Tribute to a LEGEND: Coach Darren Oliver

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Tribute to a LEGEND: Coach Darren Oliver

|By The Editors|

On the morning of Thursday, December 8th, 2011, the bodybuilding community lost one of its most beloved members when Coach Darren Oliver passed away.  Coach Darren’s name was legendary on the Canadian bodybuilding scene, a name recognized for excellence in the gym and on the stage. Darren’s positive energy, enthusiasm, and sheer passion for his craft were simply contagious. It was impossible to have a bad day once you were around him, even for a moment. To experience a Darren Oliver training session with one of his star students was to witness what it really takes to become a champion.

Coach Darren was a guiding force for a who’s who list of the best professional and amateur bodybuilders and figure competitors in Canada, including Ben Pakulski, Mike Van Wyck, Renaldo Gairy, Bob Weatherill, Jerome Bravo, John Aiello, Joanne Williams, Mona Poursaleh, Marko Zaborac,  Hugo Silva, Kai Persaud, Neda Zand  and countless others. To each of his clients, Darren was so much more than a great trainer. He was a mentor, confidant, and above all, a true friend.

In the relatively short time that the Strong Athlete crew knew Darren, we developed an amazing friendship. He was a huge supporter of everything we did and is a major reason why our online magazine has grown to where it is today. We’d like to honor Darren and his team with a short tribute video showcasing the genius at his best. Rest in peace Coach.


By |December 18th, 2011|Features|

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Strong Athlete was founded in 2011 by Strength & Conditioning Experts PK Mills and Gaétan Boutin. With over 40+ years of combined experience in sports nutrition, athletics, and fitness, the Strong Athlete team is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their maximum potential through a holistic approach to training, nutrition, and mindset.


  1. Sam Retaria December 19, 2011 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    Wow looks like Darren did lots for the bodybuilding community. Being so fit and a top coach one would think Darren health would be outstanding! I also noticed he was only in 40’s!!! I was wondering what he died from. Yes very sad indeed.

  2. valerio moscariello December 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM - Reply

    Darren you were always the guy that when you walked in the gym you would see and not be the guy to let you down … you gave us so much of your time and energy. We will always keep your name going in and out of the gym. And like you said in the end this is a tought team to beat … always will be from now on… thank you for everything you gave me and all your athletes… no one loved doing what you did more then anyone i ever met…. Your pal for ever.. RIP…. Valerio

  3. Annie France January 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    About 9 years ago I was given perfect form lessons that I have been carrying with me since then….they were the best ones….very few people have this….Your passion for this sport was worth thousands..
    We had good and bad moments….the teaching was intensive…so was life….I told you Toronto would be good……
    So Many years ago and still you follow me in the gym….and will so in every training and every teaching.
    rest in peace.

  4. Jamie October 12, 2020 at 11:13 AM - Reply

    Ten years ago I approached Darren asking him for some lessons. I would see him training some of the bodybuilders at the Dunfield club in Toronto. I wad struggling when it came to training my Chest. I had huge shoulders and couldn’t figure out why my Chest wouldn’t grow. He ripped me apart showed me what I was doing incorrectly not only for my Chest but for my triceps ad well. My physique started to change into the shape I’ve been working towards. I ll never forget showing up for my first lesson and he says ” this one’s on me”…..Darren I owe you big time man for steering me in the right direction. He was so passionate about this sport and it showed. In my opinion he was an icon in the bodybuilding community.

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