Darsenio has been an athlete his whole life and still considers himself one today. He grew up in the Tri Cities playing most sports, from football to track and was even the first male on his high school’s co-ed hip hop dance team. Darsenio then went on to college, where he walked on the football team at the University of Idaho and eventually earned a full ride scholarship and helped them win the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009.
What drives Darsenio is the fact that we all have a chance to be the best version of ourselves. With consistent movement and positive lifestyle habits anyone can be their healthiest and happiest versions. He loves to push people outside of their comfort zones while making them feel good at the same time. “It’s a hard job at times coaching another adult on how to move their body, but it is also equally rewarding!”
Darsenio’s main goal in any class is to help people see that that they are that strong, deserving, hardworking version of themselves that they think but don’t always see. “It takes time to develop good and bad habits, and my job, no, my goal, is to re-train as many people as I can so that they can live how they have always envisioned.
When you aren’t at CFit, what do you do?
When I’m not coaching the awesome members at CFit, I can be found coaching classes at Rival Fitness in Seattle, bartending at Local Public Eatery in SLU, growing my online nutrition coaching business, working on my own fitness, hanging out with friends exploring what the PNW has to offer, checking out other instructors amazing classes, and occasionally napping.
How did you discover Bootcamp and what do you love most about it?
I’ve always been involved in fitness because I grew up playing sports all my life. I never knew until I became older that I was working out my mind and body during all of those practices. It wasn’t until college, when I was convinced to become a teacher’s assistant for a Bootcamp instructor, that I truly got my first taste of what an actual group fitness class was.
What’s your favorite way to spend a day or night off?
Hanging out and getting to know the various friends/members that I coach in Seattle. In our busy adult lives, not many people take the time to slow down, get out of their safe bubbles and get to know someone new. I enjoy eliminating that barrier between member and coach. I want us to be friends that make each other better in the class room and then be able to go out and celebrate your successes as true friends.
What is something not many people know about you?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were my childhood heroes that I still adore today.
If you could instantly master any skill/superpower/talent/knowledge, what would it be?
The power of mind control! I would only use it for good, and here’s how: I would eliminate all negative self talk in people’s minds and replace it with the most positive, beautiful, powerful positive self talk they could imagine. We are hardest on ourselves and what I’ve seen, is this negative mindset about one’s abilities in regards to their health and fitness holds a lot of people back. If people started believing that they could at least attempt something, whether it is taking a new fitness class, eating a different way, or trying a harder variation of a move, then I believe people would start to see that change in themselves that a lot are looking for.
What are you most passionate about in life?
The more I’ve studied the topic, the more I’ve found myself to be most passionate about it, and that is, nutrition. Food is more than just a coping tool, it is literally vital to our survival. We take it for granted, abuse it, process it, and are even slowly killing ourselves with it. Nutrition is so powerful that you can reverse a lot of one’s bodily problems by just starting to treat food, and your body for that matter, the same way you’d treat something that is priceless and one of a kind. After all, we only have one body in this lifetime.
Any good movies/books/bands/foods/discoveries lately that you’d recommend?
Season 1 of ‘This is Us”.
What else would you want to share with people about you or your class?
I intend for my classes to be fun, challenging, functional and rewarding. Come to my class and you’ll have a great workout with like-minded people. Come to my class and you’ll be pushed and challenged from one athlete to another. Come to my class and you’ll do moves that you know and also ones you’ve never even heard of before. And finally, come to my class and you’ll leave thanking yourself for showing up and giving it your all!