Eric Martz

Class instructor

Beasts of Barbells

I've been an active member in athletics since I was in High School, where I played soccer and raced BMX. During that time I ranked 11th and 10th in BMX racing, then placed 12th in the nation a year after high school. As I attended Kutztown University my focus shifted to my academics and soccer. I majored in physics and math, and played soccer during all 4 years of college. I've coached soccer players from ages 13 to 22 years old and was even part of a coaching staff that helped 3 girls receive partial scholarships to play soccer in college. 

In 2013, I was introduced to CrossFit and CrossFit-oriented workouts. My cousin took me to my first class and I was immediately impressed with what I had witnessed. I saw these guys no bigger than myself lifting hundreds of pounds over their heads and moving like it was second nature. This is when I said, "I want to do this." I've been adamantly involved with HIIT and CrossFit for 5 years now and continue to enjoy every minute of it. I love the community of people it brings together and I love seeing the camaraderie between them after a workout is complete.

I believe that people give more and push themselves harder when they are challenged against their peers. That push is exactly what these types of workouts give. Everyone is fighting towards the same goal, everyone is looking to be better than the person next to them, but in the end it brings everyone together. In the few years that I've been doing this, I have learned so much about what my body is capable of achieving. I've accomplished goals that I thought were out of my reach or were only for "the professionals," and I've made more friends than I can count, along the way. That learning and friendship is what drives me to be better, and what drives me to help others be better too.


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