Briana Gongloff – Mid Atlantic Regional Individual Competitor
Coach Dan is an amazing coach! He has helped me to become the athlete that I am today and for that, I am forever thankful. He understands that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to fitness. He has the gift of being able to look at every athlete, individually, and figure out how to make them better.
I would say that one of his major strengths as a coach is programming. Coach Dan took a deliberate and objective look at my strengths and weakness, he set goals for me and then programmed accordingly. So many of my personal weaknesses have now become my personal strengths, thanks to Dan. You can’t ask for a more personalized program than that!
Another obvious strength that Dan has is his motivational coaching style. Since he was a former fighter, he knows what it is like to push the body and mind to the extreme. He has a rugged, energetic, sometimes instigative, type of coaching approach. He constantly challenges you to get more out of yourself which builds your mental toughness.
BUT.. If I had to choose my most favorite Daniel Stearns trait, it would have to be his way with people. He has a gift for lighting up the energy in the room immediately when he walks through the garage door. He makes every person in the room feel special and important, and they ARE to him. It’s so necessary to have a coach who CARES.
I worked and trained at Empire for 2.5 years and it is still, to this day, one of my most favorite places on earth. Whether you are looking to shoot for the stars and pursue
goals as large as qualifying for the Crossfit Games or just strive to better your life and get healthy, Empire State CrossFit is where you want to thrive. It’s a special community and you wont regret it!