Erick's life is a testament to dedication, discipline, and a passion for service and fitness. With a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Air Force, he proudly served his country in various capacities, leaving an indelible mark on both the military and fitness communities.
During his military tenure, Erick's commitment to excellence was evident. He not only served as a non-commissioned officer but also earned the prestigious title of Certified National Emergency Medical Technician (NEMT). His exceptional dedication led to his selection as a member of the esteemed Special Duty USAF Ceremonial Honor Guard. In this role, he was entrusted with the responsibility of developing and overseeing the physical education program for over 200 men and women under his command.
Erick's pursuit of knowledge and personal development didn't stop there. While serving in the Air Force, he pursued higher education, ultimately obtaining a bachelor's degree and engaging in graduate-level coursework at a university.
In the realm of martial arts, Erick's achievements are equally impressive. He holds the esteemed rank of 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a martial art in which he has trained alongside luminaries such as Lynette Love, the 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Tae Kwon Do, and Debra Holloway, the 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist in the same discipline. Erick's dedication to his craft has earned him titles in two states for Olympic-style fighting, further showcasing his prowess in martial arts.
Beyond his military and martial arts accomplishments, Erick has made significant contributions to the fitness industry. As the General Manager and Head Trainer of two thriving gyms, Iron Works in La Plata, MD, and the former SMAC (now World Gym) in Mechanicsville, MD, he left an indelible mark on the fitness landscape. Erick is also a co-owner and founder of Total Body Trainers, an organization dedicated to helping individuals achieve their fitness goals. Moreover, he co-founded the CRISP training system, a testament to his innovation and commitment to fitness excellence.
Erick's extensive list of certifications underscores his expertise and commitment to lifelong learning. These certifications span various aspects of fitness and training, including personal training, kickboxing, CPR, speed, quickness, agility, volleyball conditioning, TRX, and much more. His dedication to continually expanding his knowledge base is evident in his diverse range of qualifications.
Erick is not only a seasoned fitness professional but also a Tae Kwon Do 5th Degree Master, Metabolic Conditioning Coach, and an advocate for overall health and wellness.
In both his military service and fitness career, Erick has consistently demonstrated a tireless work ethic, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and a deep passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals. His remarkable journey is a testament to his dedication, and he continues to inspire and empower those he serves in the pursuit of health and fitness excellence.