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.
Richard Wojno received his undergraduate B.S. degree in Health & Exercise Science, with a minor in Coaching, and a concentration in Nutrition from Bridgewater College. He has received his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is also CPR/AED certified. Richard is a former dual-sport college athlete participating in Bridgewater’s football and track & field programs. He received All-Conference accolades in both football and track & field, while also winning 2 conference championships with Bridgewater’s track & field program. Richard brings a wide range of knowledge in the fields of health & fitness, sports performance, and physical therapy throughout his athletic career and in the workforce. He has worked with people/athletes across all age groups. Richard is passionate about building a healthy lifestyle and helping others meet their fitness goals through safe, pain-free functional strength training.
David received first bachelor’s of science in kinesiology and health sciences, with a concentration in exercise science, and a second bachelor’s of science in psychology, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. Wide variety of experience’s regarding sports performance with youth and collegiate athletes. Lives an active lifestyle, enjoys community-based events in the heart of RVA, and attends clinics, seminars, and conferences to keep up to date with evidence based research and to share and implement those where and when necessary. David brings a wealth of knowledge to DefyGENETICS. He understands our proven DefyG philosophy and is ready to make a positive impact on TEAMDefyG!
Lauron received her undergraduate B.A. degree in Psychology from Hood College, where she also played 2 years of basketball. Received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is also CPR/AED certified. Lauron brings a great range of background knowledge in the physical therapy field, as she has been a physical therapist technician for over 2 years now and has been a patient herself following two season-ending basketball injuries. She has long-term experience with working with a wide variety of ages and people from all walks of life and has a strong desire to provide influential guidance to young athletes. Lauron’s passion as a personal trainer/sports performance coach is not only to help her clients build a healthier lifestyle, but also while focusing on increasing mobility/functional performance, preventing future injuries by strengthening, and motivating and allowing her clients to manifest their specific fitness goals with ease!
Hardwork & Dedication=SUCCESS!
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!” -Napoleon Hill
DeAndre is from Richmond, Va & is a Certified Personal trainer with the NAFC. He’s currently enrolled at Virginia State University as a football student-athlete. Majoring in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with a Minor in Health Science. During his high school years at Highland Springs High School, he was a three-sport athlete. Playing football, wrestling, and track & field. Was a part of two football state championships in 2016 & 2017 in high school and one CIAA championship at VSU in 2017. He won several medals and certificates for both wrestling and track. He knows what it feels like and what it takes to be on the winning team. He works with both youth and adults no matter the age. He’s ready to help push his clients to the limit, and help them achieve their fitness, sports performance, and/or weight-loss goals.
Hardwork & Dedication=SUCCESS!
Randy Saunders has always had a passion for fitness, sports, and a never-ending quest in learning as much as possible about the amazing potential inside of the human body and mind. Also, Randy finds great satisfaction in helping others through training, educating, mentoring coaching, etc.
Randy grew up playing and enjoying many competitive sports. Among his personal accomplishments as a youngster were; played shortstop for the Hopewell All-Stars in the Nationally Recognized Colonial Heights Boy’s Invitational Baseball (BIB)Tournament; Prince George High School Golf Team Most Valuable Player (MVP) for three years; twice qualified for the Virginia High School State Golf Tournament; First Place in the Shenandoah Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships in the 198 lb. class.
Randy received his B.S in Sports Management/Kinesiology from James Madison University. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He received his Golf Fitness Instructor Level I Certification through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in San Diego, CA.
Randy specializes and excels in training athletes who have a desire to reach their maximum potential in golf, baseball, basketball, powerlifting, and Olympic lifting. Also, he loves training any athlete for any sport who has the desire to be the best that they can be. Randy’s philosophy focuses on motivational workouts where short-term and intermediate goals/metrics are set and frequently tested to measure progress. He encompasses all aspects specialized for each particular sport- strength, power, speed, mobility, stability, flexibility along with a positive, winning mental approach. In addition, Randy enjoys training any individual who wants to become more healthy and fit, stronger, and improve mobility, stability and flexibility.
Randy also has a tremendous passion for coaching Youth Sports. He has had the privilege of coaching, leading, inspiring, and mentoring Colonial Heights Youth Teams from U-8 through U-15 in baseball, basketball, and football. He led several of his teams to Championships: Baseball (U-12), Football (U-11), and Basketball (U-15). His amazing leadership qualities, infectious positive attitude and nature, and boundless energy have inspired many of his young athletes to accomplish great things in not only sports but also life in general.
Hardwork & Dedication=SUCCESS!
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles; They shall run and not be weary; They shall walk and not faint.”
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.