I met Eric Miller a few years ago while he was a trainer at the gym on the campus where I work. I took a couple of classes from him and the first thing I noticed was how humble he seemed. Eric was a great motivator in the class, but like some of the best motivators I’ve ever met, he did it through encouragement and smiling a lot. I could really tell Eric enjoyed his job. Later on, I found out Eric was a competitive bodybuilder. This is something I always wanted to do. I know it takes a ton of work, mentally and physically, to get your body into amazing shape. I hope you are as inspired by Eric as I have been.
I asked Eric to tell me a few things about himself and he said, “My passion not just for fitness, but life itself has stemmed from helping others and watching the positive effects fitness has on one’s life. Cognitively, it empowers you to conquer anything, teaches you discipline, allows you to respect/love yourself and others. It keeps you open-minded and allows one to live a comfortable life. My mother and first two clients as an undergraduate, have built the foundation for my passion for fitness and helping others. My mother fighting cancer, multiple surgeries, and overcoming many lifelong hardships from the support of those around her and staying active allow her to move today. A 67-year-old aquatic client, (Home suffered from a stroke and hip surgery prior to us meeting). After six months he was able to walk upstairs again. He stated he hasn’t accomplished that in roughly ten years. A young man just out of his teens (who suffered a TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury- after being hit by a car on his bike), after just six months of gait/neuromuscular/strength training along with many other modalities is now able to walk again, assisted. The tears, the expression on his face, the feelings these three individuals had, I experience this with them. My message I want to spread is LIVE, GET ACTIVE, and HELP ONE ANOTHER OUT.”
I was really stoked to see that Eric was a big fan of the Four Agreements. If you’re not familiar with this book, definitely check it out. When I asked him what he was most proud of he said, “I am proud of constantly excelling at the things I put my energy towards. I am nowhere close to the reaching the goals I have written down. It’s all a work in progress.”
One thing I noticed about many of my friends as that they are always available to help others. When I asked Eric what he thinks people should know about him he said, “People should know about me because I just may be able to give a helping hand and I really care. My past involved a lot of shortcomings, hardships, and eye opening/mature decisions which led me to be extremely grateful and able to connect with others/things/ideas on a deeper level.
If you are in the Los Angeles Area and would like to connect with Eric to train, email him at the address below. Or if you are inspired by his story and just want to tell him, please feel free to reach out. Eric says he offers, “Year-round coaching, whether it’s for a wedding, competition or simply to get into shape. I’m here to help. I also offer summer boot camps, launching in May, June, and July), meal planning guidance and online coaching all at affordable rates.”
If you’re interested in learning more about these, email Eric here: FITT2PERFORM@GMAIL.COM
Enjoy his inspirational answers to the questions he chose.
If you could cure one disease in the world what it be? Why?
Cancer. That shit got personal.
What advice would you give the teenage you?
Setup your future in regards to finances, career options, and relationships (Friends/significant others/colleagues). Look at the big picture and stop being so small-minded (Drop the temporary healing modalities).
What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Starting a family and watching it flourish. Everything else is temporary.
How important is music in your life?
It allows me to be productive when I am along.
What is your favorite Inspirational quote
“YOUR ONLY LIMIT IS YOU”
What is one attribute you got from your Mom? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Having my heart involved with everything that I do. It has filtered a lot of bullshit over the course of my life.
What is one attribute you got from your Dad? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Step-dad, being humble. “Everybody’s shit stinks.” It has allowed me to connect with things in a stronger way.
What is your horoscope sign? Do you feel it fits you?
Gemini. Hell Yes! It fits me. After having a client who knew about astrology. It allowed me to really work on being the best Gemini. I could be damn it!! See that. I can be productive and happy and then flip the switch and be done and angry.
GEMINI, HELL YES IT FITS ME. AFTER HAVING A CLIENT WHO KNEW HER ASTROLOGY IT ALLOWED ME TO REALLY WORK ON BEING THE BEST GEMINI I COULD BE DAMN IT!!! SEE THAT… I CAN BE PRODUCTIVE AND HAPPY THEN FLIP THE SWITCH AND BE DONE AND ANGRY.
What was the first album, cd, download you owned?
1996 Death Row’s Greatist Hits is probably the earliest one I can remember. My mother bought if for me. LOL.
Do you collect anything?
Shot glasses from every place I visit.
Have you ever had a near death experience?
Yes. Age 16 I was in a head-on collision with three friends. We were hit by a drunk driver. I walked away with a small cut on my forehead and a sore neck (friends were okay too).
What do you think drives violence in this world?
What would you like to be remembered for?