Looking Over A Precipice

Standing on the edge of 2017 I’m reflecting back on the year. So much growth, adventure, successes, lessons, and accomplishments. Capitalizing on every opportunity only inspires me to continue to grow even more.IMG_0047

2018 is going to be filled with more adventures. Starting with the National Strength & Conditioning Association Coaches Conference. I’ll be sitting in the front row of every session I’ll be attending absorbing, and writing as much as I possibly can. Over the years there have been coaches, researchers, and professors who have inspired me that I have had the privilege of meeting at NSCA conferences. This may sound silly, but this year I’m going on a mission to get a selfie with as many of these people as possible! Why? Because I only get to see these people a few times a year, so I want to be able to catalog the moments.

The world is opening up its arms exposing new opportunities. My arms are wide open ready to embrace each one of them with wide eyes, open mind, and prepared heart. I’m eager to learn, teach, lead, coach, inspire, and be inspired!

IMG_8548I’m standing on this precipice at the moment because as I look down ready to jump, I’m scared, yet excited because I see nothing but supportive opportunities that have appeared becasue I’m being truly me. Following my obsessions driven by passion. Using my experiences and knowledge to make decisions pragmatically so that they bear something tangible.

Lets all jump together. Embrace life together. We’re in this crazy world, why not be there for each other in ways we never thought possible.

I want to know what you’re proud of. What you’re ready to accomplish. What opportunities are so great that they make you bubble over with excitement.

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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