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As someone who spent most of my life actively pursuing physical fitness, I was always pretty fit and active. Years ago that changed for me when I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I was plagued with the heavy iron cloak of fatigue, pain and lethargy. More than that, any exertion made my symptoms worse. Reentering fitness on any level, even basic walking, tested me greatly. I tried and retried different ways to be active, but everything taxed me. Nothing worked – not hiring a trainer, not doctors, nothing. I was so tired of attempts I was so tired of attempts followed by setbacks, that I began to develop an aversion to physical activity in any capacity. When I was introduced to Erica I shared my story with her. She began to ask me questions and talk to me...read more
Deanna Polito, WA
Deanna Polito, WA
I’ve taken countless group exercise classes from Erica over the years! And I’ve been part of her running club. What kept me coming back for more over the years was Erica’s motivating style, her clear direction/ expectations and (most importantly) the changes I realized in my body as a result of her instruction!
Yes, Erica has been inspirational during times that I could have “walked away” from my goals, especially on those long long runs! But she’s also been spot on around what I (and the rest of her team/classes) needed to do to meet our goals. I think Erica’s passion for helping others comes through in every workout and every training!
I highly recommend Erica and the products she carefully crafts with the purpose of...read more
I spent several years working out with Erica and her Run Club. Not only did we run we also participated in her outdoor boot camp classes. I can honestly say that during that time period, I learned more about myself and physical abilities than I have with any other fitness professional. Erica was able to truly bring the best out in anyone she worked with. With her support and direction, I was able to improve my level of fitness and run my first half marathon (13.1 miles).
Honestly, I joined the club to have a group to run with, but I got so much more. If fact, it was worth it to me to drive an hour each way to participate, talk about commitment...read more
I was a stay-at-home mom with a one and two year old keeping me busy. Sleep deprivation and lack of exercise left me exhausted all of the time. I knew something had to change in order to improve my energy and chase after my babies. A friend suggested I start running with her run group at our local gym. I had never been a runner – I thought a mile was the most I could ever hope for – but I knew it would get me out of the house and among other adults so that was enough incentive.
My first day at run group I met our instructor, Erica, and sparked an immediate friendship. She was energetic and bubbly and, no matter how bad I thought I was, she would come right along side me...read more
I want everyone to know what an amazing fitness expert, motivator and catalyst of positive life change, Erica Merrill truly is. A decade ago, she convinced me to join a new run club she was building. I was reluctant, because I had never in my life been into running. But, she was persistent and was so full of positive energy and influence, I agreed to participate. It was very hard work, but something about Erica makes you just want to succeed. At first, I couldn’t jog 100 feet without being out of breath. But, by following her training program, I ended up losing 25lbs and was running half marathons with the run club for next 2 years. If you want to lose weight...read more