Erik’s 2004 foray into bodybuilding at the Upper Ohio Valley show quickly led to a 2007 Pro card at the North Americans. He has two children: Xavier 7, and London 2 as well as a wonderful wife Heather. He also works a full time job as an exercise physiologist at a health club. His dream came true when he stepped on the Olympia stage in 2010, the reward for his NY Pro 5th place finish. Erik is admired by his hard core fan base for his humility and dedicated work ethic, which is second to none.
What do you feel happened in Chicago?
Not sure what I could've done differently. Sometimes you have everything together, but you just lose it in the final minutes. All I can do is regroup and try again. Still doing my work.
What was your hardest body part to develop?
Chest. I’m not super gifted in that area so I had to stay consistent. I improved it by staying with the basics and also making sure that I was well rested on that day when I trained chest.
What are some mistakes that advanced guys make in the gym?
Thinking that they know everything. In these days of bodybuilding with so many big and ripped guys onstage, you almost have to consult with more knowledgeable people in terms of nutrition and training.
What is your philosophy towards bodybuilding?
Building blocks. Everything you do in every minute of everyday adds up. A great physique was not built overnight contrary to popular belief. Do your work everyday. That's my philosophy.