Dan Geraci, MS
Founder, Head Strength Coach
Why I started Hardpressed
When I went from working in athletics to personal training, there was only one stark difference: people didn't know how hard they were capable of exercising. With Hardpressed I sought to provide the tools and the coaching that people needed to get the most from their training.
Education and Experience
MS Exercise Physiology at Eastern Michigan ’05
BS Kinesiology at University of Michigan ’02
University of Michigan Football Assistant Strength Coach ’03-’05
University of Michigan Athletics Student Strength Coach ’01-’03
University of Illinois-Chicago Assistant Strength Coach ’05-’06
Dan Outside the Weightroom
I spend most of my time at work. Outside of Hardpressed, I enjoy playing with my dog Skipper. I adopted him in April of 2017 from One Tail at a Time, when I was recovering from open heart surgery. I enjoy taking him to the park and for walks on the beach.
I like listening to podcasts, namely Bill Simmons and Pod Save America. I also spend my free time watching a good Netflix or HBO series. My most recent shows are Ozarks, American Vandal and Narcos. I read books such as, ‘Branded from the Beginning’ and ‘Slavery by Another Name’.
I was born and raised on Long Island and attended the University of Michigan, where I learned the basis of our exercise programs.
"One of the things I enjoy most about training with Dan is that I enjoy training. Even when I'm pushed outside of my comfort zone or when I’m exhausted from the previous night, I genuinely look forward to my time with Dan. It can be very intimidating to start strength training, especially as a woman, but the atmosphere at Hardpressed immediately puts you at ease. The spirit of encouragement and support Dan has built at Hardpressed is a rarity in the fitness community in Chicago."
- Susan Cholakian