Eric Lilliebridge was born on march 7, 1990. He is known for his brute training method. There is no light training or the central nervous system is wasted. Eric is used to going the hard way. Always training till he is bleeding through his nose.
When Eric was 13 years he started training serious. His first powerlifting meet was at 14 and he deadllifted 800lb at 19 years.
Before Eric started lifting weights his father was also competing as a powerlifter. Eric and his brother grew up watching his dad. Then they started picking up some weights and training.
"I was 11 when I started watching my dad train in the gym. I was too young to understand the dedication that it took to compete at that level. As soon as I turned 13, I told myself I was old enough to start. I started training on my own in the basement, doing basic bodybuilding exercises. Only a month after this, I asked my dad to train me. He was supportive, as was my brother (he started lifting a year before me). I never got in the way of what he did and when he was free, he’d help me and my brother out. Once were taught the proper form from my dad, we went out on our own, but still under my dad’s supervision."
The mother is used to supporting too. She also does lift some weights and watches them competing. Everyone in their family supports them.
Eric started training with his brother Ernie. When Eric was 16 years he was able to beat his brother. Eric pulled 600lb and surpassed his brother. He see him as a competitor but also as a supporter. But they are competing in different weight classes. Thus they do not compete each other.
At first they lived in Chicago. It was not a nice area but he stayed on the straight and narrow path due to lifting weights. When they moved out from Chicago the habit changed. People were nice and in high school he made friends who were also into lifting weights. Instead of drinking and partying they went to the gym.
"I live for this exact moment right here. It’s you vs the bar on your last heavy set. Your favorite lifting song blasting on the stereo, your team mates pushing you and cheering you on. All of your emotions, adrenaline and anger being released all at once for just a short burst of time until you’re done with the lift. The satisfaction of completing a heavy lift or PR and walking away from it like it wasn’t shit, is one of the best feelings I continue to experience on a weekly basis. For just 30 seconds or less, I get to completely forget about everything else in my life and just let loose. This is why I love Powerlifting." - Eric Lilliebridge
Power Magazine April 2013
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