Since he was young, Dennys has shown perseverance and hard work in all aspects of his life. Being a collegiate football player and a 2-time Golden Gloves winning professional boxer has molded Dennys into the hard working individual he is today.
With over 10 years of experience as a Personal Trainer, Dennys loves programming workouts that push you outside of your comfort zone and is committed to the success and growth of every person he trains. Most importantly, Dennys is always working to motivate and inspire others to go out and live their dreams.
Dennys has worked at Under Armour/IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL and Minneapolis, MN with professional athletes from the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Timberwolves (NBA), Vikings (NFL), and Wild (NHL). Dennys is also a Nike Trainer. He is dedicated to continuing to grow his knowledge of functional fitness and is constantly continuing his certifications across various specialties.
When he is not teaching classes or coaching, Dennys enjoys watching football (his favorite college team is the Florida State Seminoles), throwing around weights at a Crossfit box, boxing, and training fighters on strength and conditioning. He’s always been an athlete so whether it’s playing a game of flag football, softball, or basketball, you will always find him being active and competing.
Nike Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX L1,L2 & Group suspension, TRX-L1 Ripper and Group Ripper, Kettlebell Concept L1, Under Armour/IMG-Academy Ignite360 Speed, Agility & Strength Program Design, Annette Lang Pre and Post Natal Certified Trainer, Men's Health Fitness Council
1 First FHIX experience?
Before I left for Minneapolis to work for Steel Under Armour, I promised Julia I would take her first instructor class with Daury. She tried to kill me.
2 Personal theme song?
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
3 Who is your FHITspiration?
4 Celebrity doppelgänger?
5 Celebrity you would love to train and why?
Jake Gyllenhaal because I worked with him for his upcoming boxing movie "Southpaw" and he's incredibly hard working and humble.
6 Favorite guilty pleasure?
7 What is it about group fitness?
I love seeing everyone working as one and pushing each other for their own personal goals
8 What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A history teacher and coach
9 Your favorite book?
The Art of War- Sun Tzu
10 Perfect Sunday afternoon activity?
Getting in a good WOD (workout of the day) and watching football
11 Most challenging exercise movement and why?
Man Makers - This complex/compound exercise tests your strength, core, stability, endurance, and mental toughness. It is a total full body exercise that will leave you breathing hard, sweaty, and sore! I love me some man makers!
12 Food you can’t live without?
13 What food you always have in your fridge?
Turkey burgers and kale
14 Favorite sneaker brand?
Nike, specifically Nike Metcons 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Nike Flyknit
15 Your biggest accomplishment?
I have two. Fighting at Madison Square Garden three times, once as a professional and twice as an amateur in the Golden Gloves finals (both wins!) and being selected to be a Nike Trainer.
16 Best vacation you have ever taken?
I loved visiting Puerto Rico, I really got to know and understand my heritage and how Puerto Ricans came to be. I'm a history fanatic. On to Italy this summer!
17 Favorite athlete?
18 Who you would love to meet and have dinner with?
Dana White from the UFC- just to pick his brain on how he took the UFC from the small stage to the grand stage, the trials and tribulations on his journey and if he ever envisioned it to be what it is now.
19 Favorite quote?
Don't give up. Don't EVER give up - Jimmy V
20 Favorite type of food?
I love Spanish food, specifically Puerto Rican. I also have a soft spot for Italian food.
21 Story on your tattoos?
It's tough to explain all of my tattoos, but each has important significance in my life.