3030 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224

Our Team

DEREK BRAINARD

Coach

Derek@CrossFitSyracuse.com

Education, Experience & Qualifications

  • AAS Music – Onondaga Community College
  • BA Music – Thomas Edison State University
  • Master Certificate, Applied Project Management – Villanova
  • Accredited Financial Counselor┬«
  • US Navy Command Fitness Leader, 2009-2013
  • CPR & AED Certified
  • Founder, Writer at www.Level1Life.com

CrossFit Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Judges Course

Competitive Experience

  • Northwest Olympic Discovery Marathon 2009
  • CrossFit Bellevue Interbay Throwdown 2013
  • Cretus Ex Duellum 2013
  • CrossFit Open 2011-2015
  • Cazenovia 4th of July 10-miler 2017
  • Forest Frolic 2017
  • Cazenovia Triathlon 2017

I originally discovered CrossFit while serving as a Command Fitness Leader for the US Navy in 2010. Using CrossFit as a primary training methodology, our command (a Navy band), became the second-fittest command on-base, trailing only the Marine security force battalion. My wife and I were quickly hooked, and began learning everything we could about CrossFit. The benefits were immediate as we plugged into a northwest affiliate, Kitsap CrossFit, for a deeper dive. After experiencing CrossFit for a few years as members, we came on board as coaches to learn from some of the best in the business.

Several years later, we have separated from the military to pursue a life closer to home while we grow our family, but CrossFit has remained a constant in our fitness and coaching journey. I have had the privilege to serve as a coach for incredible affiliates like Kitsap CrossFit and Camillus CrossFit, and am now proud to call CrossFit Syracuse home. The CrossFit community, methodology, and results are life-changing, and it has become my personal passion to help others realize the same transformation we have enjoyed for the better part of a decade.