Dr. Dan Mikeska, DHSc

Constantly Improving

Dan is a student of his profession, and for over 20 years, he has offered his experience and extensive education to clients who are serious about achieving results.

Dr. Dan Mikeska at the Grand Canyon

Dr. Dan Mikeska, DHSc

Health & Fitness Professional
Founder & CEO
About Dan

Dan’s mission is to make you a healthier person so you can improve the quality of your life.

Dan started training clients in 1997 because he felt it was time someone offered individualized, evidenced-based, fitness and self-defense programs rather than hype or fad.

Dan’s philosophy centers around the fact that human movement is a complicated and coordinated effort between your muscles, skeleton, and metabolism, and everyone is different. Knowing how each of the systems of the body work, independently and in concert, is essential in the development of an effective fitness or self-defense training program.

Dan has worked with notable organizations such as Life with Cancer and has taught fitness and wellness classes at Northern Virginia Community College to ensure the next generation is well prepared to deal with the growing prevalence of chronic disease.

Certifications / Specialist Areas
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Orthopedic injury and rehab
  • Cancer recovery
  • Pulmonary disease Asthma/COPD
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Metabolic disease/Diabetes
  • Self-Defense/Defensive Tactics
In addition to Personal Fitness Training, Corrective Exercise, and Medical Fitness, Dan offers lessons in Jeet Kune Do, Kali, defensive tactics, and self-defense.


Proven Skills

Dan has extensive certifications in fitness and martial arts. He has a Doctorate of Health Sciences with a minor in education, as well as a Master's of Science in Human Movement.

  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine Credential Level 2
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine — Advanced Certification Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine — Advanced Certification Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine — Certified Fitness Instructor
  • Certified P90X instructor
  • International Fitness Professionals Association — Personal Fitness Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certificate
  • Cancer Exercise Training Institute Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • Inducted into United States Martial Arts Assoc. International Hall of Fame
  • Senior Instructor — Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Filipino Martial Arts under Paul Vunak and Progressive Fighting Systems
  • D.E.F.T.A.C. System Tactical Ground Defense for Law Enforcement — Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Manadnock Defensive Tactics System Course — Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Manadnock Expandable Baton Advanced Course — Law Enforcement Training Consultants
  • Law Enforcement — Force Continuum Instructor under Paul Vunak
  • Level Three Coach in Combat Submission Wrestling/ Shootfighting under Erik Paulson
  • Certified Tai Chi Kung Instructor
  • Inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame — 2003
  • Team USA and US Tang Soo Do team competitor for Australian Goodwill games
  • Sixth degree black belt in American Kickboxing
  • Doctorate of Health Science with a minor in education
  • MS — Human Movement
  • BS — Sports Medicine with Honors
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society


At the Forefront

Here are some of the publications that Dan has authored, on topics such as personal training and martial arts.

Mikeska, J. D., & Alexander, J. L. (2017). Fitness Professionals’ Perceptions and Attitudes toward Certification, Online Education, and Medical Fitness. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, 1-14. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/24711616.2017.1328204
Mikeska. J. D. (2015). A SWOT analysis of the scope of practice for personal trainers. Personal Trainer Quarterly, 2(1), 22-25. Retrieved from http://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Articles/Assoc_Publications_PDFs/swot-analysis-of-the-scope-of-practice-for-PT.pdf
Mikeska, J. D. (2017). Continuous quality improvement to ensure personal training scope of practice. Personal Trainer Quarterly, 4(3), 24-28. doi:https://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Publications/PTQ/PTQ%204.3.pdf
Mikeska, J. D. (2014). A 12-week metabolic conditioning program for a mixed-martial artist. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(5), 61-67. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000068