He has made my life worth living!!!
I am 74 years old. I have had 5 back surgeries with hardware, screws, and a plate implanted in my back. The last surgery was in 2014. I could hardly walk, could not stand straight, and was in constant pain. I completed physical therapy twice and was in home healthcare for a period of time. The Doctor said he had done all he could do and I would never be able to walk very much or stand straight. He prescribed medication for pain but I did not want to take pain medicine for the rest of my life and I wanted to walk and stand up straight!
I have always been active and went to the gym on a regular basis before my back surgeries. I went to O2Fitness and told them my problem. They immediately referred me to Eric. At this point my life began to change. When I met Eric my goal was to stand up straight and walk. Eric developed a plan for me and said he thought we could achieve 80% mobility. I was excited then and more excited now. I have been in training with Eric for 8 months and I am walking and standing up straight! I recently went to the Doctor and my blood work was excellent; better than it has been in 5 years. I’m sure it is due to the great plan Eric developed for me. His knowledge is overwhelming! He knows about all of the muscles in your body! When I ask questions or have doubts he always has the answer.
He encourages and motivates me to succeed and is always mindful of the medical issues with my back. He is concerned about my physical health and makes sure I know what to do when I have pain and how to keep my back strong. He has taught me daily exercises to do at home. He can even tell if I have done my homework or not. Eric is such an inspiration in my life! Eric is the BEST Trainer Ever! He has made my life worth living!
Wow! Thank you for this amazing review. You have an incredible attitude and willingness to try new things. Your trust in me was not taken lightly and I could not be more excited to see how far you can keep going.
Both knees replaced and Eric was the best
I signed up with Eric to get my knees (both of which have been replaced and were babied for the last 5 or so years) in shape for a European river cruise that I thought would involve a ton of walking. I was right about the amount of walking and about choosing Eric. I just got back from two weeks of going through five countries in Europe, never once having to choose the “gentle walkers” group for my treks through town. I also never used an elevator until I got back to RDU.
Why didn’t I sign up with Eric sooner? I watched the trainers for the first year to get a feel for how they worked with others. I am not an athlete – I just want to keep moving. I watched Eric work with others that looked like rehab patrons. He is kind, explains why he is having you do the things he asks you to do. He takes the time to stretch you after a session and he gave me the confidence to get things done. He gave me exercises I could do at home to reinforce what we did at the gym and I think that was key. That, and he is a great cheerleader!
Thank you! I respect that you took your time in selecting me and I am deeply honored that I stood out to you. I may be a great cheerleader, but you are a great client who puts in the effort to change.
You have taken the time and the extra effort needed to calm me. You understood the battle inside my mind when sessions were tough for me. You encouraged me through each and every session. You have taught and instructed me with insight on each and every exercise. You have helped me strengthen my shoulders and I know how to protect them now. You have brought your professional skills, knowledge and teaching style into each and every session. You have helped me face the years of bad form; bad muscle habits; and my aging. You have remained a true and caring friend throughout. I am truly thankful for your help in my fitness journey.
Post gastric bypass surgery and Eric was the best
After 53 years of obesity and related health issues, I had finally after RNY gastric bypass surgery and 109 pound weight loss, reached a normal BMI. Over the years, I had joined many gyms and had experienced many complementary personal trainer sessions. Based on my experiences, I was not looking to hire a personal trainer. I explained my health and physical limitations, and I was scheduled with a trainer who could address my concerns.
Enter Eric Wilson. I found Eric to be professional and very personable. He listened to my concerns-age (I’m 57), history, limitations and goals. Never once during our first two sessions was I given a “canned” program to follow or a sales pitch about why and how badly I needed to hire him. Both sessions were conducted as though I already had.
We worked together for 16 sessions. In that very short time, I attained every one of my goals. Eric’s effectiveness as a personal trainer has been proven over and over again in my new found abilities on a daily basis. Having challenges with the body changes and nutritional requirements that most people do not, Eric was amazing in his ability to fine tune his knowledge and apply it to my situation. He was especially helpful offering me great sports nutrition information that I could apply to my needs. Before working with Eric, I could not have enjoyed the activities I now regularly engage in.
From backyard renovation to 30 mile bike rides, I’m enjoying the practical application of Eric’s expertise and patient guidance. The strength and muscle mass I’ve developed is unbelievable in the two months of effective training with Eric. His work is truly his life’s passion.
I had no intention of working with a personal trainer. I had been out of the gym for about a year due to unexplained physical pain. When a doctor finally told me what was wrong and that I wasn’t broken I headed to the gym that afternoon. I explained to the man selling the gym membership that I didn’t need a personal trainer because I worked part time as a certified personal trainer for about 5 years in the past, and was knowledgeable enough to go at it alone. When he told me that there was a personal trainer who specialized in corrective exercise, I decided to check him out.
When I scheduled my first appointment with Eric I was very apprehensive at best because I was already under the care of a Doctor, Physical Therapist and a Podiatrist and was sure that this guy had nothing more to offer. After my first meeting with him, my not-so-positive attitude began to change. His assessment was very similar to what my Physical Therapists had told me, and his methods seemed to align with what I was being told to do by medical professionals. After my two free visits, I committed to working with Eric one time a week for six months, and have now been working with him for about 2 and a half months.
I have always loved the gym, working out and helping people. Eric’s similar passions are exciting to me and our conversations are inspiring. He teaches me things that I never knew I didn’t know, he challenges me, and helps me move past my embarrassments every week. His calm, encouraging demeanor keeps me going even when I feel stupid, fat and lazy. When I get to a point of pain or fatigue that would normally make me quit, he pushes me further. Unlike the drill sergeant attitude I’m used to dealing with, he encourages me to like myself for who I am while always trying to improve. Discussions we have had have made me consider goals that have never even crossed my mind.
After the short time I have been working with Eric, his knowledge and methods have impressed me so much that I am seriously considering a personal training certification again. I love the work he does and how he does it. My only hope is that, should I pursue such a goal, I will be as encouraging, inspiring and effective as he is.