Founder and Coach
Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association Level 1 certification, CrossFit Level 1 certification, CrossFit Level 2 certification, ALTMBA graduate
After a particularly bad mountain bike crash left him with a fracture in his C-6, (but no paralysis) he slowed down a little bit. After getting into a rounder kind of shape, he joined friends at CrossFit 7220 and started his journey back into fitness. He quickly grew to love it and pursued his CrossFit Level 1 certification. While an avid fan of yoga and physical therapy, he succumbed to the need for back surgery in 2018 to alleviate chronic lower back pain. While he thought this might be an end to his athletic passion, it turned out to be the turning point. With his wife Michele and their two children, he visited several trampoline parks and ninja gyms around the country. He felt there was a need for something like this in Laramie. It was time to combine his passion for fitness with his desire to be an entrepreneur. LEAP, a ninja warrior playground for Laramie was born.
Motivation & Passion
Derek loves to help people strive for their goals, gain new skills, and try new things.