Dan earned a master of science degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. He is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, the premier strength coach certification in the world. For this organization, Dan sat on their Certification Commission's Exam Development Committee. At the University of Kansas Dan worked as a counselor at the Peak Performance Clinic for athletes of most all NCAA sports, and continued these efforts in private practice where he advised athletes from high school, professional, and Olympic levels in matters related to strength training and conditioning and sport psychology. Dan is a prolific author with research and lay articles appearing in such journals and magazines as Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Journal of Athletic Training, Powerlifting USA, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, and of course his own publications Pure Powerand Journal of Pure Power.
With hundreds of strength training and conditioning professionals out there, all claiming to raise your performance to the next level, why should you choose Dan? Because Dan doesn't rely on gimmicks to try to turn you into a superior athlete. His approach is grounded 100% in the latest scientific findings that appear regularly in the sports sciences and his consultations are individualized to the client's abilities and goals. Dan has devoted his professional career to disseminating sports science research to those who need to know about it most—athletes and coaches. His devotion to science stems from his firsthand success in applying research to sports. He set world and American records in the bench press, holds all AAU Raw Powerlifting American records (squat, bench press, deadlift, total), and has earned four gold medals, a silver, and two bronze medals in International Powerlifting Federation powerlifting and bench press competition. He has won strongman, power sport, and Highland Games competitions and is a multiple national powerlifting and bench press champion, a national strict curl champion, has held all Army powerlifting records, State records, etc., etc. In 2007 he set the all-time greatest strict curl by coefficient in Power Sport. In March 2008 he competed in the power sport nationals, won his weight class, set an American and two World records, and received Outstanding Lifter honors. Eighteen hours later he competed in the professional power sport championships and took third overall, second on bodyweight. In May 2011 Dan won his 10th national title in a fourth strength sport and in 2012 he won the overall title of world champion in all-round weightlifing, breaking six open world records out of the seven contested lifts over two days.
Services and Fees
Dan's approach to counseling is based on a deep understanding regarding the duality of mind and body. Thus, if you seek out his advice, it will not only be based on the latest scientific advancements in the sports sciences, but it will also be sensitive to the mind and body connection. Therefore, if you seek advice on matters of strength development and conditioning, he will also be able to address psychological issues that may hinder your ability to maximize your progress and performance.
Strength Training and Conditioning
Exercise execution and selection based on sport
Sport-specific strength training program design
Challenge area identification
All other areas regarding strength and power development
Motivation assessment and improvement
Psychological skills assessments and improvement tactics
Goal setting strategy assessment
All other matters related to the mental game of sport
You can also chose specific Sport Assessments. Each theme is aimed at identifying your particular profile and how to improve it for enhanced performance. You may choose from the following themes:
Intensity of Training
Sports Fairness and Morals
The initial consultation is free. Based on this consultation Dan will provide you with the general approach and range of total time/cost.
The hourly rate is $80, but can depend on specifics of service or type(s) of Sport Assessments (includes paper/pencil test, scoring, analysis, review):