Danielle is one of only 12 worldwide professionals that sit on the prestigious Personal Training Advisory Board for The Cooper Institute based in Dallas TX. In addition, she is President of D’fine Sculpting & Nutrition LLC with offices in multiple US states and host of D’fine Your Health with Danielle Girdano; Strength Through Knowledge Radio Show. In 2013 she was named to the “Top 40 Executives Under 40” years old by the Dallas Business Journal and was nominated and made the finalist list for the “2013 Chicago Innovation Awards” because of her mathematical based fitness programs. Danielle is a certified appointed member of the National Alliance for Nutrition & Activity based in Washington D.C. and The Association of Integrative Research based in Dallas TX. Additionally, she serves as Fitness Advisor for Synergy Worldwide based in Utah, sits on the Fitness Advisory Board for Cardiovascular Wellness of Chicago based in Chicago IL and Cardiovascular Wellness of Dallas in Dallas TX. Danielle currently serves on both the Fitness and Medical Advisory Board for First Responders For Fitness based out of Detroit MI. She has recently been named to the Advisory Board for St. Jude Research Medical Hospital, the Sunday of Hope Project, sits on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation and is the Wellness Chair for the Small Business Advocacy Council in Chicago IL. Danielle is considered one of the most elite professionals in the fitness industry today and has a sincere driving passion for helping people live longer and stronger lives through nutrition and active lifestyle.
Danielle is Certified Master Personal Trainer, who specializes in Childhood Obesity, Exercise for Persons with Diabetes, Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercises for Postural Abnormalities, Weight Loss, Strength and Endurance, Senior Fitness, Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise, and Exercise Motivation & Psychology. Her individual credentials include, but are not limited to, Indoor Cycling, Advanced Aqua Aerobics Exercise, Exercising with Coronary Artery Disease, Exercise and Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes and Nutrition, Functional Assessments for Older Adults, Physiology of Aging, Exercise Programming for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Exercise, Exercise for Arthritis (Land & Water), Exercise and Osteoporosis, Exercise-Induced Asthma, Arthritis and Exercise, Nutrition and Aging, Postural Assessment, Spinal Anatomy, Hypertension/Hypotension and Exercise, Nutrition for Pregnancy, Adult Physiology , Adult Physical Fitness Assessments, Cardiovascular Program Design, Land-Based Circuit Training, and Boot Camp Conditioning. She is also listed on the United States Registry for Exercise Professionals (USREPS).
“You must have both desire and sacrifice to achieve success”
Danielle grew up with a love of an active lifestyle playing organized sports from the young age of 6. With participation in the Junior Olympic circuit, college and professional level activities Danielle understands the dedication of serious athletes. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania being in competitive sports was second nature to her. Although in her young adult life her activity level and love of athletics declined.
As a working marketing professional with a sedentary lifestyle, she gained a tremendous amount of weight over a short period of time. Danielle recalls, “I was 29 and wheezing going up stairs!” She was morbidly obese, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day and getting almost no physical activity during the day. “You have to make a commitment to yourself; nobody can make the decision for you.” Wearing size XXL shirts and shorts, on a 5’4” frame, that were becoming too tight Danielle needed to make a life change for her self esteem and her health. “When you are honest with yourself and realize you only wear elastic shorts in the dead of winter because you can’t fit into jeans or regular pants it is a sobering reality!”
Noticing she could no longer do the lowest levels of activities she made a conscious choice to reclaim her life and joined a local gym. With fervent dedication and passion she steadily regained her life and body back; going as far to complete the 6,400 mile Ride the Arc bicycle project in 2010.
During her transformation Danielle found herself motivating and helping others at the gym. People would ask her, “How are you doing it? Can you show me some of your routines? What are you eating?” She decided to make a career change! Danielle began her formal education and training with the Cooper Institute in Dallas Texas. “The personal trainers I spoke to said that ‘Cooper was too difficult ‘ and ‘any certification would do,’ but I knew the Cooper Institute would be the most challenging, in depth and beneficial to me and my future clients. I believe excellence has no substitute or shortcuts!”
“It’s not just a career it’s a desire to help others achieve their fitness potential. Seeing someone reach a goal they never believed could be obtained gives a moment of tremendous elation! Words can’t express the feeling of knowing someone will live a healthier, longer and more fulfilled life!” Danielle joyfully explains.