222 N. Person St.
Raleigh NC 27601
Behind the Governors Mansion
919 210 0736
Derrick is the newest member of the Kinetic Fitness Family, specializing in strength and personal training. He has been training on and off over the last 15 years and holds a bachelors degree from North Carolina Central University. Derrick grew up in Southern Pines, NC, as part of a large, athletic family. From the age of 15, he looked up to his older brother, Edward Thomas, who influenced him in numerous ways and ultimately introduced him to strength training. Strength and conditioning have been an integral part of Derrick's life since those young days, through his high school career where he was a basketball and football player and participated in field events on the track team, to the growing business that he runs today. Derrick has personal training clients throughout the east coast - a testament to his STARR personal training mantra -Strategic Training Achieves Real Results.
In addition to 13 years of educating young people on physical, emotional, social and mental health, I have dabbled in Ayurveda and studied herbs as medicine, am a certified yoga instructor and a certified nutritional coach. Here's how I got here:
When I was a kid I remember being at the grocery store with my mom and an employee commenting on the 6 or so gallons of milk in our cart. There were two drinks of choice in our house, milk and water. Sometimes for breakfast there was juice, if we had oranges, but we squeezed it ourselves with a manual juicer. Soda was something that might have appeared at Christmas or maybe on your birthday and it was probably more like ginger ale. I remember my mom cooking dinner every night and most meals on the weekends. We never owned a microwave (she still does not).
I grew up believing the sun dried up colds, the ocean healed most wounds and tv rotted your brain. Once we reached school age we had to pick two sports to participate in every season and when we weren't doing that we were outside playing from sunrise to sunset. While many of those ideas have since been proven true and beneficial by science I believed them to be true because my mom told me so. You know who told her? Let's just say "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree".....enter grandma.
When I was a kid I thought my grandma was a total weirdo. She made her own yogurt, grew her own garden, kept lots of nuts in jars and sometimes when I'd come over for lunch, she'd be standing on her head. Everyone in the neighborhood knew my mom and my grandma. Not only because my mom had 8 kids but because she jogged the neighborhood and my grandma walked it, everyday. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how smart and progressive my grandma was until she had already lost her mind. She died at 98 in her sleep. My mom said the night before she died she had perfect blood pressure. She died with a full head of hair, almost all of her teeth, a healthy build and muscle tone.
So it was no big surprise that I grew up to teach Health and PE. That I also began practicing (and teaching) yoga, tending my own garden and that I cook all my meals from local, organic ingredients. I keep my nuts in jars and I walk a lot.
All that being said, the food system today is not the same system my grandma or mom grew up with. Today's food system is highly corrupt, highly processed and highly questionable. The more you know, the less you'll eat. So if you only know one thing, let it be that you eat like grandma- simple, whole foods. If you need some help with this, I'm happy to be your guide.