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Eric Cruz started his journey in health and fitness at the age of 13. After growing up as an overweight youth, he found exercise and nutrition as an empowering path for changing his life. Through reading and watching anything he could get his hands on related to health, Eric became his own experiment and first client. As he started to see results, he found that this lifestyle not only made him better physically, but mentally as well. He gained self-confidence and a stronger drive for achievement and knew this was what he would spend the rest of his life practicing. Eager to get out in the field, Eric completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Missouri State University early and moved to California. There, he attended California State University at Long Beach and received a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. While his conventional education is foundational, he believes that continuing education is where health professionals really evolve and make a difference. To solidify his knowledge and expertise as a fitness professional Eric received credentials as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Level II Exercise is Medicine Practitioner (EIM2) through the American College of Sports Medicine, an MS Fitness and Wellness Specialist (MSFW) through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Functional Movement Techniques (FMT). With a strong foundation in the science of movement, Eric then took his nutrition education and practice to the next level by becoming a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). It is this area that really sets him apart as a health and wellness professional as he brings the full picture of fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle together.
Eric’s nutrition practice is progressive with a holistic and functional nutrition approach. He runs functional lab work to obtain a clear picture as to what the client is dealing with on the inside, not just symptoms on the outside. By identifying healing opportunities in various areas in the body, he gets to the root cause of many health complaints such as weight regulation, hormone imbalances, lack of energy, digestive complaints, autoimmune conditions, and sleep problems. His target populations are digestive disorders, degenerative diseases (MS, RA, Fibromyalgia), and weight loss.
In his fitness practice, Eric works with a wide variety of populations ranging from 8 year old kids to seniors. He focuses on empowering others and helping them achieve results with functional movement at the center. By identifying movement dysfunction, lifestyle demands and goals of the client, Eric helps them reach their goals safely and efficiently through exercise physiology, corrective and functional exercise, and coaching. Because of this approach and his broad expertise, Eric tends to work with many disabled populations. His current list of clients includes those with: Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amputees Lyme Disease, Cancer, Brain/Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. His target populations are special populations (such as those above), pain relief, and chronic illness.
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I maintain a holistic, realistic, and scientific approach to fitness. Fitness should be a by product, a side effect, of a healthy lifestyle. A tree won't grow fruit unless it is in its natural setting. We are the only species that managed to create unnatural settings for ourselves. We eat food loaded with calories and void of nutrients, we play by sitting in front of a screen, we move around by sitting behind a wheel. We have created an environment where we cannot live as we were naturally meant to be. As a result we don't bear any fruit. The fruit of a healthy lifestyle is being fit. Eat well, sleep well, work hard, and play hard. Then you will bear some awesome fruit!
The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do!
I've tried several exercise and nutrition programs in my journey to navigate this complex subject. It seems there is ENDLESS advice, books, programs, and courses on the subject... and the body of knowledge seems to be growing every day. Don't get lost in the flood of information. There is an easy way to figure out your individual nutrition, and exercise needs. My dynamic physical assessment process helps identify kinetic chain dysfunction and compensatory muscle activation; which allows me to design an intervention strategy to help you achieve the results you want quickly and safely. Exercise is only one piece of the puzzle though. In order to build health you have to start with the things you put in your body. Food guide pyramids, fad diets (paleo, south beach, etc.), philosophies (vegan, vegetarian), and the like cause much confusion. Why do you think a diet can work for your friend and leave you feeling lethargic and depressed? We are all as different inside as we are on the outside. A one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn't work. I use functional lab testing to identify hidden internal stressors in the hormone, immune, detoxification, digestive, and intestinal barrier systems. These functional lab tests are combined with assessments to identify your metabolic type (a diet based off your genetics, personality, and nutritional needs) and address any food sensitivities you may have.
"If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done... " Life happens. Timing is never going to be perfect. No matter how slow you go, you are always lapping everybody on the couch. Get up, move, and ENJOY LIFE!
I believe that all of us were meant to move every single day, and some of us go days will little to no movement. My goal as your trainer is not only to move your body in all planes of motion daily, but to educate you on the benefits of doing so. Moving everyday will bring you the body you have always wanted.
I become a personal trainer by accident. I was coaching at a junior college, stepped in on a drill and broke my leg in two places. This took me away from my day job and gave me a chance to pursue personal training. I had a huge passion for watching people grow and reach their goals. In my opion there is no better way to watch people grow mentally and physically than becoming a personal trainer!
Personal training allows people to open up, express desires, concerns and goals. This opening up allows me to get to know them, their medical history, fears, what attempts they have made and how they are feeling about the process. This allows me to be open about my training process and explain why I have choosen that paticular medology for them.
Being an athlete, I have learned how not to train and how to motivate, what exercises not to do and how to help people with injuries. I became interested in training atheletes because I enjoy when people pushed me, taught me how to land correctly and how to become more powerful and explosive. Being injured throughout college helped me to see why I was injured and how to fix it. I learned my back problem came from my lack of flexibility in my hips and ankles. This what led me into getting my specialist in sports conditioning and corrective exercie.
Core strength, balance, flexibility and mobility training are the focus of all of my training. I truly believe that you need to train the entire person to correct, stabilize and make clients movement efficient. Once we get this do0ewn we have no problem loosing or gaining weight. Toning and cross training then become easier. Gaining muscle or bulking begin to happen in less time as well. Focusing on technique is paramount. I do not all my clients to progress until they have mastered form and function.
I absolutely love what I do. I get to speak into peoples lives and help them change into the person they usually they didn't know they would become. Most people focus on goals and how they will look physically. They forget that the person they are when they start training is not the same person they will become once they reach their goals. Changing physically begins with changing mentally. Once you change your mind you can then begin to change you life.
I believe in a functional training philosophy that increases overall body strength and cardiovascular health. To achieve your fitness goals a sound nutritional plan is also imperative. I believe in whole body, functional workouts. With whole body workouts you can keep your heart rate elevated and build strength simultaneously. By lifting weights 2-3 days a week and doing cardio 3-5 days a week you can achieve peak fitness. I also offer nutritional guidance to help you understand how important it is to eat healthy.
Proper fitness and nutrition is simple and obtainable with the correct tools and knowledge. I look to help everyone make a lifestyle change in which healthy nutrition and exercise become part of daily routine.
Optimal fitness is achieved when joints are fully functional. Whether your goal is to improve athletic performance, decrease pain or lose weight you will not be able to reach your full potential unless you address imbalance and joint dysfunction.
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