Hi, I’m Derek Weida. I’m a 29-year-old wounded veteran, nay, amputee-extraordinaire, from St. Paul, Minnesota. I served as a Paratrooper in the UNITE STATES ARMY’s prestigious 82nd Airborne Division. On June 23, 2007, I was shot side-to-side through the right knee during a nighttime house raid in the Shaab Ur district of Baghdad. I fought hard through 18 months of surgeries and physical therapy to rehab my knee so I could return to my unit. Sometimes things are just out of our control and I was medically retired from the Army in June 2009. I spent 2008-2010 angry, depressed, drunk, and suicidal. All of my dreams and aspirations revolved around being a soldier and I felt like since that part of my life was over, my life was over in general. In December 2011 I had my leg amputated, something I had fought to have done since 2007. Once I was freed from the shackles of my busted up leg I began to thrive. My passion for life returned. And, well, I am who you see me as today. Of course, there is much more to this story but how do I sum up six years of turmoil? And let’s be honest, you’re reading this, but you’re probably also already wondering what today’s viral cat video is. Cheers.
Wanna know how to PR consistently? Take care of business outside the gym first. Proper recovery and nutrition after a grueling WOD or intense strength session will be crucial to your success in the gym and on the competition floor. It’s pretty simple… precise nutrition, proper post workout, and then train with intent to be the best! Whether it is your Fran time or bench press, you made purposeful choices and actions to set yourself up for success … now do the same with your nutrition.
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