Eric Karls

Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Eric Karls


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 3
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFIt Endurance
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Sport-Specific Application
  • CrossFit Coach's Development Course
  • Healthy Steps Nutrition Training Course (HSN)
  • Underground Strength Certified Coach
  • Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC)


  • BS Kinesiology - University of Illinois Chicago
  • M.Ed. Education - Concordia University


I started my CrossFit coaching journey in 2012 and I am now a Level 3 Certified CrossFit Coach.  Before CrossFit, I taught high school Physical Education and Health while serving on several varsity football coaching and strength and conditioning staffs in the Chicago-land area.  Before and after relocation to Lexington, KY with my family (wife Kelly and three daughters Ruby, June, and Evie) in 2009, I ran 6FT. Fitness, a warehouse gym facility specializing in kettlebell training. During my time in Kentucky I have:


CrossFit 859 (Nicholasville, KY 2012)

CrossFit Fisticuffs (Georgetown, KY 2014)


Georgetown College CrossFit and Student CrossFit Coaching Internship Program (non-profit Georgetown, KY 2013)


LAC CrossFit (Lexington, KY)

CrossFit Maximus (Lexington, KY)

Rich City CrossFit (Richmond, KY)


Home town?
Chicago, IL.
Wife - Kelly, Daughters - Ruby, June, Evie, Dog - Coco.
Favorite Book(s)?
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) and Turning Pro (Steven Pressfield).
Favorite Quote?
"You can't win if you don't play".

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