Eric Velazquez, CSCS

Background

Eric Velazquez, CSCS, is an editor, strength and conditioning coach, and sworn peace officer in Southern California. He is a veteran of several of the fitness industry's most respected magazine titles and co-author of "The PrayFit Diet." In 2017, he graduated as president of his class from the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College.

Velazquez has trained like a boxer with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, wrestled with UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, and practiced hand-to-hand combat with Army Rangers at Fort Benning (Georgia), all in the name of providing readers with a more visceral, entertaining brand of service. He also 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.

Velazquez has always had a particular interest in the training programs used by tactical athletes, which often border on the extreme. His profile 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 USS Ronald Reagan 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. He also profiled Silver Star recipient and former UFC star Brian Stann and penned a feature on the new Army physical preparedness standards for Muscle & Fitness magazine.

Velazquez is currently a police officer in Orange County and is trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and Crime Scene Investigator (CSI). He and his wife, Wendy, live with their two daughters in Southern California.

Articles

  • Muscle Up With Minimum Equipment

    The rack-free bodybuilding gym is all about doing more with less. Grow in your garage with these three pieces of equipment and three workouts.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!