Welcome to the another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of most popular online coach Dan Santry from Washington DC. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Dan has to say about FITNESS.


In your own words, define Fitness?

Fitness is your bodies physical health and something that can always be challenged or changed.

Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?

I became a fitness trainer in 2012 and did so because I suffered from obesity my entire life. My freshman year in college I lost almost 100lbs and it changed my life physically and mentally and I wanted to help others make that same change.

Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?

I am CPR/AED certified, NASM certified personal trainer, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in health studies.

I keep my fitness knowledge and training up to date by constantly reading new articles and methods and following others with more experience then I have.

Describe your typical day. What it looks like? How do you know when it’s productive?

I’m up at 3:30am cook myself breakfast and then start training by 5am. I usually train until about noon and then workout myself. After my workout I’ll answer emails and do marketing until 4pm when I start training again till 8pm. I know when it’s productive when I get everything done that day I planned on doing.

What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.

Customer service is my entire business. Making sure the client gets the attention and results they are looking for. Finding out what prospective members are really looking for and what may stop them from doing the program. Constant motivation and reminders that anything can be done helps them to stick with it.

How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?

Nutrition is the most important aspect of any training program. No one can out work a bad diet. I give all my clients nutritional guidelines and make sure that they are eating what they should be every single day.

What is the one habit you would recommend others develop? (Think lifestyle habits, productivity habits, or drinking some secret ninja tea made from a flower found only at the top of the mountain.)

A habit I would recommend for anyone is preparation. Whatever ones meal plan or fitness regimen may call for there will always be obstacles. However if your meals are prepped and you have blocked off times for your workout it shouldn’t matter what life throws at you that day. That goes for life in general as well, anything can happen on any day but the more prepared you are the easier it will be to handle the situation.

Describe how you handle a client who is unhappy with your work, or a client who doesn’t achieve her goals, when you know the problem is with her level of motivation.

I always try to remind the client of how far they’ve come. It can be something small from not drinking soda anymore to now being able to do a push up when they couldn’t before. Remembering all the small victories and that fitness is a lifelong journey not a 10 second race helps put things into perspective and let’s them know anything is still possible.

What are your thoughts about organic food? What are your thoughts on a vegan diet? When you encounter a client or prospective fitness club member who is committed to a diet that differs from your own, how do you remain objective?

I would definitely prefer organic food just for pure health reasons. Generally the food is taken better care of then something that isn’t organic. As far as someone who is vegan, as long as that person is happy and getting all the proper nutrients I am all for it. Same goes for someone who has a different diet than my own. Everyone is different and everyone will have something that works or doesn’t work for themselves.

Give me an overview of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight loss and toning? What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?

For a client looking for weight loss I would set up a program using 2-3 days of pre compound movements to get as many muscles engaged as possible. I would also add in a cardio regimen and maybe 1 day of accessory work for toning muscle. The main goal is to get the weight off first.

Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?

My fitness goals are very simple and that’s to continue to better my body and continue to grow and improve. I would ultimately like to feel comfortable enough to do a physique competition.

If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?

I’m not a big reader but have always been a fan of the Harry Potter books. As silly as it sounds it can be related to fitness and life in general. I feel it sends the message of it doesn’t matter where you come from, what your current situation is, or how many obstacles may be in your way, one can always become great and achieve anything they’ve ever wanted.

Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?

Growing up I always had an obsession with becoming successful. Being bullied and tormented as a child due to my weight and physical attributes was very rough. I fell into depression and wasn’t happy with my life. When I would see famous athletes or movie stars living these incredible lives and having everyone love them I wanted to be like that. After losing the weight I did it changed my life forever and for the better and I use my past as constant motivation for the now and future.

Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?

Three essential exercises I would say are Squats, Bent over rows, and Push ups. These are all in my top 3 because they require so many muscles to be in use at the same time and if one is able to perform all these correctly it means they shouldn’t have much problems with any other exercise.

How should people connect with you? E.g.: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, email, website, etc.

Instagram @daniel_santry, Facebook Dan Santry, and email Daniel.santry@gmail.com

Where are you located? Please include city + state + country (if outside the US).

Washington DC

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