By Eric Salvador
Eric Salvador is oftentimes more fittingly known as El Capitán — the title he earned as Head Instructor and one of the creators of the killer workout at The Fhitting Room. A former US Marine, Crossfit athlete, and a dad of two, Eric will work your body to its limit, right alongside a huge smile to keep you going. So what’s a Day in the Sweat Life like for Eric? Read on.
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Well I hit snooze about 3 times, then I turn on CBS morning news and watch FHIXer and friend, Chris Wragge. It's good to see someone who is awake even before me come take my evening classes.
2. What is your go-to workout?
My go to workout consists of 4 parts. I begin with extensive mobility work that keeps me injury free, think stretching and dynamic exercises to warm up the muscles, then some barbell exercises like back squats, deadlifts, and bench pressing. That is usually followed by Olympic weightlifting (snatch & cleans and jerks). I wrap up with a FHIX (Functional High Intensity Mix) to test out new ideas for our FHIXtreme and Signature FHIX classes, since we are always changing up programming at The Fhitting Room to keep our clients (and muscles) guessing.
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
I like big omelets in the morning with bacon and a coffee. For lunch I do some greens with a protein (I love Pita Grill on the Upper East Side) and a green juice from Juice Press (Doctor Greens). For snacks, I'm always eating bananas or snacking on almonds. For dinner, you can sometimes find me at my friend Yanni's restaurant named Bocado Cafe. The lamb chops, Bocado burger, and the salmon are so fresh and delicious! He treats me well and often brings out some dessert that I love. The tres leche is to die for and the apple pie a la mode is incredible, but everyone knows how much I love chocolate cake!
4. What is your favorite indulgence?
I do love chocolate cake, but my favorite indulgence is actually chicken salad on a flat pumpernickel bagel from Tal Bagels. I've been getting this from the same place for the last 12 years. I eat them once a week.
5. What is your healthy living philosophy?
”I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” - Joyce Meyer
6. Do you meditate?
I actually do. I do it lying down in the dark in the FHITpit, the downstairs studio at our Flatiron location. For 10 minutes, I close my eyes and try to turn everything off in my brain.
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
In my gym bag you will find my workout log book (I track everything I do), my ipod, speed rope by RPM, a pair of Adipower shoes, Jaybird athletic tape that my workout buddy Farouk always borrows, my shaker bottle with some Progenex chocolate peanut butter smash protein, a banana, some TFR business cards (never leave home without them!), Altoids, and coconut oil because you can't have ashy skin.
9. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Before I go to bed, I check the programming for the following day at The Fhitting Room, and I check the attendance roster because I like to know who is coming to class. I drink a tall glass of water before bed and read a book, which usually puts me to sleep in 10 minutes flat.
10. What or who inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my two kids. It's normal to have parents teach kids about behavior, good manners, and work ethics, but I am fortunate to say that my kids teach me to be a better father, athlete, and man. Their perseverance and "yes" attitude on life at such a young age pushes me to do more and be more. They have the trifecta — beauty, brains, and strength. For each triathlon I train, each weight I lift, and each milestone I overcome, I do it for them. I'm very proud to be called their Dad.