Having previously done nothing but standard lifting and cardio splits, he found himself struggling when he and some friends gave the 300 Workout a shot. One of the Recon-types assigned to the same base saw what they were doing and forwarded them a few links containing the Girls and Heroes WODs. For the duration of the deployment Eric and his friends mixed in some WODs here and there with the limited equipment they had on hand. Following their battalion's return to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Eric began training at CrossFit Oahu where he was fully introduced to the CrossFit method and its basic movements. He quickly realized that he had been going about training and nutrition all wrong for the previous dozen or so years, and saw rapid gains in all measurable categories once he started combining CrossFit and Zone/Paleo eating. Eric saw how well CrossFit translated over to the physical and mental demands of an infantry Marine and tried to convert as many of fellow Marines as possible over to the CrossFit methodology.