Fitness Modelling Backstory

Fitness Model In 2017

darrenjfitnessGrowing up, I was never into playing sports or being on an athletic team. I had a belief system that I wasn’t born athletic. I was always picked last in gym class. This just became a way of life for me. Always watching and observing other people playing sports and never believing that could be me.

Years later and having traveled all over the world in the last 20 years, I was resigned that I would never be athletic

On the outside I felt like a million bucks, however in reality, I wasn’t happy that I had become so globally successful but wasn’t passing on my health report card. I was not leading by example.

In January 2016, I made a commitment to myself that I would Level UP and Skill UP. With my life partner, Tatiana Mersiadis, who has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from McGill University from Montreal, Canada, an incredible partnership in health was created. An exciting goal was set.

In September 2016, we hired Yvan Cournoyer. One of Canada’s best known Celebrity Fitness Models who has a successful career in the modelling and fitness industry. With Yvan’s training and guidance, Tatiana Mersiadis and I are aspiring to compete in Fitness Modelling Competitions in 2017. 


Yvan Cournoyer is an experienced male model from Canada.

Born in the province of Québec in Canada. Named after legendary hockey star Yvan Cournoyer, his parents raised him and his three brothers on a pig farm in a rural part of the province. Passionate about sports, while tending to the farm, he spent time developing his physique and learning about fitness.

Yvan won a bronze medal in the Québec bodybuilding championships and a gold medal in the Gladiator Fighting Championship. Shortly after being named amateur athlete of the year in Québec, his career took another turn.

He got drafted into a well known modelling agency. After his first year in the Industry, he was recognized as Outstanding Model of the Year by the Institute of Top Models of Montréal. This quickly brought him to the attention of world-renowned photographers.

Wanting something more for his career, he packed up everything he owned and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Up to this time, he had only spoken French and he was quickly submerged into a world of English speaking people. Determined to succeed, he quickly picked up English and also became one of Canada’s most sought after personal trainers. His client list includes Hollywood celebrities, fitness models and even Miss World Nazanin Afshin-Jam.

While on the movie set of Getting Screefed he was the subject of a major photo feature in Playgirl magazine and this elevated his career to international stardom. He signed with the production company Mega Muscle and has created seven workout and lifestyle DVDs and a series of calendars and other products. He is presently hosting his own lifestyle T.V. show called Love Handles and he is also known as the face (and body) of Ginch Gonch underwear Sweat underwear and Abercrombie.

To add to this, Tatiana Mersiadis and I are opening up a chain of 16 different LumbalaStrong Athletic Clubs across Canada with Rolly Lumbala (#46) who is a (CFL) Canadian Football League Fullback and Team Captain with the BC Lions. We anticipate our first athletic club to open in the Fall of 2017 in the Vancouver area. The first location to be announced to the public soon.