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About 2017-10-24T12:31:00+00:00

DANNY SAWAYA CSCS, FMS, StrongFirst TL

Powerlifter to Endurance Athlete

I have been in the fitness and nutrition field for 20 years. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Sciences in the late 1990’s and spent a few years in graduate school studying, teaching, and researching metabolism and physiology. From there I went on to become a personal trainer and put my knowledge into action that could be used immediately.

I have seen so many different methods and fads come through and I have strong dislike for the fitness industry as a whole, mostly because it routinely preys on the vulnerable and can sell whatever it wants. Fake supplements, ridiculous workout programs, and quick weight loss gimmicks that are based in nothing but dishonesty to make a buck.

My philosophy is simple,

  • Mobilize your joints and move well
  • Build a big base of strength
  • Condition appropriately, (build) an aerobic base sprinkled with intensity)
  • Health comes before any performance or aesthetic goal.period.
  • Don’t eat like an A—hole.
  • Focus on the process not the outcome

    Read more on my training philosophy here….

Unfortunately, much of what we see in the fitness industry is high intensity random acts of exercise with no regards to human movement. Many call what they do strength training yet what they practice shows they have never cracked open a book on the subject. You get cookie cutter diet that will cause a deficit to lose 20lbs in 4weeks just to gain it back. The fitness industry is unregulated and you don’t even need to hold a certification to call yourself a trainer or a coach. It is pretty bad out there.

Over the past 2 decades I have studied and learned from the best in the industry.

I learned the FMS from Grey Cook the founder of the Functional Movement Screen back when he used to teach the 4 day certifications. I trained with Pavel Tsatsouline the man who brought kettlebells to the United States and is the founder of  the RKC and now StrongFirst. I am now a team leader for his organization StrongFirst, teaching kettlebells around the country at kettlebell instructor certifications. I have had the privilege of working and learning from some of the best strength coaches and trainers in the industry.

Professionally, I have had the privilege of training some amazing world class athletes, but my most fulfilling coaching experiences are helping people find the passion to change their life to become healthier and stronger. Whether their goal is to become stronger, improve health, or run their first race I enjoy guiding regular people on that journey.

In 2010 I branched off on my own as a coach and  started Tucson Strength, a training facility in midtown Tucson. Over the past 7 years we have grown to become Tucson’s Strength and Conditioning facility.

Personally, I have experienced some of my best athletic accomplishments in my late 30’s and early 40s after struggling with a horrible back injury through most of my 20’s and early 30’s. I have competed in powerlifting and hit some of my biggest lifts at 40. I  have also been able to switch gears as an adult athlete to compete in multiple half marathons, triathlons, and even a 70.3 Ironman. It is amazing what the body can do if you train appropriately and focus on the right things.

The most important aspect in all of this is to be healthy

When you choose to train with myself or in some cases my staff, you are going to be working with the best in the industry, not a fly by night coach that learned all they know by watching some videos on youtube.

If you are ready for a mindful, effective, and long term approach to fitness, strength, and health contact me.

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