Brett is a certified personal trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is from Colonial Heights Virginia where he was a 4 time varsity letterman in baseball as a left handed pitcher before graduating in 2008. Following graduation from Longwood University, Brett spent 2 years playing in Independent Leagues while chasing the dream of playing professional baseball. In 2014 he played for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball, and in 2015 he played for the Skagit Valley Lumberjacks of the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League (no longer in operation).

Following the 2015 season, Brett decided it was time to hang up the cleats and move back home to Colonial Heights where his family lives. Fueled by his athletic background Brett began pursuing a career in personal training. He has experience training a wide variety of clients including athletes, those with a desire to lose weight, and also clients needing rehabilitation/strength training following an injury. 

Although he enjoys working with clients from all types of backgrounds, he has a heart for working with the youth. Being from the area, he knows the types of distractions that can hinder a student athlete from fulfilling their full potential. It is his desire to not only help his clients to perform better on the field, but to also assist in their growth off of the field. 

In addition to being a personal trainer, Brett is the Youth Leader for the Prince George Youth Group (Verge) at Destination Church located in Hopewell, Va. He also speaks weekly at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meetings in Prince George, Va. When he isn’t training you will most likely find Brett at Destination Church involved in some sort of activity, studying for his pastoral credentials, or you might catch him at the softball fields with his family and friends.

Brett’s Life Verse:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 
2 Timothy 1:7 

Hello, this is Maurice Thorne but I go by Rece. I'm from Hopewell, Va. I was a 3 sport athlete in high school at Hopewell High. I attended school at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC as a defensive back. I currently play Arena football with the Richmond Roughriders. I've played Arena football going on 7 years and as of 2017 we, Richmond Roughriders, won the Arena Pro Football (APF) championship going undefeated where I also played defensive back. Football has also been my #1 and I strive to the best every time I play or even train. Always a champs mindstate! I am excited to have the opportunity to train with the future DefyGENETICS athlete's of the NFL, NBA, MLB or wherever their journey takes them. DefyGENETICS defines me perfectly with it's motto, hardwork + dedication = success. I'm here to help everyone strive for greatness and reach their full potential. I leave you with this.

"Why be average when you can be great!" - Doby Long.


My passion in life is to help people live a healthier and active life. My main goal is to help you achieve yours. I’m passionate about designing customized fitness plans that improve physical health and well being. My specialties are weight loss and athletes. I have been a trainer now for over 7 years and worked with a wide range of clientele from young children to geriatric.
I received a degree at the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI), which is a 600-hour program accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. I also have personal training certifications from both American Fitness Professionals and Associates and Velocity Sports.
I began his career as a personal trainer at American Family Fitness, where I implemented fitness programs ranging from sports specific to post-operative rehabilitation.
I am excited to join the
DefyGENETICS team of great trainers. To many corporate gyms are getting away from quality trainers and only focus on the sales. DefyGENETICS puts the client and their goals first with dedicated knowledgeable trainers. I feel like I will be an asset to the team with my experiences in my career and work in the medical field. I am very passionate about what I do and have I have dedicated my life to this. I will be with you every step of the way for whatever goal you may have as well as the whole DefyGENETICS team.
In my free time I still enjoy competition and can usually be found around a softball field or fishing. I prefer to keep moving and always like to be outside. #TEAMDefyG

Brandi Pollett
DefyGENETICS Office Admin

& Trainer

Rese Thorne
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Caroline Brown
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Brett Draper
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Roger Riggle

“I believe that women are powerful beyond measure and when supported by one another the greatest of all things can be accomplished. I am passionate about empowering and educating those I commit myself to working with. Watching the transformation of the mind and body affect a person’s life profoundly is the most rewarding job imaginable for me.”  

AFPA Certified Personal Trainer
EMS Safety certified in first aid, CPR and AED
Attended Richard Bland College and Virginia Commonwealth University

Karyn is a native of Maine her hobbies include skiing, running, HIIT style training and supporting her boys on the playing fields. She is a 37 year old mother of 3 very active sons. As a coach’s wife and mother of two highly competitive athletes she has a unique perspective on the demands of sport specific training.

Karyn became truly interested in the science of health and fitness after the birth of her first son in 2001. Like many women she was faced with a lofty goal of losing over 75 pounds of post pregnancy weight. She found success through a discovered love of running which eventually lead to completing a full 26.2 mile marathon! As the demands of her families schedules increased and structured gym time became both limited and monotonous she found our unique cutting edge training style and became hooked!

