Dan comes to us with years of coaching experience around San Diego. Formerly at Fathom CrossFit, Dan joins our team and brings new perspective and eyes to our coaching approach. Approachable yet confident in his direction, Dan is able to help all athletes in his class through a high degree of relatability and knowledge.
How old are you and where are you from?
I am 38 years old and from Detroit, Michigan.
How long have you lived in San Diego and what brought you here? Going on 10 years now. Uh, its not Detroit. I lived in SoCal in my early 20s. Always wanted to make it back. A few years later I was working for Nike. An opportunity came up for a position in San Diego. I was offered the role and that was my ticket back West.
When did you start coaching at the gym?
I just recently joined the team, here. June of 2018.
What do you hope to accomplish with someone when coaching? I feel successful when I sense that athletes in the gym are able to detach from their every day hustle. Someone comes into the gym and is able to focus on that one hour of training. They’re having a great time, hopefully learning some things, and accomplishing goals. I want to be able to assist in whatever their purpose is for stepping into the gym.
Describe your own personal philosophies with fitness and nutrition? At this point in life I’m going for longevity. Beating the hell out of my body 6 days/week isn’t as fulfilling as it used to be. And the law of diminishing returns has absolutely set in. Sustainable numbers are more important than the biggest numbers. Most of us normal humans who aren’t competing in sport would do well to abide by this method. Nutritionally I don’t follow any one dietary theory. I eat to feel good, stay healthy, and look good naked. I do weekly prep for breakfast and lunch. I try to cook dinner every night to keep some variety in my meals. I don’t shy away from much. If I’m in the mood for a “The Cookie” from Lazy Acres, then dammit I’ll get one.
Are there any personal results or transformations you’ve achieved through fitness that you’d like to share? My only “transformation” would be after high school. I gained a ton of weight, mainly from being lazy and eating all of the ranch dressing. I simply began removing much of the unhealthy food from my diet. Got back in the gym. Fitness and health became a major part of my life again. And I haven’t looked back. I have a large appetite. If I were ever to become inactive again, I would quickly get back to that unhealthy place. It’s not somewhere I want to be.
Where are you going locally to destroy food, and what are you ordering? I love going to Yakyudori on Convoy. It’s a Japanese Ramen spot. I’m getting multitudes of grilled meats and meat parts on sticks and fried chicken cartilage.
P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 2
CrossFit, Level 2
CrossFit, Weightlifting Specialty Course
USAW Sport Performance Coach
San Diego Triathlon Series Triple Crown Finisher, 2014