Not only is Master Trainer Daniel McCarroll a legend in both the Reshape and Rumble rooms, he’s also the OG, one of 1Rebel’s very first employees. Don’t be fooled by his cheeky persona and charm though, he’ll make you work harder than you ever thought possible in the studio. We got the lowdown on Daniel to find out how he found Rebel, his desert island essentials and where nudity might one day come into it 😉
What was your background before 1Rebel?
Before 1Rebel I was a dancer. I trained full-time at a ballet and contemporary school in New Zealand and after graduating in 2012, I worked with a contemporary dance company called Black Grace, performing and touring nationally and internationally. Following some time working in NZ, I then moved to Hong Kong where my family had been living for 12 years (I went to school there). Performing and working around Asia I got to do some pretty cool events and meet some pretty amazing people but Europe /UK was always the plan. I moved to London in 2014 and the rest is a blurrr ahaha 😉
How did you get your job at 1Rebel and what has your Rebel journey involved?
It was January 2015 and I needed a job. My old housemate had been working with 1Rebel in its creation and introduced me to the team. I’ve always been an active physical person so it was a good fit. St Mary Axe, our first club, was a construction site and I still remember walking through the building and seeing the bikes and Reshape boxes in storage waiting to be fitted. I started a week before opening, studying the Rebel bible and meeting the first trainers. Back then meetings were held at the Alchemist across the road.
I began as front of house and was living my best life, I loved it; the vibe, the product and the people. I started showing customers around and delivering the grand tour; back then there wasn’t much competition so it was (& still is) FANCY! I then moved into a customer service role, which turned into sales and then into brand partnerships and events – remember the massive F-ing spider we had for halloween 2015 at Broadgate, or the hanging corpse at St Mary Axe? Whilst this was happening I completed my Fitness Instructor and PT qualifications and soon became a full time trainer. The journey has been amazing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The last 5 and half years have really helped shaped me into who I am as trainer and person, and 1Rebel has made me feel that London is my home.
What does your work as a Master Trainer involve?
Being a master trainer is about leading by example whilst offering support and guidance to the Rebel team. I’ve been with the family since the beginning so I consider myself apart of the furniture. Someone to lean on, get comfy with and make it feel like home. I have a real passion for coaching, programming and training smart, so I’m always looking for ways I can improve my sessions and pass on my knowledge to the rest of the team.
What do you love about 1Rebel and the Rebel Army?
THE PEOPLE. It’s such a good bunch of diverse, interesting, fun, supportive people. Everyone’s got each others back no matter what. I LOVE YOU GUYS. Some of my fondest memories are sharing laughs between classes with the cleaning team, who without fail are always beaming with smiles and good chats.
Okay, now onto the fun stuff…
You’re stranded on a dessert island, basic food, drink and shelter is sorted, what three other items would you want with you and why?
Ice, tequila and lime juice – MARGARITAS BABY!
In a zombie apocalypse, which other trainer would you choose to help you fight off zombies and why?
Craig Taylor, coz we’d have a bloody good time doing it.
What sport would be the funniest to add a mandatory amount of alcohol to?
This one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd5-qspfKtc
You are about to get into a fight, what song comes on as your soundtrack?
I Surrender – Celine Dion. I’m a lover not a fighter.
If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?
Something involving public nudity 😬
If you could make a rule for the day that everyone had to follow, what would it be?
No one is allowed to show their teeth, when talking, laughing, nothing. It’s No Teeth Day.
You can find Daniel on Instagram at @danielmccarrolldmpt