Danielle Marks is a Trisutto Coach based out of Edmonton Canada. She has over 6 years experience as both a Personal Fitness Trainer and a Triathlon Coach. Danielle's coaching philosophy is about inspiring others to move through her accomplishments as a triathlete and about giving 100% as a coach in return for 100% from the athlete.
Description of Danielle Marks
As an Albertan, I grew up leaning heavy and hard into winter sports. My parents strapped me into my first pair of skates at the age of three and challenged my physical literacy early by also putting a stick in my hands. I played competitive ringette and hockey for 18 years and unknowingly began developing my formal and informal leadership style by acting in my role of team captain for many of those years. I liked motivating people and celebrating with them as we all leaned in to do our best. Though the sport shifted as I grew up, my drive didn't. Badminton, x-country, swimming, volleyball, soccer - you name it I was on the team. Throughout my formative years, I dabbled in almost every sport that was available to me. I loved learning new skills and adapting my body to the flow of the game. I have learned about myself that I was and still am always looking for my next challenge. Though the sport shifted as I grew up, my drive didn't. Badminton, x-country, swimming, volleyball, soccer - you name it I was on the team. Throughout my formative years, I dabbled in almost every sport that was available to me. I loved learning new skills and adapting my body to the flow of the game. I have learned about myself that I was and still am always looking for my next challenge... which has now transitioned to being able to support, nourish, and enrich the lives of my athletes now with Trisutto.
In 2014, I completed my formal education in Personal Fitness Training from NAIT in Edmonton. I worked hard and was fortunate enough to receive another scholarship as I consistently placed at the highest level on my x-country running team. I completed my first triathlon race at the age of 18 - a 70.3 distance. I finished strong, and this accomplishment is what fueled me as I began thinking seriously about my future and my career. I wanted to train harder to become the best athlete that I could be and I wanted to help others to train harder to become the best athlete that they could be, as well. I signed up for formal coaching with Trisutto and improved fast. I saw results like I had never dreamed. I also began to pay attention to the style of coaching I was receiving and reflected on what was working for me and what I would change when one day I was in the driver's seat. During this fast-paced, goal-oriented time in my life, I trained hard all over North America at various camps and grew exponentially into my physical prowess. What I had neglected, however, was my mental prowess. Over the next 2 years, I learned a lot about "me" as I straddled the priorities of balancing physical health and mental health. I learned first-hand what it means to live with a mental illness, why it happens, neurological stress pathways, and proper nutrition. Now on the other side, navigating these priorities as a science - being intentional about what you do and why you do it - is the method of success that I live and share every day. I knew from a young age that my career had to be fitness related. What I didn't expect was for sport to influence my life and my leadership in the way that it has. Leaning in so that I could help me to help myself has offered me insights that I am so motivated to share with others. And excitingly, those I work with feel the results of this approach. It's smart and it works. I look forward to learning about your journey with health and fitness so that we can continue on the path of physical and mental health - I know I can help you to be the best that you can be whether that's in triathlon or life!
Why do you work with Trisutto?
In a nutshell the training methods of Trisutto has taught me to train smarter. They have been noted time and time again with unrelenting success. I have learned how important it is as a triathlon coach with Trisutto to lead by example... and with this acute way of getting faster - without injury, knowing why a technique works better for our sport, why we reverse periodize, etc. understanding this by doing it has been the best way for me to portray it to my athletes so they can become faster, also! I understand that every one is so very different and unique - some need a kick in the ass while others may need a hug to get going. I have dedicated myself to understanding my athletes' psyche and balancing the sport, work, life regime. My motto is: "Inspiring Others to Move" and through this inclination getting YOU to be a little better than you were yesterday.