“I believe whole hearted in the
DefyGENETICS philosophy and training methods.  I have seen personally the dramatic differences that can be made in your physique by challenging yourself with less conventional movements you will soon see what you previously thought was impossible. I knew I was in the right place when I was encouraged to focus 100% on reaching toward the goals of the individual client as opposed to being concerned with volume. The whole staff is truly invested and that is where amazing things begin to happen.”


While serving in the US Army for 10 years, Roger was a 9-time US Army Physical Fitness Excellence Award Recipient and a US Army Special Populations Fitness Instructor. This time also offered him the opportunity to coach high school football in Korea and to play football at the semi-professional and professional levels in Germany. After returning back to the States, Roger took a position as the offensive coordinator for the semi-professional football team, the Virginia Hornets, who led the league in rushing yardage and was #3 in total offense.

Roger’s life-long passion for health, sports and fitness along with an incredible burning desire to help others to achieve their sports and fitness goals led him to found and create DefyGENETICS. Roger has well over 10,000 hours of personal training and sports performance experience which he brings to the DefyGENETICS team as the President, Lead Trainer and Sports Performance Coach. Roger works tirelessly on and in continuing education programs in order to keep abreast of the most recent World-Class training methods needed in order to improve explosive power, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance, athletic performance, speed enhancement, agility, core, flexibility, balance, explosiveness and functional training. He is currently working to complete a B.S. degree in Sports & Health Science, Exercise Science from American Military University. Roger attends educational venues such as the West Virginia University Strength and Conditioning Coaches Clinic, annually.

Program development is key to any personal or sports performance training regimen. Roger applies the principles of exercise science, human anatomy, and biomechanics to movement design and exercise instruction in order to develop many programs and training regiments offered at DefyGENETICS Sports Performance & Training Facility. Over many years of research and development, Roger has created and implements his proven DefyGENETICS training methods which is utilized with every training and event that DefyGENETICS hosts or participates.

Roger has been a personal trainer, working out of the Colonial Heights gym of American Family Fitness, during 2002 – 2011; founded DefyGENETICS, LLC in 2011. He has had the privilege to mentor, mold and develop a vast array of clients and athletes on all levels, from the elite athlete (professional baseball player, many NCAA Div 1 athletes, professional football players, countless youth and aspiring high school athletes) to those regaining their active life from one of inactivity, and even obesity, to an adult rehabilitating from joint replacement. Roger is extremely experienced, knowledgeable, passionate, intense and energetic.

Roger has been a competitive body builder and annually enjoys coaching youth football and basketball. One of Roger’s several talents is the ability to provide influential mentorship to young inspiring athletes that ultimately develops the minds, bodies & spirits of each he has the privilege to train.

His Motto: Hard Work & Dedication = SUCCESS!

(Philippians 4:13) I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.

Karyn Foster
DefyGENETICS Trainer

our trainers

Caroline brings a wealth of exercise science knowledge & experience to #TEAMDefyG. She's a military spouse, her husband is in the Army & they reside at Fort Lee. Caroline has a Bachelors in Exercise Science (with a concentration in neuroscience) Roanoke College, 2011-2015. Caroline also received her Masters (August 2017) in Exercise Science (human performance cognate) at Liberty University. She is Cross Fit Cert. as well as AFAA PT Certified. She was awarded numerous Health & Human Performance accolades in college. Has many accomplishments as a researcher & writer for various PALAESTRA publishings. She is experienced in training youth, adults & special population. Once again, welcome to #DefyGENETICS Caroline Brown! Hardwork & Dedication=SUCCESS!

Michael Stroud
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Candace Benn
DefyGENETICS Yoga Instructor

Our incredible DefyG Yoga Instructor is Candace Benn. She is a fireball; an extremely passionate certified Yoga Instructor & Performance Stretching Instructor Certified. *Our Yoga dates & times varies weekly. Please contact us to get the current Yoga schedule. Candace also provides DefyG Athletic Performance Stretching sessions, contact us for details.

Brandi graduated from Saint Leo’s University May 2017 with her Bachelors in Business Administration specializing in Management. Her future educational goal is to get her Masters in Sports Management/Business.
She has two younger brothers that train with
DefyGENETICS and have seen amazing results. Brandi has always been around sports and became passionate about following the NFL, College basketball and NBA.

Brandi aspires to do great things in the Sports Management field one day, even has goals of becoming the first female NFL Commissioner. Brandi wants to make a difference in the sports industry by providing more roles for females in the sports world. I am excited to gain knowledge from
DefyGENETICS and the philosophy behind it. #TEAMDefyG