1210 McGee St.
Norman, OK 73069
A member of the elite KXN Dad crew, Deren crossfits at 5AM (long before most of us are alive) with the “old guys”. He also attends the early morning Saturday class because the earlier the better for the dads of Koda.
What motivates him on these ridiculously early mornings? “The satisfaction of accomplishment.” Deren wakes up before the sun because, “Koda is a place where you can challenge yourself and be encouraged by others.”
He has stuck with us through no air conditioning, barbells that were so cold that they necessitated gloves, and itty bitty workout space over the past four years; in fact, he reminisces fondly of doing 12 Days of Christmas at the old location where 40 crossfitters packed themselves into the significantly smaller gym (which made it warmer). He recollects the shared spirit of the holidays and sharing of equipment all while trying to avoid dropping weights on one another.
In his next year at KXN, Deren looks forward to continuing to show up to those 5am sessions; to waking up not to the sun but to the promise of shiny barbells and burpees. So if you want to workout with Deren, you better be ready to rise and shine!