Hey there, Dani here - you all know Dave pretty well but I thought I had better give myself a proper introduction too. My name is Dani Barker, I'm a personal trainer, online coach, an undergraduate biomedical sciences student at the University of Manchester and aspiring powerlifter who loves everything health and fitness related! But more importantly I'll be featuring more frequently here as an Echo Supplements blogger so keep your eyes out for future posts!
I currently run a fitness and lifestyle Instagram account (@danibarkermbs) and a Youbtube channel too (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC96QHph1t965rXLuMOVFqgA) where I keep my followers up to date with my training, nutrition and all sorts of other exciting things every day.
I am looking to take on new clients this year so for any enquiries regarding my coaching services visit www.dbmbsfitness.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to help!
Prior to establishing my Youtube channel I ran a blog "Dani Every Day" where I would frequently review different protein bars, snacks and supplements alongside inventing my own healthy recipes. It was in this not so distant past that one day I came across our lovely Dave and started working more closely together with Echo. I would order my snacks and supplements from the store and then take my time to review each product, take photographs and post across my various social media accounts - I guess that's what we call "marketing".
Now however, I'm proud to say that I am truly a member of the team and with the relaunch of this site have accepted to take on the role of Echo Blogger. Expect to see more posts from myself with the latest news, reviews and whatever else I might have to share!
So that's a bit about me, but I'm sure you'd like a little insight into my own training and nutrition. As I mentioned previously, I am an aspiring powerlifter - however I train with a hybrid of both powerlifting and bodybuilding or "powerbuilding". This sees me in the gym 5-6 times per week with the main focus being my compound lifts and then appropriate accessory work. I thoroughly enjoy both styles of training and would like to one day compete in both.
In terms of nutrition and supplements I've made quite the turn around... Two years ago I brought myself up and out from the depths of a restrictive eating disorder sub 1000 calories and now can proudly say that I'm cruising through a lean bulking phase at around 3500! 10Kg of lean mass gained so far and no plans to stop yet! I follow a flexible dieting approach which sees me track macronutrients throughout the day and enjoy all the foods I want without restriction. Hard work and dedication is what gets results but there are a few thanks I need to give: Oatein and Grenade for making the absolute best protein flapjacks on the market, caffeinated pre workouts to get me out of my study induced slumbers and of course our good friend Dave for keeping me so well stocked!
I think that's about it! I can't wait to see what we can achieve this year!
Onwards and upwards.