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ANGELINE JEANSON

2x National Bikini champion

I started competing in Bikini 2011. In 2014, I thought that I reached my maximum potential as a bikini athlete. It was the moment of my amateur career, after competing in two IFBB Worlds Championships and four CBBF Nationals, that I asked myself if I was stopping there or was I going to make a big move. This big move was to join Freak Fitness.

 

I was already used to contest prep, but when I became a Freak.....

AZARIA GLAIM

IFBB FIGURE PRO

My journey with Freak Fitness began just before the summer of 2014. I had been training for not quite a year then but absolutely loved being in the gym. I didn't always know what I was doing but as long as I was there training I felt good. For me the gym has always been my place of peace. You can find me there every Friday night and Christmas if I had the chance.

 

One night I was feeling down and at a loss for purpose. So I made my way to the gym, head down hat on...

BRITTANY KANNE

IFBB FITNESS PRO

Before working with Freak Fitness I considered myself athletic but I held a lot of my extra body fat around my hips/butt/thighs and had zero upper body definition or strength. I needed a challenge and wanted to see what physique I would be able to accomplish.

 

I found Freak Fitness while searching for a coach for an upcoming MABBA Novice competition. I was not convinced I would be able to even step on stage but...

GABRIELLE TONGOL

National level Figure competitor

My name is Gabrielle Tongol, 20-year-old CBBF Figure competitor from Calgary, Alberta! I competed at my first competition at the age of 18 where I placed 8th out of 16 girls (before photo with the green suit). I took a year and a half off to work on some improvements and then decided it was time to seek a new coach to help me prepare for....

 

JENAYA HOFER

IFBB PHYSIQUE PRO

When I came to Freak Fitness, I was 20 years old and had only 4 months training under my belt. In my initial consultation, Darren and I set our sights on Figure but I really wanted to compete in Physique. I promised him that I work be fully committed to the process and he told he would everything in his power to help me achieve my goals.

 

Well, we found out quickly that we worked very well together. Under Darren’s guidance, I worked as hard as humanly possible and set my mind on competing in Physique and over the next year my body blossomed and...

KARI ZYLSTRA

National level Bikini competitor

I have always been an active person and working out has been ingrained in me since I was a child as my dad was a non competitive bodybuilder and my hero. From watching him workout and seeing him age so gracefully and in amazing shape he instilled the values of positive body image, self worth, dedication and hard work in all aspects of life.  I see these values in Darren Mehling.

 

I decided to start training with Freak Fitness back in 2010 when Christina and Darren kept telling me...

LAURA CAROLAN

IFBB BODYBUILDING PRO

I became a member of the Freak team, and instantly, my motivation went through the roof.  I saw changes in my physique almost right away.  The new training program and diet were very dialed in to my specific needs as a female bodybuilder. 

 

Prior to being a Freak Fitness client, I had the classic issues that a lot of competitors face, fading confidence, self-doubt, and very unsure of where my conditioning should be at at any stage of dieting.  I found Darren...

MIKE ZYLSTRA

National level bodybuilder

Before training with Freak Fitness, I was already competing at the provincial level but I was not making changes to my physique nor did I have dieting nailed down.

 

I met Darren at a local show and we hit it off instantly. We have become friends and he’s a man that I now trust and I know he has my best interest at heart. I needed someone to give me confidence and to help me be the best I could and well. I must say after 7 years I got that and more.  

 

Darren has incorporated a lot of different techniques so that after years of training with Freak my body...

MINDY HARLEY

National level Bikini competitor

I found Darren at a time in my life where I had finally reached the point where I couldn't do the work on my own to achieve the results that I wanted. A novice in every aspect, from training to nutrition, I tried a figure competition once on my own and quickly realized this is a world where a professional is needed to guide the way.

 

My second show under Darren Mehling's training and nutrition was a complete success, and I won the overall title...

NATALIE JANIK

IFBB FIGURE PRO

My name is Natalie Janik. I’m a 38 year old mother of 2 beautiful girls ages 2 & 5. In my mid-twenties I joined a gym wanting to get into shape. I was beyond lost as I had no idea what to do.  I tried to eat healthy now that I was going to the gym, but I didn’t know what that meant. This went on for about 6 years before I got fed up and hired Darren Mehling.

 

Previously I had played  soccer and ran a few marathons. I would say I was fit, and thin but no visible muscles.  But now I wanted to see physical changes in my body. I wanted to have the abs I saw on magazines...

RAE HEALEY

National Level Figure Competitor

When I first start with Freak Fitness, it was about two month after I had done CBBF Nationals in 2014. I was the horror story of post-show rebound. I had placed horribly and had no plan from my previous coaches for a reverse diet. After gaining 30 pounds of unflattering weight and having zero energy and just constantly being in a horrible state of mind, I decided...

SANDY AVELAR

IFBB BIKINI PRO

I started with Darren in 2010 after a rough injury and a poor experience in contest prep that landed me in the hospital.  My body was in chaos.  I had never been out of shape, but I was stringy, not eating enough and my workouts were lacking.  Darren was able to quickly recognize what was holding me back, both mentally and physically.  One day, 6 or 7 weeks out from the provincial championships, I decided I was ready to compete again.  Although it was a short period of time, Darren knew...

SHELLY PATON

IFBB FITNESS PRO

I contacted Darren in 2008 to help me reach my goal of obtaining the Overall Provincial Fitness title. I was impressed by the fact Darren and Christina had helped people of all body types, and in all classes of competing.

 

They had every shape, size and AGE. I was 42 at the time and have never had a ‘6 pack’. I did not realize at that time that a Pro card was even in the cards. Not only did they both help me obtain my original goals of having a ‘6 pack’ and becoming Provincial Overall champion, but...

SHERI MCKNIGHT

IFBB PHYSIQUE PRO

What attracted me to Freak Fitness was my third show back in 2009 at Provincials placing 3rd and 1st & 2nd place were both Freaks. There seemed to be quite a few Freaks taking the show that year. I thought "Wow this guy Darren seems to know his #"@* !"

Quite some time later....2yrs to be exact, (some personal issues got in the way and I took some time off) I decided to get back into it. I knew I needed...

TAMARA QURESHI

IFBB PHYSIQUE PRO

I have always been a “fit person” I was an athlete growing up and I have been in the gym for over 20 years. I have been a personal trainer for 8 years so the fitness lifestyle is something I adopted many moons ago.

 

I got my feet wet with my first couple of bodybuilding shows in the early 2000’s however when asked how long I have been competing I say consistently since 2007. My competitive career has been pretty successful. I’ve had category wins at Southerns, Provincials and the Emerald Cup and Top 3 finishes at Canadian Nationals and in San Diego as a light and middleweight bodybuilder.

 

I loved competing but...

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