Strength of Joy

Hatred and evil will not drown out the power and beauty of the joy we have as a world society. Call me an optimistic dreamer of a reality that will never exhist, but just know that I am not alone. Yes, I am angry, but my anger will not dim the beauty of life.

As I sit in the corner of this wine bar, hustling to complete this blog for tomorrow so I can meet my committment and be my word. I see all these smiling faces and realize, I’m not alone. That statement I made above out of desperation for pulling people together is already happening. As soon as there is an event that attempts to pull us apart, we’re instantly forming stronger bonds that were not anticipated by the evil doer. That is the strength of joy, the celebration of life, unity, compassion, empathy. Are you getting it? As soon as you allow your self to feel, act, or express any of those or similar, you’re giving the world the joy it needs to heal.

That is what this is all about. Healing, forgiving, accepting. I can go on. I will, but in a future post. Until next week, embrace the lives you’re blessed to be apart of and those who are apart of yours.

Yosemite w: Parents
My parents and I this past summer visiting Yosemite Valley, California


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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