Denzel, owner of Strength Den, began his journey as a Physical Educator while attending the University of Connecticut. In the summer time before his Junior and Senior year of college, Denzel had an internship at a private fitness facility located in Mystic, CT. There he was able to learn a lot about coaching while also preparing for the season at UCONN where he played Division I football.


His focus on quality over quantity has helped many of the people he has coached to feel, move, and perform better than they had ever before. He has worked with a plethora of individuals ranging from grandparents to athletes. He has also coached hundreds of coaches at StrongFirst certifications and workshops. Denzel has the privilege of being frequently featured in publications such as MensHealth, GQ, and others. Also, Denzel has had his writing published on StrongFirst’ website many times covering strength and endurance. If you want to read some of his work click here.


Denzel graduated from UCONN with a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology in 2012. Since graduating, he has kept an insatiable hunger for learning. Denzel has earned many certifications which include his FMS, Precision Nutrition, ACE personal trainer, StrongFirst level 1 and level 2 Kettlebell, StrongFirst Bodyweight, StrongFirst Lifter (barbell), DV8 Coaching and of course CPR/First Aid. Denzel has also learned from and worked alongside many physical therapists. He believes we are all lifelong students, we have the ability to change and grow at any age.

Recap of notable accomplishments

  • StrongFirst Team Leader (2018-2020)

  • DV8 Fitness Coaching certified Instructor

  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor

  • Functional Movement Screen certified Instructor

  • Precision Nutrition certified Coach

  • Former Collegiate athlete at UCONN (University of Connecticut) and University of Rhode Island