Let's get to know our current member crush, Derek Fox!
"I started with Chuckwalla in October of last year. I didn't know if I would stick with it at first, but it has become a regular part of my week. Prior to joining Chuckwalla, my physical activity was a basketball league two nights week, riding around in a cart while golfing, and the occasional undisciplined weightlifting session. After a shoulder injury knocked me out of basketball for awhile, I wanted to try something a little different because I felt I was really losing strength and durability in my legs as I was getting older. I also realized I need the consistency of a class that meets at a specific time and had specific workouts that I could follow. CrossFit seemed like a good way to build myself back up and I am really glad that I have stuck with it. One of the reasons that I have continued is that I really want to be able to keep up with my kids as they get older and be able to do a lot of outdoor adventures with them, like multi-day hikes and international trips. The other reason is that I really enjoy the morning group that I work out with! Coaches John and David both offer just the right amount of coaching and encouragement during the WOD's.
I have 2 children, one boy in 8th grade and one girl in 5th grade. I am currently coaching my daughter's recreational volleyball team and am proud to say that we are currently 2-0! By far the best experience of my life is being their father.
I grew up in small towns in central Washington state (the part that is not Seattle). One of my earliest memories was one Sunday morning walking out of church to see ash falling from the sky and by 3pm, it was pitch black and we were buried in 2 feet of ash from Mt. St. Helens. I moved to Phoenix in 1995 after graduating from Washington State University because I wanted to try something different from the Northwest, even though I still love it up there. Phoenix is a very easy place to live, so I continue to call it home.
I am coming up on 20 years working at Charles Schwab as a Financial Consultant and Certified Financial Planner. I enjoy helping people figure out what they are trying to accomplish with their money and how to make sure they and their families are in a comfortable situation financially."