Introducing YOUYOGA Guest Blogger: Darrell Duane-Wray February 23, 2012

Darrell Duane-Wray, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise/Pilates Instructor

Darrell’s interest in working in the fitness industry started in 2006.  A car accident in 2001 caused a crushed pelvis, collapsed lungs and a broken leg and ankles, among several other injuries.  An orthopedic doctor told him he would never walk unassisted again, but after five years on crutches, a walker and a cane, and seven hip surgeries including two total hip replacements, he is walking, and more!

With the use of many different rehabilitation therapies, Darrell found Pilates to be one of the most helpful to strengthen his body.  Learning to walk again, created a passion to help people, as he was helped.

As a N.E.T.A. Certified Group Exercise Instructor he started teaching Pilates and Cycle, and then Boot Camp, Body Shaper, Bar Bell Strength, Joints in Motion and most recently, in March of 2011, became a Water Arts Aerobics instructor.  He always includes cues for beginners, intermediate and advanced clients with modifications to each step when appropriate.

Upon teaching this wide variety of group exercise classes he saw many people with arthritis or who had orthopedic surgeries or had been injured.  Many of these people were struggling to regain their health.  This led him to become an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer in June of 2010.

After performing a fitness and health history assessment, he designs personalized strategies and introduces his clients to workouts which are designed to reshape mind, body and spirit.  One of Darrell’s strengths is to make sure all his clients use appropriate form.  As he says, “It is not about how many repetitions you do, but how well you do them.”  He is very knowledgeable with all gym equipment and has the ability to monitor and instruct clients regarding safe and effective use of cardiovascular, flexibility and strength training equipment. Darrell gives clear and concise explanations for his recommendations.  He has a calm and relaxing communication style which his clients enjoy.  His teaching technique is motivational and goal oriented.

Darrell is passionate about helping people improve their health, increase their stamina and regain their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.