Rodgers has a career doing what he loves

Friday, October 10, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

As winter approaches, going outside for exercise seems less tempting, but there are ways to stay healthy this season.

Fitness guru Eric Rodgers explains tips to staying healthy and in shape when summer is just a memory.

While growing up with two brothers, Rodgers' body, like any child entering the teenage stage, was going through some changes. He started gaining weight and his peers didn't hesitate to point it out. While having two active brothers who teased him about his weight, he finally found the determination to change the root of his problems. He started doing at-home workouts and would run around the field of the family's farm. After getting off the bus, he would run down the long driveway to his house. He started playing basketball in middle school, but soon found out that wasn't his niche. He started lifting weights as he got older and did his own little workouts.

After graduating from Marshall County High School in 2003, he worked full-time at Nichirin in Lewisburg for six years.

In 2010, he started his business, Xtreme Fitness, while earning his associate's degree with an emphasis on exercise science from Columbia State Community College. While at Columbia State he also earned his American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification. That same year he did his first photoshoot with Jul's Photography. Doing the photoshoot motivated him to take his physique to the next level. A few months later he decided to compete in his first body building competition -- World Beauty Fitness and Fashion (WBFF) in Kansas City, Mo. Today, his transformation has been featured on several websites.

When Rodgers started his business, his No. 1 mission was to change as many lives as possible with his passion for fitness. Rodgers said, "Failure is not an option." His business offers one-on-one, two-on-one, small groups of three to six people, and online training programs.

"It is a blessing to do what you love as a career. Helping others achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle through the power of fitness, motivation, and inspiration is amazing," he said.

Rodgers consumes about 2,300 to 3,000 calories between his four to eight meals a day. He does weight lifting five days a week and cardio three to four days a week.

The best transformation out of all of his clients was a woman who lost 73 pounds in 11 months. He recommended she drink one gallon of water per day, eat smaller meals more frequently, and set monthly goals for her so she could always see a vision. He told her to exercise three to five times a week, whether it is jogging, walking, and/or weight training.

Although eating healthy can be costly, Rodgers said it's best to shop with coupons, look for sales, and price-match where acceptable. One fitness myth that a lot of people like is to have a cheat day. Rodgers said never reserve a whole day to pig out because it destroys a person's mindset. Have one day to have one cheat meal. When it comes to eating healthy, a person doesn't have to only consume plain bland food. He said buy flavoring like Mrs. Dash and buy cookbooks and learn how to make healthy meals.

"For anyone wanting to get fit, start off by setting up a consultation with a fitness professional who has proper credentials, hire a trainer who will help you decipher what you do and don't enjoy, join a fitness group or even couples personal training. Online fitness communities like show videos on how to perform different workouts. Get on the web and look at recipes and different workouts. Talk with someone about helping you find out what fits your lifestyle. You aren't going to like all of the workouts, but you have to do them," said Rodgers.

Tips to performing at-home workouts during the winter are: try beginner yoga classes to stay stretched out, invest in fitness DVDs, hire a trainer who will help find workouts like wall pushes, chair sits, mountain climbers, crunches, and planks. Joining a gym or fitness classes is vital.

"When trying to get in shape, stay positive, think positive, and surround yourself with positive people, places, things, and ideas. It's not always sunshine and rainbows. Create a balance in your lifestyle for nutrition and exercise. Embrace your plateaus and keep going forward," concluded Rodgers.