The fitness industry has been trying to profit off of our insecurities for nearly a century, leading to most people feeling bad about themselves and avoiding activities and habits that could lead to better health and a better quality of life.
The mission of Uplifting Movement is to provide an approach to fitness that's focused on enjoying daily activity, growing stronger sustainably and fostering a positive relationship with your body. I want to help people of all types reclaim the joy of movement and feel proud of what their bodies do for them!
Dan and Natalie at their home in Harrison ME, 2021
I am certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, pain-free movement coach and fitness nutrition specialist.
As a child, being one of the fat kids in class gave me a clear understanding of the impact that poor fitness, poor mobility and negative body image can have on one's life. I avoided exercise because I felt my larger body was a target of criticism from my peers, and all the exercise opportunities presented to me put my lack of athleticism on full display in a competitive environment. Instead of enjoying being active, I hid from the possibility of being singled-out as different from my more athletic friends. Eventually I learned in my teen years that I loved moving my body by running, cycling and lifting weights. I lost weight and avoided the stigma, but still struggled with body dysmorphia and was never at ease.
Eventually I learned to repair the toxic relationship I had with my body. I committed myself to building healthy habits and focusing on finding exercise that brought me joy. I realized that body shape and size does not dictate worth, or what I can or can't do with my body. I decided to do whatever I could to help others break out of the trance of self-loathing and fear that society and the fitness industry lock us into.
Fat stigma may always exist, and thin, muscular bodies may always be treated as being more valuable, but that should not stop any of us from being comfortable in our bodies, living healthy lives, and doing the things we love to do! After finding my way through many training jobs in the city and learning from many wonderful and talented people from all walks of life, I moved back to Maine to start Uplifting Movement and help others find positivity, strength and joy through fitness.
Dan in Cambridge, MA, 2018
Fun fact – I'm a classically trained oboist and saxophonist and I play with several grouops in western Maine!
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
ACE Certified Pain-Free Movement Specialist
BM Oboe Performance from The Boston Conservatory
MM Oboe Performance from The Boston Conservatory