Dan Chavez Stahl
I grew up in New York City with dreams of becoming a circus acrobat but later fell in love with the hospitality industry. I mean, what's not to love? Meeting new people, delicious food and drinks, good music, the list goes on. I moved to San Francisco and had an award-winning career bartending and managing at some of the most highly respected bars and restaurants. But eventually the years of late nights, junk food, drinking, smoking and work stress ended up taking its toll and I became sick and tired all of the time. I shifted my focus to prioritizing my health and changed my lifestyle to be more sustainable which gave me the energy, balance and resilience that I desperately needed.
I found a new passion and continued to learn more about health and fitness. Ultimately, I understood that the body is an integrated system of systems that require an individualized and holistic approach to heal and strengthen. Merging my love of hospitality and health, this new awareness made me want to help others find their personal approach towards feeling and performing their best. In this continuously evolving industry, I'm constantly investing myself in furthering my education and developing my practice so that I can best help my clients overcome any obstacle.
I believe that the best plans are the ones that can be followed consistently. For that, I work to investigate the root cause of any limiting factors, learn what motivates you and give strategic step-by-step programs. There are 4 cornerstones to my approach to wellness. They are to build a stable foundation, develop functional strength, create sustainable habits, and pursue happiness. I've studied with various schools to develop a multidisciplinary background that gives me a lot of tools to coach my clients towards their goals. Plus my personal experience overcoming lifestyle challenges lets me relate to how hard change can be. So instead of feeling judged, I'm here to listen, empathize and offer realistic solutions.
Outside of being a total health nerd, my favorite things to do are traveling and spending time with family and friends while enjoying delicious things. I love getting out and doing activities like boxing, capoeira, rock climbing, cycling, and hiking through Northern California. At home you can find me planning my next trip, reading comic books, playing video games and working on Mexican and Spanish recipes while still making a tasty cocktail every now and then.
CHEK Practitioner L2
Functional Movement Screen
Optimizing Strength Ratios