2018… I am committed to Adventure & Growth

Coaches Conference 2018 t-shirtIt’s January 3rd, 2018. I find myself in a city I’ve never been. 2018 will be the year of adventure and growth. The healing fom the previous year will continue and with it will only come strength. Obsession will fill my days. Full force passion will continue to push me through. My community will grow, my arms, heart, and mind will stay open.

I will stay open to learning, loving, giving, and receiving. I will be more direct. Asking the questions that I truly want answers to. Expressing what I truly want to say. Fully committed to admitting what I do know, what I do not know, what I want to know, and what I will get the answers to.

Cafe writing timeAll that being said, I am prepared for the moments where something will trigger a memory causing a flood of instant emotion to stop me dead in my tracks. Positive or negative, this pause, this trigger will only empower me to embrace where I am today and this memory, this past event, experience is why I am where I am today.

Where am I today? I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina at the 2018 National Strength & Conditioning Association Coaches Conference. This is my second year attending. I’ve laid out my schedule and will be fully present in every session. Evenings of recognition, connection, and camaraderie. This year is special as it marks the end of my first decade in this field. I have been in strength & conditioning for 10-years. I’m obsessed with this field and the places it has taken me. My position in this field are not so common at this event, but I still feel accepted.


Accepted… Holy shit… excuse my language, but it’s important to understand that one of my biggest challenges has always been to accept myself. Accept who I am. Learning to love myself so I can love others, and allow others to have the opportunity to love me. That’s what community, this community is all about.


Join me in loving, accepting, supporting, encouraging each other on our individual paths. Seek to understand not judge other’s paths with the intention of supporting them on theirs and give them the opportunity understand and support you on yours.Me and Lightening

Share your path with me. Give me the opportunity to encourage you and cheer for you. This is what makes this community so primitively optimistic; we grow together towards our goals, our accomplishments with the confidence that we’re not alone. I’m here for you.

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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