I still look back on Eric’s training as some of the most impacting and helpful that I have ever received. He is the most charismatic, educated and motivating trainer I have ever known.
- Uriah Werner

As a Chiropractor, I am very concerned about doing exercises correctly. Eric is very knowledgeable about ergonomics and correct movements of the spine and supporting structures. He became quite an asset to my office and was loved by all the patients and staff due of his personality, passion and skill.
- Dr Scott Miller

Eric is VERY focused and driven.  He uses his knowledge, character, and enthusiasm to help people reach their maximum potential.  

Best trainer I’ve ever had.

- Bruce Callard

When I first met Eric I was just recently divorced, out of shape and depressed. Eric got me exercising and eating healthier and before long I began to look and feel better. You can hear it in his voice and see it in his lifestyle that physical fitness and being healthy is his passion.

- John Simon

I hit a whole new level of intensity when I trained with Eric. 

- Craig Whitnack

I'm in the best shape of my life.  I am completely off  BP and cholesterol meds, and it wouldn't have happened without you and the years of coaching.  I love my new life and have you to thank for it.

- Chris Haggard


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Hello, my name is Eric Barber.  I am a lifelong multi-sport athlete, 29-year coach/trainer, 10-year CrossFit gym owner and now the proud owner of STONE GYM, a functional fitness facility focused on helping people to get in the absolute best shape of their lives.

Need a credited, seasoned coach to help you get past some obstacles?  

Call now, reserve your spot and let's get you where you want to be.

About me

Having grown up with an athletic lifestyle and background in martial arts, football and wrestling, Eric began his coaching career in 1989 in Charlotte, NC as a Certified personal trainer and group instructor. Over the next two decades, Eric spent most of his work experience as a fitness manager and/or trainer of numerous gyms and health clubs as well as working in psychiatric hospitals with at-risk youth.

Burned out and bored from the bodybuilding lifestyle, Eric had a life-changing experience in the summer of 2006 after doing his first CrossFit workout.  One year later, he opened his own box, Next Generation CrossFit.

In the  ten years of being a CrossFit gym owner, Eric personally coached over 15,000 hours of classes, hosted dozens of competitions and events, and  competed in numerous CrossFit, weightlifting and running events.  

When not working, Eric enjoys being with his family and friends, the great outdoors, a good book or movie, and anywhere quiet with a strong cup of coffee.

Knowledge. Experience. Passion


American Council of Exercise: Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

CrossFit : L2, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell, Nutrition, Movement/Mobility

CrossFit Competition Experience:

2009 Competitor, CrossFit Southwest Regional Qualifiers, Ft Worth, TX

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 Competitor, CrossFit Games Open

2012 Competitor, Exile Open Olympic Weightlifting meet, 1st place

2012 Competitor, “Anarchy in OK” (40-49 division), tied for 3rd place

2012 Competitor, Oklahoma Weightlifting State Championships, 1st place

2012 Competitor, “Oklahoma CrossFit Challenge” (40-49 division), 2nd place

2013 Competitor, “Fittest in OK” (40-49 division), 1st place

2014 Competitor, “Battle at the Ballpark” Team competition (Masters division), 4th place

Director of CrossFit Events:

2010, Director, South Central CrossFit Sectionals, Tulsa, OK

2011, Director, North Central CrossFit Regionals, Chicago, Il

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Director, Battle over Red Lands CrossFit competition, Tulsa, OK

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5925 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918, United States

(719) 357-7868