Erik Fankhouser born May 30, 1980, he is a professional American bodybuilder who competes 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. Fankhouser stands 5’9” and averages 215 pounds, goes by the nickname “The House.” He is sponsored in his training by the bodybuilding supplement companies Animalpak.com and Universal Nutrition. He has also done guest poing at several bodybuilding tournaments, and writes weight training articles for Muscular Development Magazine.
He won his first competitive bodybuilding tournament, the 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. In his first national competition, the 2006 North American Championship, he placed fourth in the heavyweight division. He was named overall winner for the competition and earned his IFBB pro at that event. With his victory, Fankhouser made state sports history as the first West Virginia native to became professional bodybuilder.