I see a real yogi as a someone who is committed to growth and to being the best version of themselves,

and, at the same time, is courageous enough to be fully present and authentic in each moment.

Someone who is not afraid to get real about the whole mess of who they are – the good, the bad, and the ugly”

Baron Baptiste

Hi friend! I’m Dre, the dude behind This Yogi Lifts.

I’m passionate about living big , and want to see you live your best life .

What’s the story behind This Yogi Lifts?

It’s not just about lifting + yoga. It’s so much more.
It’s about ELEVATING people to reach their full potential.
It’s about IGNITING something within, so powerful it leads to a shift.
It’s about revealing your BEST SELF.

That’s what I’m all about. To inspire you, to fuel you, so you can set the world on fire.

You’re here for a change, and ready to create something new for yourself.

Whether you’re looking for a health and fitness SHIFT or to ELEVATE and create a stronger mindset, you’re in the right place — and I’m honoured that you want to include me in your process.

You may need guidance with…

  • Where to start
  • Setting the right goals
  • Overcoming the obstacles that always seem to be in your way
  • Getting clear with yourself about what you really want vs what you really need
  • Having someone who understands, and can help you map out where you want to be
  • Personal fitness coaching
  • Nutritional coaching

No matter what stage of the process you are in, I want to help you level up and live big.

There’s power in choice, and you always have one. By choosing to work with me, you’re choosing to show up big, and I hold you accountable for reaching your goals. We’ll work together and make sure you’re always on track. There will be challenges, but we’ll face them together and come up with real solutions.

I lead the transformation process through one-on-ones and online, and I’ve helped thousands of people achieve their goals for over 12 years. Let’s collaborate, grind it out, and create something spectacular; a shift, a change, an elevated life for you.

Here’s a few of the things I specialize in:

  • Baptiste Yoga Teacher (L1)
  • ACSM – CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
  • NSCA – CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
  • ISSA – CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer), SSC (Strength Conditioning Specialist)
  • ISSA – SET (Specialist in Exercise Therapy), SPN (Specialist in Performance Nutrition)
  • Precision Nutrition – PN1 (Certified Nutritionist)
  • Functional Movement Screen Practitioner
  • Fascial Abrasion Technique Practitioner

On The Horizon

  • 2018 Baptiste Level 2
  • 2018 Fascial Stretch Therapist

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  • 5 star review  Dre is super inspirational and an incredibly strong and motivating instructor. He pushes you to go beyond your own limits because he is there to support you 100% of the way. If you want to challenge yourself physically and mentally then try his classes. You will be amazed at what you can really do when you step outside your comfort zone. Dre is kick-ass!

    thumb Shayna Smith Merker
    2/06/2018

    5 star review  You want a trainer who gets you and who can get you results. Dre is that guy

    thumb Mark Wright
    1/03/2018

    5 star review  I've had the pleasure of going to Dre's classes over the last few months and I have loved them! The classes push me to my boundaries physically. The motivation and support Dre gives is so helpful in finding the power to push through. I really enjoy the yoga aspect in the classes as well, I truly feel like I am working every aspect of my body. I can't wait to continue on this journey with an incredible teacher! Thank you Dre!

    thumb Ashleigh Irwin
    6/22/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre's yoga class is amazing, when you see a big dude like him you are shocked he's a yoga teacher lol But there is so much benefit from doing yoga and Dre is walking proof of that. Yoga is not something I would routinely do, but after doing Dre's yoga class I have it scheduled weekly now. I feel amazing after class and it's not boring and Dre always has an amazing playlist. It's definitely not your typical yoga you always see.

    thumb John Garvey
    7/28/2018

    5 star review  Super engaging trainer. He is very helpful and is always making sure your form is correct. The exercises were diverse and not repetitive. Overall great instructor-- highly recommend!

    thumb Romy Segall
    6/22/2018

    5 star review  Dreeee is a fantastic coach to have on your side. He's a very good listener and understands any concerns you may have. He believes things are always "workable" you will hear that alot. Excuses? He will call you out on a lot of things, but this is what makes him an amazing coach. He will tell you things you probably don't want to hear but you need to hear. Dre is more than just an amazing trainer, he delves deeper into what hinders you from achieving your goals. Dre has changed my views on a lot of things and for the better, if you want someone is knowledgeable, inspiring, and you desire a change to be at your best, Dre is the one you need to seek.

    thumb Heather Farmer
    7/08/2018
  • 5 star review  This guy is the real thing. You want a trainer that knows his stuff but who is also an amazing coach. Dre gets pretty deep with things and makes you really think as to why you have certain guards up which stop you from getting to your goals. I had to overcome some serious walls, which had nothing to do with training or nutrition but as Dre likes to put it " GET CLEAR" I was able to get things done and be in one of the best shapes I have ever been in. 5 stars for me.

