Steven McDaniels

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Steven McDaniels is director of fitness and athletics at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., the first higher education institution accredited to award bachelor's degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences.

McDaniels has served as a personal trainer and fitness center supervisor, adjunct instructor in health and wellness courses at Beacon. He also is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS).

Prior to his work at Beacon College, he was a seasoned fitness trainer at World Gym where he conducted fitness consultations and recommended appropriate exercise and training regimens to clients. He also serves as an assistant recreation manager at South Chicago Parents & Friends, a program for individuals with mental disabilities.

McDaniels is also a life coach certified by the International Coach Federation and served several years at Beacon as assistant director and later Director of Life Coaching.

He holds a Master’s Degree in kinesiology from A.T. Still University and a law degree from Florida A&M University and owns the personal training company Fit & Focused, LLC. (

He has been quoted byReader’s Digest, The Tampa Bay Times, the American Council on Exercise'sCertified magazine, Yahoo! Canada Style,, Verywell,, Bustle,The Dispatch-Argus, Renew magazine, and Max Sports & Fitnessmagazine. He was a featured guest on the “Octane Athletic Performance with Jason Benavides” podcast.

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