Daniel Stein, NASM-SST-CPT

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At four, Daniel was diagnosed with learning disabilities. To help with his challenges, his parents got him involved in sports, which led him to start working out on his own in the gym. After realizing that exercise could help him overcome his own disability, he felt called to help others do the same. His pursuit to help others led him to get certified as a personal trainer through NASM, NFPT, and ACSM.

After spending several years in the fitness industry successfully running his own personal training business, he joined a big box gym and ranked in the top 1% revenue generators for Lifetime Fitness (ranked 50 of 3700 trainers) within a year. In 2016, he decided to leave Lifetime Fitness to start Special Strong to pursue his calling. He then got certified as an ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer and as a Certified Autism Trainer, which allows him to train individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

After training over 1,000 special needs clients and seeing so many education gaps for special needs and fitness, he created his own online nationally accredited certification program, which has helped hundreds of professionals across the world. Today, Daniel spends his time focusing on his vision for global expansion through his Special Strong franchising.

When Daniel isn’t out changing the world, he loves spending time with his two kids and his lovely wife, Trinity. The Stein family attends a non-denominational church and both serve in ministry together. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, reading, and fishing.


Special Strong Certification

When developing a fitness plan for people with special needs, it’s important to look at each individual client, assess their skillset, modify each exercise as needed, and ensure that each client benefits from different types of fitness, including cardio, strength training, flexibility, endurance, and more. You can learn how to do this effortlessly by getting a Special Strong certification.

Special Strong provides adapted fitness for special needs children, adolescents, and adults with autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities. Through their online training platform, they also provide special needs certification courses for educators, professionals, and parents who want to learn how to adapt fitness to serve the special needs population. Fitness franchise opportunities are also available.


Professional Highlights

  • Founder & Special Needs Personal Trainer Special Strong
  • Founder & Educator, Strong Education
  • Founder & Mobile Personal Trainer, Metanoia Fitness, a Christian based personal training business
  • Personal Trainer, Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company



  • Autism Fitness Trainer certified by Autism Fitness
  • Special Strong Group Instructor certified by Strong Education
  • Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Personal Trainer Certified by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • NFPT Certified Personal Trainer



  • High School Diploma in Business and Technology from Mckinney High School
Last modified on: 28-07-2021