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About Us

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

Community

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.

Coaching

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.

Competition

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.

Darren

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Michelle

Partner

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Chris

Group & Private Coach

Chris has been dabbling in fitness and Martial arts for 15+ years, starting with Taekwondo and Fitness Kickboxing, then Kettlebells and Strength Training, until finally finding CrossFit several years ago. Challenging himself physically and mentally has become an outlet for Chris to balance out his busy lifestyle, making him a better dad, husband, manager, coach and athlete. His goal is to make CrossFit part of the next chapter of his life getting him out from behind the desk and in front of people where he can make more of a difference in their lives.

Chris’ passion for fitness drove him to become a personal trainer so he could help others improve their life through movement and wellness. Coaching group classes for the last 6 years has enabled him to expand his reach beyond 1 on 1 sessions and help more people reach their full potential. One of the things that brings him an immense amount of satisfaction is taking a client that has never touched a barbell or kettlebell (may even be a little scared) to becoming comfortable, proficient, and stronger than they ever imagined.

On his quest to find a CrossFit gym to take his training and career to the next level and be part of a tribe of like-minded, strong, passionate individuals, he found CrossFit Defy. He looks forward to continuing his growth as a coach and being part of the amazing community that Darren and Michelle have built.

Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Agatsu Inc Kettlebell Instructor Certification Level 1
  • Agatsu Inc Kettlebell Instructor Certification Level 2
  • CanFit Pro Certified Personal Training Specialist
  • FightFit Certified Fitness Kickboxing Instructor

Stephane

Group & Private Coach

A lifelong health and fitness enthusiast, Stéphane has always believed in being physically active, eating well, and taking care of his health.  After many years trying different types of workouts, he discovered CrossFit and never looked back.  What really drew him to CrossFit is the constantly varied workouts, the multitude of skills to develop, and the sense of community and camaraderie that inevitably forms between members.  As someone who consistently likes to learn new things, Stéphane loves the fact that one’s journey in CrossFit never ends, as there is always a skill to further develop or a lift to become more proficient at. 

After a few years of doing CrossFit, Stéphane realized that he really enjoyed sharing his experience and knowledge with new members, and decided to get his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate.  An avid reader, he also strives to always keep learning about health and fitness in general, and to further expand his knowledge base.  As such, he is looking forward to attending the Power Monkey Fitness Camp this fall, where he will get the opportunity to train with and learn from some of the best, world-class trainers in the fitness world.  Stéphane is very excited for the opportunity to coach and share his love of all things CrossFit with the amazing community at CrossFit Defy.  He also enjoys various sports and activities, such as running, cycling, downhill skiing, soccer and hockey, to name a few.

Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Wilson

Private Coach

Wilson found a passion for health and fitness while playing sports growing up and was introduced to the gym at a very early age. He came across his first CrossFit class at 14 years old, and since then has been learning and putting into action the training methodologies encompassed in this, and other styles of training. After spending years putting a priority on his own personal health and fitness, and seeing how deeply and positively this pursuit has benefitted his life in all areas, Wilson started convincing his friends to join him for workouts. This slowly shifted into personal and small group training where he found a passion for being able to share useful information with others, and help them get fitter and stronger inside the gym and out.

Wilson is currently an undergraduate student at Queens University studying Commerce. He plans to use this business background to help him start a company in the fitness industry when he is finished school, so he can continue pursuing his passion of learning and helping others better themselves.

Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CO-OP Placement – Personal Fitness and Nutrition

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