January Member Spotlight: Eric Freedman
What is your background in sports/athletics?
I ran track in high school and college, and added weight lifting and racquetball to my workout regimen in graduate school.
Tell us a little about you and your family.
My husband Ryan and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in December (we were married in New York City last December). We moved from Fort Lauderdale to Charlotte just over two years ago, and have settled in the Ashbrook neighborhood.
What’s your day job?
I am Dean of the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. The charge of my school is to engage the university community and the city in an ongoing partnership to measurably improve digital and media literacy across the greater Charlotte area, and strategize to close the digital divide. We work closely with a variety of agencies, including the City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services, and the Library, and engage our students with these efforts.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Metro?
What I like most about Metro is the variety of workout options. In Florida, I was a member of a national gym franchise, and mostly focused on weight lifting. I saw the gains, but never truly felt challenged. That changed when I began working with a personal trainer who shifted my focus to circuit work, and emphasized techniques to build lean muscle. It was my introduction to kettlebells.
At Metro, I can have it all-intimate circuit classes with skilled trainers, and my own structured free weight sessions. I’ve learned enough from my trainers to build my own routines, and the space is large enough and open enough to allow me to train by myself when I can’t make it to class. Metro has the most expansive equipment inventory that I have found in a gym.
What motivates you to show up everyday?
The environment has encouraged me to challenge myself…I actually look forward to what Billy and the other trainers will throw at me. And I’ve made some excellent friends. Before Metro, I never experienced the gym as a social space; at Metro, my classmates are fantastic motivators.
What benefits have you seen from working out regularly?
Working out has always been my stress valve, so I live in a fairly balanced state; and my colleagues notice that balance. I’ve seen my endurance and my core strength increase. When Ryan and I travel, I bring that philosophy and that energy with me. It comes in handy-whether we’re climbing Mayan ruins in the Yucatan or exploring archaeological sites like Ostia Antica outside Rome.
Any unknown/hidden talents?
I play the piano, but I prefer classical pieces, and need sheet music.
What’s your proudest fitness achievement?
My proudest achievement has been running my first 5K (the local Turkey Trot). It was a small milestone, but my circuit work has helped with my endurance and my breathing; I can now settle into a run.
What’s your favorite way to sweat?
The best workouts combine circuit work and strength training. But two of my favorite exercises are Hanging Leg Raises and L Pull Ups.
What workout will we never see you doing in the gym?
Zumba, Jazzercise, or the Jane Fonda Workout. But I don’t think I have to worry about seeing those at Metro.