Finding My Voice

When I first started this blog I was in a dark space and just needed to start writing. The journey was going to take me places that I wanted to go, but had no clue how I was going to get there. I just knew that I would. I knew that it was going to be raw, deep, ethereal, primitively strong, and absurdly positive.

Where am I now that I started this? I’m co-authoring two books and writing blogs on health & wellness for a nutraceutical company. My written voice is clearly defined in the blogs, but the books have been more of a challenge. That’s what this is really about, defining the way I want people to hopefully describe my writing. Confident in my knowledge and delivery with an ethereal feeling.

In the past I’ve attempted to have my readers believe that I know what I’m talking about by being over-academic and in turn not making much sense even when it comes to topics like ice hockey, mountain biking, and strength & conditioning. However that is not how I speak when I’m teaching. It was pointed out that I have a spiritual way of speaking and teaching when it involves topics that I’m passionate about and when the information needs to be backed up by a reference, I’ve got it readily available. This is not coming across in my writing.

I don’t want my readers to finish a piece feeling as if what they’ve just read has been pulled out of the ethers by someone spewing  random tidbits of ideas that have willy-nilly popped into my brain by some figment of my imagination. On the contrary, I want my reader to trust me that I’ve put in the grunt work of researching, reading, and discussing relivant material to deliver information that is easily palitable with little traces of confusing scientific jargon that only dilute the essential messages of what I’m attempting to get across.

In the end, I want to be satisfied knowing I have done my very best to authentically positively impact the lives of those who read my work. Regardless of the topic, my intention is to inspire others to take right action in their lives.

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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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