Danny Balli is a Level 1 CrossFit instructor and holds NASM certificates for certified personal trainer and Performance Enhancement specialist. Danny began coaching because he passionately believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness.
Danny’s first crossfit experience was in 2010, he immediately fell in love with the community atmosphere and loved the effect it was having on his wellbeing. Having a physically demanding job as a commercial diver, he was under the impression that he was in above average shape. “My first crossfit workout left me gasping for air and completely humbled by a guy almost twice my age, this taught me Rule #1 of crossfit – “Check your ego at the door”. – Danny B.
Danny enjoyed 15+ years as a construction diver and quickly realized his strength and endurance improving while performing heavy construction under water. He was amazed at how specific tasks that normally left him winded were completed with ease due to the physical gains he achieved from crossfit.
In 2012 Danny was involved in a severe diving accident, “My right leg was broken and degloved from mid shin to ankle. I was in a decompression chamber for nearly 5 days before I was safely evacuated to shore and under the attention of doctors and surgeons. When I arrived at the hospital I was told by the doctors that if it wasn’t for my level of fitness my leg would be in a bucket, amputated”. Due to modern medicine and Danny’s fitness level, the doctors were able to save his leg. He has undergone multiple surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy to regain function of his leg.
After spending 2.5 months in the hospital, he was released and literally “rolled” through the doors of his local box. “Due to all the antibiotics I was prescribed, I had gone from 185 lbs. to 135 lbs. in less than 3 months. I went from being able to knock out multiple muscle ups to being stuck in a wheel chair, struggling just to stand up” Danny received no sympathy from his coach. He was told “You have 3 other limbs, it’s time to get off your @ss and start doing something with them.”
Getting back in the gym and having people help him load up bars and cheer him on provided him the motivation to not fail. With this motivation and support from his family and crossfit community he had doctors scratching their heads at how quickly he was recovering and surpassing their rehabilitation expectations.
Due to this life changing experience he decided to take his interest and passion for functional fitness to the next level. His goal as a fitness coach is to give back to the crossfit community for the attention and support they provided for him during his 3 year recovery period. He desires to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes and overcome obstacles and perceived limitations through commitment and a fun atmosphere.