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Muscle Sport Magazine

IFBB Fitness Pro Derina Wilson

Courtesy of Derina Wilson

Complied by Tim Tibbs – Before I introduce myself, I want to give a big shout out to MIX IT UP SPORTS and MUSCLE SPORT MAGAZINE. Thanks Tim!

Hello!  My name is Derina Wilson and I’m from Long Island, New York. I was in elite gymnast at the age of 13 with Olympic dreams!  After my highly competitive gymnastics career, I participated in cheerleading, dance, volleyball, fencing, and received a scholarship for diving at Queens College.  At the age of 21, I received certifications in both Yoga and Pilates. I have been teaching both Yoga and Pilates for the past 15 years at gyms  around Suffolk and Nassau County as well as Fire Island.  I instruct in group classes as well as private/group private lessons.  Last year I completed my Booty Barre  certification and am currently completing my AFAA group exercise certification.
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  On November 26, 2015 my father passed away at the age of 64 with kidney failure. After falling into a depression, I needed to follow my heart and my dreams of becoming a fitness model and decided to sign up for my first NPC fitness competition under my coach Lena Squarciafico-Mishin. I competed in my first competition, the Garden State Championships and received first place!  I qualified for nationals where at NPC universe I won both first place overall and first place in class, and earned my IFBB pro card. As a sponsored athlete for Bill Romanowski’s Nutrition53, I competed in my first IFBB pro fitness show in Florida the Wings Of Strength Tampa Pro where I came in 7th out of 14 in 2015.
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2016 was my first full season competing as an IFBB Pro.  I took 4th place at the Wings Of Strength Chicago Pro, 2nd place at the Europa Games, and 9th place at the Wings Of Strength Tampa Pro.  Right now I am 4th place in the point standings for an Olympia qualification…so fingers crossed I will be in Las Vegas this September.
  Along with my fitness career, I have been fulfilling my fitness modeling dream and working with a variety of athletic wear companies….and although I no longer coach gymnastics, I have been enjoying  choreographing floor routines for our future Olympians!

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