Danielle grew up with a love of an active lifestyle playing organized sports from the young age of 6. With participation in the Junior Olympic circuit, college and professional level activities Danielle understands the dedication of serious athletes. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania being in competitive sports was second nature to her. Although in her young adult life her activity level and love of athletics declined.
As a working marketing professional with a sedentary lifestyle, she gained a tremendous amount of weight over a short period of time. Danielle recalls, “I was 29 and wheezing going up stairs!” She was morbidly obese, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day and getting almost no physical activity during the day. “You have to make a commitment to yourself; nobody can make the decision for you.” Wearing size XXL shirts and shorts, on a 5’4” frame, that were becoming too tight Danielle needed to make a life change for her self esteem and her health. “When you are honest with yourself and realize you only wear elastic shorts in the dead of winter because you can’t fit into jeans or regular pants it is a sobering reality!”
Noticing she could no longer do the lowest levels of activities she made a conscious choice to reclaim her life and joined a local gym. With fervent dedication and passion she steadily regained her life and body back; going as far to complete the 6,400 mile Ride the Arc bicycle project in 2010.
During her transformation Danielle found herself motivating and helping others at the gym. People would ask her, “How are you doing it? Can you show me some of your routines? What are you eating?” She decided to make a career change! Danielle began her formal education and training with the Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas. “The personal trainers I spoke to said that ‘Cooper was too difficult ‘ and ‘any certification would do,’ but I knew the Cooper Institute would be the most challenging, in depth and beneficial to me and my future clients. I believe excellence has no substitute or shortcuts!”
“It’s not just a career it’s a desire to help others achieve their fitness potential. Seeing someone reach a goal they never believed could be obtained gives a moment of tremendous elation! Words can’t express the feeling of knowing someone will live a healthier, longer and more fulfilled life!” Danielle joyfully explains.