Derina Wilson

I'm a happy person, a dog lover, a breast cancer survivor, an IFBB Pro Fitness competitor, and someone who loves anything active or outdoors

Placed 14th

in her group

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Derina Wilson and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

I would recommend you start now and not later! I use the statement "Move it or lose it." Because I have seen both of my parents pass away from a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle. I would also recommend that they work with a personal trainer (ME!) to ensure proper form and body alignment, so they will not injure themselves and stop working out and have to start back from square one.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I have always loved fitness and was a natural born gymnast from birth. I started competing after the death of my father in 2015. It was therapeutic for me to train and do what my parents always loved watching me do. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Jan. 2018 during my prep for the Arnold Classic. I placed 6th at the Arnold and underwent a double mastectomy immediately after. My hope was to motivate others to stay positive and active which will help mentally as it did for my recovery.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I always wanted to open up a space where i can teach Yoga/Pilates/Barre classes, Personal Train clients, help Bodybuilders with posing, and space to choreograph Fitness and Gymnastics routines. A place where you feel comfortable and leave feeling like your best self!