Meet Dan Horras
Owner & Personal Trainer
Functional Aging Specialist
My story began when I was 5 years old. My father had passed away from encephalitis probably due to a mosquito bite and my mother had to go to work. I was sent to a wonderful lady after school who became my babysitter. Like most young boys who have lost their father I was very sad and so my babysitter did whatever she could to try and cheer me up. This involved many variations of chocolate chip cookies and macaroni and cheese!
I grew into a chubby kid and suffered all the normal ridicule for it. By the time I was in 6th grade I was really fed up with it. When school began the next year, we had just gotten a brand new universal weight machine and that became my salvation. I began working out and learning all I could about getting stronger. By the time I graduated high school I had become the strongest kid in my grade.
All through college and my 7 years as a scuba diving instructor in the Caribbean I continued to work out religiously 5-6 days a week. I was in my early 30’s and still working out daily but I was beginning to think how I was going to continue this pace for the next 40 years. I wasn’t about to give up lifting, but I was starting to experience little aches and pains throughout my body. It was then that I was introduced to a method of lifting called Superslow. I was very skeptical at first and it took me about 6 months to fully believe that it would work for me. I went from working out 5 days a week for about an hour to twice a week for 20 minutes.
Fast forward 20 years later and I’m still doing it. It’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me as far as working out is concerned. Most of my aches and pains are gone and I have so much more free time. I love to workout but more importantly I feel good and I know that no matter what situation I am in good enough shape to handle it. Working out is what allows me to enjoy all the things in life that really matter. I gone from “I live to workout” to “I workout to live.” As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized what’s really important in life and spending all my time in the gym is not one of them!
I’ve been training people like this for over 20 years now. What I began to notice a number of years ago though was that as we age we need to “train smarter, not necessarily harder.” This is what led me to the Functional Aging Institute. I became involved with them about 2016 when I realized what a benefit they were to my clients.
I’ve been training many of my same clients for over 15 years now. It has been a natural progression to training the mature adult since we’ve all grown older together. Luckily if I didn’t have kids to remind me, I wouldn’t know how old I really was. I absolutely love working with those 50 and up. I can relate to them and I love to learn from them.
Working with the same clients and within the mature population, I’ve experienced people with colon, breast, brain and lung cancer. I’ve seen people with dementia, Parkinson’s, and head trauma. I’ve also had people with osteoporosis, knee and hip replacement, and back and shoulder surgeries. Through it all the one thing they all had in common was their desire to keep working out and not give up the fight. These are incredible people and I have been very blessed to have met and helped them.
In the Fall of 2017 I opened up E5FIT. I wanted to take all that I had learned and help more people. I hired a couple of trainers and taught them as much as I could. I sent them to get certified as Functional Aging Specialist and we were off and running.
We know that you all have things you want to accomplish. Whether it’s taking that amazing adventure vacation, being able to golf or play tennis forever, working in the garden or being able to pick up that grandchild. Whatever it is that you want to do, we want to help you do it better and with more confidence.
We hope that you will invest in yourself to live these years with more enthusiasm, energy and vigor than you ever thought possible. Check out our offer and give us a call to get started today.