At age four, Daniel was diagnosed with a learning disability. While he was a vibrant and energetic child, he struggled to make friends in school and was often bullied for being “different.” Fortunately, Daniel’s parents got him involved in sports and exercising at the gym when he entered middle school. It is not an understatement to say that this changed his life.
After graduating from high school, Daniel went on to achieve a successful career as a personal banker. However, the monotony of 9-5 wasn’t fulfilling, and he began to feel the tug for something more. It was in 2011 when Daniel’s mentor had a vision from God; here, he saw Daniel working with kids and adults with special needs.
As a result of this vision, Daniel realized his life purpose. He left banking and began his career in the fitness industry. Daniel obtained certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Then, in 2016, Daniel and his wife, Trinity, launched Special Strong, one of the only fitness centers in the country for individuals with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges. Today, Special Strong continues to specialize in adaptive and inclusive fitness training and is making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults all over the world.