Kettlebell + Barbell Coaching & Personal Training

Hello and welcome to EDK!

I’m Ericka, kettlebell instructor, strength coach, fitness lover and owner of EDK Training in Minneapolis, MN.
How did I get hooked on kettlebell training and why does EDK exist?
Ten years ago, I tried my first kettlebell class and I had no clue what I signed up for! I was at a point in my life where I needed a change and I wasn't quite sure what would keep me consistent (we've all been there, right?). Bring in the bells... I had never experienced a class environment so challenging, inviting and encouraging. I was completely sold on kettlebell training after only a couple classes and it changed my life. From corporate desk job to strength coach, I switched career-gears entirely and began instructing classes and training private clients after four years. I was already passionate about my own training, but I also developed a strong passion for coaching. I wanted to help others embrace the inspiring and rewarding transformation for themselves. Kettlebell training and coaching has lead me to more educational opportunities and further self-development, certifications, involvement in fantastic communities with individuals who give back (and love sharing their knowledge) and the creation of EDK.

I have trained and assisted under the most knowledgeable kettlebell, barbell and movement gurus and I continually follow the guidance of my mentors, thankful for their wisdom. I draw upon my own training experiences to bring a refreshing sense of reality to my clients; the focus is on your safety and fitness objectives. I watch, analyze and correct. As your coach, I am hands-on – helping you reach goals you may not have thought you could reach and celebrating with you as you continue to progress. Over the years, I have developed a niche coaching structure and my progression-based instruction style is the reason why EDK Training came to be. At the EDK studio, we are a strong, supportive crew and the vibe always brings me back to those days when I first started my strength training journey!


  • Certified strength coach with 10 years training experience

  • StrongFirst Level 2 Kettlebell certified instructor (SFGII) – VIEW INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

  • StrongFirst Barbell certified instructor (SFL) – VIEW INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

  • StrongFirst • Strong Endurance™ Seminar with Pavel Tsatsouline (13hr Instruction Attendee)

  • Russian Kettlebell Challenge certified instructor (RKC) – VIEW INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer (NASM-CPT)

  • Functional Movement Specialist (FMSC) – VIEW SPECIALIST PROFILE

  • Assistant SFG Level II Certification Instructor

  • Assistant SFL Certification Instructor

  • Assistant RKC Level I Certification Instructor

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  • Individualized instruction and personal training

  • Classes and small group training

  • Off-site company and employee training

  • Slow progression and modified instruction

  • Coaching through physical limitations and muscular imbalances

  • Injury recovery assistance

  • Functional movement assessments

  • Deliver a realistic approach to fitness objectives for
    long-term, sustainable wellness

  • Lend motivational guidance – enhancing the ability to succeed!

When I’m not coaching, training or continuing my education (always a student), I spend my time designing and marketing – primarily EDK emails and social media promotions! You will likely spot me running around the lakes in Minneapolis, practicing yoga, at a live music venue or nerding out with my laptop at a local coffee shop or craft brewery!

I look forward to meeting and connecting with you!


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