Eric is a 25-year fitness industry veteran. His passion for fitness started well before this. At 12 years old, Eric started working out in his basement with a simple bench and free weights. At the same time, Eric was very involved in school sports. He discovered as he lifted weights and became stronger, his athletic performance improved as well.
This merging of weight lifting and athletics continued to develop and mature all through high school and into college. Eric was a successful high school football and baseball player. He was a Golden Helmet award winner and honorable mention all-state which afforded him the opportunity to play football at Albion College. Eric had the privilege of being a member of the 1994 NCAA D3 Football National Champions.
Eric began to formally study exercise science at Albion and graduated with a BA in Physical Education (sports science emphasis). A key component of his college education was an off-campus program internship with Fitness Formula in Chicago. Upon graduation, Eric's first job in the fitness industry was at Fitplex in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. During this time period Eric became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Eric's next move in the fitness industry was working for Life Time Fitness, working his way up into management role. He furthered his education as well - obtaining certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. After nearly 10 years at Life Time, Eric considered his career at a crossroads. At this time He decided to take his years of experience and start his own business.
Eric founded Rock City Fitness in 2010. Over 13 years later, Rock City is still going strong. And Eric is just as passionate as he was as a 12 year old. Now instead of playing football and baseball, Eric competes in road and obstacle course racing. Eric has completed over 80 races since 2011, including four Chicago Marathons and more than 30 Spartan Races.
Eric believes in practicing what he preaches. He will not ask a client to do something he is not will to do himself. He believes in doing things that are difficult and never giving up. His goal is to inspire clients to not compromise and be the best that they can be.
Eric is married to Amy (25 years!) and they have four children, Kristin (20), Brody (18), Lane (18) and Ashlyn (16). The kids have followed in the parents footsteps of sports and fitness - playing volleyball, football, tennis and track and field. When not playing sports or working out, the family enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, exploring cities, movies, concerts and Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines football.