Eric has been a Starting Strength Coach since 2014 and has spent the last 7 years as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Westminster Strength & Conditioning, a Starting Strength Affiliate Gym and one of the strongest and busiest private gyms on the east coast. In addition to day-to-day coaching at WSC, Eric manages the Power Athlete program and the Master’s Strength Programs at WSC, and serves as the strength & conditioning coach to roughly a dozen local high school and AAU teams.


Westminster Strength & Conditioning is a Starting Strength Affiliate Gym and one of the strongest and busiest gyms in the country. Whether you are a weekend warrior looking to increase strength & endurance, an aspiring athlete looking to increase performance on the field, or an older adult looking to increase strength and improve quality of life, there is simply no better place to reach your goals.


WSC training specialties include:


General strength training:

For the general strength trainee who’s looking to get stronger, improve body composition, and improve quality of life. We train everyone from the 30 year-old to their 80 year-old grandmother and everyone in between. We build a strength program around your goals and help you get there.


Strength & Conditioning:

Athletes looking to improve strength, power, speed, and agility need to look no further. Our strength & conditioning program serves over 200 local athletes ranging from 7th/8th graders getting ready for high school sports, to D1 athletes, to entire teams through the year-round sports calendar. Get on the same program and get strength and conditioning programming for your offseason, preseason, or inseason training.


Competitive strength athletes:

For those wishing to compete in powerlifting, weightlifting, or both (supertotal), WSC offers the best coaching you can find. Members from our powerlifting team hold a combined 9 USAPL American Records, and we are a training center for East Coast Gold Weightlifting, the largest weightlifting team in the country, winners of 21 combined national championships.


Rehabilitation/Post physical therapy

Traditional physical therapy often fails to return someone to adequate strength and function by the time insurance runs out. This is especially problematic for older adults who never quite regain function and ease of daily activities. Through our work with local PTs and Orthopedics, we have successfully rehabbed a multitude of physical issues and guided trainees to levels of function they never thought would be achievable



Women’s and Master’s strength training

Our Women’s Strength and Master’s Strength programs at WSC are one-of-a-kind and we are excited to bring these programs to people who cannot be at the gym several times per week. Our Women’s Strength program is 12 weeks of coaching and programming by women, for women of all ages and abilities. Whether you want to run a mile faster, keep up with your kids/grandkids, or compete in the next powerlifting competition. If you’re hesitant to begin strength training, or all you know about strength training is from Body Pump, this is a perfect introduction. Our Master’s Strength program works with older adults of all levels, helping them maintain function and independence into their 60’s, 70’s, and beyond.

Training is delivered via TrueCoach, where programming is given and training videos are uploaded and critiqued. WSC has two levels of online coaching membership:


1 – Novice (first 1-3 months) – $200/mo

  • Training delivered weekly with 2 or more video check-ins per week. Every session will be coached with video feedback.


2 – Intermediate/Advanced (after novice phase) – $125/mo

  • Training delivered weekly or in blocks with 1 or more check-in(s) per week. Coaching and video feedback is given weekly.


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11 Reviews

  1. Nicole Rutherford
    Nicole Rutherford
    June 23, 2019 at 3:17 am Log in to reply.

    I was a member of WSC for 3 years before moving to California and I have nothing but positive things to say about Eric, Beau and Angie. To this day I have had Eric Shugars do online coaching for me and am still getting stronger, 6 years into training. With his programming I have been able to Squat 325 for 3 singles & Press 127.5 for 3 singles, which is pretty damn good for a female. You won’t regret working with Shugars.

  2. Jenna weaver
    Jenna weaver
    July 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm Log in to reply.

    Creative programming to work around injuries and he knows what he is doing. Super nice guy too.

  3. Stephanie Beam
    Stephanie Beam
    July 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm Log in to reply.

    I went from dealing with daily back pain to being comfortable throughout my day. Can’t wait to get back in the gym!

  4. Dave
    July 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm Log in to reply.

    Nothing much to say other then hes a good coach. With his guidance I went from nothing to a much more healthy person.

  5. Gene Korn
    Gene Korn
    July 18, 2019 at 5:53 pm Log in to reply.

    I heave benefited from Eric’s coaching for several years, in conjunction with the staff at Westminster Strength And Conditioning and as an individual client. As a member of a full-time major metro SWAT team, my training needs are more complex than many athletes or enthusiasts. Eric has helped me balance strength with the conditioning needed to run 9 min miles (plural) with 25-30lbs of equipment over mixed terrain. He has helped me balance these needs in a recovery environment inhibited by reduced sleep and long hours in my late 30s. I vigorously recommend Eric to my fellow first responders; his training will help you stay safe and improve longevity and quality of life.

  6. Bob
    July 18, 2019 at 7:55 pm Log in to reply.

    I was so impressed with both his knowledge and coaching style, that I sent my 77 year old mother to train with him!

  7. Kirsten Grell
    Kirsten Grell
    July 19, 2019 at 12:05 am Log in to reply.

    Eric is awesome! He has been training my now 18 yo daughter and I for about 3 1/2 years. He is extremely knowledgeable, and personable. He works around injuries, arthritis and life. I am stronger than I have ever been, and my daughter is a strong, confident young woman headed to university to play soccer. Eric goes the extra mile, everyday. He and Westminster Strength and Conditioning are the absolute best!

  8. Jaime Smith
    Jaime Smith
    July 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm Log in to reply.

    Eric has trained myself and my 16 year old daughter for multiple years now. He is great in any aspect of coaching, whether it be coming back from an injury, getting stronger to compete at a high level or just wanting to be in shape. He understands you goals and aspirations and develops a training plan to suit your needs and abilities. I would highly recommend Eric as a trainer.

  9. Erin
    July 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm Log in to reply.

    Eric is amazing at what he does! Even if you have a busy schedule, he can create programs that work for you and still allow you to keep getting stronger. He understands your needs and goals and will help you meet and surpass them. Hands down one of the best!

  10. Chris Lane
    August 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm Log in to reply.

    I have been coached by Eric since 2015 and would not be the lifter I am today without his help. Under his watchful eye, I have eliminated most of my back pain from L-5 spondylosis and become the strongest I have ever been; from struggling with a 315lbs deadlift to pulling over 550lbs in a few short years. Eric’s calm demeanor and no-nonsense approach to training is second to none. Needless to say, I cannot say enough good things about him. Do yourself a favor and sign up for his online coaching. You won’t be disappointed!

  11. Mona Becker
    Mona Becker
    August 19, 2019 at 11:40 am Log in to reply.

    Shugars has been doing my programming for the last two years and since then I have been able to PR all my lifts at age 48. This is after a total right knee replacement. He’s a phenomenal coach and provides feedback immediately and in a way any lifter can understand. He understands the way your body works and is able to provide a personalized program that meets your goals in the gym. He is one of the best coaches I have had the honor of working with.

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