Daniel RikerVerified 17 Reviews
My goal as a trainer/coach is to empower you and help you change your life. I speak from experience and the heart when I say that everyone is capable of change if you want it. When I was young I could barely run a few yards without losing my breath. I was clumsy, award and shy so that meant I was always picked last in gym class. Overall, you could say I was a pretty unhealthy kid. Then I read, "Cures They Don't Want You to Know" by Kevin Trudeau. This was my catalysis for changing how I thought about nutrition, which then lead to fitness. My first "job" (I don't consider training/coaching a job) was working at CKO teaching classes. As you could imagine this was not easy for me, I had to overcome my shy personality. This was a big turning point and helped me to see that I could transform my life beyond what I thought was capable. My philosophy in life: find your purpose. Train for that purpose. Transform your life.
My favorite client story
My favorite client story is about someone who came to me as a retired CEO. After spending years developing professionally, this person retired with many health problems and weight problems. The health problems included an autoimmune disease called vasculitis which caused inflammation. This condition effected the breathing as well. We had many hurdles to get over. First, was that breathing was very difficult. We had to take things slow and work on lifestyle changes. The weight was 290lbs which was causing the vasculitis to be worse. This increased the medication. It was a vicious cycle that needed to end. We were able to create real lifestyle changes the took time but were sustainable. The weight went from 290lbs to 225lbs, the vasculitis is now under control, the breathing is now under control. This transformation
My training experience
I have been in the world of health and fitness for 10+ years, along with my bachelors in health and wellness.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Functional Training
- Cross Training
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, FMS Level 1, NASM Weight Loss Specialist, Training for Warriors Level 1 Instructor, ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, DNA-based fitness coach, CPR/AED, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, ISSA Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, TRX Level 1, TRX Certified Suspension Trainer Level 2, TRX Level 3 Coach
AD in Science, BA in Health and Wellness
Who I Especially Like Working With
Daniel and I have been training for over a year now. He is constantly innovating and looking for ways to adjust his program to you and your personal progressions and needs. Daniel has helped me build my abilities by improving joint mobility and balance, then focusing on gaining strength which has lead into specific functional training. He also pays a lot of attention to building all muscle groups in a very harmonious manner. In addition, Daniel is very detailed in his explanations for why he chooses to implement certain equipment and exercises into the routine. I like my result and now I am committed to keeping with them.
I started working with Dan after struggling with my overall fitness most adult life and recently being faced with a auto immune disease effecting my breathing. Over the past year he has provided me an awareness of nutrition and exercise but most importantly the inspiration and support necessary to stick with it. Every session is adapted to how I am feeling that day and provides me with much needed motivation. He is incredibly knowledgable of how to treat the body, mind and spirit. His passion for what he does is alway present and I find it personally inspiring. Overall results have been rewarding , eating smarter , heads in a better place and dropped 40lbs with more to go
Daniel and I have been working together for eight months. It’s important to know that I had spent the past 40 years sitting, at meetings, conferences, telephone calls, and on the computer. It was the corporate culture in my organization to show discipline by sitting for two to three hours without a break, listening, intervening, but certainly not moving. Now I am retired from that and doing consulting, at my own standing desk. The first thing Daniel did was to assess my needs, which turned out to be greater flexibility, balance and stability. The exercises he demonstrated left me a bit flummoxed at the beginning, as every trainer I’d had before gave me what seemed standard routines and pushed me to do as many reps as I could, and then some. Daniel proposed a regime that was less oriented on (re)building strength and more on movement. Virtually all of the exercises he showed me were new to me, including balance exercises both with and without equipment, various active stretches, and better awareness of my movements. Daniel has been very supportive throughout, often literally. Initially I was terrified of the exercise ball and with good reason. But with Daniel’s coaching and presence I am now fairly proficient with a variety of crunches, leg lifts and other movements. As a recovering bureaucrat, it’s not been easy for me to begin to move more, and more competently. Daniel emphasizes the correct form in each one of the exercises, encouraging me to move more gracefully. He has a very good sense of tempo so that just as I am on the cusp of mastering one set of movements, he introduces more challenging variations. Daniel has also been very encouraging and has also been welcoming of my suggestions. Quite a few times I’ve seen someone doing something that looked “like fun” and in each case Daniel has shown me how to do it properly – more than once, showing me that I could do far more movement or weight than I had thought. The result: I have gained stamina, stability, and strength; and more importantly, have the confidence to continue these exercises in between our quite enjoyable training sessions.
Achieving a healthy lifestyle had always been a priority for me. Being busy with a career, school, and kids I did not always make the best choices. Dan’s approach to fitness did not center around a quick diet fix but rather a whole person approach. We worked on fitness, nutrition, mental health, and all the other factors that helped me make better choices for my overall health. Dan also educated me along the way. I lost 60 lbs after my first pregnancy and now working once again on my goals after my second pregnancy. Definetely the best trainer (life coach) I could ever need.
Daniel is great personal trainer. He meets with you to understand your goals and compiles a complete workout and nutrition guide for you to follow specific for your goals. I found his sessions very productive and continued to increase my strength.
I hired Dan as my personal trainer to help me lose some unwanted weight. Not only was he very professional and friendly but he genuinely cared about my goals. What I enjoyed most from working with Dan was his ability to make a workout plan for me that was challenging and safe while being cautious of my back and knees. Overall I had a great experience working with Dan and look forward to our next session together.
Fabulous trainer. Knows his stuff. He rehabilitated me after a fusion surgery on my back. My partner uses him too and Dan has improved his balance and a lot more! The best trainer ever!
I trained with Daniel for 9 months. I would describe my experience with Daniel as successful as we set goals early on and followed a progressive routine to build my strength. His technique is unique, mixing cardio, TRX, weights, body weight, and steching exercises. Never felt bored and today I’m happy with the progress I made!! Daniel is very friendly and firm at the same time. He pushed me where needed and listened to my needs as well. I definitely recommend working with Daniel!
Dan is an excellent trainer who puts in 110% into his work. He is very caring and always makes sure to take care of you. 1000% recommended.
Absolutely satisfied!! I feel and look stronger in just a matter of 8 weeks. Dan is an amazing trainer who has a professional approach to his passion! He understands your goals and is very helpful every step of the way, is also very comfortable to work with. My husband and I both train with him!
My experience with Dan has taken me on a journey where I learned to respect my body. I lost over 60 lbs making eating healthy and exercising a lifestyle. I recommend Hybrid Training to anyone who is committed to living a long and healthy life.
I have been working with Daniel for a few months and it’s been s great experience. He has taken the time to hear my needs and develop a plan that gradually allow me to reach my goals. He has a great personality, it’s calm, positive and very patient to ensure you learn how to perform each exercise properly. I highly recommend him.
Daniel was a real pro. He really new what he was doing. Especially in the first course, he started with some tests which was to check on the fundamental body status.
Gradual increase in mobility, flexibility, balance and strength. All done in a well designed and tailored manner.
Daniel is always on time and has extensive knowledge in both exercise and nutrition. I always feel better after his workouts!
Daniel is great! Provided me a workout routine, nutritional plan and is flexible with scheduling.
I have been working with Daniel for several weeks now and he is extremely professional. He takes the time to make sure I am doing each exercise correctly and is very encouraging. Daniel creates a workout plan and diet designed for each of his clients. I plan on continuing working with Daniel after I have achieved my goals.
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