I met Coach Danny at CrossFit, not long after I started, almost 9 years ago now. However, I like to joke that I met him while driving to CrossFit because he used to be a Santa Clara Police Officer and one time he pulled me over to ask me what I thought about the WOD that day, haha.
As Danny made his transition out of the police department and into an administrative role for a private security company, he stumbled on our Coaches Wanted post. He reached out because he had finally gotten his CrossFit certification and thought Cróga might be a great place to start his coaching journey. Well, boy am I glad that we stayed in touch all these years! His new job is a little more flexible so he’s free to do some coaching in the mornings and hop into a class here and there in the afternoons/evenings.
Danny is a guy with a great head on his shoulders, a fun and engaging attitude, and is always good for a weird story or random fact that’ll make you laugh. He’s someone you can count on to shoot it to you straight regarding what you need to do to improve. We couldn’t be happier to have him on our staff!
Full Name: Daniel Philip Burde. Funny story on my true birth name and how it came to be, just ask during the next class. 😉
Tell us a little bit about your family, job, and interests:
I have two children, Audrey (8) and Braylen (7) and they are my world. Audrey is a passionate runner, dancer, and artist. It’s awesome to see someone her age who genuinely loves to run for distance! Braylen is basically a cave man who eats tuna out of a can, he loves all sports and anything military related. He even makes up his own CrossFit WOD’s with his 10-pound dumbbells I got him for Christmas. They have a mom, we are no longer together, life happens lol. I am the operations manager for a private physical security company in the Bay Area, I’d tell you about it but I’d have to whisper into my wrist and tell the sniper to take the shot right after… My interests are my kids, fitness, hiking, sunsets, coffee, making craft cocktails, sipping any high-quality beer, whiskey, or tequila, and spending time with good people.
What was your athletic background before you started CrossFit?
I played competitive football throughout high school and college as a running back. In college, I realized that I actually enjoyed the strength and conditioning aspect of football even more than the football itself. I still love football, but I am very happy to have found CrossFit because it utilizes a lot of what I loved about football conditioning.
Why/how did you get started with CrossFit?
In the police academy back in 2006 (I was a cop for 10 years), an instructor by the name of Steve Dixon started talking about CrossFit during one of our breaks. He showed us the video “Nasty Girls” with the original CrossFit girls, Annie, Nicole, and I believe Eva (they each have WOD’s named after them now). I remember Annie struggling to get her muscle ups and her heart was inspiring.
Steve Dixon challenged us to do the workout “Cindy” during our next physical training session. It sounded easy, but of course it wasn’t and I was SO sore for days after. Did CrossFit at globo gyms and at the park for over a year before joining a gym called CrossFit Santa Clara. That is where I met the one and only Dave Musgrave. So here we are now…
What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
I’ve always wanted to but never felt the urge to get my L-1. One of my best friends and I started talking about fitness and CrossFit about 6 months back. He said something that I’ll never forget. He said, “You realize that your eyes light up, your body language changes, and you get excited when you talk about fitness and nutrition. That is where you belong.” After that it was funny, because people started telling me that more and more. On a whim I said screw it and signed up for the L-1 in Sacramento over Super Bowl weekend. About 2 weeks later I see a Facebook posting on Croga’s page for a coach and I jumped out of my seat. Seriously, I was freaking excited when I saw that!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was super young I wanted to be a doctor or a pro athlete. Nowadays I’m searching on LinkedIn to be the guy who puts stickers on fruit, I’m pretty sure I could knock that out of the park.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A Liger, for obvious reasons.
What is the one food that you could never give up?
This is a boring answer but I would have to say whole scrambled eggs, I could eat them for every meal with a little Sriracha on them.
What’s your favorite quote or saying?
I have two: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson (This is true in life, sports, and CrossFit WODs). “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby (Also true in life, sports, and CrossFit WOD’s).
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I genuinely love to educate people on fitness, nutrition, mobility, and healthy habits in general. Do not hesitate to reach out! I know sometimes classes get busy and it’s tough to ask questions after. Feel free to drop me your number or business card and I’d love to answer any questions.