You would never expect to discover a warm, caring, almost offensively thoughtful human being from a terrifying cage fighter. Funnily enough, this seems to be the common trend for most professional fighters, and this includes Danielle. As a solutions consultant for Adobe by day and a creative writer by night, this multi-talented woman comes in and always manages to rub off her positive, elated attitude on our team and clients. Despite her hectic travel schedule, she manages to find the time to come to Ritual, smash a terrifying Level 3 workout, and leave with a flower in her hair, and a smile on her face.
Danielle has been an amazing client of Ritual Gym, and this is her story.
Tell me how you ended up as a professional mixed martial artist?
I started in 2003, and I originally did it to lose weight. I fought until 2012, and when I retired there I went into coaching as well as competitive wrestling and competitive jujitsu. Funny enough, I’m actually more fit now than even when I was fighting, and I think a lot of that has to do with Ritual!
What made you come to Ritual 4 years ago?
I originally started to try and do a practice cut after knee surgery. The coaches were phenomenal about working around my injuries. It actually felt like I had a personal trainer and a physiotherapist while I was doing my sessions. I learned a lot about fitness and weight management. Within 4 weeks of having that surgery, I managed to lose a lot of fat and rebuilt a lot of muscle.
How do you fit Ritual into your crazy travel work schedule?
There are a couple of different branches so I can go wherever I am in Singapore at any time which is fantastic for me when I have customer meetings. I come to Ritual every day when I am in the country. When I am traveling I tend to do a lot of my own interval training from the hotels. Ritual’s app actually has loads of different training programs so you can actually use them within the hotels, even if there is no gym in the hotel.
What is your favorite thing about Ritual?
It’s only 20 minutes! I know there are other places that do interval training but they take forever! One of my friends wanted me to go to another gym that was a lot longer and I was like why would I do that if I can get everything done in 20 minutes?
My name is Danielle, and this is My Ritual.