Olympic Gold Medallist, Pro Beach Volleyball
Height: 6'3" Weight 205 lbs.
Manhattan Beach, CA
Dominating the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in 2002, Eric Fonoimoana and teammate Dax Holdren have won three tournaments and reign overall in the tour standings.
Eric and his partner have played in front of standing-room only crowds across the country, winning a tournament in Chicago at the end of August 2002, and winning two others on the west coast, in Manhattan Beach and Huntington Beach.
At the Sydney Olympics in September 2000, Eric and teammate Dain Blanton spiked their way to a victory over the Brazilian team to win the Gold Medal.
Eric has had tremendous success in his career as a pro beach volleyball player. But this success would not come as easily without hard work, a focused attitude, and Lindberg Varsity Pack 2 .
" Varsity Pack 2 gives me the strong nutritional foundation I need to succeed," Eric says when referring to the daily vitamin-mineral packets he's taken for the past 6 years.
Eric is driven to excel in his chosen sport of volleyball. To prepare for a championship performance, he works out five days a week, 4 to 5 hours a day. His regimen includes endurance runs, pool workouts, volleyball drills, and, of course, specific supplements.
"I've won several AVP and FIVB tournaments which occur over a single weekend," says Eric. "To make it into the finals, I will have played up to 7 games. It's not only technique that takes you there, but an endurance contest to see who's better conditioned and who has more energy left in the finals."
He focuses on building muscle and strength to help carry him through a long grueling season. Eric now watches his protein intake more closely than ever.
"I'm not a big breakfast eater," Eric says. "So making a protein shake for breakfast with a serving of Fitness Labs NutraFit (meal replacement powder) and a scoop of Fitness Labs WheyFit Isolate really starts my day off right."
"Athletes in every sport are realizing you can't reach your potential by eating burgers and ignoring supplements. It's too competitive now. A split second or in my case, one extra point can mean the difference between gold and silver."
Eric says, "During the pro season, it's a given you'll lose some muscle. I try to minimize muscle loss with protein supplements and the timing of meals so I can finish the season strong."
What we really like about Eric is that he gives back to the community. He has formed a non-profit organization called Dig For Kids to teach volleyball to under-privileged youths in the inner city (digforkids.com). He is also an investor in Iso-Flex, a sports training center to develop fast twitch fibers and in Eric's situation, quickness and vertical leap.