Derek began his fitness career as a personal trainer at a local gym. He then held a position as the Wellness Director at local Physical Therapy clinic where he designed and implement training programs for the patients coming out of rehab.
"The experience in the physical therapy field was a huge learning experience for me. Too many trainers (I used to be one of them) don't have the experience and in-depth knowledge of injury mechanisms, anatomy, mechanics or physiology. I learned early on that it's not only about squatting and lifting big heavy things, its about who should be doing what and how to modify exercises for those with existing or past injuries. Understanding the adaptations we go all through, whether that be from sports or lifestyle, and how those make us all different have played a major role in my programming design for all my clients and classes. I would not be where I am today without the experience I had in the clinic"
Taking his experience in the Physical Therapy field combined with his athletic background and his extensive background in strength and conditioning Derek started Decater Performance near his hometown in Issaquah Washington.
Once rated the number 2 prospect in the country by Baseball America, having played in the college world series and being a Pac-10 Freshman All-American explains Derek's other passion, training baseball players.
"The stresses these athletes put on their body are unique and require special attention. They are unlike any other athletes out there and understanding their training needs has led me all over the country finding answers. It's a challenge but that's what makes it worth it."
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.
They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.
Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate
Diets. They've become a cliche, haven't they? We're on them, then we're off. We stick to the program, then we fall "off the wagon".
We're told that if we just found the perfect program -- and were just a little more disciplined, had just a little more willpower -- we'd finally be successful.
But that's the great lie of the fitness and nutrition industry.
Yes, it sells more diet books. And yes, it helps fitness gurus get more attention. But it does nothing to help you figure out what works for you and how to stick to it.
That's where we come in.
Titleist Performance Institute
TPI experts have spent more than 15 years using more than 50,000 golfers to study one thing – the body-swing connection. Those years of study and the knowledge gained from the elite and amatuer golfers alike have been concentrated into several multi-level certification courses.
The TPI Level 1 workshop consists of 16 physical screens, 12 major swing characteristics and multiple exercise protocols utilizing over 65 exercises. Students learn how to quickly identify any physical limitations that may be causing a player's swing inefficiencies and master simple solutions to get them back on track.
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Results Fitness Book
Derek helped in the creation of the book "Results Fitness" that was sold on Amazon and reached best-selling status during its first week. The book is a compilation of tip, tricks and stories from the best trainers in their respective fields from around the country.
For his work with youth athletes Derek was featured on King 5. During his live appearance Derek took 2 of his youth athletes through a few basic exercises and talked about the need for proper modifications when training the youth population.
World Fitness Elite
Derek was named one of the Trainers of the Year through the World Fitness Elite for his work with clients looking to drop fat as well as his training of athletes
The philosophy behind the FMS is rooted in the concept that, in order to maximize performance, the whole body must be functioning properly. When the body is considered as a chain of individual elements, it’s reasonable that a weak link weakens the entire chain. Ignoring a weak link increases the potential for disaster, and strengthening the wrong links will not improve the integrity of the chain. The FMS provides the means to identify and resolve any weak links that may be jeopardizing the body and its healthy motion.