Dan Mason (Gymnastics Coach, Osteopath in training and all around nice guy)
Dan has been very active his entire life, playing lots of sport and been involved in Gymnastics for over 8 years. Dan also played football at senior level for Greensborough before sustaining a shoulder injury which has lead him to actively pursue competitive Gymnastics.
Dan is very passionate about helping others and once he completes his study to become an Osteopath plans to combine his knowledge of Gymnastics, Fitness Coaching and Osteopathy to become a very complete physical therapy and sports performance professional.
Dan is the goto coach for improving gymnastics strength and skill, coupled with what he knows of the body and biomechanics he is also very well versed with helping people improve mobility and heal injuries through stretching and soft tissue work.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your fitness/sport background and how you found Soul Rebel Athletics? I’m 20 years old and I currently train at National Level 8 in Gymnastics. Most of my fitness training has come through playing sports like football and gymnastics however I was introduced to CrossFit about a year ago by Ben when he took me out to CrossFit Victoria. Since then I have started to integrate this training into my fitness regime and think its a great way to train.
What are your training goals? To complete National level 8 in Gymnastics next year and then compete in the state championships.
What areas of fitness are you most knowledgeable and passionate about? Body weight and functional movement that is related to gymnastics. A lot of my training in gymnastics has taught me how to lift, pull, push and hold my body in physically demanding and beneficial positions.
Favourite lift and weight? Deadlift 130kg. (Dan’s body weight is about 65kg and he never deadlifts and hardly lifts any external load, he hit a double body weight deadlift the very first time he had ever attempted the lift. This speaks volumes about his gymnastics background and how beneficial it is)
Favorite exercise and some tips/pointers? Handstands 1. “Grip” the floor 2. Open your shoulders (Hide the ears) 3. Hollow body 4. Point your toes
If you would like to receive coaching from Dan come along to one of our gymnastics classes. One on one sessions can be made available at request.
*Cert 3 Gym Instructor
*Gymnastics Coach MAG level 1
*Level 2 First Aid
*Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine–Osteopathy) Current – End of 2011 (3 years)
*Master of Osteopathy – Commence in 2012 (2 years)