Welcome to my health and wellness blog. My mission here is to do my best to sort through the fitness science for you, to peel away the layers of fads and gimmicks, and to deliver sound advice on nutrition and exercise that will change your life for good, forever. If you are a competitive athlete, DACSPOT probably is not the site for you. If you need to lose 20 pounds for your wedding by next month, DACSPOT probably is not the site for you. These are extreme fitness requirements. I could probably help you with them. But I don’t want to. There are extreme trainers on other sites who can and will help you.


D. Allen Cook, M.S., is a certified health & wellness coach, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. He trained at the prestigious Cooper Institute® campus in Dallas, Texas, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. He earned the Health Coach certification from the American Council on Exercise®. He is a certified Cancer Survivor Exercise Program Instructor and he holds the Strength & Conditioning Certification, both from the YMCA of the USA. Darrell has additional specialized training in functional & practical modalities; strength training for fat loss; and exercise programming for military/police/fire/emergency services. He is a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. A retired military policeman, he is a decorated veteran of the first Gulf War. He is also a trained and experienced educator, having been a military trainer and classroom teacher at both the high school and college levels. He graduated summa cum laude from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and earned his Masters degree, with honors, at the University of North Texas. He is currently studying and practicing to sit for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) exam through the National Strength & Conditioning Association® (NSCA).

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