Darren grew up in a small town in central Illinois. He moved to Lincoln to study athletic training at UNL in 1983. He studied under Boyd Epley, the godfather of collegiate strength and conditioning programming.
Darren worked as a trainer/exercise specialist for more than 15 years at all the major gyms in Lincoln. He also ran a successful personal training business. He is a highly respected and sought after trainer. He has been a bodybuilder for over 20 years with great success in building/maintaining his own physique. His specialties are muscle strengthening & building, bodybuilding/physique competitions, and rehab for all ages.
Although Darren specializes in coaching competitive bodybuilding/physique athletes, he would like people to know that anyone at any age or health condition can maintain or add muscle, but more importantly continue strengthening for the daily activities of life! He has worked with every type of age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and health issue that you can imagine. His main belief as a trainer is that the word “personal” remains the main focus of what a personal trainer does.
Darren is currently working on recertifying with ACE for which he has been affiliated with for over 8 years. He is going back to college to get his strength and conditioning coaching degree.
Music and working out is Darren’s life. You might see him in the gym working out bopping his head to his music. He believes in “living life to its fullest” and that even though some people’s lives here on earth may not be the “quantity” they would like, that it’s important to make sure they all enjoy the “quality” of life while they are here. He loves conversing with people whether at the gym, a restaurant or over a cup of coffee.