"I hired Eric in October 2014, after the birth of my son. My personal goals were to restructure my body composition, while regaining physical strength. Through Eric's powerlifting programming and macronutrient recommendations, I am not only stronger with a vastly different body composition, but have a much greater appreciation of how training can translate to my life as a mother. While I am physically stronger in ways I didn't think I would ever become, I am much stronger emotionally and mentally---and I attribute that to the amount of time Eric invests in me as a client. He knows my limitations in terms of time and equipment and has always taken those into consideration when creating and updating my programming. His feedback is prompt, professional, and most importantly, encouraging. The commitment he has to his athletes far surpasses any other coaching experience I've ever had. The environment he has created with KPS is one where the athletes are genuinely encouraging toward one another. To say that Eric has had a significant impact on my life in the past few months is an understatement---working with him doesn't just motivate me to succeed as an athlete, but to work harder and succeed as a wife and mom...as a human being in general."
- Ryan Behr
“Working with Eric has been a game changing experience. He’s taught me to push myself on a level that I didn’t know I was capable of and inspires me to keep going on a daily basis. We’ve transformed my body and my mindset over the past 6 months. I love powerlifting more and more everyday and can’t wait to see where we will take things as I continue my training."
- Ashley Olson
“I have been working with Eric since June of 2013. Since then i have seen great increases in my technique as well as my powerlifts. S/B/D went from 369/205/343 to 425/265/424 which placed me as in 1st as a sub-junior 82kg lifter at AAU Worlds in 2014. There were some speed bumps due to injuries (nature of the sport and of my own doing as well) nevertheless, Eric always found a way to work around it and get me back to 100% as fast as possible all while maintaining positivity. He is one of the most dedicated powerlifting coaches that I know and i have every intention of continuing to work with him in the future.”
- Matt Taylor
“Eric redefines what it means to be a coach. Two years ago I embarked on a journey: I moved to NYC to pursue my graduate degree at the school I had always dreamt of. Worried that what was a lifestyle dedicated to bodybuilding would fall to the wayside, I decided to direct my competitive spirit to Powerlifting and hired Eric for guidance. That decision effected success beyond expectations. I’ve always battled questions of self-worth, yet Eric kept me grounded. Unprecedented progress in the gym with ALL of my lifts, in the face of the myriad obstacles life threw my way, empowered me to conquer the physical, mental, academic, and professional challenges before me with competence and confidence. I'm stronger than ever, look and feel healthier than ever, and have a better relationship with food than I've had for half a decade. Indebted for the service I’ve received, I’ll be sure to harness the personal growth Eric helped me to achieve to pay it forward. Eric is a coach, a mentor, and a friend, and I couldn’t be more excited and hopeful for the future with Team KPS in my corner.”
-Eric Paul Ruiz, MSSW
“I started working with Eric in October of 2014 because I wanted an objective look at my training. That's exactly what I got, and it was the best training decision I ever made. During my time as a member of Team KPS, I've been able to learn a lot about what works for me as well as where I was falling short when I was writing my own programming. That has made me a better athlete and better coach myself. One of the things I admire the most about Eric is that he truly listens to the concerns of his athletes. As someone that deals with athletic and weightlifting injuries often, I found it very refreshing to see a coach that really hears his athletes and recognizes when they need to scale back for the sake of longevity rather than pushing them forward simply because he has a plan in place. That, I feel, is why members of Team KPS are set up not only for some amazing short term gains, but also lasting long term results.”
- Dr. Jacob Harden, DC
“When I came to Eric as a client over a year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that my life would be where it is today. Before becoming a powerlifter, I rigorously attempted all other fitness avenues. I was a huge fan of the elliptical, which then advanced into becoming runner and of course, I engaged in my fair share of boot camps. I started lifting, honestly as an act of desperation, with no intention of falling in love. But the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment that Eric holds not only for this sport, but also for his clients is contagious. Eric once told me that I had potential. I didn’t full heartedly think this, but I believed because he believed. I remember the first time I pulled 315, of course it’s an exciting moment as a women to pull three plates, but I will never forget the pride and joy that Eric beamed. Putting numbers on a spreadsheet is easy; the hard part is learning the client and building that relationship. Eric has taken time to build that relationship with not only myself, but also all of his clients. He is wholeheartedly invested and wants what best, not for him but for me. Within the last three months, I have been able to put over 50 lbs on my total. More importantly, 15lbs of that has been put onto my weakest lift, bench. Because of Eric I was able to break the state record within my first year of lifting. With technical improvements, squats, the lift that used to be a mental roller coaster for me has become almost as strong as my deadlift and a favorite. I have no doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am today without his guidance and support. He understands what I need as a women lifter. He knows when I’m about to compromise my technique before I do. At the end of the day Eric has become more than just a coach for me, he has become my family. I will forever be grateful and proud for having Eric Koenreich has my coach. “
- Ashley Porter
“It is extremely rare to find a coach that cares as much as Eric does. I could talk about how many lbs he has put on my total and how effective his programming is (and it has been extremely effective), but what separates him from everyone else is his passion and dedication to his clients. Working with Eric is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He knows when to push his clients to their greatest potential while always being supportive, and this results in athletes that are both physically strong, mentally strong, and above all else, incredibly proud and grateful to be part of Team KPS.”
- Nicole Wright