About Us

At CrossFit Defy our mission is simple: To make you better at life


We believe in creating long lasting relationships to enhance your fitness journey. A strong community is essential in keeping you on track through the tougher times in life.


Professional high quality coaching throughout all of our programs. We want you to grow and learn from some of the best coaches in the business. Our team is well qualified and passionate about what they do.


Being placed outside your comfort zone is where you discover the most about yourself. We will provide a platform for you to experience competition if you wish to do so and push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of.


Partner and Head Coach

Darren found CrossFit when he was serving as a Royal Marines Commando in the British Military. He fell in love with the competitive side of CrossFit and left the military to pursue his ambitions. Darren has competed all over the world, gaining lots of knowledge from his personal endeavours.

Darren has been in the fitness industry for almost a decade and thrives off helping others achieve their goals. He is meticulous in his approach and has worked with almost every type of client and helped them achieve their highest levels of fitness.

Darren is constantly looking to improve his knowledge base to keep raising the bar. He is excited to build a strong community at CrossFit Defy and give his clients the experience they deserve.


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Coach
  • CrossFit Strongman Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Personal Trainer Level 3
  • British Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • OPEX CCP Level 1 Modules



After completing a Biology Degree at University of Alberta, Dr. Michelle Lockyer went on to attend Medical School at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She then completed residency and fellowship at University of Toronto. Michelle has been a Family Physician for the past 8 years working in emergency medicine, obstetrics, medical education and general practice. She is a Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Preceptor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has special interests in physician health and wellness and sports medicine.

Michelle’s passion for personal fitness has been lifelong starting in her father’s garage gym in rural Newfoundland at the age of 5. Michelle found CrossFit in 2012 when some gym friends signed up for a team competition. There was an instant connection and she has never looked back. She was a Regionals Team Athlete in 2017 and an Individual Atlas Games Competitor in the same year. Michelle is realizing a dream by combining her love for CrossFit and passion for medicine and health together at CrossFit Defy.


  • Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Family Physician, South East Toronto Family Health Team
  • Physician Wellness Coordinator, Toronto East Health Network, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Doctor of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland 2004-08
  • Family Medicine, University of Toronto, 2008-10
  • Emergency Medicine Mentorship, 2010
  • Acute Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 2010
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 2011
  • Fellowship, Primary Care Obstetrics,  University of Toronto 2011

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