Ask Ernie Baker what he likes to do in his free time besides biking and the silence will be deafening.
“He just loves biking and enjoys the process of training,” Coach Matt says. “I love when I get to coach clients in movements that are empowering them to do something outside the four walls of the gym, and Ernie definitely applies his training to his life outside these walls.”
After having dabbled in CrossFit, Ernie found a home at Force and has been training here for the past two and a half years. He went from a “couch sloth” as he puts it, to being able to ride his bike faster and longer in ultra-races all over the country, and becoming an overall stronger and more energized person in his everyday life.
“This might sound silly, but at the end of the day I notice I’m not as tired at the end of the day,” Ernie says. “My job requires a lot of manual labor at times—it’s a lot of lifting and up and down on ladders, and you don’t realize how much training helps in that aspect.”
Ernie and his family own a limestone mill south of Bloomington and whenever something goes wrong with the machines, he’s the one in charge of the maintenance.
“I don’t enjoy working out so I can work longer,” Ernie says. “That’s not the whole point, but it’s helped quite a bit. I just want to be able to go out longer on my bike—that’s the whole point.”
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