Roy Duquette

Roy Duquette has been involved with Spartacus Gym for over 25 years. Roy first began training at Spartacus Gym in 1993 as a regular member and was originally hired on as an administrative assistant, personal trainer, and group class instructor in 1998. In 2002, Roy left to start his own company, Duquette Strength and Development. After a decade of travelling the world and working as a professional athletic trainer to some of the top martial artists in the world, Roy returned to Spartacus Gym in 2012 as its new owner, General Manager, and Head Trainer. As of January 2018, Roy has performed over 34,000 personal training sessions, making him one of the most experienced and well-respected athletic trainers in Western Canada.

In 1998, Roy met past Spartacus Gym owners Doug Austin and Herb DaSilva who had recently purchased the business from former owner Bruce Cormier. After a brief introduction, Roy would become the first staff member that they would hire. Juggling life as a full-time university student, personal trainer, and martial arts competitor, Roy immersed himself into his studies in Kinesiology, his work at Spartacus, and his on-going self-development as an athlete. As a first-year massage therapy student a few years later, Roy created the Postural Reprogramming System — a comprehensive total-body training system designed to effectively treat muscular imbalances caused by poor work ergonomics, inefficient movement patterns, and various lifestyle factors. The Postural Reprogramming System helped establish Roy as a premier core-strength, movement, and postural alignment specialist bringing him to Fitness Expos all over the world to share and demonstrate his knowledge.

In 2002, Roy founded Duquette Strength and Development and opened Duquette Strength Clinic in 2005 — a multidisciplinary therapeutic fitness facility which combined personal training and active rehabilitation with modalities such as Postural Reprogramming, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Chiropractic medicine, Acupuncture, and corrective movement analysis. From 2005 to 2010, Roy averaged 60-70 personal training sessions a week until taking a few months off to travel the world performing presentations, seminars and workshops in 2011. In addition to maintaining his regular personal training clients, Roy has hosted several international clients from Brazil, Puerto Rico, United States, South Korea, and Japan as part of his Duquette Strength Homestay Program, where he would offer intensive training camps for elite athletic competitors who chose Roy to prepare them for their next competition.

In addition to being a busy athletic trainer, Roy is a serious martial artist with over 20 years of experience in multiple martial arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, and Muay Thai. Roy has traveled the world to learn from some of the greatest names in martial arts such as Saenchai, Alexandré Paiva, Alexandré Puga, Ricardo Almeida, Renzo Gracie, John Danaher, and Marcelo Garcia. Roy is the Head Instructor of Spartacus Gym Martial Arts — teaching both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. In the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA community, Roy is best known for being the coach, trainer, and mentor to 2-time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion Emily Kwok and legendary Japanese MMA icon Ikuhisa Minowa. After a decade being sidelined with a serious knee injury, Roy returned to competition in 2014 with a dominant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu victory.

In addition to being a multiple-time featured keynote presenter, public speaker, and writer, Roy has made several cameo TV appearances playing himself as a personal trainer. In 2011, Roy was featured in his first instructional DVD, “An Introduction to Total Body Stability”.

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Schedule a Free 60-minute Consultation

If you’re interested in setting up a personalized training program, you can schedule a free 60-minute consultation so that you can meet Roy and discuss your training goals in person. During this interview, we will get you to fill out a personal training questionnaire and together, we will explore your medical history, lifestyle, and fitness background so that we can come up with the best possible strategy to help you achieve your fitness goals.


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Roy Duquette

Individual Training Packages
Session Cost
1 Session$180+gst
5 Sessions$750+gst
10 Sessions$1300+gst
Accelerated Program (2x/week for a minimum of 2-months)$880+gst/month