Eric Salvador
Photography by Lindsay May for Classic Kids

Eric Salvador

Head Instructor a.k.a. El Capitán

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Born and raised in NYC, Eric discovered at a young age that being a scrawny, skinny kid was a disadvantage in the sports he loved. It wasn't until Eric became one of 'the few, the proud' and enlisted as a U.S. Marine that he not only changed physically but mentally. "Marine Corps boot camp was the hardest thing I have ever done, but once I graduated I felt strong, confident and like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to." Thus began Eric’s love for physical fitness. 
20 years later, Eric continues to train as intensely but smarter using High Intensity Training (HIT). With HIT, Eric stays in phenomenal shape and ready to do anything active such as run, bike, swim, lift weights, play a sport and keep up with his active kids.

Eric co-created an award-winning HIT class being taught throughout NYSC, PSC and BSC, and he developed NYSC’s super popular Pre-season Sports Conditioning class. He led the small group kettlebell classes at NYSC and has been featured as teaching one of the best kettlebell classes in NYC in Well + Good NYC. He also created the Train like a Tribute, Hunger Games workout for NYSC, which was featured in the media and is a CrossFit Coach. 

Eric loves what he does and has fun doing it. His favorite quote, by Mia Hamm, says it all "If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion."

Professional Certifications:

NASM & NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Concepts Level 1, CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Gymnastics, Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach, TRX Certified, USAW Olympic Weight Lifting Certification, CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting, Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor (Concept 2 Rower)

Why do you EMBRACE HIT?
High Intensity Interval Training keeps me fit and lean without losing or breaking down muscle tissue. I embrace it because you can do it anywhere, at home, at a track, at a gym or outside in the park. I also like the feeling of doing something very intense and knowing it will be over soon. Yes, it feels uncomfortable, but if it were easy, it wouldn’t be effective. If you have reached a plateau doing steady state cardio (like 45 minutes on an elliptical), then it’s time to embrace HIT!

What’s your favorite exercise(s) to EXPERIENCE HIT?
I don’t know if this is my “favorite” but, I have a love / hate relationship with a workout called “FRAN”, which is a CrossFit benchmark workout. It’s like a 100M sprint; it’s an all out effort with no holding back and can be measured over time to record progress. Fran, is three rounds, 21-15-9 reps of 95-pound barbell thrusters and pull-ups to be completed as quicly as possible.  It’s intense and will leave you on the floor gasping for air. Elite athletes do this workout in less than 3 minutes. My first time took me a little under 6 minutes, and I was floored; my lungs felt like they were on fire! If your HIT workout doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable, exhausted and gasping for air, then it wasn’t really HIT, was it?

How do you LIVE FHIT™ in everyday life?
Playing pick up games of basketball with my son and doing gymnastics with my daughter. Biking, running in local roadrunner races in Central Park and Latin dancing. Samba anyone?

The Sessions

Our unique FHIX® workouts integrate five essential building blocks to deliver optimal results.

  • Functional Movements
  • Strength
  • High Intensity Intervals
  • Total Body
  • Highly Varied Exercises