Meet Your Teacher: Dan Dill

Dan Dill Did you know Dan Dill, our new Cycling instructor, is also a competitive stair climber? Or that his favorite band is the British rock group The Cure? Keep reading and get to know him a little better! 

Teacher Name: Daniel Dill
Formats: Indoor Cycling
Teaching since: March 2014

What brought you to fitness?
I have always been active, but I got serious about training during graduate school. Once I took up competitive stair climbing in 2012, my level of dedication grew ten-fold. After moving to Seattle and joining CFit, I really found a love for group fitness.

What is your favorite class to take for yourself?
Tabata and Cycling…it’s an even split for my favorite.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I read, watch movies, work out, cook, and play disc golf. My girlfriend and I like to fill our days with training and work, so downtime is very mellow. I don’t really have a hobby. . . maybe I should find one!

What book/movie/band do you recommend? 
“Bad Monkey” by Carl Hiaasen, “Fargo” the miniseries, and The Cure.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cheeseburgers and pizza.

You are a competitive stair climber…tell us more about that!
I saw an advertisement in my gym in Dallas for the Big D Climb for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and thought, “I can do that.” Boy, was I wrong. I’d never experienced so much pain. When I went to another race (and did a bit better), I met members of West Coast Labels/XGym. I was blown away by their passion for the sport. I started meeting with some of them and trained hard. Over the year, I grew both mentally and physically, and finally, I was invited to join their team.

What do you like about it? 
I race because it is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. To go 50, 60, 90 floors as fast as possible…and it fits my workout style because I love short bursts of exercise. To show you how far I’ve come — I went to a race in Houston in May — one I’d already done in 2012. In 2012, my time for 48 floors was 11:36. This time, it was 8:18. Now, I am 210 pounds, not 245. It was my first silver medal placement in my age group and my first top five overall. I owe much of this success to CFit and Cycling!

What is your teaching philosophy? 
Mental toughness brings physical growth.

Is there anything you want to share with our community about your class? 
I plan my classes as I would train for stair climbing. I will help every member become physically and mentally stronger by challenging them to break their barriers. My classes will be hard, but they will be fun. I promise each participant 100 percent dedication to helping them meet their goals.

Dan teaches Cycling on Sundays at 4:15pm in our Power Studio. 

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