DEREK
Coach

Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in sunny and snowy Boulder, Colorado spending most of my days playing tennis and trying to build random things around the neighborhood. When I was 15 we moved to Arroyo Grande, CA where I finished high school. I continued to play tennis, even tried some rugby, but when we moved to California is when I first started CrossFit. Then I went to school at San Diego State University where I rowed during my freshman year and then graduated with a degree in Finance in May of 2017. Now I spend most of my time either with excel spreadsheets, a barbell at the gym, or finding random adventures.
How did you get into CrossFit?
When we moved from Colorado to California I put on some weight between separating my shoulder and having my appendix removed. At that point, I was motivated to slim down, and I asked my parents if I could get a personal trainer. When I did, he introduced me to many CrossFit movements and “CrossFit-style” workouts; at that point, I was hooked.
How did you become a part of Carlsbad CrossFit?
After I graduated from SDSU I got a full-time job working in Carlsbad, so that brought me to the area. As soon as I started looking around for a gym, Carlsbad popped up and after I went in for a week or so I felt like it was the best gym to be at!
What made you decide to become a CrossFit coach?
For me, I started with tennis and I got the privilege of working with kids at multiple clubs and seeing them progress in tennis. As soon as I picked up CrossFit, I think I had the goal of being about to do that same thing. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals and see them improving and that’s really what motivated me to become a coach.
How has CrossFit benefited you beyond the gym?
I feel like its really given me the confidence to try other athletic endeavors, and just be as active as I can.
Whats your favorite WOD?
Fight Gone Bad 🙂
Whats your least favorite WOD?
Anything with strict movements!
What else do you do in your free time?
Videography, tennis, hiking, and some other various adventures.