Who We Are
A competitive athlete his entire life, “Derz” played football at both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M – Commerce. He fell in love with fitness in college while working in the offseason at the Academy. He was fortunate enough to initially develop his knowledge from Allen Hedrick, M.A., CSCS*D, the head strength and conditioning coach at both the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy.
He continued his education at Texas A&M – Commerce under Dr. Ken Alford, PhD. In 2006, Mycal graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance, Kinesiology. Upon the completion of his collegiate career, his focus was shifted to bodybuilding where he placed in the top five of each competition, winning two classes along the way. As an Officer of Marines, he spent time developing remedial fitness programs for the Marines in various units boosting performance in annual Physical Fitness Tests by more than 25%. In 2009 and 2011 he developed offseason strength and conditioning programs for the Gila Ridge High School Football team, helping them reach the 2011 Arizona State Playoffs for the first time in school history. This programing helped a number of players move on to play at the college level. Mycal now regularly competes locally and regionally in CrossFit competitions.
With a Master’s of Science in Exercise and Wellness (Arizona State), backed by Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance (TAMU-Commerce), Mycal has dedicated his life to applying his education to fitness and performance training. According to his peers and clients, Mycal is one of the best performance coaches in Arizona.
Athletic her entire life, Laura played many sports from a young age, and played in competitive leagues throughout high school. She enjoyed playing soccer in college as well. Laura graduated from Kansas State University with a major in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies.
Laura has always been passionate about training, but when she found CrossFit in early 2012 she instantly found a passion for the sport. This led her to get her CrossFit Level 1 certification so she could share her passion with others. She takes pride in studying fitness and training methodology to learn more and become a more effective coach for our athletes at CF PHX. Laura’s competitive spirit helps her push her athletes to the next level. As a coach she prides herself in setting the example though clean living and intense training, keeping athletes motivated to constantly perform and push themselves and have fun along the way.
Born in Wyoming and raised in Montana, David never thought he would be living in the desert attempting to exercise and help others do the same, but he is happy with where the newest chapter of his life has landed him.
David first discovered CrossFit about 4 years ago, pretty nervous to try his first workout. He had years of experience at a more traditional gym, hitting upper body workouts regularly and always “saving” his legs for pick up basketball. Yes, he always skipped leg day.
Needless to say, the first workout really whooped him. But as he was helped off the floor by a fellow classmate whom he hadn’t met, that’s when it hit him; the people involved in CrossFit are something special.
Over the last 4 years while living in Spokane, WA and working at Gonzaga (his alma-matter) he dedicated hours a day in the gym; learning the movements and methodology, slowly progressing in his knowledge and abilities and eventually securing his CrossFit Level 1 certificate.
Recently married, he decided to abandon his PNW roots and move down to the desert for a change of pace. Walking through the doors of PHX he immediately recognized the community as class personified. He feels privileged to be able to share what he can with everyone here in their fitness journey.
A little bit about his life outside of the gym: he loves board games, Lord of the Rings trivia, Dungeons and Dragons sessions, and staying in touch with his emotions by writing poetry.
After a revoked scholarship to run Track & Field at a Division I University, due to injuries sustained in high school, Darrel enlisted into the military and found CrossFit.
While on duty overseas, Darrel had the opportunity to jump onboard a CrossFit-Games-Contending team as a coach at the affiliate. Quickly realizing the capacity of the opportunity, he leapt towards it.
A few short years of coaching later, he then was offered a job to be a subject matter expert (SME) for the CrossFit Seminar Staff and taught seminars all around the world – primarily specializing in endurance sports, programming, methodology, and movement recognition. After full emersion into the CrossFit realm, Darrel then opened up his own non-profit CrossFit affiliate in Southern New Mexico where he was stationed for just over three years before relocating to Phoenix.
Nathan is a sunshine baby, born and raised in Arizona. He has been involved in sports from an early age,
primarily in running track and wrestling through high school. After high school he focused on
powerlifting and competed at a National level for several years before being introduced to CrossFit in
early 2010. After suffering from a knee injury that led to an ACL replacement, he used the CrossFit
methodology to speed up his recovery process and was back to competing in CrossFit in 2011. While
developing health and education and sports programs for local Boys & Girls Clubs at that time, he
wanted to expand his reach and received his CrossFit Level 1 certification to start training and helping
more individuals. He has been involved in helping develop and improve individuals, semi-pro football
teams, and local soccer teams since 2011.
He currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting at a National level with USAW and has focused his
personal training development on weightlifting since 2015.
He is driven by his desire to see others make positive changes in their lives through the application of
He constantly reminds his clients, “It’s always too early to quit”.
Alyssa is a transplant from Chicago. She came to Arizona to open her practice helping her clients improve their health and lifestyle. With her passion to help heal the public and her enthusiasm for athleticism, bringing the two together was a no brainer! Alyssa’s career began in a chiropractor’s office where she became fascinated with the clinical aspect of massage and sports rehabilitation modalities. Her mission is to learn new ways to create balance in the body, and develop that knowledge as an expertise in application. She specializes in deep tissue, sports, and rehabilitation massage along with many other modalities. According to the American Massage Therapy Association massage acts to improve performance by the increasing and enhancing blood circulation, helps relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness, and improve range of motion to facilitate speedier recovery. In short, bodywork and massage can help with pain relief, build muscle and enhanced recovery.
*Advanced muscle lengthening
*Russian sports massage