Coach Spotlight: Derek Paradise

1)    I got into CrossFit after starting my career in the Fire Service. Some guys at the firehouse did it and I quickly saw the benefit in the intensity and functionality, so I decided to partake in the sport regularly.

2)    I have a few motivations that keep me working out, my biggest one is my kids. I don’t want to be a dad that can’t play with my kids because I run out of breath playing tag. My second motivator is my career, when lives are at stake, my fitness level can’t be the defining factor of whether or not myself or my crew will make it home the next morning.

3)    The most positive benefits I have noticed since starting CrossFit is my ability to endure. Whether that is physically or emotionally. CrossFit workouts often times suck; they’re painful, they hurt, but once you make it through a few tough ones, you quickly realize you are more capable than you think.

4)    My favorite Crossfit workout is Linda. It’s heavy weight, quite a few reps, and just a lot of fun.

5)    My favorite games athlete is Josh Bridges. His background as a SEAL is what makes him fun to watch, because not matter what, he isn’t going to give up.

6)    My favorite movement in CrossFit is definitely the Clean and Jerk. It’s a movement that recruits so many different parts of the body to work in unison to lift some heavy weight, and it’s just fun to do.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon.”

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring? I would bring a hammock, because hammocking is awesome, and what island doesn’t have trees. I would bring a box of strike anywhere matches, because once you have fire, you’re set. Lastly, I would bring a pot. A pot is a multi-use piece of equipment; cooking, boiling, digging, storing, the list goes on.

Best vacation you’ve been to? The summer between the 3rd and 4th grade, my parents took us on a road trip starting in Niagara Falls and we worked our way down the East coast all the way to the panhandle of Florida. It took weeks and we stopped at every major city and saw just about everything there was to see there. Definitely something I would like to do with my own kids one day.

What did you want to be when growing up? I wanted to be exactly what I am today. From a young age, I loved fire trucks and ambulance, and loved helping people. I decided to pursue my dreams my senior year of high school and started riding out with various fire departments and very shortly after became a firefighter myself.

Derek Nelson