Darren Ellis

Darren discovered CrossFit in 2007, during his Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, as he was always researching the latest info on training and nutrition methods.  The simple yet effective philosophy had him hooked and 3 months later opened the first CrossFit gym in the country.

As the sport of CrossFit grew, Darren competed at the Regional’s from 2009-2012 as an individual, the CrossFit Games affiliate competition in 2010 and in 2015 qualified in second place for the 40-44yr Masters division of The Reebok CrossFit Games.

He was a weekly guest presenter on The Fit Club tv show in 2012, putting top NZ athletes through their paces, and offering up nutrition and workout tips.

Darren also collaborates with Jami Tikkanen (coach of Annie Thorisdottir) on The Training Plan, creating online CrossFit programming and lifestyle hacks for athletes.

Before university and opening CrossFit NZ and Reebok CrossFit 09, Darren spent 6 years working and travelling overseas working for minimum wage as a bartender, bouncer, tour guide, tractor driver, cook and divemaster, and visiting places like Congo, Ethiopia, Yemen and Guatemala; which found him home to dodgy parasites and 10kg underweight, but with an ability to order food in Swahili, Turkish and Arabic.   Needless to say he loves travel and the idea of sharing highlights of his native country with others, as well as fitness knowledge is very exciting for him.