Eric Barber, Owner
Having grown up with an athletic lifestyle and background in competitive sports, Eric began his coaching career in 1989 in Charlotte, NC, as a Certified personal trainer and group instructor with the American Council of Exercise (ACE). Over the next two decades, Eric spent most of his work experience as a fitness manager and trainer of numerous gyms and health clubs as well as working in psychiatric hospitals with at-risk youth.
Burned out and bored from living a bodybuilding lifestyle, Eric had a life changing CrossFit experience on June 30th, 2006 after a little workout named “Cindy” turned his world upside-down. One year later, he opened his own box, Next Generation CrossFit.
In the past ten years of being a CrossFit gym owner, Eric has coached over 15,000 hours worth of CrossFit classes, hosted dozens of CrossFit competitions and events, and has been a competitor himself. He loves nothing more than seeing people reach and maintain their full potential.
When not working, Eric enjoys being with family and friends, the great outdoors, a good book or movie, and anywhere quiet with a strong cup of coffee.
CrossFit Competition Experience:
2009 Competitor, CrossFit Southwest Regional Qualifiers, Ft Worth, TX
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Competitor, CrossFit Games Open
2012 Competitor, Exile Open Olympic Weightlifting meet, 1st place in age/wgt division
2012 Competitor, “Anarchy in OK” (40-49 division), tied for 3rd place
2012 Competitor, Oklahoma Weightlifting State Championships, 1st place in age/wgt division
2012 Competitor, “Oklahoma CrossFit Challenge” (40-49 division), 2nd place
2013 Competitor, “Fittest in OK” (40-49 division), 1st place
2014 Competitor, “Battle at the Ballpark” Team competition (Masters division), 4th place
Director of CrossFit Events:
2010, Director, South Central CrossFit Sectionals, Tulsa, OK
2011, Director, North Central CrossFit Regionals, Chicago, Il
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Director, Battle over Red Lands CrossFit competition, Tulsa, OK
CrossFit Certification Staff
CrossFit Gymnastics Certification, Instructor