Derrick Stoltz found CrossFit after needing a change from four years of living a college lifestyle. With 13 years experience in competitive gymnastics, Stoltz found that CrossFit was the wake-up call he needed. As a coach, Stoltz loves having the chance to interact with fellow athletes and watch as they grow.
You’ve been in the gymnastics world for a while. When did you first start practicing the sport?
I first started gymnastics when I was 5-years-old. My mom thought it would be a good way to stop me from flipping around on her furniture. I stuck with it competitively until I was 18-years-old.
We hear your cooking skills has you winning more than athletic competitions?
In addition to my love for fitness and coaching, I also have a love for cooking. I actually started cooking when I was around 15-years-old. For some reason, it’s kind of a stress relief for me.
Over the years, my passion for cooking has developed and taken me to local outdoor cooking competitions — and I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few! I’m known for my shrimp and grits.
What motivates you?
Like most people I surround myself with, my motivation is to constantly be developing, learning and growing as person. More so, I’m truly motivated by helping others achieve their goals. I find something very gratifying about helping someone achieve something that they didn’t know was possible.
How did you get into CrossFit?
I first got into CrossFit eight years ago. After finishing college and living the typical unhealthy lifestyle that came with it, I wanted to focus on getting my health back to its peak. I came from an athletic background that involved hours of intense training six days a week and I wanted to find something again that could give me the same challenge gymnastics did.
The first CrossFit gym had just opened in my town so I thought I’d give it a try. After a pathetic effort of trying half of a three round Metcon and the 30 minutes of blurred vision and puking, I realized CrossFit was the kick in the ass I needed. I haven’t looked back since.
CrossFit has changed my life and I’ve been working with other athletes ever since to spread my love for gymnastics throughout the fitness community.
I am married to my loving wife, Shelley, and we have one child — a long haired dachshund named Stanley.
Train with Derrick Stoltz by joining Brute Gymnastics.