    thumb Chris Fonseca
    12/30/2017

    5 star review  Dre’s an amazing teacher! His classes are very challenging but so rewarding and he always encourages you to do your best!!

    thumb Lily Bloom
    6/10/2018

    5 star review  I went to my first workout in 8 months and did a class with Dre this morning. He pushed me hard, got me sweating and wanting to give up, but really motivates you and makes you feel like you can achieve it. My mom was with me and although she did some modified workouts, she didn’t give up either! Dre is awesome!

    thumb Sydney Paluzzi
    1/21/2018
  • 5 star review  Amazing trainer!!! I can't say enough positive things about him. He's very compassionate when it comes to challenges and barriers you may have, but when he knows what that is he will push you to go beyond. I Love how he incorporates yoga and training together, and he understands the importance of being not just physically strong but also mentally fit. Keep on inspiring others Dre!

    thumb Carina Isabelle
    12/30/2017

    5 star review  Dre helped me loose over 12 pounds in the matter of 2 months. I don’t think i could’ve done this without his help. He pushed me to my limits and beyond what i thought I could do. If you want someone thats going actually help you get better and open your eyes to the fitness world go to him!

    thumb Ali Karadag
    12/30/2017

    Dre is super coach, he really know what he is talking about. I love the combination of fitness, yoga and mindfulness that Dre brings into his training programs. He understands that some of the biggest challenges we face are not just physical but mental as well. I would highly recommend Dre if you are seriously looking for change.

    thumb Maya Mits
    8/06/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is an amazing trainer!! If you want to see results spend a month with him!

    thumb Vanessa Criado
    12/30/2017

    5 star review  I’ve been taking Dre’s classes for a few months now and they are consistently challenging. Dre’s intentions are to always drive the class to push forward and take it to the next level.

    thumb Heather Cohen-Spiegelman
    2/01/2018

    5 star review  An experience like no other is to partake in a class with Dre. With the unique combination of power yoga that flows into strength .. ... it is evident that “this yogi lifts”. Dre will push you to be your best and ensure you go home sweaty and centred!

    thumb Tali Amar
    1/01/2018
  • 5 star review  Great yoga instructor who feels the energy of the crowd really well. His great music adds that extra spice to the flow. Thank you for motivating me to restart my daily practice!

    thumb Veronika Zotochkina
    1/24/2018

    5 star review  Dre is an awesome trainer who motivates and pushes you to your max, especially when he knows you are slacking and have more gas left in the tank. His classes are extremely well thought out and target the entire body, leaving you with a feeling of accomplishment at the end. His music is also top notch, which always helps in getting you through an intense workout!

    thumb Steph Kouyoumdjian
    1/03/2018

    5 star review  Dre sets the mood with great tunes. Along with his teaching, you really enjoy how he lengthens the poses to make sure you maximize each breathe. Highly recommend to add this to your routine to protect and strengthen your body! ���

    thumb Edward Lee
    1/24/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre's classes are the most challenging that I have ever experienced. Although I have called him a few uncomplimentary names while in the thick of it, I am grateful for his professional expertise and ability to take me to the next level even when I think I'm done. He is both encouraging and relentless with the added bonus of being attentive to stretching and flexibility. Awesome trainer!

    thumb Tania Minuk
    6/20/2018

    5 star review  Amazing trainer, amazing workouts - always! Dre comes up with creative circuits that target the full body. His workouts are well planned and flow perfectly. He's motivating and pushes you to go the extra mile even when you feel like you've got nothing left! I always leave the class feeling stronger!

    thumb Sally Khait
    1/22/2018

    5 star review  Loved Dre's class. Incredibly challenging, he's crazy knowledgable and extremely motivating! Definitely will be be back!

    thumb Kellie Sherman-Saltzman
    2/19/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is the type of coach you have that love hate relationship. He calls you out on your fluff and holds you accountable to make sure you do what you need to do. It's not always pretty, he came to my home one time to make sure I didn't skip a workout. He goes out of his way to make sure you succeed.

    thumb Nicole Millen
    12/30/2017

    5 star review  Amazing trainer! Really pushes you past your limits.

    thumb Jamie Yermus
    12/30/2017

    5 star review  WOW. That's all I can say about Dre. He's a incredible coach, who really knows how to challenge and inspire you. Just when you think you don't have anymore to give he will push you to your limits, and thank him afterwards. There have been so many times I would just want to give up, but Dre is always right there encouraging me to keep going. It the span of two months I have lost 8lbs and actually put on muscle! I couldn't be more happier and I am getting stronger and toner.

    thumb Sandra Mercer
    7/15/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is a great trainer who truly knows how to motivate. He is focused on helping me achieve my goals and makes every session challenging & fun!

