"Last year, Derrick was like a wiffle ball with all the holes in his game." - David Barnett
Derrick looks physically intimidating, but David's statement is absolutely true. In 2016, he possessed some major strengths, but some glaring weaknesses (handstand walking, squat snatching, handstand push-ups). Now, although he looks like a "barbell athlete," you're not going to beat DP in a workout just because it's a body weight or engine workout. I'm still not sure what his max rep pull-ups are (I've seen him do 50 unbroken exhausted in the middle of a metcon). He's got an 18-minute 5K row (1:48 average pace). And yes, he's kept his strengths like a 500-pound back squat, a 375-pound clean, and a 600-pound deadlift.
DP had one of the best training years I've ever gotten from an athlete. This man made no excuses and didn't shy away from attacking any weaknesses.
Don't believe me? Check this out:
May 2016: 150 feet in 10 minutes
January 2017: 300 feet in 5 minutes
January 2016: 225 lbs
January 2017: 270 lbs
CrossFit Open 16.4/17.4
16.4: 205 reps (530th)
17.4: 265 reps (41st)
Regional Open Finish
That is only to name a few. Derrick has made all of us very proud at GFB and CrossFit Lubbock. Along with being a hard worker and phenomenal athlete, he's one of the best people you'll ever meet with impeccable character. Any coach would be lucky to work with him, so I am incredibly grateful.
Here's to another great year, DP!