Personal Trainer 

Meet Danny

Danny Santiago has had a passion for fitness for as long as he can remember. At a young age he played a variety of sports ranging from: Tae kwon do, boxing, football, rugby and lacrosse. It is easy to see why personal training became a profession for him. After graduating high school Danny was offered an academic scholarship to the University of Miami. 

After two semesters, and shortly after September 11th, Danny felt a call to service and joined the U.S Army. While in the service Danny attended many army schools such as Military Police Academy, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault and Special Reaction Teams. After six years of service Danny was injured in combat and was honorably discharged from the service with the rank of sergeant. Shortly after his discharge, Danny attended the University of Central Florida where he graduated “cum laude” with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Biomechanics, with a specialization in Human Performance and minored in Sports and Fitness Training. Danny is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine for personal Training and group exercise instruction.

At the University of Central Florida, Danny was part of the university's intramural rugby and lacrosse team, and also worked in the Human Performance Lab where he aided in over 23 studies on strength, endurance, and stability of Division 1 athletes.  He was also a tutor at the Veterans Affairs liaison’s office at the university, where he tutored veterans who were struggling in their studies.

Danny Santiago is married to his high school sweet heart, Lourdes Santiago and has 3 children: Kaedon, Christian and Melanie. Danny enjoys spending his free time with his family, to include mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and, most importantly, bedtime stories with the kids.

Certifications & Specialties

  • B.S. Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Minor in Sports and Fitness Training
  • Personal Training (NASM)
  • Group Exercise Instruction (NASM)


YMCA Personal Trainer Danny Santiago



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