Diana Erickson

Specialty: martial arts, self-defense, crisis intervention, “hot-line” counseling for the victims of domestic violence, non-profit organizations.

Training experience:

AFAA – Certified Personal Trainer                                - Les Mills International Body Combat Certified Instructor                                                                    -Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo                      -Silver Sneakers Classic, Stability, CardioFit Certified group instructor                                                          -CPR/AED by American Red Cross


-PhD Sociology, MA Social Work.

Interests and hobbies: martial and visual arts, fitness, hiking, camping, travelling, chess. 

Diana has always had a passion for the outdoors, fitness, and has stayed active her whole life. She enjoys hiking, running, and practicing Martial Arts. Her fitness philosophy is based on “use it or lose it”. She uses every opportunity to move around, be it rollerblading and ice-skating with her kids, dancing with her friends or exercising along with her students while teaching classes. Our bodies are meant to MOVE! A strong healthy and beautiful body is a by-product of your mindset and lifestyle as well. Having a natural diet and taking care of your soul and spirit are other important components of being fit and healthy.

Diana is originally from Russia. She graduated with honors from the Department of Social Technologies at Far Eastern State Technical University (Vladivostok). After receiving her diploma in Social Work, Diana studied Political Science at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Upon her return to Russia, Diana taught sociology, psychology and political science at FESTU and then earned her PhD of Social Sciences at Ural State University (Ekaterinburg). She has also worked as a “Hot-line” and a crisis intervention counselor with the victims of domestic violence.

Since moving to NH, Diana has focused on her family and the non-profit sector (President of the MOMS Club of Hudson and a regional coordinator of International MOMS Club for 3 years). A mother of three (8, 10 and 12 years old), she is currently a fitness instructor and holds a black belt in Taekwondo.  She has been teaching fitness and self-defense classes at the Workout club, Dojo Sante and KBMFC for the past four years. Diana also teaches chess at Russian school and Mosaic Explore. She is always up for trying new fitness and outdoors activities. Her curiosity and determination has her never turning down a challenge or an opportunity for stepping outside of her comfort zone and reinventing herself.

Diana has been enjoying the connection with nature since childhood when she would spend her summers camping, training and rafting on the mountain river Bikin in taiga. She lived among the indigenous people of Russian Far East who shared their captivating hunting stories and encounters with tigers and bears. Mushroom and berry picking, harvesting and preserving the medicinal herbs, fishing, cooking over the fire, drinking fresh water from a natural spring, and cliff diving were her daily childhood activities. Thrive Outdoors programs and activities is something that makes her feel at home. She enjoys sharing her passion for outdoors and wilderness with her community.    

Favorite quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”~ Marianne Williamson