“Eric is an enthusiastic and dedicated personal trainer who loves his vocation. I was fortunate to meet Eric three and a half years ago when, thinking that I could stave off old age by training for some glorious athletic competition, I was looking for a ‘quick fix’ for an annoying shoulder. Eric informed me that I would need to do ‘some work.” And so I began the most fun thing I have done for myself in my old age: training with Eric once a week for my extreme sport–life! I love every minute it!
Eric’s exercises are challenging and interesting. Each week my hourly session with Eric holds forth the promise of the repetition of familiar routines to be mastered and the introduction of something new to flounder through. It’s awesome to reinforce developing patterns, and it’s hilarious to try to figure out new ones (like crawling forward and backward!) Discovering “new” muscles takes so much concentration at first, and then one day there they are, ready to do real work. With my new muscles I have gained flexibility (which is all about strength and relaxation of opposing muscles), balance (which is all about a strong core), and, of course, just plain strength.
As a backpacker and hiker, I am now always ready for the season when it starts. As the care provider for a few retired horses, my daily barn routine reflects my work outs with Eric (dead lifting water buckets, pushing the wheel barrow up the manure pile again and again–you get the picture!) I am not quite sure which is preparing me for which. What is the most fun of all is that at 67 I can play all I want with my grand kids of all ages: lifting them, carrying them, and running the stairs with them, and when the three year old has a tantrum, well… he can be dead lifted, too.
Oh yes, my shoulder problem is gone: I can reach into the back seat of my car, put a suitcase in the overhead bin of an airplane, and for the first time in my life, throw a baseball overhand like a boy (not far,… but I can do it!) Then there are the compliments I get from friends and strangers about my posture, my strength, etc. So each week when I head off to work out with Eric, I know it will be fun, challenging, and the antidote for whatever ails me.”
“I first began seeing Amber in November of 2011, when a rock climbing injury had me in major back pain. During session one, my pain went from an 8 out of 10, to a 3. It was an amazing experience because I’ve fought scoliosis my entire life.
Before seeing Amber, I had been regularly working with a PhD physical therapist for two years and had no sustainable pain relief or body health. It seems the doctor was treating the spot of inflammation but not connecting it into my fascia lines that run through my body.
Amber isn’t a chiropractor. Not a trainer. Not an energy worker. Not a masseuse. Nor a physical therapist. Yet somehow, she is all of these things and more.
If you are in pain, want better posture or improve your physical abilities, Amber will empower you to do it yourself without making you dependent on her. She understands the human body more than anyone I’ve ever met.“
“I have been a dancer my whole life. I make a living performing, choreographing, and teaching dance. I am in my early 30’s and have had chronic pain and popping in my hips for the past few years. I assumed that there were things I was just not going to be able to keep doing. After training with Eric for only 2 weeks, I started to feel a difference. Now after 4 months, the popping is gone and I have the knowledge and awareness of how I need to be moving and strengthening in order to keep dancing. I feel stronger than I ever have and have gained back my range of motion with an understanding that it takes strength to support that range. When I leave from a session with Eric, my joints and my core feel alive!”
“Amber is effective, conscientious, and thorough. Her one-of-a-kind approach analyzes your body movement as a "system" to increase your health and fitness, and reduce injuries by letting your body function as it should and "getting you out of your own way".
I went to see Amber with achilles issues while training for a marathon. She immediately identified my achilles pain as a result of lazy glute muscles and overall bad posture. In just 4-weeks together she not only got me out of pain, but back into training so I could complete my marathon.
I cannot recommend Amber enough. I have sent a half-dozen of my friends her way and they have all been equally pleased with their results. I continue to see her on a maintenance basis myself and credit her the as reason I am still running and climbing today.”
“I have had three shoulder surgeries, as well as hip and back surgeries. After my second surgery for my right shoulder, I had very limited motion in my right arm. The doctor told me not to use my arm for about a month, after which I developed atrophy in the shoulder area, had pain, and developed a lot of scar tissue. I had several months of physical therapy with little improvement. I did several months with a personal trainer with no improvement.
I have been working now with Eric for nine months. He is an excellent trainer. I told him all of my physical limitations, surgeries, and my goals. I appreciated the fact that he listened to my concerns.
After many months of training, I can see drastic improvement in my flexibility and strength. I am finally able to lift my arm above my head without help. I am walking better and my flexibility has improved.
I really like the kettlebell training program for several reasons. Eric’s program pays attention to my limitations, it eliminates the ‘no pain no gain’ idea, and I am gaining flexibility and strength at a nice steady pace.”
Three years ago I suffered a serious illness which included hospitalization with long-term ventilation. At the same time I had a stroke that compromised my right side. I received physical therapy at the hospital and then at home and finally at a therapist’s office, after which I started working with Eric.
I can’t say that Eric overworked me, but he worked me hard enough that I continued to recover and show gradual improvement. What I liked was that he didn’t apply a standard set of exercises to me, but worked with and around my recovery as I got stronger. Initially, my goal was to ride in that year’s Seattle-to-Portland (STP) bike race. I was able to get on my bike and ride a fair distance that first year, but not the necessary 200 miles; I was, however, able to ride the next two STPs and am planning to ride this year. I am still training with Eric and appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness he puts into working with me.”
“I was not recovering from a serious illness and Traumatic Brain Injury like my husband Phil, but after seeing the remarkable results he had achieved working with Eric, I was interested in trying it for myself.
I have never been an athlete, and like many of us, suffer mostly from years sitting at a desk and computer. My goals were to get stronger, develop an exercise type and habit that I could take into my “later” years, and improve my posture and alignment. But I needed to enjoy it and see results too, or else I knew I would probably have trouble sticking with it.
Working with Eric has addressed all of those goals, and I feel I have still only scratched the surface of what I can learn and accomplish. I am impressed at the weaknesses and imbalances he can identify and address, and how much stronger I have become in the past year.”