I'm Derek Weida. Wounded Veteran, former Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division. Three words guide me new life: Engage, Encourage, and Empower. I'm just here to bring a little fun and motivation to what can sometimes be a really shitty fucking world. Let's have fun, let's lift some weights, and then we can all eat ice cream.
CONNECT WITH DEREK
what got you into fitness
When I was 17 I was a sad, emo, heart-broken teen ... and I told my Ma I wanted to die. My parents took me to a psychologist and he told me to start exercising ... so I did. That was my start in fitness.
what's your Source of inspiration
I’ve never drawn much inspiration from someone outside myself, but I have to admit I get a lot of it from my twin boys, Max and Jack.
what's your go-to cheat meal
Usually I just cheat on my fitness with alcohol. It doesn’t help me physically, so technically it’s a cheat but ... getting drunk isn’t cheating on my life or happiness.
what's your favorite tv show
Friends ... and if you don’t like Friends just go ahead and unfollow me because I don’t like you anyway.
what does 'never settle' mean to you
Never get too happy with yourself. There’s always more that you can accomplish ... always new and different ways you can grow. I guess I’ve learned that over the years. Don’t beat yourself up, but don’t sit around feeling too happy for yourself either. Always be striving for SOMETHING, otherwise, what’s the point of all this?
what's your biggest achievement
I don’t think I’ve achieved anything I’m truly proud of yet. I’ve done some cool shit, for sure ... and I’m happy about that. I haven't done anything impressive enough yet to genuinely feel ... proud. That said, I am happily on my way.
what keeps you going
Truthfully, I don’t know ... and I don’t try to know. Knowing doesn’t make a difference. For one reason or another, I seem to be ... Well, I AM a person with drive. All I know is I enjoy pushing myself physically and mentally ... so I do that. And when I don’t, I am unhappy.
how has 1st Phorm changed your life
I don’t know. It’s an interesting question. “Changed” is where it’s getting me. I don’t know that my life has changed in a way the question implies. All I’ll say is, I’m so fucking grateful for having met all the men and women who work for and run the company. It’s truly a blessing. 1st Phorm has always been good to me! As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and athlete, it's a dream to become sponsored. I couldn’t imagine myself representing any other company ... I honestly couldn’t. Thanks 1P. I love all of you!
DEREK'S FAVORITE SUPPLEMENTS
"Phormula-1: Great tasting, Fast digesting, high quality protein. I recommend the CTC flavor. Try this with Ignition... it's important. Give’er a spin!"
"350mg er whatever of caffeine is a nice clean rush... I like the focus and it doesn’t make me shit my pants just a nice little well-timed preworkout doody. It has agmatine in it which gives you the pump. I FUCKING LOVE A PUMP compound!! When my skin starts to get tight I feel ready to go!! And creatine, if you don’t like creatine haha fuck you."
"Intra-Formance is the perfect supplement for me to drink during my 2 hour Crossfit workouts. It's got good carbs to keep me going, electrolytes and amino acids to keep me from completely breaking down while I'm fucking my body up. I would recommend this to anybody who's into Crossfit, running, triathlons, and anything endurance with high intensity. "