AREAS OF SPECIALTY.
- Postural Correction and Corrective Exercise
- Strength and Conditioning
- Advanced Back & Spinal Care
- Flexibility Training
- Core Conditioning
- Physiological Assessment and Individual Program Design
- Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
- Functional Strength
As a personal trainer, Derrick's goal is to impart the knowledge and skills to lead a healthy, vital life in a sustainable method. His formal education began with chemistry and biology, but evolved into exercise physiology and biomechanics; he has always been fascinated in how the body works and functions. Derrick applies his knowledge to clients’ training program to figure out what exercises are very effective and efficient in promoting change, reaching goals, and getting results.
Derrick enjoys working with clients at all different levels of fitness, from post physical therapy to elite athletes, from all different age groups, young teenagers, baby boomers and 65+, with all different types of restrictions from diabetes to low back pain. Everyone starts out with a full orthopedic assessment to identify how their body is working and then a personalized program is developed based on the results and goals. With beginners and people starting to work out again he uses corrective stretching/exercises to rebalance the body; guiding clients through their program and having them feel their body work. Watching his client progress through their training program and attain their goals is extremely rewarding for him.
Derrick's philosophy of training is definitely education of the body using a interdisciplinary approach, looking at all aspects of health to reach one’s goal. Once an individual has learned how to move, think, breathe, eat, sleep, and hydrate, the changes are profound. Things that were thought of as impossible can now be possible. Daily life gets easier and those big physical challenges do not seem so overwhelming anymore. Using a interdisciplinary approach you will become a strong, vital individual.
- BA Biology, UC Berkeley, 2006
- Chek Practitioner level 2, 2011
- Chek Holistic Lifestyle Coach level 1, 2009
- Pilates Mat, Body Arts and Science International, 2007