Darren Mehling, BA, CSCS

Competition Prep Expert

Strength & Conditioning Specialist


Together, our team of coaches have a combined 90 years in the fitness industry. We have helped thousands 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 on stage, and achieve personal excellence in your life.

Our coaching has proven to be one of the most effective ways to prepare for physique competitions in the world. We have helped our competition Freak family earn 1100 physique competition top–3 awards, from regional to Professional level, and 41 IFBB Pro card qualifications.

But we realize that your goals may not include stepping on stage. We understand that it’s not for everyone. You may want to enhance your performance in the gym or on the field. You may want to improve your confidence the boardroom and the bedroom. You want to walk on the beach and actually want people to look at you and admire you. You want to feel damn proud of what you have under that shirt!

Well, a big part of our Freak family’s success comes from our belief that everyone deserves the best plan possible to achieve your fitness & performance 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 and support for all of those aspects in your life that can influence your progress. Not only does this process 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, become part of the Freak family, and you will realize your true potential. Discover what you can achieve when you are provided with the proper guidance and a supportive community. 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!

Darren Mehling, BA, CSCS

Competition Prep Expert

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Christina Mehling, IFBB Pro

Hair & Make Up Specialist

Competition Spray Tan Expert


Denise Fann


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 an 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


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








Freak Fitness leads the fitness industry when it comes to helping people reach their fitness goals. We have helped our Freak Fitness competition team earn 1101 physique competition top–3 awards, from regional to international level, and 41 IFBB Pro card qualifications.

Just imagine what we can do for YOU!


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