Hello, I'm
Eric
Cruz

I am the owner and founder of progressive Health & Performance.
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Eric Cruz

My Journey

I started my journey in health and fitness at the age of 13. After growing up as an overweight youth, I found exercise and nutrition as an empowering path for changing my life. Through reading and watching anything I could get my hands on related to health, I became my own experiment and first client. As I started to see results, I found that this lifestyle not only made me better physically, but mentally as well. I gained self-confidence and a stronger drive for achievement and knew this was what I would spend the rest of his life practicing.

Eager to get out into the field, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Missouri State University and later moved to California. There, I attended California State University at Long Beach and received a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. While my conventional education is foundational, I believe that continuing education is where health professionals really evolve and make a difference. 

To solidify my knowledge and expertise as a fitness professional I received credentials such as:

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C)
  • Level II Exercise is Medicine Practitioner (EIM2) through the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Multiple Sclerosis Fitness and Wellness Specialist (MSFW) through American Fitness Professionals and Associates
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Functional Movement Techniques (FMT). With a strong foundation in the science of movement

I then took my nutrition education and practice to the next level by becoming a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). It is this area that really sets my practice apart as a health and wellness professional as I enjoy incorporating the full picture of fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle together.

  • Certifications :
    • FMT
    • ACSM
    • FDN
    • Exercise is Medicine

“While exercise or nutrition can be beneficial in different aspects, it is the two combined that truly allows the client to obtain optimal results. Every individual is unique in genetic build and current lifestyle. Therefore, each individual responds differently and may require different changes in behavior to reach their respective goals. No mode of exercise is perfect for everyone just as no single diet is perfect for everyone. The time of one size fits all in nutrition and fitness is gone. We must analyze people inside and out to provide truly optimal recommendations and results.”

My Mission and Practice

Nutrition

At progressive Health & Performance we offer a variation of nutrition and health and wellness services. When I apply my passions in nutrition with the people I work with I like to incorporate a holistic and functional nutrition approach. I run functional lab work to obtain a clear picture as to what the client is dealing with on the inside, not just symptoms on the outside. By identifying healing opportunities in various areas in the body, I get to the root cause of many health complaints such as weight regulation, hormone imbalances, lack of energy, digestive complaints, autoimmune conditions, and sleep problems. My target populations are digestive disorders, degenerative diseases (MS, RA, Fibromyalgia), and weight loss.

Fitness

When working with clients on their fitness goals, I enjoy working with a wide variety of populations ranging from 8-year-old kids to seniors. I focus on empowering others and helping them achieve results with functional movement at the center. By identifying movement dysfunction, lifestyle demands and goals of the client, I help them reach their goals safely and efficiently through exercise physiology, corrective and functional exercise, and coaching.

Because of this approach and my broad expertise, I tend to work with many disabled populations. My current list of clients include those with: Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amputees Lyme Disease, Cancer, Brain/Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. My target populations are special populations (such as those above), pain relief, and chronic illness.

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