Thanks Cam!

Personal trainers are just like plastic surgeons, really good ones can be hard to find. Unless you like to roll the dice, why risk your time and money just to save a few dollars on a cheap one? Ultimately, you may just lose your whole investment.

ABC 20/20 Filming At Mansion Fitness

ABC 20/20 was in the house today filming a documentary of one of our big name clients. It's always fun and upbeat here at Mansion!

Personal Training at Mansion Fitness

There's a new workout in town....And it's not Crossfit!

I’ve always been a huge supporter of Calisthenics. In fact, the majority of my workouts incorporate it. My philosophy is, if you can’t move your own body weight around efficiently, why are you adding more weight?

LA, just when I think I’ve seen it all, you never fail to teach me something new. It seems as if LA continues to pioneer the very latest fitness strategies and I am so proud to be a part of that.

Mansion Fitness Is Born.

For years I've been saving up my money to open a gym like no other, a gym that that pisses all over corporate culture. A gym that I could be proud of, a gym that violates every norm you've EVER come to know. That gym is Mansion Fitness and I believe so strongly in it, that I am willing to sacrifice everything I've EVER worked savings, my home, my build this dream. Today, I'm signing a personal guarantee that entitles the landlord to take everything I own if I can't come up with the $15,000/month rent. This is my dream and like my clients, it WILL succeed. It HAS TO because I believe in it just as much as I believe in my clients.

Today I venture into uncharted waters with NO help. No loans. No investors. Nothing. Only my life savings and a determination to make this gym a worldwide name in a city I know almost no one in. Honestly, I'm scared. I'm not sure how I'm going to do this, but I'm going to DO IT.

It's unfortunate that no bank or investor will give me a loan. It seems that as soon as I tell lenders that I want to build a gym with fireplaces, chandeliers, velvet flock wallpaper and 100 year old books, a gym that caters to celebrities and successful people...I stand on my own. So be it. Here I am world. I am sacrificing everything I own for this vision of mine. Today, Mansion is born.

I Love This!

I ran across this in the comic section years ago and thought I'd share! What do you think? True? False?

Excess Belly Fat Linked to Bone Loss

We all have something to learn in this industry - including myself. This new study fascinated me and I thought it would be worth investigating! Click picture to expand.

Pro Biceps Training

Developing a big meaty bicep is going to require more than just curls and pull ups. This article discusses techniques used by the pros for the best bicep development your genetics are capable of. Click picture to expand. 

Strength Plateau? Not For Long!

I wrote this article to shine some light on an amazing technique I rarely see used in the gym. It will help break any plateau in strength. Read on and grow! Click article to expand. 


Alcohol and Your Diet

I've always liked to talk about relevant topics in peoples lives; even more so topics that most trainers are scared to cover. This article will help you make informed choices next time your out with your friends. Click Picture to expand


Fiber - A powerful weight loss Supplement

Most people think of fiber as just a simple product to keep you regular. While this may be true, what most people overlook are its abilities to absorb fat. Literally! Click the article to expand

Even "Good" Fat Can Get You Fat

Sorry for the delay in getting this article out. The Southwester has recently changed ownership so thanks for being patient. Many people assume "good" (unsaturated) fats are harmless for the waistline. This is not true. Check out this article for details.


Derrick Doesn't Sell Out!

When you're at the top of your class, you often get requests from companies eager to have you endorse their product(s). Each year, I get a few emails like the following:

"Hi, I work for Herbalife. As a Personal Trainer, you can easily earn thousands of dollars extra each month by incorporating Herbalife products into your clients current fitness program. As a trainer you are already recommending vitamins and supplements, why not get paid for the information you give?

With 30 years of experience in the industry, Herbalifes products are rigorously tested and proven to give fast and effective results. 

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Herbalife Distributor for your clients, contact me by email or phone."

Friends, fans and clients - you have my word that I will never endorse anything I don't believe in. There are far too many shady companies out there misleading truly motivated people. However, if I do find something that works, you will hear about it on my website.

Youth Clinics. What are they really selling?

Hormone replacement therapy is the latest craze in maintaining a youthful appearance - If you have a spare $20,000 a year that is. Fortunately, there are natural ways to boost these age defying hormones. Read on and join the revolution.

Eat cookies lose weight? Hmmm...

I just saw this add in the paper and giggled to myself that I just have to try this! - No no just kidding but nice marketing technique. Eat only (6) cookies a day at 105 calories each plus a healthy dinner. At 600+ calories a day plus a 300 calorie "healthy" dinner, who wouldn't lose weight? The real problem is, knowing how much I love sweets, I'd probably eat the whole box! =-] Derrick

Theobromine - The addictive substance in Chocolate

As some of you may already know, I write a monthly fitness column in The Southwester, a free newspaper distributed throughout Washington DC. If you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy, here's the latest article. Click on the picture to expand it.

Bad Posture? Try this

Here is my June Column for those of you who haven't had a chance to pick up a copy. Click on the image to expand it.