Dani Simcic: CrossFit Coach

Education & Fitness Certifications

  1. Bachelor’s of Science – Political  Science from East Stroudsburg University
  2. Master of Art- Higher Education Administration from Rowan University
  3. CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  4. First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified

As a self proclaimed life long learner, I strive to reach greater levels of understanding of the benefits of functional movement. All in efforts to best serve the needs of my clients. My greatest joy is having a positive influence on my community through helping others improve their strength, mobility, and self-confidence. Therefore, I will always be learning and doing my part within this community. 

My Passion:  I aspire to help my clients channel their stress, anxiety, or general frustration into productive applications of force; resulting in improved strength, power, and mobility. And ultimately, adding longevity to their lives.

My Experience: 
I am a Higher Education Professional with 10 years of experience working in college and university settings. Working in education can be stressful at times and it wasn’t until I was transitioning out of my first professional job that I noticed the toll that stress was taking on my body. I found that I was eating and drinking in excess to avoid dealing with stress and anxiety. I had reached my heaviest weight of 315lbs and was feeling lost. I didn’t want to carry the stress and anxiety from my former position into my new one. 

Thankfully, a very good friend recommended CrossFit; it was love at first lift! In the first 2 years, I lost over 100lbs and gained a new community of support. Please know, weight-loss has never been my goal rather relieving stress and anxiety and feeling comfortable in my body was always at the forefront. I encourage my clients to embrace body neutrality and the concept that you can have your favorite foods and still meet your health and wellness goals.

You may or may not consider yourself athlete, but that is okay because I will always design and utilize the best programming and modalities for you.

Your Certifications

Coach Dani's CF-L1 Certificate

About Me

Which superhero character would you be?

Wonder Woman. She’s strong ​AF ​and always trusts her instincts.

What is your favorite Holiday?

Christmas! In Italian families we celebrate Christmas ​”Natale”​ the day before with a traditional 7 fish dinner called Festa dei sette pesci. My entire family gathers at my parent’s house and celebrates with lots of food and there’s always a contest to see who made the best wine that year- My father & brother always tie for first place.

What song(s) can you listen to on repeat?

​”​I’ll Make a Man Out of You​”​ from the Mulan soundtrack.

My family does not subscribe to traditional gender norms. My mother was the breadwinner & ​my dad ​was a stay at home father. Together, they had three children (one son and two daughters). ​​Even though they had two daughters, my father raised three men. 
​”​We must be swift as the coursing river
With all the force of a great typhoon
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon​”​
What would be your last meal?

My Dad’s homemade chili!

What are you unusually good at doing?

Soothing anxious dogs; I rescued my anxious dog (Shorty) from a kill shelter in Suffolk, VA 7 years ago and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We’ve had lots of time to figure out his quirks & triggers and once he warms up to you he’s such a sweet boy!

 

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