Meet Dara: A Journey of Transformation from Psychology to Personal Training Excellence

Welcome to another installment of our “Meet the Trainers” series, where we spotlight the incredible personal trainers who make up the heart and soul of our community here at ONE. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Dara, a passionate and dedicated trainer whose journey and philosophy inspire everyone he meets.


From Sports to Psychology to Personal Training


Dara’s path to becoming a personal trainer is as unique as it is inspiring. Growing up, Dara was immersed in the world of sports, engaging in every kind imaginable. However, it was not until he ventured into the realms of psychology and performance psychology that he found his true calling. Dara’s academic journey led him from studying psychology to pursuing a Masters in performance psychology, highlighting his deep-seated passion for understanding the human mind and its capabilities.


Discovering his Passion


The turning point in Dara’s career came when he worked in a boxing gym while studying. The energy, atmosphere, and the sight of individuals working tirelessly towards their personal goals ignited a fire in him. Dara knew he wanted to contribute to this dynamic environment in his own unique way. Thus, he made the switch to personal training, blending his psychological insights with physical training to offer a holistic approach to wellness and self-improvement.



A Philosophy to Live By


Dara lives by a powerful quote: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward!” This philosophy encapsulates his approach to personal training and life. Dara is committed to helping others achieve the best version of themselves, recognizing that the journey towards personal improvement is both unique and continuous.


Understanding and Support: The Core of Dara’s Training Approach


Dara’s strengths as a personal trainer lie in his exceptional ability to understand his clients’ aspirations and to craft a focused and supported path towards achieving those goals. His background in psychology and performance psychology equips him with the tools to offer more than just physical training; he provides a supportive environment that encourages growth, resilience, and self-discovery.


Five Questions with Dara:


In a unique Q&A, Dara shared insights that reveal mor about his character:


  1. What’s your go-to guilty pleasure meal or snack after a long day? “My go to guilty snack is unfortunately anything sweet. Chocolate or ice cream probably tops the list.”
  2. Beyond the gym, what’s your favorite way to unwind and recharge? “I like to unwind by keeping active when I can, this works best for me to switch off for a while! I’m enjoying exploring the Netherlands, but also enjoy running and reading in my time off.”
  3. If you could train anyone in the world, alive or historical figure, who would it be and why? “Without a doubt I would train Muhammad Ali! His charisma and energy can’t be matched. I also believe I’d learn a lot in an hour with him.”
  4. What’s a hobby or interest of yours that might surprise people who only know you as a trainer? “Our Spanish speaking clients know that I back myself as a part time linguist. I enjoy learning about different cultures; foods, traditions and people, and probably will make a bad attempt at speaking the language. Luckily for me Amsterdam is a very diverse community, so I’m learning a lot.”
  5. If you were a workout move, which one would best describe your personality and why? “The push up – down to earth and reliable.”



A Trainer for Everyone


Dara’s approachable personality, combined with his depth of knowledge and passion for health and fitness, makes him a beloved trainer among our community. His story reminds us that the path to finding one’s passion is not always straightforward, but with perseverance and an open heart, it’s possible to turn your dreams into reality.


At ONE, we are proud to have Dara on our team, helping clients move forward, no matter their starting point. Whether you’re looking to fly, run, walk, or crawl towards your fitness goals, Dara is here to guide you every step of the way.