Our Squad

The Crossfit Squad as a community is about developing a lifestyle of well being and fitness. We as a staff lead by example through consistency of training, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Through our own personal journeys of aspiring to achieve optimal health we take the lessons learned to help motivate and progress our clients. Our unified goal as an organization is to help as many people reach their full potential of being through the disciplines we use in our crossfit/functional fitness programs.

Community

We pride ourselves on being a diverse community who is constantly striving to improve and contribute. With an understanding that we are fully committed to being the best versions of ourselves, this will cultivate meaningful relationships with the like minded individuals around us.
Coaches

Derek Bishop

Title: Head Coach/ Co-owner

Certifications: Level 1 & 2 Crossfit, OPT (optimal performance triaining) program design and assessment, Crossfit anatomy course, FMS level 1 (functional movement screening).

Years CrossFitting: 6

What are you passionate about?: I am passionate about improving the well being and overall function of my members. I get an incredible sense of satisfaction when clients are able to both mentally and physically achieve new milestones.

What do you love most about coaching your members?: I love coaching people becuase of the incredible relationships with so many amazing people. It seems there are so many talented driven people. Then having the ability to further the other aspects of these peoples lives are incredibly fulfilling.

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?:

Football: two time all state in Fl at Bayshore high school, Bradenton, FL. Earned a scholarship to Liberty University and started 26 games for 3 Big South conference championships.
Weightlifting: As a part of team Florida finished 3rd in the country @ the AAU national championships @ 16 years old in the 105kg weight class. 137.5/107
Crossfit; 4 team regional athlete and 1 time games athlete as a part of The Crossfit Squad.

How did you end up as a CrossFit coach? What path brought you here?: Walked into to a crossfit gym called The training Pit and loved it ever since.

What do you do when you’re not CrossFitting?: Helping other people crossfit. Or my fiance is teaching me how to love her properly. Work in progress.

What’s your favorite quote?: “What we give today can be built upon tommorow. What we do not give today is lost forever.” Danny Rocco

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? Funny, interesting stories you’d like to tell?: Sleep is the most amazing thing ever.

Phone: 941-962-5288

Email: derek@thecrossfitsquad.com

Angel Rodriguez

Title: CrossFit Coach

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Pose Method, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Weightlifting

Years CrossFitting: 6 Years CrossFitting

What do you specialize in?: I specialize in Fundamental Training, Basic Gymnastics

What are you passionate about?: I am very passionate about making everyone move better. For me it’s not about how much you lift, it’s about how I can make you move better in and out of the gym to live a longer, healthier life.

What do you love most about coaching your members?: What I like most about coaching my members is seeing the effort they put in the gym and getting to see their results. We as coaches can only tell you what to do and how to properly do it. It’s up to you as a member to put the effort in, inside and outside of the gym to get the results you’ve been looking for.

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?: Football for 4 years, Wrestling for 4 years.

How did you end up as a CrossFit coach? What path brought you here?: I started weightlifting in high school, after high school I wanted to keep lifting and only place I could actually drop weights was at a CrossFit Gym. From there the coach asked me to do jump in a workout and never looked back.

What do you do when you’re not CrossFitting?: Recovering for the next day of training

What’s your favorite quote?: ”Prove Them Wrong”

Savannah Bishop

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Years CrossFitting: 3 Years of CrossFit Experience

What do you specialize in?: I would say as a natural CrossFiter I don’t have a specific specialty. I’m pretty naturally above average in all aspects of CrossFit from the warm up, to barbell, to gymnastics, to working the different metabolic zones. But if I had to choose what I really love to coach individuals, I love teaching gymnastics. Watching someone get their first kipping pull up or muscle up is a rush I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.

What are you passionate about?: Currently in my life, I am passionate about two things: CrossFit and health care. I coach CrossFit because it brings me a lot of joy seeing our amazing members everyday and watching them grow not just in their fitness but in their confidence through out their daily lives. I am also passionate about CrossFit because it has become a family affair. I love getting coached by my brother, Derek. I love getting to spend my days learning and laughing with him. I am also equally passionate about health care. I am currently a part of a radiology program where I can hopefully help people identify any malfunctions they may be experiencing in their body so they can get to the healthiest version of their self. I love helping people in any fashion.

What do you love most about coaching your members?: My favorite part about coaching is giving people confidence when they can’t find it themselves. A lot of people are scared off by the word crossfit. But after spending one class at Squad, they feel more at ease because they realize we just want to push them to their own personalized limits. And after members have realized that, they relax and they learn. Watching people learn their limits and when to push beyond them, that’s when people gain confidence. That’s when they hit Pr’s and learn new skills. And those are the exact moments when I realize I love coaching these people.

How did you end up as a CrossFit coach? What path brought you here?: A few years ago I watched my brother, Derek, do a competition in Tampa. It was my first time seeing CrossFit but I recognized some of the movements from high school weightlifting. I also loved being active but I never wanted to partake in group sports. So thats why I was immediately attracted to CrossFit because you get a group environment but you work individually. After my initial exposure, I knew I wanted to try it myself. Because I like being competitive, but I also loved having something to talk with my big brother about. Our age difference always put a big gap in giving us stuff to bond over, so I loved the whole idea of CrossFit . So after about a year of CrossFit, I was just approached by my gym owner at the time in Orlando about getting certified and I decided why not, extra cash and I didn’t have to pay for a membership anymore. Sweet.

What do you do when you’re not CrossFitting?: When I’m not CrossFiting, I live an exciting life filled with naps, food, and movies. I love movies. If I only had two hours and I had to choose between a really good workout and a really good movie… I’m not sure which I would choose.

What’s your favorite quote?: ”If you ever get beat, you better get beat by someone thats just purely more talented than you are. It better not ever be because you beat yourself.”

Anything else you want people to know about you?: Don’t be scared or feel intimidated, just do the best you can do everyday and you will be successful in everyone’s eyes. Even in your own eyes.

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