Born and raised in NYC, Eric discovered at a young age that being a scrawny, skinny kid was a disadvantage in the sports he loved to play. It wasn’t until Eric became one of ‘the few, the proud’ and enlisted in the U.S. Marines that he changed not only physically but mentally. “Marine Corps boot camp was the hardest thing I have ever done, but once I graduated I felt strong, confident and like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.” Thus began Eric’s love for physical fitness. 20 years later, Eric continues to train just as intensely but even smarter using High Intensity Training (HIT). With HIT, Eric stays in phenomenal shape and ready to do anything active such as run, bike, swim, lift weights, play sports and keep up with his active kids.
Eric co-created an award-winning HIT class taught throughout NYSC, PSC and BSC, and he developed NYSC’s super popular Preseason Sports Conditioning class. He led the small group kettlebell classes at NYSC and has been featured in Well + Good NYC as teaching one of the best kettlebell classes in NYC. He is also a CrossFit Coach and created the Train like a Tribute, Hunger Games workout for NYSC, which was featured in the media.
Eric loves what he does and has fun doing it. His favorite quote, by Mia Hamm, says it all “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.”
NASM & NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Concepts Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Holder, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Gymnastics, Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach, TRX Certified, USAW Olympic Weight Lifting Certification, CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting, Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor (Concept 2 Rower)
1 Personal theme song?
George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” Just kidding. though I do love 80's music, though. My real answer is, "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince, because anything with a guitar solo sounds great!
2 Who is your FHITspiration?
My team of instructors who come in day in and day out and truly love their jobs. Our group of FHITpros are always looking to better themselves and lead by example. I couldn't have asked for a better team!
3 Favorite guilty pleasure?
I don't feel guilty about anything I eat because I work out really hard. I love all kinds of food, but if we are talking about something sweet, I'm a sucker for chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cake. Don't forget a tall glass of milk to wash it down!
4 What is it about group fitness?
The energy and camaraderie. Within our classes we have people pushing each other, motivating each other, sweating, and getting FHIT with friends. It brings back that team feeling we all had from little league all the way to college. It's inspiring being able to be a part of it.
5 Post workout snack?
I love to chug cold Nestlé chocolate milk, but only after a tough workout. It works to replenish muscles, and tastes soooooooooo good going down!
6 What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Believe it or not, I wanted to be an all star running back like Tony Dorsett from the Cowboys, but I knew I was too small. Then I wanted to be Bruce Lee. I had the entire outfit, but that wouldn't pay the bills. Next, I thought I wanted to be a dancer like John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever. NOT a Chippendale, people!
7 Perfect Sunday afternoon activity?
During the warmer months in New York, I love biking or going to the track on a peaceful Sunday afternoon. During the fall/ winter you'll find me watching my New York Giants because I bleed blue! Go G-Men!
8 Most challenging exercise movement and why?
My most challenging exercise is the snatch. The snatch is an explosive & challenging movement capable of adding serious muscle to your frame while still being completely transferrable to life as a functional movement. It makes you quicker, stronger, faster and more flexible. It will make others in the gym look at you like a crazy person. And, like the ring muscle up, it looks pretty badass. Do you want to be a badass?
9 Best advice you ever received?
Every morning wake up and make your bed then write down 3 things you need to do and do them by the end of the day. Not 3 things you want to do, 3 things you NEED to do. This little list helped me get me where I am today.
10 Food you can’t live without?
I love my grandma's Cuban food because it’s all about the rice and black beans!
11 Favorite sneaker brand?
Nike. Hands down. Just do it!
12 Your biggest accomplishment?
Second to raising two of the brightest and loving kids, it has to be assembling the best team of instructors who support each other and truly love what they do.
13 Best vacation you have ever taken?
I took a trip to Paris for my clients’ wedding. A group of 10 of us traveled from New York. Paris is a beautiful city and we were known as the crazy and FHIT Americans!
14 Favorite athlete?
That's easy, the Captain - Derek Jeter.
15 Celebrity you would love to train and why?
Male- Will Ferrell, Female- J. Lo.
16 What is your favorite movie?
Platoon and Full Metal Jacket.
17 Favorite quote?
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela
18 Dive bar or bottle service?
19 Favorite restaurant in the city?
Red Rooster in Harlem.
20 The best time of the year in New York is…
Fall in New York is my favorite.
21 Who you would love to meet and have dinner with?