Dejuan embarked on his fitness journey over 15 years ago as an avid participant of various competitive sports. Throughout high school, Dejuan’s primary focus was on basketball; however, it was during this time that he fell in love with the benefits of strength training. Dejuan’s hard work and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed. Quickly he realized his newfound passion of sharing his knowledge and fascination with movement with others.
In 2009, Dejuan received his first Personal Training certification through CanFit Pro. For the next six years, Dejuan was a student of movement, leading him to practice and incorporate a wide variety of fitness tools and principles. He started with a strong focus in bodybuilding and strength training, followed by the exploration of more non-conventional training methods such as: TRX, progressive calisthenics, kettle-bells, and other bodyweight disciplines.
Dejuan’s exploration was prompted from nagging pain and restricted movement from previous injuries. These disturbances motivated him to re-evaluate his approach to fitness and acted as the impetus for him to explore new and creative ways to challenge his body. Dejuan now prioritizes control, strength, stability, mobility and connectedness throughout the body; believing that you must “crawl before you walk and walk before you run” in order to prevent injury. Dejuan desires to utilize all the knowledge he has been exposed to on his journey to help his clients reclaim freedom through movement.
Dejuan desires to be a ‘ninja’. To him, that means, a well-rounded individual who isn’t limited in their movement.
“Quality over quantity” has been a strong focus in Dejuan’s training for himself and his clients. His experience has prompted him to promote a pain free lifestyle. For Dejuan a healthy lifestyle is not merely how much someone weighs on a scale; it is about feeling good from the inside out. Dejuan feels it is important to not only “exercise” but to also enjoy the ability to express ones self through movement and by living vibrantly.
Dejuan believes that when a person feels relaxed, comfortable, and inspired, they’re naturally going to be more focused, excited, and driven towards meeting their fitness goals. As a trainer, he creates an environment where his clients are comfortable and motivated to do their best.
• NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer
• NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Corrective Exercise Specialist
• Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer
• Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1
• FMS (Functional Movement System) 1
• MovNat Level 1,2
• Progressive Calisthenics Certification
• Animal Flow Level 1, 2
• First Aid & CPR
• National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division 1 Basketball