Vaz Dera grew up in Glendale, CA. From an early age muscle gurus like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane fascinated him. Vaz started to study fitness as a hobby. It was that hobby that led to big results in his own physical appearance and even bigger results as a career. After earning his APEX and ISSA certificates, Vaz started coaching as a Personal Trainer for 24-hour fitness at the young age of 18. Feeling unsatisfied with the traditional training methods, Vaz discovered the world of CrossFit. The high intense, yet varying, exercises seemed to give his clients better and faster results. This fueled his passion for continued education in the CrossFit arena, earning a level 1, 2 and Aerobic Capacity certificate. After a successful six years with 24, Vaz fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening his own gym. Now with the birth of Defcon Athletics, he is able to take his years of experience, education, and clientele to a whole level of fun, fitness and results.