Aside from my journey to several schools before landing a home in Myrtle Beach, SC, I have spent my entire life in Matoaca, VA. Having two younger brothers and a family deeply rooted in athletics, it was within my genetic makeup to grow an undeniable attachment to sports at an early age. That family history, coupled with the insatiable desire to be the best at anything I set my mind to, laid the groundwork for who I have become.
In high school, I was a multi-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball and track. As college approached, I narrowed my focus to football and trained diligently to accomplish the lofty goals I had set for myself. 
I played football at Christopher Newport University for 3 seasons, playing multiple different positions on both sides of the ball. From there, I transferred to University of Louisville, and then finally decided to settle down and finish out my academic career at Coastal Carolina University. There, I graduated with a 3.4 GPA, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. 
My passion for sports served as the catalyst that ultimately propelled me into the field of exercise science. As a clinician, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to apply the principles of performance training to elicit the necessary development in an athlete, to prepare them for any obstacle in life. Using the knowledge I have acquired, I hope to use the phenomenal platform at
DefyGENETICS, to inspire change and make a lasting impact on young athlete’s lives. 
You will catch me on Sundays in the fall watching the Dallas Cowboys religiously, alongside the rest of my family. We also love North Carolina Tar Heels basketball. I enjoy the beach, playing golf, hiking and most importantly spending quality time with my family. 
Favorite Quote
Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. 

Brandi is a college student at Saint Leo’s University who will be graduating in 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

Michael Stroud
DefyGENETICS Trainer

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

Debbie Clayton
DefyGENETICS YOGA Instructor

Steele Driskill
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Debbie Clayton, RYT, received her certification in Integral Hatha Yoga in 2001.  She has been actively teaching yoga in and around the tri-cities area since 2001. She has shared her teaching with students from age five to seventy-five.  She continues her yoga path through continuing education and consistent practice.

Debbie especially enjoys teaching yoga to athletes of all ages and interests.  Yoga combines stretching, breath and movement to release tightness in the muscles and joints.  When combined with sports specific training or a regular workout, yoga is an important aspect of injury prevention and recovery.

Yoga creates a sense of spatial awareness in that our body knows where we are in every movement, by improving balance and coordination.  In creating awareness of the body and the breath, you are better prepared to engage in specific actions as applied to your life; whether it be in sports, daily life or just more freedom of movement.

Debbie is excited to share her yoga training and enthusiasm with the athletes of

DefyGENETICS.  Her passion for yoga shows in her teaching style and ability to connect with individuals and their specific goals in training.  She’s looking forward to bringing yoga to DefyGENETICS to help you become your best!

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

Eric Hines
DefyGENETICS Trainer

Eric has been an AFPA certified personal trainer for over four years. He is a former college basketball player. His love for fitness and sports is what drives him to become such a passionate trainer. He works closely with athletes on speed, agility, and power. In addition to being a trainer, he also is a mentor for his clients in nutrition and living a healthy life. Eric believes that a healthy lifestyle does not fall on your genetics, but the amount of energy and time you put in to it defying them.

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