A fit life after RECOVERY

A fit life after RECOVERY

Eric Gremminger:

Personal Trainer Designing a Life of Everlasting Recovery


Liis Macclesfield


Eric Gremminger is on a mission to help one million people overcome the disease of addiction. We all know that addiction is a serious problem, and growing. Despite garnering more nationwide attention, political involvement, and money raised than ever before, addiction still remains one of the most severe health issues plaguing our country.

This Philly-area native draws on his diverse background as a personal trainer, entrepreneur, business executive, motivational speaker, wellness director and life coach in his unique approach to addiction recovery. Get to know Eric and how his treatment model is shaking up the industry paradigm.

  • How did you discover your passion to help people?

I am in recovery myself, and have made it my life purpose and obsession to find strategies to not only heal and become the best version of myself, but to teach other people what I’ve learned on my journey. This is applicable for everyone, but I’m especially passionate about addiction treatment because I know what it’s like to be in the throes of that disease. I believe that overcoming addiction is not an opportunity to be as good as you once were, but to be better. From an academic perspective, this is talking about resiliency versus growth post-trauma. It is possible to change your entire life into one you are excited to wake up to every day!

  • What was the first step in your path to recovery?

Finding fitness again was one of my first steps on the road to recovery. I was an accomplished athlete growing up, playing multiple sports throughout the year and was just a healthy, fit kid. Addiction took that away from me, so it makes sense that reestablishing habits to take care of myself physically would be an important part of my recovery and bringing balance to my life again. I studied for and took the ACE personal training exam five years ago, and today am the proud owner of a personal training facility I run out of my home called Fishtown Fitness, where I help others achieve their fitness and physique goals.

  • Tell us about your program, Everlasting Recovery Program.

Everlasting Recovery Program (ERP) is a lifestyle program. It’s a behavior modification program created around six modules, starting with goal setting. My philosophy is that people have to be on purpose if they’re going to stay in recovery. It’s based on the biopsychosocial model, meaning that the way ERP views addiction is that it not only impairs a person mentally and physically, but it also destroys family cohesiveness and community relations. I created ERP to bring balance in those three areas (biological, psychological, social), with sustainable recovery being at the intersection of those areas. It is a true holistic program, meaning we take into consideration career, health, relationships, finances, etc. – every area of someone’s life. We help people set and achieve attainable goals relating to each area of their life, and this concrete and measurable approach to improving our client’s lives has had astonishing success. This program is different from others used today because it’s not looking at what’s wrong with the individual, but rather is about the potential of that individual to grow into the person they want to become.

  • Tell us more about you and what your day to day life looks like?

I always start my morning off at 4:30am so I have time to read, meditate and exercise before diving into my very busy days. This daily time to work on myself and exercise my mind and body is critical to being a focused high performer. Then I have one or two personal training clients I work with before I head to my office, where I am the COO of the Sanctuary Health Group and run training groups for Everlasting Recovery. Afternoons and evenings I frequently have speaking engagements and community events relating to wellness and addiction recovery, or I’ll have meetings and networking opportunities with other influencers in this space. I am also working to build my personal brand online with my project, Motivated by the Mission, to reach and help even more people. I am also working on completing my first book, which I think is going to be a game-changer for people who may have some clean time but feel lost about what the next step is in their life. Recovery is not the end – it’s the beginning!

  • Where can our readers find out more about your program and about you?

Everlasting Recovery Program is offered exclusively at Sanctuary Health Group. Our flagship location is in Cherry Hill NJ, and we are in the process of opening centers in the Poconos and York, PA with more to come. We are working with a Princeton statistician to prove efficacy of our treatment model and our goal is to mandate it in all treatment centers in the nation. If you or someone you know needs help overcoming addiction, please visit www.sanctuaryhealthgroup.com so our awesome admissions team can help you get started on your path to recovery today.

If you are interested in personal training, life coaching or booking me for a speaking engagement, you can reach out to me at eric@fishtownfitness.com. I also work with local nonprofits to offer free community workshops that empower our community, for people wanting to get more involved in making a positive impact and moving the needle on overcoming addiction – you can find out more by searching my name on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve also started an initiative with a colleague of mine called Motivated by the Mission that distributes motivational, educational and inspirational content on Facebook and YouTube to help people create a life by design. This project was born of the belief that recovery isn’t just about getting back to baseline. It’s about reclaiming your power and living your best life, as your best self. It’s never too late to be who you might have been!

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