Derek Burns's hard-earned muscles are not only hard to ignore, they also come with a long history. It all started when Derek was 5 years old and first started playing football. He quickly fell in love with sports and started building a skill set that would stay with him his whole life. He later took those athletic abilities overseas during his eight years in the Navy, where physical fitness became an integral part of his everyday. Upon returning to civilian life, he decided to follow through with his passion for fitness and earned his certification as a personal trainer.
For more than 15 years now, Derek has helped people transform their lives through his fitness programs that include personal training and group fitness. He also works with athletes to up their game or avoid being mistaken for the ball with sports performance training.
At Primitive Fitness, visitors won't find a sterile globogym filled with plasma screens and saunas, but a warehouse full of plyometrics boxes and barbells. Certified personal trainers, some with over a decade of professional experience, lead students of all ages, body types, and levels of fitness through strength-building and fat-burning exercises. Students hone coordination and mind-body awareness with self-defense exercises, give their cardiovascular systems vital workouts with sessions of old-school exercise bikes, and build brawn by flipping tires and hoisting freeweights.
The human-movement specialists at Complete Fitness Concepts combine fitness, martial arts, and education to help create functional athletes. At the foundation of their program is jeet kune do, a tactical close-quarter martial art. The team also branches out to specialize in other forms such as kali and MMA. To supplement martial-arts training, instructors lead personal training and sport-specific fitness sessions as well as boot camps that specialize in P90X.
Practicing martial arts for the past 20 years, Sean "The Silverback" Stoopman has earned master bodyguard instructor certification, a Brazilian jujitsu brown belt, and a first-degree black belt through Israeli Krav International. He now lends his notorious nickname and ample expertise to teaching classes at Silverback Academy with the aid of five other trainers, each with a litany of their own achievements.
The school's disciplines are split among the practical striking, locking, and stress tests of krav maga training, and the competitive submission grappling art of Brazilian jujitsu.