Erik Rokisky, founder of Train Against Gravity, began his personal training career at the early age of nineteen. Since then he has gained numerous certifications and testimonials. The most prominent certification being his bachelor’s degree from the college of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University.
At a young age he was immersed into the field of sports and fell in love with football. His parents pushed him to be his very best, from running on the beach in the coldest of months to pushing wheelbarrows of concrete up his steep driveway. This commitment to training at a young age led to his career in health and fitness. The TAG aim is to teach others to move and feel better through physical and mental training.
Tier 3+ Trainer Equinox Downtown Los Angeles
East Carolina University Health Fitness Specialist, B.S.
Functional Range Conditioning Coach (FRC, FRA)
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor
Joel Jamieson BioForce Heart Rate Variability Certified Specialist
Functional Movement Screening Level 1 (FMS)
Certified Personal Trainer: American Council On Exercise (ACE)
I am not sure if I was born with two curves in my spine. But I do remember going to the chiropractor in my teens and being diagnosed with scoliosis. Today, I joke with my clients about my crooked spine and how it robbed me of my height. I am not the smallest guy, but my 5’7 stature does have it’s setbacks, especially if a girl has heels on during a date. Damn you scoliosis! But I digress, I am not here to talk about my dating life. Rather, I want to explain why I started T.A.G™.
Sciatica & Muscle Spasms SUCK
I have lived with back pain for the last eight years. From sciatic pain shooting down my leg at nineteen years old, to crippling muscles spasms in my back seven years later. But honestly, I don’t think the two curves in my spine are to blame. Rather, poor posture and lack of core stability are the real culprit.
My first experience occurred at nineteen years old. I was a freshman at East Carolina University. At the time, I was a strong kid. I was training to walk on to the football team. I could bench 350 pounds and dead-lift 405 pounds for 10 reps. But none of those strengths mattered. My poor posture and lack of core stability had gotten the best of me. During one of my squat workouts, I threw my back out. I dealt with shooting pain down my right leg (sciatica) the entire spring semester. The dream of playing collegiate football was over. But luckily, I found a new purpose...personal training.
Unfortunately, I didn’t know what I was doing as a trainer, so the back pain didn’t end there. At 22 years old, training for my Strongfirst Kettlebell Certification, I skipped my usual warm-up and jumped right into the workout. On my first exercise, POP! AHHH! The bells lowered to the floor. I tried to walk it off. But with each step my back got worse. My body slowly seized up and forced me to the ground. I remember calling my girlfriend at the time. It was hard to breathe, let alone speak. I was stuck to minimal activity for a week and it took about a month to fully recover.
Fast forward four years later. It was six in the morning and I was setting up battle ropes for my client. I went down to pick up the rope...POP! YIKES! My back seized up again, just like four years ago. I could barely breathe or move. I had to cancel all of my clients for the day and was stuck to my bed for three days. I know how it feels to be immobilized from back pain. It is one of the worst things you can go through. You feel helpless. But you don’t have to feel this way your whole life, it can be fixed. At 27 years old, I am pain free and feel better than ever due to my training philosophy.
Standing On the Shoulders Of Giants
Over the last seven years, I have completed over 10,000 hours of personal training and continued education. Through those experiences, I have created Train Against Gravity. But it was not done alone nor is it finished. I would like to thank Mike Robertson, Bill Hartman, Eric Cressey, Andreo Spina, Zac Cupples, Ben House and many others for their wisdom. Without their insight, T.A.G™ wouldn't exist.
“Discovering truth by building on previous discoveries"