Derek Ledwidge: Owner/Trainer
ACE – PT Precision Nutrition- Level 1 CPR/AED/First Aid
Derek was born and raised in Armada, MI. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University. During his time at CMU he played for the Men’s Club Volleyball Team for 2 years. As he played, he began to research strength and conditioning in order to get stronger and jump higher. It was then that Derek fell in love with fitness and sports performance. After graduating, Derek found his passion in helping others in reaching their potential. He began his life as a teacher, teaching high school PE and Social Studies. He also expanded his passion for volleyball by coaching all levels throughout the Macomb area. He is also a national coach for Team Detroit Volleyball Club in Novi. In 2016, although he loved his job, Derek’s life as a teacher ended. He began to focus his energies in a new and exciting direction – teaching youth and adults to be stronger and more fit inside and outside the weight room. He started Strive Fitness and Performance and has loved making such an impact on the Macomb Community over the last couple of years.
Cameron Gillem: Head Trainer
I have been a trainer at Strive since spring of 2018 and have enjoyed every second of it! I am a Romeo High School graduate, currently attending Oakland University seeking a health science/exercise science degree. After graduation I plan to get involved with training younger athletes and get into coaching. Athletics and training have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I hope to keep it that way my entire life.