Trainer of the Month | Eric Broser
Who is Eric Broser?
Eric Broser has been a leader in the health and fitness space as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, model, author, magazine columnist, consultant to nutritional supplement companies, and gym owner for over twenty-five years.
There is no doubt that his impact has helped shape the industry into what it is today, and we were all ears!
Eric fell in love with lifting and fitness at only 17 years old. To satisfy his enthusiasm for the industry he began reading everything he could get his hands on in order to learn more about the science of training and diet, knowing that one day he would teach others. He was hired to work in a gym at age 19 and quickly moved from tending the front desk to assisting members with their workouts. Several years later he started his own independent in-home personal training business, and everything began to evolve from there.
Fitness remained his pursuit of happiness as he fell in love with teaching, inspiring, and mentoring others who shared the same passion.
“I love to teach, inspire and mentor. I love to change people’s lives by helping them reach their goals, whether as simple as losing weight or feeling healthier, to winning their pro card in the IFBB.”
Moving forward is Eric's motto when it comes to his career. He always looks to improve, and better himself.
This is ultimately what keeps him pushing every single day as a bodybuilder, coach, writer and exercise theorist. Living by his mantra, “complacency is the enemy of progress.”
Having been in the health and fitness industry for more than 25 years, Eric is a great source of advice and knowledge for others looking to blaze their own trails. Here’s what he had to say:
“Persistence is key. You cannot give up when you fail. You must learn from your failures and use them to fuel your fire. You cannot expect people to come looking for you - you must be the one knocking on doors and pushing them open. Be aggressive, but always respectful and sincere. Work hard everyday to better yourself, and never assume you know everything. And if possible, find an appropriate mentor to guide you.” | ERIC BROSER
Mentors—Who inspired Eric most?
Eric never had a mentor per se, but always looked to certain people for inspiration and education. The legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mindset made a huge impression on Eric, while the physiques of men like Lee Labrada, Francis Benfatto, and Bob Paris were the models for what he wanted to achieve himself. Inspired by the coaching and training methods by Charles Poliquin, Paul Check and Mike Mentzer to fuel his own programs.
But, most all of Eric says any person who overcame all odds to create greatness kept him motivated and inspired.
Regardless of the great physiques and mentors we are all familiar with, in Eric’s opinion the most difficult aspect is setting yourself apart. The industry is flooded with coaches, trainers, and amazing physiques, so in order to make your mark you must have a plan and most importantly the mindset to success!
Pro Tip | Make a name for yourself & remain relevant.
According to Eric, once you carve your path there are so many opportunities!
Eric who has had written books, penned magazine columns, won bodybuilding contests, worked for major supplement companies, spoken at seminars, appeared on TV and radio programs and more stressed the importance of hard work and consistency. “You must fight for it” he said.
Many fitness pros have looked to Eric for inspiration because of his experience and expertise. He’s had many clients want to follow in his footsteps, who wished to model their career after his.
Eric teaches taking it one step at a time, in the proper order. He’s able to show others how to walk the walk, and to avoid many of the same mistakes he made. He helps people navigate the waters of the fitness industry, while creating a legacy of their own. What is most important to Eric is focusing on helping others, while always maintaining one’s integrity and honor.
“Being respected for being a good person is more to me important than money” | Eric Broser
Forward Thinking—What do you think the future of the fitness industry is?
Eric feels social media can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it has created a myriad of new opportunities for people just getting into the industry - which is awesome, says Eric. On the other hand, in some ways it has hurt the “IQ” of what is being offered as professional services.
Hard work should never be underestimated.
It took Eric nearly 30 years to become an elite coach. Eric’s resume is so deep and eclectic that sometimes it even surprises him at how much he has been able to achieve in this industry!
Now, that’s a great problem to have! But, there’s much more to being a fitness professional than a great Instagram profile.
“Sometimes it seems that any fitness enthusiast who has won a competition or followed a trendy workout regime can call themselves a “coach.” A true coach should combine years and years of research, education, experience, certification, and their own competitive track record before helping others to achieve their own goals.” | Eric Broser
Eric also has one more piece of advice for fitness pros and truly anyone else interested in the industry we couldn’t wait to share!
Last year in September he suffered a major heart attack, which should have killed him. The doctors informed him that 99.9% of people would not have survived the severity of attack and were stunned that his heart incurred nearly zero damage. The team of physicians explained that it must have been his way of life - making exercise, nutrition and health a top priority - that pulled him through and saved his life. But, nothing stops his will to be better and do more—" I did not have time to die. I still have much to do”
He is working harder than ever in the gym and with his clients.
Pro Tip | Make exercise and nutrition your top priority no matter what.
In addition to his time in the gym or training clients, Eric works with his sponsors Allmax Nutrition, Gasp, MidSetGrind, and Skinny Beef. He is sharing his knowledge with publications such as FLEX and Muscle & Fitness, while still filming his “B Built By Broser” videos for Jay Cutler TV. He is also planning a return to the stage in 2019 after an 8-year retirement - his goal is an IFBB master’s pro card.
We thank Eric for taking the time to share his knowledge with all of our fitness pros and we can’t wait to see him on stage again!