24 Questions with Phil Daru

Phil Daru is a certified functional strength coach and functional range conditioning movement specialist with over a decade of experience coaching athletes and general public. Daru has degrees in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science also a former D1 football player for Alabama State University. Along with being a former professional mixed martial artist Daru has worked with multiple world champions as a strength coach for fighters such as Joanna Jedrzejczyk, King Mo Lawal, Tecia Torres, Dustin Poirier, Amanda Nunes, all at the world famous American Top Team. Was awarded the “Best MMA S&C coach of the year award” for the 2012 Florida MMA Awards. Now a competitive strength athlete Daru has fully invested in progressing himself and others through a systematic approach to initiate a positive change in there health, and performance.


1. What does thriving mean to you?

A progressive movement based upon success and accomplished goals put forth throughout time.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?

Leaving a legacy for myself and my family. To be considered as an elite in all aspects of life.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?


4. How do you deal with challenging times? Or what do you think would be optimal.

Setting a schedule and providing myself with the right tools to accomplish them.

5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?

Losing a fight by knockout in my hometown when I was supposed to be favored to win.

6. What did you learn recently?

That everything in life can be taken from you in an instant to stay humble and be patient with the right strategy to overcome obstacles.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

A young kid trying to make a name for himself.

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

Consistency and dedication to my craft. Working diligently while staying completely focused.

9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?

Amazon Audio books I drive 90 minute to and from the gym daily those audio sessions helped me grow as person each day.

10. What is your favourite quote?

I have a few but the one that always sticks out is… what we do in life echoes in eternity. GLADIATOR

11. What are your top VALUES?

Loyalty to my family, work hard for what you want, and stay patient throughout the process.

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

Create more value for myself by learning and growing.

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

Making sure they stay focused on the task, keeping an open mind to other people thoughts and views. Understanding of trials and tribulations may and will come and to be ready to overcome them. And always be the hardest worker in the room!

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would love to have on?

Robert Green

15. What are you thankful for?

My health and family

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?

What happened in the past does not define you as a person. The greatest things in life are always one foot ahead. And don’t forget EVERYONE loves a comeback story!

17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?

Watching my son grow and become a young man

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?

Yes men

20. What rule should we be breaking?

Follow your gut not what the people tell you what you have to do.

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

Take my wife to a dream vacation

22. What is a step you would recommend one take to improve their life?

Start by writing the goals down then make a conscious effort to establish a schedule that will help you achieve those goals. Wake up early go to sleep early and win the day!

23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?

Joe Defranco and Domenic Lacovone

24. How can people connect with you?

Instagram @darustrong