Dan The Body | DTB | Define, Train, Believe

About me

I entered this fitness life as a kid who wanted to build up muscle and become stronger.  I played a lot of sports growing up and always enjoyed the aspect of teamwork.  Along my journey in sports and growing up I found myself in the gym almost everyday always trying to put in that extra work to get that competitive edge.  I realized early on that if you want to become great at anything, you have to take it upon yourself to take those steps above and beyond the minimum of what is required.  So taking the amount that is asked or required to achieve your goal, and taking that to the next level.  I learned early on that to be the guy at the top with his hand raised in victory, you had to be the guy that was behind the scenes putting in all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears.  I learned to be a champion, you have to put in the hours and hours of your effort, commitment, and courage when nobody is watching. Hard work will beat talent every time.   They say, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” - Mark Twain.  Looks can be deceiving in any battle, game, sport, or life challenge.  It’s not the challenge that life throws at you that matters, there’s no way to control that.  Its the way you react and respond to the challenge which will determine your outcome.  When you DEFINE. the challenge and stand up in the face of adversity, you take control of your responding actions and never give up.  You TRAIN. hard and push yourself past your limits.  Never hold any value to the naysayers opinions trying to bring you down, always BELIEVE. in yourself. ….that's what make a true champion.  


National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

CPT Certified Personal Trainer certification since 2004

National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

PES Performance Enhancement Specialist since 2005

Apex Fitness Group

APEX Fitness Group

Certified Personal Trainer Certification since 2004

AFAA certification

AFAA Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

Member since 2006

Muscle Mania

2006 NPC MuscleMania San Diego

Bodybuilding Lightweight Division - 2nd place overall

NPC Mr California

2008 NPC Mr. California Bodybuildings Championships

Lightweight Novice Division 1st Place

NPC Mr California

2008 NPC Mr. California Bodybuildings Championships

Lightweight Open Division 1st Place Mr. California

High School Wrestling

Multiple Local High Schools

Wrestling Coach for over 3 years


Dan, what would you say is your philosophy on life?

"Be yourself, challenge yourself, be kind to others, have a good time, and enjoy your life." - Dan


What would you say is the best advice you have ever received in life?

"Smile and enjoy your life.  If you are going through challenges right now, welcome to the club.  Be grateful for your challenges because those are making you into the person you need to be to create everything else that you want for your life.  The hard parts and obstacles are essential for creating the life that you want." - Dan


What would be one of your favorite success or life quotes and why?

"Well, I am huge on quotes, so it is difficult to narrow it down to just one. I’ll give you a short one and long one.

Quote 1:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene

This quote is powerful to me in many ways. It’s so symbolic of all the stages of life that we go through from the time we are born till the day we carry on. Life is so hard all along the way, it’s very important that we learn how to push through the hard and dark times with open minds. Challenges will keep coming back over and over again in so many different forms with so many different faces. We can never control what life throws at us, but we can control how we react and respond to it. So I say DANCE!

Quote 2: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. - Marianne Williamson

I wanted to add this second quote by Marianne Williamson because this quote has always resinated with me. What this quote means to me is living your life overcoming your fears and all your negative beliefs that you have about yourself. From this quote I often try to take a step back with other people and myself to ask one simple question. Instead of asking “WHY” I find it important to ask “WHY NOT” There is so much negative self talk that people put themselves through everyday thinking they are not good enough, or that they can’t overcome their challenges, or achieve their dreams. So instead of asking yourself “WHY” all the good things cannot happen for me. Ask yourself “WHY NOT” you? You are just as special as anybody else. Don’t let the fear of failure and the practice of playing it safe in life draw you in. You, me, and everybody have the innate ability to be great. So I say Let your light shine! " - Dan