MABBA two-time Super-heavyweight & Overall Bodybuilding Champion Competition Preparation Expert MUSCLE INSIDER Columnist
IFBB Figure Pro,
CBBF National Fitness Champion
Posing & Presentation Expert
Together, we, IFBB Pro Christina Mehling and Competition Prep Expert Darren Mehling, BA, CSCS, have over 40 years in the fitness industry. We have helped hundreds of people achieve their health, fitness, and competition goals. As athletes and coaches, we teach from experience, and we know what it takes to make you a champion and achieve personal excellence.
Our coaching has proven to be one of the most effective ways to prepare for physique competitions in the world. We have helped our Freak family earn 899 physique competition top–3 awards, from regional to Professional level, and 35 IFBB Pro card qualifications.
A big part of our Freak family’s success comes from our belief that everyone deserves the best plan possible to achieve your competition goals. We know that achieving your goals requires physical, mental, and emotional commitment, so we do more than just provide you with a diet and training program. We offer guidance for all of those aspects in your life that can influence your progress. Not only does this get better over time, it’s actually one of the reasons why Freak Fitness clients stay for years, and how we’ve become a “FREAK family.” It’s not just because of the results. It’s also because of the positive relationships that develop. We will always be on your side and always have your best interests as our only priority. We understand what your goals are, and why you do not settle for “average.”
Work with us and you will realize your true potential. Discover what you can achieve when you are provided with the proper guidance. See how it feels to be the center of attention everywhere you go, how it feels to accomplish what you previously thought was impossible, and discover what it feels like to be a FREAK!
Assistant Contest Prep Coaches
Denise Fann, MFC-CPT
Denise has always been actively involved in sports and fitness since an early age. She knows first-hand how much hard work and dedication it takes to become a high-level athlete. Denise is known for pushing past her physical limits daily. When she sets a goal for herself, in or out of the gym, she makes no excuses, she finds a way to get everything done. Denise lives the Freak Fitness lifestyle 24/7, 365 days. There is no “off-season” for her.
Denise began her fitness competition journey in 2007 where she competed in the Women's Fitness Division in her home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She then took a few years off to work on her physique and had new goals in mind. Denise then switched to Women's Figure and hit the stage again in 2012 and 2013. She placed second in both shows and although she was happy with that accomplishment she wanted to challenge herself further. When the Women's Physique Division was introduced, it sparked her interest. Denise decided to try her hand at that and competed in Novice again and placed second at that show as well second at the Provincial Championships in 2014. In 2015, Denise placed 6th in her National debut. She then returned to Provincials in 2017 and won her class, the best poser award, and took the Overall title. She continues today to work hard to achieve an IFBB Pro-Card!
Denise feels fortunate to have been able to transform her passion for physique and fitness into a career as a certified personal trainer and we are honored to have Denise as an Assistant Prep Coach at Freak Fitness. She wants to use her knowledge and experience to help you achieve your personal and competition goals!
Shelly Paton, IFBB Pro, CSEP-CPT
Shelly is an IFBB Pro residing in Winnipeg, MB. She is a full time certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and has been teaching group fitness and personal training for over 30 years! She also holds a certification from Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC), as an evaluator of fitness leaders.
Fitness has always been her passion. Shelly started out very young in dancing and baton twirling. Once she stopped competing in those sports , Shelly missed the performance and the discipline of competing and having goals to reach towards. Competing in fitness just seemed to be the category for her!
Shelly became a 3 time national champion and earned a spot on Team Canada, placing 6th at the 2012 IFBB World Amateur Fitness Championships in Poland. In 2013, her dream of becoming an IFFB Pro came true when she won the Overall title at the CBBF Nationals!
Shelly brings a wealth of teaching /training experience and possess the enthusiasm for both teaching and competing, and we are proud to have her as an Assistant Prep Coach at Freak Fitness. She wants to help you achieve your goals and dreams, both on and off stage!!
Shelly Paton’s IFBB Pro competition history
2014 IFBB Toronto Pro Fitness 7th
2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Fitness 12th
2015 IFBB Toronto Pro Fitness 10th
2016 IFBB North Carolina Europa Pro Fitness 9th
2016 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Fitness 8th
2017 IFBB Vancouver Pro Fitness 5th
2019 IFBB Pittsburgh Masters Pro Bikini 10th
Bree is an IFBB Pro Qualifier Gold Medalist in Figure, originating in the tiny community 6 hours north of Winnipeg in The Pas, Manitoba . Starting her competition career in 2014, Bree took her first show by storm by placing 1st in her class and claiming the overall title for figure in Alberta's Muscle Beach Classic. Bree placed 2nd in her class at the CBBF National Championships and placed 6th at the North American Championships in 2016. In 2017, Bree took home an International GOLD Medal Win in Figure at the IFBB Ben Weider Legacy Cup Pro Qualifier.
Bree is a skilled certified personal trainer with a Bachelor of Science Degree behind her. She brings intensity, passion and the drive to one day be an IFBB professional athlete. The level of intensity and commitment Bree brings to the table is unlike no other. Be inspired, be motivated, be a Freak every day of the week and start your journey to the stage with Bree, and she promises to exceed your every expectation!
Bree is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she helps both local and online clients reach their fitness & competition dreams.
Bree Balaski, BSc
Jeff Ingram has been in the iron trenches since 1986, a coach and trainer since 1995 and a member of the Freak Family since its earliest days.
Jeff’s career spans a wide variety of sports and athlete preparation including playing and coaching Junior and Major-Junior football, time as a professional wrestler, and competing in Strongman and Powerlifting. After 20 years of competition in the Highland Games, his long throwing events career was highlighted with three trips to the Canadian Championships and one to the Master’s World Championships where he placed sixth.
A long time avid bodybuilding enthusiast- since an early viewing of Pumping Iron as a kid, Jeff has been an active supporter of the local bodybuilding community in Manitoba for many decades. He’s taken his own bodyweight as high as 330 pounds and worked with Freak Fitness to get down to a lean 220 for an event in 2014. In 2016, Jeff made his Men's Physique debut with three 2nd place finishes in both regional and provincial level competitions. Jeff continues to pursue his goal of becoming an IFBB Pro and leads by example for his clients.
Almost a personification of the phrase “Old School” in terms of his work ethic and competitive drive, and as an Assistant Prep Coach with Freak Fitness, Jeff is excited to be put his energies towards helping you pursue your own dreams of stepping on stage and experiencing your place on the winner’s circle!