Danny Watson has a myriad of skills and background experiences to allow him to tackle the challenges that he undertakes and to get the best from the people that he trains.
His ethos of “Practice what you preach” has proven to be a great tool in knowing what works for others and himself. This allows him to give relevant, first hand advice to his clients.
Danny grew up in Kent until he was sixteen. He pursued many different sports; football, rugby, tennis, basketball, athletics and table tennis to name a few. This started his passion for being good at most endeavors but a master of none.
He represented his school in football, basketball and athletics and also athletics at county level for 800m.
Whilst Danny was in Afghanistan in 2009 he found his passion to become a dentist. He had to do some prerequisite qualification in his own time to allow him to apply in 2012. He gained a place on the 6 year degree course in Manchester.
He is currently in his 4th year of study
At the tender age of sixteen Danny left Kent to join the Army as a boy solider and pass out of basic training being awarded Top Student on the 9 month Army Apprentice College basic training. He went on to complete his electronic engineer foundation training over the next 14 months and finished as Top Student on his trade training and Junior Command courses and was promoted to Lance Corporal and Corporal respectively.
His passion for sport and physical pursuits continued for the next 8 years where he represented the Army in orienteering on multiple occasions. He completed two tours of Iraq as an engineer and then finally decided to follow his passion for physical training and become a Physical Training Instructor in 2006.
He completed the 10 week Physical Instructor course and was awarded Top Student and was asked if he would like to attend the week long selection course to transfer to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. He accepted the invite and passed the selection process. He then completed the long 9 month probationers course at the Army School of Physical Training in Aldershot. On passing into the Physical Training Corps he attained a Foundation degree in Health, Sport and Fitness with distinction. He was also awarded with a prestigious award for being the top student on the Rehabilitation element of the course.
He then attended the Exercise Rehabilitation course at the world-renowned injury centre in Headley Court for six months and then worked as a Rehabilitation specialist for the next 6 years. In this time completed a tour in Afghanistan in 2009.
In 2010 to 2012 he got the chance to work in the Commando brigade and complete the arduous 10 week Commando course At Royal Marine’s Lympstone. He was awarded the Commando medal for the soldier who constantly displayed the qualities of the Commando spirit: Determination, Courage, Cheerfulness and Unselfishness.
Danny is extremely proud to have had the honour to wear the coveted Green Beret.
He finished his military service after 14 years as a Staff Sergeant.
Records and charity events
The passion and some would say craziness for challenges started in 2008 when Danny and Chris (his best friend) completed 7 chin-ups and 7 dips every minute for 24 hours. They alternated every 15 minutes for the entire duration. They completed 10080 chin-ups and 10080 dip between them and raised over £3000 for Help for Heroes.
In 2011 Danny was part of an 8 man team from CrossFit Plymouth who completed the Plymouth half marathon carrying a 60kg women for the 13.1 miles in a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Danny then decided in 2014 that he wanted to raise money for the Dental Hospital charity in Manchester by completed as many 15 foot rope climbs in 60 minutes as possible. He completed 156 ascents and descents and this equates to 2340m; a bigger vertical distance than the second tallest building in the world (Shanghai Tower) and comes in just short of the tallest (Burj Khalifa). He raised over £3000 for the charity.
He recently broke the British record for the maximum distance in 1 minute on the Concept 2 indoor rower for a lightweight male aged 30-39 years old – 356m.
Danny found CrossFit in 2009. He fell in love with the methodology of training immediately. He then went on to do the Level 1 trainer course in 2012. He soon applied to be on seminar staff for CrossFit HQ and went through the tough intern process. He was proudly given the role as a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff trainer in May 2013.
This job has seen him travel around the world teaching the new Level 1 trainers. He has learnt from the best CrossFit trainers in the world and is always thriving to improve his coaching and trainer skills.
- Level 1 Trainer
- Level 2 Trainer
- Level 3 Trainer – CrossFit Certified Trainer
- CrossFit Powerlifting trainer.
CrossFit as a sport:
He has achieved the following achievements:
- Represented at the European regionals in 2011.
- Finished 22nd in the London Throwdown in 2012.
- Was on team CrossFit Plymouth who came 3rd at DWF 2012.
- Finished 14th in the London Throwdown in 2013.
- Qualified for the Battle of London in 2014.