Who’s Who: Eric!

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WOD 6/28/2010

A. Back Squat: 65%1RM x 5; 75% 1RM x 3; 85% 1RM x amrap.
Rest 2 min; perform @ 20X0 tempo.  You must maintain tempo on amrap set!
B. DB Split Squat: 3 x 4-6 @ 31X1 tempo.  Rest 60 sec b/t legs.  Goal – 1/3 bwt + per hand.
21 Knees to Elbows
42 Pushups
15 Knees to Elbows
30 Pushups
9 Knees to Elbows
18 Pushups


Prone Scorpions x 30sec/30 sec
Prone scorpions x 5/5 slow and smooth
3 rounds:
Supine scorpion L to
Cobra to
Supine scorpion R

For this next Who’s Who we have Eric!  He competed at the Oregon sectionals and after that moved onto Regionals. Eric is a great example of what someone can accomplish in Crossfit with a good strength and power base.  He pushes it hard on every workout and is always fun to have in class.

How were you introduced to Crossfit?
I read about Crossfit in some fitness magazines while living in San Francisco, I did some online research and thought about trying out Crossfit San Francisco, but at the time didn’t think I’d like the class format and my work schedule wouldn’t allow me to attend with any consistency.  After moving to Portland in 2008, I decided to give it a shot, and showed up to Crossfit Portland in December 2008 and was immediately hooked.  The intensity of training, types of lifting and exercises, the competitive yet very collegial environment and great community of people are my favorite things about Crossfit.  It’s the closest thing I’ve found to the environment of the competitive sports I used to play.

Favorite WOD/Lift
WOD: anything short and heavy
Lift: Power clean – always was my best lift (not sure it is anymore), and I’ve always enjoyed the blend of strength/power and technique required.

I have always wanted to
Ever since I stopped playing football, I’ve wanted to be a youth or high-school coach.  To pass on what football did for me to other young people would be extremely rewarding.

1 word people use to describe me

Outside of the gym I like to
Travel, frequent Portland’s fine drinking establishments with friends, ski, hike, ride my bike…anything outside when it’s nice.

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me:
I was a fat kid, and was teased and tormented for it, it likely has a lot to do with why I’ve always been so into working out, I started when I was 12 years old and immediately began to see results, it’s been a huge part of my life ever since.

Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit
Skiing – grew up skiing at Hood and Bachelor and then stopped for almost 20 years because of high school / college sports and living in the Bay Area (Tahoe was always too hard to get to).  I’ve really gotten back into it the last two years.

Favorite place to eat in Portland
Gravy and Simpatica for breakfast/brunch, Pok Pok, Noble Rot and Navarre for dinner, La Bonita anytime

Song that gets me pumped for a workout
The Metallica Pandora station

Proudest accomplishment
Playing football for the University of Oregon.  Having my father, uncle and cousin all play there; it was a life long dream.  I was an unrecruited walk-on who was not given much of a chance and through a lot of hard work and a little luck I ended up a two year starter and 1st team all-conference player who got to contribute to the success of some pretty good teams.  Overcoming those long odds and adversity really shaped who I am, and is a big part of the success I’ve had in other parts of my life.

18 Comments on “Who’s Who: Eric!”

  1. Squats – 210/240/275×2, not feeling particularly strong this AM.
    DB split squats – 25lbs, 3×5
    K2E/PU 5:34. That was a lot of pushups.

  2. “Good strength and power base”: to say the least! Can’t wait to work out with you again.

  3. Eric, you are an impressive dude. I really do look up to you and your abilities. You and I have a lot of background in common, and I can definately relate with you about the atmosphere at CF-PDX that can only be duplicated in a team sport atmosphere. Thank you for always being the guy that will constantly remind me with your abiliies that I can always become stronger, faster and better than I am today.

  4. I’ve always impressed by EW. Hell of an athlete and a good guy.

    I can think of a lot of reasons why that WOD seemed so hard. Most of all I had t do it without the support of al of you.

    BSQ: 215, 245, 275 X4 @ tempo +1
    KTE/Pushups 4:45

  5. Your determination is definitely inspiring Eric. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you give less than 100%. Glad to be able to train with you!

  6. I really enjoyed cheering you on at regionals and you were a joy to watch! I still laugh remembering how after regionals at the bbq place you said to Ryan something like…”You must be pretty strict paleo to take the croutons off the salad.” Hilarious!

  7. My WOD today blew big-time (8:01). My push-ups inexplicably petered out after the first round and had to use a foam roller- WTF? Great job to the rest of the 6:30 class!

    Eric- it was awesome being in the 6:30am class while you were training for the games. Loved seeing the intensity and commitment you showed!

  8. You’re the man Eric! I love watching you compete in class or at a competitive event, because you’re one of the very few people that truly gives it everything you have, every second, from start to finish. You rock.

  9. Awesome Eric! It has been fun training with you and getting to know you more. Seeing your determination and drive has pushed me to not only get stronger physcially but also mentally. When something comes your way that isnt your best event, you always seem to look adversity in the face and never give up!

  10. Eric, when I get to work out around you, it’s like being in that movie The Highlander with Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert, except with more weights and less swords, probably safer though. I’m just saying that movie did win an Oscar for Best Movie Ever Made.

  11. Great to workout with you Eric…You’re advise is always sound and your encouragment always gets me back on track when I feel like I could rest just a little bit longer…

  12. You are a great inspiration, Eric. Thanks for showing us what can be done with enough hard work!

    Go get those summer goals!

  13. Nice to learn more about you, Eric. Thanks for setting the bar high for the rest of us! 🙂

  14. Thank you all for the kind words, the community at Crossfit Portland and CFFV have had a big positive impact on my life, it’s great to be around so many inspirational people that are all working towards similar goals, and thanks so much to all the great coaches, Scott, Roche, XX, Anton, Adam, Kaite, Erin & Jay, etc. for all the hard work!

  15. Wow Eric. Super inspirational – way to show that anything is possible with abit o’ focus 😉

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