    thumb Veronica Berenda
    1/05/2018

    5 star review  The first thing I will say is that if you are researching coaches in toronto, Dre is absolutely the best hands down!! Once you have that first session you will be hooked. Dre has mastered his craft. Every second of the workout is spent pushing me to my maximum potential. He is very knowledgeable not only about training but about nutrition and supplements which is very important if you're looking to transform your body. I went to him for weight loss and I have gotten stronger and continuously get comments from everyone about how great I am looking. If you want someone to push you and give you a workout like no other then Dre is the guy.

    thumb Linds Wilson
    1/04/2018

    5 star review  Dre is very committed to his practice and motivates everyone to push beyond their comfort levels! Never disappoints.

    thumb Ashley Moses
    1/02/2018
  • 5 star review  I have worked with numerous trainers in the past and Dre just raises the bar. He really sets himself apart with this genuine empathy and his ability to inspire you to show up big. Dre is more than just a trainer, he's a game changer. He has challenged me in ways I didn't feel comfortable but when it was all said and done I am all the better for it. Thank you Dre for always being an inspiration 🙂

    thumb Kristy Elizabeth
    1/06/2018

    5 star review  Dre's class is always challenging, love the combination of yoga, weights and cardio, Always full of energy, you leave feeling like to had the best workout!!!!

    thumb Anne Tuszynski
    2/21/2018

    5 star review  Absolutely love Dre's yoga classes! I've never been motivated to go to yoga classes, but Dre has got me hooked - he varies the speed and intensity and I always feel like relaxed and energized after. I'm adding his classes into my weekly routine, as I want to make sure I stay injury free this season. And did I mention that he has the most awesome jams ever?!?

    thumb Diana Nicorescu
    2/01/2018

  • 5 star review  Dre's class is always challenging, love the combination of yoga, weights and cardio, Always full of energy, you leave feeling like to had the best workout!!!!

    thumb Anne Tuszynski
    2/21/2018
  • 5 star review  An experience like no other is to partake in a class with Dre. With the unique combination of power yoga that flows into strength .. ... it is evident that “this yogi lifts”. Dre will push you to be your best and ensure you go home sweaty and centred!

    thumb Tali Amar
    1/01/2018
  • 5 star review  Amazing trainer!!! I can't say enough positive things about him. He's very compassionate when it comes to challenges and barriers you may have, but when he knows what that is he will push you to go beyond. I Love how he incorporates yoga and training together, and he understands the importance of being not just physically strong but also mentally fit. Keep on inspiring others Dre!

    thumb Carina Isabelle
    12/30/2017
  • 5 star review  The first thing I will say is that if you are researching coaches in toronto, Dre is absolutely the best hands down!! Once you have that first session you will be hooked. Dre has mastered his craft. Every second of the workout is spent pushing me to my maximum potential. He is very knowledgeable not only about training but about nutrition and supplements which is very important if you're looking to transform your body. I went to him for weight loss and I have gotten stronger and continuously get comments from everyone about how great I am looking. If you want someone to push you and give you a workout like no other then Dre is the guy.

    thumb Linds Wilson
    1/04/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is extremely motivating with tough love. His workout is the kind of challenge that leaves you feeling like you couldn’t have been more productive in the last hour.

    thumb Erica Bee
    2/01/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is amazing. He's super supportive and one tough coach. His comprehensive nutritional coaching and training has helped me lose weight, gain lean muscle, and feel better all around. Can't recommend him highly enough!

    thumb Jennifer Lauzon
    12/30/2017
  • 5 star review  If you want a coach that gives you sustainable results and keeps it real with you Dre is the man! He keeps things very simple and doesn’t believe in drastic changes. He tries to look at everything from your perspective, which I really liked because sometimes I just can’t fit certain things in my lifestyle and Dre finds a happy medium. He made small tweaks to my nutrition and the way I was training. I got to my leanest at 10% body fat from 26% with working with Dre.

    thumb Kevin Joey
    12/30/2017
  • 5 star review  Awesome teacher and class!! Get ready to sweat!!!!

    thumb Ali Lazarus
    2/13/2018
  • 5 star review  Dre is incredible! He is very knowledgeable in his profession. He makes the time fly by. He is patient, understanding and fun to be with. He is gentle but firm. There is a peaceful, restful aura that surrounds him which makes you want to please him by pushing that much harder. Richard Simmons used to say that you're not working out hard enough unless you are sweating enough to make your underwear wet; by the time Dre is finished with me I am sweating from my roots to the bottom of my feet and I love every drop of sweat because it means I'm getting closer to my goal! I am so glad that I was matched to Dre as my trainer. He is the best!

    thumb Leslie Grossman
    2/19/2018
  • 5 star review  He is a GREAT instructor at Coach J. Keep it up , and whip us into shape 🙂

    thumb John Gaspar
    1/15/2018