Dan Berlin M. Ed, CSCS
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Berlin leapt into gymnastics at the age of 12, eventually achieving six varsity letters, several NY state championship titles and All-American Elite status with his high school varsity gymnastics team. He later attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied kinesiology and competed as an NCAA Division 1 athlete. At Temple, Berlin won consecutive scholar-athlete awards and was a member of two ECAC conference championship teams. Berlin ranked top 20 nationally on the pommel horse event and qualified for NCAA Division 1 national championships several times.
After graduation and retiring from his gymnastics career, Berlin worked as a personal trainer and professional gymnastics coach at the Junior Olympic level for two years before he decided to further his education in the exercise science graduate program at Springfield College. At Springfield, Berlin was a graduate assistant coach for the men’s collegiate gymnastics team as well as a teaching fellow for the physical education department. It was at Springfield that Berlin learned the science behind strength and conditioning and its application to enhancing athletic performance.
Upon graduating from Springfield, Berlin has worked in several fitness environments and positions which include an athletic performance coach for all ages, weight loss team coach, private one on one personal trainer, exercise physiologist for special populations, and mentor for high school athletes.
Dan went on to compete in the sport of Power lifting for several years and earned several first place titles in the New England Region. He even attained a world record dead lift in his respective weight class. After achieving professional status in Power lifting, Dan went on to train and compete in a bodybuilding show and won first place in his physique class. This helped him understand the science behind sports nutrition and is eager to share this knowledge with the members of Iron Way Fitness.
Berlin founded The Iron Way to bring athletes and fitness enthusiasts the most current scientific research in exercise physiology in order to help them achieve their individual fitness and athletic goals. The Iron Way is a training philosophy and a discipline which forges a person’s body and mind. Using strength training with free weights as a main mode of Dan’s training routine, clients will use the iron to develop not only muscular strength but a mental commitment to living a strong and healthy lifestyle. Berlin applies his knowledge as an athlete, strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and wellness mentor to create a challenging, dynamic, and effective training program that suits the needs of all clients no matter what age or fitness level.