Derek has owned CrossFit Rebels since October of 2020. Prior to that, he worked for CrossFit Inc, the corporate headquarters that owns and manages the CrossFit brand and methodology, for just over 5 years, travelling the world and visiting hundreds of affiliates across 3 continents. He holds a variety of credentials, including CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, Healthy Steps Nutrition Certification, CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Football/Sport-Specific Application Trainer, CrossFit Powerlifting/Conjugate Methods Trainer, CrossFit Anatomy, CrossFit Scaling, CrossFit Spot The Flaw, and CrossFit Judges Course.
He grew up in Tampa playing a variety of sports, chiefly golf and lacrosse while dabbling in boxing as well and working out with his father in their garage. Attending Hillsdale College, a small college in Michigan that didn’t have any of those sports at the time, he still needed a physical outlet and dove headfirst into fitness. While sitting around New Years Day 2012 he saw reruns of the 2011 CrossFit Games on ESPN and realized he couldn’t do anything he saw these athletes doing even though he thought he was in great shape, and the rest was history. He joined a CrossFit affiliate gym, ambushed the founder of CrossFit at a lecture and begged for an internship at his company, earned his CrossFit Level 1 in 2013, and never looked back.