About Us

YOUR HEAD COACH

DArren Lague

QUALIFICATIONS

Australian Strength & Conditioning Association ASCA Level 1

Sports Dietitians Australia SDA Nutrition for Exercise & Sport

Australian Institute Of Fitness  Certificate III & IV Fitness

Maxima Certificate III Business

Corrective Exercise Australia 

• Core Function
• Flexibility
• Hip Function
• Shoulder Function

Chek Institute  Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1

Lucas Parker Barbell Workshop

Christian Woodford Developing Power & Speed for Field Based Sport Athletes

CROSSFIT CERTIFICATIONS

• CFL2

• CFL1

• Gymnastics

• Spot The Flaw Course

• Scaling Course

• Lesson Planning Course

• Running Course

• Judges Course

PT CERTIFICATIONS

Place of chi Pre and Post Natal

Trigger Point Therapy 

PT Workshop Company Kettlebell Level 2

Fighting Fit For Life Boxing Level 2

TRX 

• Suspension Trainer

• RIP Trainer

Ankorr Level 1

ZUU Cobra Level 1

Linksworx Fitness – Plyometrics

“ONLY IN DEATH DOES DUTY END”

Darren is the Head Coach and Owner of CrossFit Aere. Darren’s first exposure to fitness was at the age of 19 through playing American Football for the Eastside Razorbacks. He played for the club for a total of 17 years (unless Coach Lieberenz can convince him to play one more… which he did…so make that 18), starting out as Corner Back & Strong Safety, then moving to Linebacker and Defensive Line as he increased in size, strength & power.

Playing such a violent contact sport in a small body quickly had Darren realize he needed to get into a gym to develop further as an athlete. A friend got him down to a commercial gym and thankfully introduced him to traditional strength training; deadlifts and back squats. This sparked a love for health and fitness, and led to Darren attending the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) to complete his Certificate IV in Fitness and to start working in the industry.

Darren has worked in the fitness industry since 2010, starting out as a Personal Trainer (PT) at Fitness First Hindmarsh. Nearing the end of Darren’s first year as a PT he applied and attained the PT Managers role. Fitness First was then acquired by GoodLife, where Darren continued to work as a PT and Fitness Director for over 8 years.

Darren found CrossFit in 2013 while training at his friend Jason’s box, CrossFit Brawn. After several months of loving the intense training style, Darren decided to complete his CrossFit Level 1 (CFL1) as he felt it would greatly benefit the vast array of clients he was working with at the time due to the variety of movements, training styles and most importantly the community that was created through shared hardship.

After 4 years of running CrossFit style workouts in a commercial gym Darren took the steps (after a nudge from a friend, thank you x) and opened CrossFit AERE in 2018. Since that time CF AERE has grown into a very family orientated community with athletes from all walks of life.

Darren’s coaching style is very old school, with a ‘no fluff’ approach. He calls it as he sees it. A BIG believer that he is here to help you become the healthiest and strongest version of yourself by getting you to move better through; skill development, focused strength phases and mental toughness building – that will never involve ‘cheerleader coaching’. You know you’ve done well if you get a fist bump or one of the rarely seen approving head nods.

Darren has committed to increasing his knowledge and skillsets as a coach by studying various health and fitness qualifications, as seen below. Darren has spent most of his years training himself to become a faster, stronger and more powerful American Football player, so a lot of training time has been spent using explosive movements in the gym and on the field. Outside of that Darren loves simple strength training; Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting and Strongman training, are the main areas he focuses on now that he has retired from playing American Football.