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personal trainer Burlington Ontario

Bespoke Fitness is owned and operated by Darren Wigginton, Bsc O, RMT, DOMP

About Darren

 

The path I took in becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Manual Osteopath, Personal trainer, educator and CEU course facilitator with my own business in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada has certainly been a meandering and colourful journey.  It has included periods of professional karate training, military service, and personal training.  Here’s a brief look at how I not only became a National Academy of Osteopathy and National University of Medical Sciences faculty member teaching soft tissue techniques from diploma to doctorate level, but also developed a client base that ranges from MMA fighters and professional athletes to octogenarians, encompassing the GTA and Muskoka area. 

 For 16 years, I was dedicated to training in Shotokan Karate. During my studies in the UK and throughout Europe, I was able to train under Senseis Steve Castle and Dirk Heene, along with Senseis Kase, Sharai, Kawasoe, and Naito.  In addition to founding and acting as a chief instructor for two military karate teams, I was a member of the RAF Karate Team, fighting in the military nationally and internationally.  

 During this time, I also spent 6 years as a military policeman, including 3 on a Northern Ireland Specialist Close Protection Team, where I ran and instructed a pre-selection course, was responsible for the day to day fitness of a specialist team, and taught close quarter combat & weapons drills. Later, I spent 2 years working in Iraq as a close protective operative, of which 18 months were with the American Department of Defense.
 
 In 2006, I stepped away from the military and emigrated to Burlington, Canada, before settling in Muskoka in 2011. In 2007, I founded Bespoke Fitness, a personal training business.  While working with a client, my desire to become a manual therapist was lit, thanks to his comment that I would likely excel at Massage Therapy.  In 2010, I graduated from Massage Therapy school.  In 2014, I became a Manual Osteopath and in 2016, I completed my BSc in Osteopathy.  While doing this, I formulated Soft Tissue Assisted Release (STAR) techniques CEU basic and advanced courses.  

 Also in 2014, as a single parent I expanded Bespoke fitness and founded Massage U Muskoka, offering Massage Therapy, Manual Osteopathy, personal training, and in-home therapy services.  In addition, I became the Director of Strength and Conditioning and head Therapist for Northern Performance Hockey Academy. 

 Today, I am proud to be an active member of the community dedicated to excellence and constantly improvement of self and treatment strategies.   The whole ethos of Bespoke fitness is to provide my clientele with the necessary training tools and motivation to succeed in attaining their health and wellness goals, and overall lifestyle empowerment.

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