Q/A with Dan
What are some of your favorite things to do?
Favorite activities involve spend time with my wife Cindy and stepson Brody. We enjoy outdoor adventures like rafting and camping as well as exploring the culture in cities around the country. I’m also lucky in that I occasionally get to guide trips to the wilds of northern Alaska to see wildlife like caribou, wolves and bears.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
We generally stick pretty close to home in Ballard and a few of our favorite places include Señor Moose, Cafe Munir, and Blue Glass. All three of these are super comfortable with delicious food. Cindy and I can also be found on occasion enjoying a drink and chilli at Mikes Chilli Parlor.
When did you start training at TFL and why?
I started at TFL just over a year ago. I’d just finished guiding two longer trips in the Arctic and was feeling beat up – the guiding and the day-to-day desk job don’t mix well. My wife had tried, and loved, TFL but couldn’t work it in to her schedule and she suggested I try it. I loved it right away. It keeps me on a workout schedule and I’ve enjoyed all the instructors I’ve worked with.
What are some health and fitness goals you have achieved since joining TFL?
I was looking for functional fitness. I spend a lot of time at a desk or on an airplane and I would really feel it when I put on a backpack or paddled a raft. I was looking for regular exercise and core strength to have a more balanced physical life. And it’s worked out really well. This summer I spent a lot of time outside and I could tell the benefits of the regular exercise (Now if I could only work on the diet and fondness for Mike’s Chilli.
What is a favorite quote that you live by?
“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” – Edward Abbey
This has been an important quote in my advocacy work and I find it applies to fitness as well.