Previously a competitive dancer/instructor and personal trainer, Derek continues his fitness journey as a Classic Physique competitor. He’s accumulated 1st and 2nd place victories and earned the title of “most-conditioned”. With experience and trophies in-hand, he’s currently prepping and working towards his pro card.
Favorite cheat meal?
Cracker Barrel – Country Boy Special
What’s the weirdest thing in your gym bag?
Gummy Bears (to spike insulin) that have fallen out of their bag, months ago…
What’s your perfect rest day?
Church, a big lunch and re-watching Friends episodes
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Frosted Flakes Lucky Charms (yes, u read that right, same box together)
Hands down, what is the best 90’s song?
Soul2Soul – Back to Life (Back to Reality)
Favorite cartoon growing up?
Ren and Stimpy
You’re a pro wrestler in the 80’s, what’s your name?
Who wins in a fight, a blind tiger or a miniature lion?
Blind tiger (the field mouse is fast… but the owl sees at night)
If you had to replace walking with skipping or hopping, which would you choose?
Either one takes my man card so I’m not interested..
How many donuts can you eat in one sitting?
Death would visit me first
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you hate cardio?
10 – being the most hateful
High reps or high weight – which do you prefer?
High weight early in workout, high reps to finish the muscle off
Do you lift for aesthetics or for strength?
Aesthetics 1A, Strength is 1B
Where do you see the fitness industry going in the next 5-10 years?
With knowledge increasing at a rapid rate, I see the general public being better equipped to stay in normal average shape. I see the gym rats surpassing all their previous goals. I see the Natural competitors getting more spotlight over “mass monsters”. I see the return of proper Classic Posing. I believe with this knowledge increase that the supplement companies will begin to suffer as people realize there is little benefit to be gained from many of them. The “average joe and josephine” become a voice in the fitness sport as people realize that some of the greatest fitness athletes are people who have never graced a magazine.
What motivates you?
I would say God blessing me with this body to grow and surpass my former self when so many have suffered loss of function. Doubt fuels me also. Growing up extremely skinny and weak, I refuse to be that person anymore. Showing guys my age to not to let the body degrade over time. To become stronger instead of fading and show that your 30’s and 40’s can be your peak instead of your teens and 20’s.