I have competed in fitness and figure since 2001, and during that time, I have had a chance to work with several ‘trainers’ and “prep coaches”, so I can truthfully claim that I have worked with the rest, before I worked with the best!
Erik’s training programs are quick and intense (Oh man! So intense… ), which I found to be both challenging and fun. Throughout my 12 weeks of contest preparation, I was astonished at the fact that I never spent more than 75 minutes in a gym (and that was over 2 sessions!!!), which almost made me feel bad for some of my friends who reported spending an average of 2-3 hours in the gym 6 days a week (which in all honesty, seems about right … until you start working with someone who actually KNOWS what he is doing, and actually has YOUR best interest in mind!).
Diet wise, Erik’s diet plans are just as easy to follow. I simply marveled at the fact that I continued to eat a reasonable amount of carbs on a daily basis, which made it far easier for me to stick to my eating plan religiously! If that weren’t enough, plateaus were avoided with planned cheats and refeeds, which again, almost made me feel somewhat bad for all of my friends who were starving themselves on low cal, low carb diets. (Then again, it’s THEIR fault for choosing the old school type of trainer, no? So we’ll scratch out me feeling “bad” for now … LOL)
On a more personal note, not only is he knowledgeable, but he also really looks after you. Emails are always answered in a timely fashion (in fact, I imagined he had bells and whistles all going off all over the house whenever I emailed him, because replies were always sent within a few hours).
My only regret is that I was only introduced to Erik this past year, as I know I surely would have earned a Pro Card already, had I been training with him a few years back! I can’t imagine ever having to train or diet without his help, but then again that will never happen, as I have found a trainer for life.
Thanks for all your help, Erik! Now lets go get them at Nationals!!!
– Chantel Milot, Toronto, Ontario