2016: The Year of Optimistic Determination

Here we go into 2016 with our eyes set high on building a profound future of life altering endeavors. Give me a break, I’m trying to start this blog with a little poetic flare. Can scientific writing having a poetic feel, maybe I’ll give it a shot this semester, but for now let me pontificate on what I see this year holds for me.
Since 2009 I’ve had my heart set on achieving a masters level education. Here I am at the University of Edinburgh working on that degree in a field I’ve been in since 2006 (Coaching: strength & conditioning, ice hockey, mountain biking, etc…). I must stay focused on the task at hand. Not looking back, not looking down, looking straight head at the path in front of me. Hold on, not too far head for I might miss a step. Missing a step now could prevent mean from achieving what I’m setting out to achieve. One step at a time, one goal at a time. Pacing myself. Making time for the big things and little things alike. Planning for success, for with no planning there will be no success.

I ended last year with optimism and excitement. I will live this year with optimistic determination. Smiling at the challenges and embracing them with a warm hug. Those embraces will be the lessons learned. This is going to be a great challenge. I’ve learned what’s expected of me, and I plan on delivering my very best.

I pledge to give 2016 my very best through optimistic determination.

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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