Erik Fankhouser

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Erik Fankhouser
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Nickname "The House"
Born (1980-05-30) May 30, 1980 (age 36)
Height 5' 9" / 175.5 cm.

Contest: 215lb

Off season: 265lb
Professional career

Erik Fankhouser (born May 30, 1980) is a professional American bodybuilder in the sport’s heavyweight class.

Fankhouser began weight training while he was a student at West Liberty State College in West Liberty, West Virginia. He originally focused on playing fullback for the school’s football team and participating in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin events for the track team, and then turned his focus to bodybuilding. He won his first competitive bodybuilding tournament, the 2004 NPC Upper Ohio Valley, placing first in the junior division. He won the Mr. West Virginia title in the 2005 Mid Atlantic Grand Prix/West Virginia States.[1]

In his first national competition, the 2006 North American Championship, he placed fourth in the heavyweight division. In 2007, he placed 16th in the USA Bodybuilding & Figure Championships, but in his next competition he placed first in his class in the North American Championships. He was also named overall winner for the competition and earned his IFBB pro card at that event.[2] With his victory, Fankhouser made state sports history as the first West Virginia native to become a professional bodybuilder.[3] Erik placed 10th in his first IFBB pro contest, the Europa Super Show, in August 2008, winning both Pose Down Magazine's "Best Wheels" and the 4Ever Fit Fans' Choice awards during the contest.

Fankhouser, who stands 5’9” and averages 215 pounds in contest shape, goes by the nickname “The House.” He is sponsored in his training by the bodybuilding supplement companies and Universal Nutrition.[4] He has also done guest posing at several bodybuilding tournaments, and writes weight training articles for Muscular Development Magazine.[1]

Outside of competitive bodybuilding, he works as an exercise physiologist at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Contest History[edit]

Year Contest Placing
2006 IFBB North American Championships HeavyWeight, 4th
2007 NPC USA Championships HeavyWeight DNP
2007 IFBB North American Championships HeavyWeight & Overall, 1st
2008 IFBB 15th Annual Sports/Fitness Weekend & Europa IFBB Super Show 11th
2009 IFBB Europa Supershow Open 11th
2010 IFBB New York Pro 5th
2010 IFBB Mr. Olympia 18th


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