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Denzel Allen

Owner of Strength Den

Denzel 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

Michael Salas

BS, CSCS, ACE CPT, DV8 Kettlebell Coach  


Michael has implemented both academic knowledge and

real-world experience to form the belief that each person can benefit from a well-structured and safely implemented physical fitness program.


Michael began his career in 2018 working as a personal trainer in Mill Valley while attending courses at the College of Marin. In 2019 Michael transferred to San José State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise Science. 


In 2019 he began working at a gym in San José that specialized in 1:1 and group training sessions. While in San José, he developed an interest in athletic development through various strength and conditioning techniques. He was inspired to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 


Michael’s areas of specialization include sport-specific athletic development, injury prevention, and kettlebell training. He has worked with a diverse group of individuals ranging from high school and collegiate athletes to adolescents and adults of all ages. Regardless of age or ability, Michael uses his academic and professional background to help his clients achieve their wellness goals.

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