st and overall
  • 2015 Vancouver Pro – 4th
  • 2016 Toronto Pro – 16th
  • 2016 Vancouver Pro – 10th

HOW TO TRAIN LIKE ERIK

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Day 1: Chest/Shoulders/Biceps

Stretch Push Ups – 3 sets, to failure.

Smith Machine Bench – 1-2 warmup sets, 3 working sets, 10-12 reps.

Dumbbell Pullover – 3 sets, 10 reps. Superset With Machine Press- 3 sets, 8-12 reps.

Heavy Partial Laterals- 4 sets, 20 reps.

Rear Delt Pec Deck – 4 sets, 25-30 reps. Superset Front Incline Dumbbell Raises – 4 Sets, 15 reps.

Straight Bar Curls – 4 sets, 8 reps.

Day 2: Legs

Lying Leg Curls – 3 sets, 12 reps.

Squats – 3-4 warm up sets, 8-12 reps. 4 sets, 6 reps.

Leg Press – 4 sets of high volume, 16-25 reps.

Stiff Legged Deadlifts – 4 sets, 8 reps.

Day 3: Back/Biceps

One Arm Rows – 6 sets, 8 reps.

Close Grip Pull Downs Parallel Grip – 4 sets, 8 reps. Superset With Low Rows Over-Hand Grip – 8 reps.

Rack Pulls – 4 sets, 5 reps. Superset With Back Extensions – To failure.

Shrugs- 4 sets, 25 reps.

Standing Barbell Curls- 5 sets, 8 reps.

Day 4: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Machine Chest Press – 5 sets, 12 reps.

Incline Barbell Press – 3 sets, 8 reps.

Bent Over Laterals – 4 sets, 30 reps.

Lateral Partials – 4 sets, 25 reps. Superset with Front Dumbbell Raises- 4 sets, 12 reps.

Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 3 sets, 8 reps.

Smith Machine Incline Close-Grip Bench – 4 sets, 15 reps.

Day 5: Biceps/Triceps

Standing Barbell Curls – 4 sets, 12 reps.

V-bar Pushdowns – 12 reps.

Reverse Grip Press Downs – 4 sets, 15 reps. Superset with Machine Preacher Curls – 4 sets, 12 reps.

Hammer Curls – 2 sets, 8 reps. Superset with Bench Dips – to failure.

Day 6: Abs (1-2 times a week)

Hanging Leg Raises – 4 sets, 15-25 reps.

Rope Attachment Crunches – 4 sets, 15-25 reps.

Kneeling Linear Bar Chest Press – 3 sets, 15-20 reps.

Dips
 – 4 sets, 12-15 reps.

Straight bar cable pushdowns – 4 sets x 12-15 Reps

Standing Calve Raises: 10 sets x 10-20 reps

Meal 1

1 Cup Egg Whites

2/3 Cup Oats

1tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

1/2 Scoop PROTEIN FREAK™

1 pack VITA FREAK™

Meal 2

6 oz Chicken Breast

1 Cup Brown Rice

1 Serving of GREENS FREAK™

Meal 3 (Pre-Workout)

5oz Ground Turkey

1 Cup Sweet Potato

1 Apple

Meal 4 (Intra-Workout)

1.5 Scoop PROTEIN FREAK™

50g Liquid Carbs

Meal 5 (Post-Workout)

6oz Chicken Breast

1 Cup White Rice

1tbsp Honey

1/2 Cup Blueberries

1 Serving of GREENS FREAK™

Meal 6

7oz Extra Lean Ground Beef

1 Cup Sweet Potato

1 Serving GREENS FREAK™

GREENS FREAK™
TEST FREAK™
CREATINE FREAK™
ANABOLIC FREAK™

GALLERY

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