Jason DeRose has been a teacher, trainer, gym owner, and supplement company entrepreneur, but his role as a coach is what best defines him. In our conversation, he describes himself as someone who enjoys helping and developing others. He has been doing this his whole life, and it’s what drives and motivates him on a daily basis. In this episode, Jason describes the ups and downs he has gone through in his career, including a false accusation that temporarily cost him his job at a local high school. He also talks about his passion for the gym business and how he learned to navigate the complex supplement industry in order to launch Gymsupps, a family-owned private label supplement company.
Jason DeRose was working as a strength and conditioning coach for a local high school in 2005 when it became the focus of a nationally televised reality show on ESPN. The football team, which was once the pride of its Pittsburgh-area community, was on a perennial losing streak. This all turned around once Dick Butkus and other NFL and top collegiate coaching and training talent entered the picture to lead the team for one season. Jason soaked up this opportunity to learn all that he could, and a trip to San Diego for additional training inspired him to launch Faster Fitness, an athletic performance center with two Pittsburgh regional locations.
In 2015, Jason was accused of physically assaulting another employee at the high school where he was employed. He maintained his innocence and took his case all the way to trial where he was acquitted of any wrongdoing. Although he was reinstated in the school district, this unfortunate experience caused him to shift his focus to his rapidly growing gym business. A self-proclaimed supplement fanatic, Jason was always on the lookout for new products to offer his personal training clients. It was by chance that he was introduced to someone in the supplement industry, and the seed was planted for what would become Gymsupps in 2017.
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