Born and raised in Boston, Eric brown moved to the 305 with a pre-law degree and passion for fitness. Five years later, Brown is helping clients achieve their goals. We caught up with Brown for a Quick 10 interview powered by HALO Sport, but you can also follow him on Instagram – @eric_brown305.
Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I’m from Boston, Massachusetts, and I moved down to Florida five years ago. I graduated with a Pre-Law degree and decided I wanted to move and enter into the Fitness industry. I got a job at Equinox, where I progressed from top trainer to the department Manager.
How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?
I started playing sports my entire life, traveling competitively and had an injury in my senior year of high school which ended my sports career. Working with strength coaches throughout my career as an athlete, I decided to get a job at Gold’s Gym as a trainer and I loved it.
How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?
Staying consistent, disciplined, and balanced with my diet and fitness throughout the week. I hold myself to a standard of training 5-6x per week, having my goal allows me to stay disciplined in eating meals, and the combination of both feeds my machine to work optimally throughout the day.
How would you describe your personal training sessions?
Informative, intense, challenging, and overall will tax your entire system without pain or being left bedridden for days. The number one thing I consistently teach my trainers is being involved to motivate, or simply enhancing their experience/investment by working on the form of all clients.
What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?
Carbs are bad. Here’s a mind-blower – carbs you can use as energy alone, fats you can’t. To utilize fats as energy, you need carbs. Your body fat mass (aka BF % you want to lose as a goal) is technically called “potential stored energy” and you can manipulate your carb intake to burn off your “stored fat” that you never could shed in the past. The reason is you are missing carbs. It’s about balance.
Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.
Strength/Conditioning, Athletic Rehabilitation, Preventive injury, Body Composition, Functional. I represent being a “coach” vs “trainer.” Every professional should be well rounded within their craft. I specialize in being diverse within my specialties but focus on one thing for each “integrity.”
What are you excited about right now?
The future of what my company can do to help within this industry.
What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?
I want to hold seminars around the world coaching, teaching, and motivating others to do exactly what they are passionate about within the fitness industry. I want to help kids without direction find a career like this, I want to help non-violent offenders find jobs within changing lives, and I’m working on making this my foundation to help build off the success of our company.
What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?
Workout, drink a lot of water, meditate, eat 80/20, and most importantly setting good intentions through each day I start.
What do you love about the South Florida fitness/health & wellness community?
It’s a culture, it’s a family, and it’s something of value to this community which is amazing to see so many people value their health.