Meet Erik Preston

By Erik Preston

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Erik Preston grew up in Indian Wells, Calif., a desert town that in 2010 had a population of not quite 5,000 people.

“When I was growing up, it was tumbleweeds and jackrabbits and sand dunes,” he explains.

As a child, Preston’s mother got him involved in a multitude of activities: BMX, acting, speed reading, violin.

“My claim to fame is that I made it through two rounds on The Gong Show and finally got cut by Chuck Barris,” Preston recounts. “I was too serious is what he said.”

Today, Preston owns CrossFit San Elijo in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a Level 1 Seminar Staff member.

“CrossFit is my passion,” he says. “It’s an opportunity for service. It truly is not a job. These individuals that you share kinship with are deserving of your best effort, and they are you and every other person that’s been before you in the CrossFit community. And they’re coming in with wide-open eyes and a love and an affinity for what we’re doing.”

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Additional reading: Defenders of the Realm by Hilary Achauer, published Oct. 29, 2012.

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18 Comments on “Meet Erik Preston”


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Eric is a great man and an awesome Level one Instructor!
He helped me a lot on my L1 seminar and it was a big pleasure to meet him!


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YAY Erik! Awesome human, great video - CChan


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Teacher and friend. We are beyond fortunate for your presence.


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One of the good guys.


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Yay Erik, great teacher on the CF Kids seminar, inspirational


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I took my L1 certification with him in Costa Rica.
Great experience. his passion and knowledge to transfer what crossfit is about are inspiring.
Also his is a very nice guy.


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"Let me tell you about CrossFit."


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Erik is definitely the man. Glad to see him getting recognition.


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Excellent video of one of the best that CrossFit has! Good stuff Erik!


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I bet this guy programs a lot of double unders.

Ha ha!

Love you Erik! You are one of a kind!!

Miranda O.


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He really is a very cool person, and its very obvious that he enjoy what he do...thats why he is such a good coach.


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Very nice guy. Erik was helping run my Level 1 in Portland...always smiling and gracious.


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Erik is truly genuine!


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He is an all around awesome person!!!!!!


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No wonder you made a big deal about me driving my GS form Phx to SD for the Coaches prep. You are excellence! nice vid


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I just want to thank you Erick! People like you make the Crossfit comunity bigger.


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Great friend, great coach, is an honor to work with him


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Erik muchas Gracias por poder conoser un maestro como tu!!
Thank you Erik for meet you!
You are the king!!

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