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.
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