Eric Velazquez, CSCS

Background

Eric Velazquez, CSCS, is a veteran of several of the fitness industry’s most respected magazine titles. Most recently, he served as editor-in-chief of Muscle & Performance magazine.

Throughout his career, Velazquez has carved a particular niche in the realm of participatory fitness journalism. A former college athlete, Velazquez trained like a boxer with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach for 12 weeks, wrestled with UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, and practiced hand-to-hand combat with Army Rangers at Fort Benning, all in the name of providing readers with a more visceral, entertaining brand of service. He spent six weeks embedded in the intense world of CrossFit in 2006, penning one of the first mainstream features on what has become a global fitness phenomenon.

The son-in-law of a thirty-year law enforcement veteran, Velazquez has always had a particular interest in the training programs used by tactical athletes, which often border on the extreme. His Muscle & Fitness story on the workouts employed by instructors at Army Combatives School was nominated for a Maggie Award by the Western Publishing Association in 2009. Velazquez did a three-day media embed aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in the Gulf of Oman in 2008. In 2013, he profiled the elite officers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s storied Metro Division, whose officers spend the first 90 minutes of each shift in the gym. In this category, he also inked a cover story on Silver Star recipient and former UFC star Brian Stann, a feature on the new Army physical preparedness standards and a closer look at the military-inspired training of SEALFIT.

Velazquez and his wife Wendy live with their two daughters in Southern California.

Articles

  • 4 Must-Try Machine Hacks For Leg Day

    Jump-start your leg day and build more muscle with these unique takes on machine exercises from Cellucor athletes Jen Jewell and Calum von Moger!

  • Steve Weatherford's 6 Tips To Balance Aesthetics And Athletics

    Here's how 10-year NFL vet Steve Weatherford perfectly juggles show and go.

  • 7 Secrets For Living Ripped Year-Round

    A fit, lean physique doesn't have to be a summer-only affair. With these 8 strategies from NFL veteran and fitness dynamo Steve Weatherford, you can keep trim all year long.

  • Jordan Edwards' Secrets For Instagram-Worthy Abs

    Cellucor athlete and fitness model Jordan Edwards shares the secrets of her insane ab development. Burn, baby, burn!

  • 5 Core Moves Every Athlete Needs

    Whether you want to push or pull heavy loads, your foundation requires a strong core. Here's how to build one that goes the distance in CrossFit, general weightlifting, or any sport!

  • 5 Surefire Ways To Ace Your Summer Shred

    The work you do between your ears is just as important as what you do at the gym. Here's how to exercise your motivational muscle during your summer shred!

  • 4 Nutrition Upgrades To Accelerate Your Fat Loss!

    Turn an ordinary weight-loss diet into an extraordinary fat-burning plan with these 4 must-read nutritional upgrades!

  • 5 Ways To Burn More Fat In Every Workout

    The temperature is rising, but it's not too late to cut for your summer beach bod. Use these next-level methods and our printable program to turn your ordinary gym time into a funeral for fat!