What we do
We help high performers move from struggling to super human by optimizing their physical, mental and emotional fitness through integrated Brain, Body and Breath training.
Why We Do It
We are the most resource-rich generation in history, yet statistically, we are the most overweight, stressed, medicated and depressed generation as well.
Americans who suffer from
mental illness during their lifetime
mental illness during their lifetime
Overweight adults in America
Americans that cannot keep
a news year's revolution
a news year's revolution
Clearly the current psychology and fitness methodologies don't work
How we do it
It has taken us decades to learn what we know and we have gathered countless mental, physical, and emotional scars along the way.
Let us teach you more in less time.
Let us teach you more in less time.
23:20 03 Jun 20
David is a rockstar trainer and amazes me every time with out of the box challenges. He has a wide aspect of knowledge from fitness to psychology and blends them so well together. I always feel like reborn after his classes.
01:55 21 May 20
David’s transition from pump-up voice to yoga voice is amazing. This class is a huge boost to my physical and mental strength—both crucial in these pandemic times. David knows this and pushes your mind and body in every single class with exercises that range from intense core workouts to stretching to meditation. Can’t wait to be able to take this class in person again!
22:59 13 May 20
David is an dedicated, inspiring, and challenging coach! I completed a six week personalized workout package with him. All of the exercises were thoughtfully planned based on my goals. He is extremely motivating, especially during quarantine. I'd highly recommend the PFX HIIT classes online!
18:06 16 Mar 20
David has been an amazing trainer. He offers a boutique training experience that is responsive to my unique needs and goals. He takes a holistic approach to fitness that incorporates the needs of the body, the mind and the emotions as well. I highly recommend Cliffhanger Academy.
18:39 10 Mar 20
Very unique combination of psychology and fitness. A great experience working the mind and body in unison from an expert in both fields. It's always been either or and at different times, why not together with active, practical application? Don't miss out!
03:19 28 Feb 20
David has been amazing to work with. Coming off of an injury, he has been so integral in regaining the strength I need to get back into climbing and fitness. Aside from regular strength training, he’s helped me so much with body awareness and creating a positive mental attitude towards rebuilding from my injury. He really listens and makes sure to focus on long term goals in a super smart, efficient way so that I don’t get injured again! Definitely recommend!
23:28 27 Feb 20
David is incredible knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and positive with his coaching. I saw great improvements in my ability to move not just on the wall but in all physical activities after just a few sessions with him. He really cares about his clients and their overall well being. I highly recommend spending some time with him.
19:19 27 Feb 20
David is the man. He has helped me in so many different ways both mentally and physically. He is someone I work with every week and look forward to my meetings. Working with him I have grown immensely as a human being. He has multiple clients but for some reason I feel like I’m his only one. He really truly has a passion for his clients and it shows. I’m looking forward to working with Cliffhanger in the future and am excited to see this organization blow up.
16:58 27 Feb 20
Wow. As someone who is an avid personal development/ fitness practitioner, I've spent untold, thousands upon thousands of hours in workshops/ trainings/ studios. Cliffhanger Academy is the first offering I've experienced that braids these passions togehter- brain, body, breath- in a way that has quick, powerful results. DO it!
05:19 17 Feb 20
Cliffhanger Academy helps me get motivated when I need it the most — at home. I am on disability (aka zero budget), but have gotten so much just by reading the newsletters and watching video clips via the email group.The simple rituals for morning and evening are helping me get past the hardest part: getting started and committing mentally and emotionally to self-compassion and self-care.Having Coach David not only explain exercises but describe his own personal experiences feels less preachy... and more empathetic. Acknowledging that rough patches are a common thing and giving realistic coping strategies echoes that feeling of sincerity.Being able to easily communicate questions and concerns via email and get quick responses builds my confidence and motivation to stay tuned in. I lost my leg at the hip and have nerve damage in my remaining leg. Coach David’s instruction with his extensive awareness of healthy biomechanics has helped me learn how to adapt my stretching exercises and maximize my climbing skills while avoiding injury.Cliffhanger Academy offers a wellspring of support. The individual tailoring approach helps me create my own sense of balance in mind, body and spirit, and still feel motivated in seeking new challenges.read more
00:06 21 Nov 19
It has been an incredible experience to be able to train with David. I have always regarded the gym and trainers as means to only help me physically, and the way to do it is to work till you drop. So going into this, I was not expecting to experience compassion and empathy. Through that, I felt more comfortable sharing with David some of my struggles and mental blocks that have been holding me back. And because of this, David implemented some psychological training into my routine based on his... psychology background (he’s actually certified and I’m planning on doing a therapy session). His unique program works on your mental, breath and physical aspects. David incorporated all three on day 1 of my training & his coaching enabled me to become more intuitive to sustain all techniques i learned about these three elements throughout my workout AND my day. David’s meticulous way of teaching, figuring out my impediments and adjusting the smallest movements allowed me to tap into abilities and reserves that I never realized I had. I was surprised by how quickly I’ve gained strength and a new perspective when tackling my challenges. Since my month-long sessions with David, I’m not only physically stronger but can actually feel more confident in my steps towards anything. I thank you again, for helping me so much in so little time.read more
12:36 08 Sep 19
David’s approach is innovative and effective. I attended my first session and noticed the attentive effects of my mind and body. This applied to daily life was what made it impactful.David has immense knowledge in the world of extremes sports, physical fitness, and most importantly, his forte, neuroscience. The connection he draws between fitness and science makes his approach unique from everything else.His personality is easily approachable; just downright an amazing dude!
16:25 14 Jun 19
If you are looking for an experience that is going to push your mind and body to the limit, this is what you need. After each session I felt more inclined to keep after what my fitness and wellness goals were. David was able to tailor the experience to accommodate a few injuries I have and throughout the entire course of the session I felt safe and confident in each movement. In The Wild is going to push you, let it.
14:37 28 May 19
David became a friend and peer at the gym and extended our relationship to coach which was the greatest thing. He helped me feel super excited and open to share aspects of myself and my climbing with him and personalized the workout session. It became a lesson in not only where I was mentally on the wall but how I physically related that to how I can climb. With a few simple but deeply impactful notes he helped me explore so many lessons in just an hour and a half that have stayed with me to... this day. I cannot recommend his work enough and I look forward to learning more about his work, myself, and the possibilities to become a better athlete and person.read more
17:13 21 May 19
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to David and Cliff Hanger Academy by a great friend a few years ago and I'm glad I did. I've done the wild training sessions with David and I can say each and every lesson has made lasting impacts in all the areas of my life. The combination of physical and mental training David puts together is AMAZING! He has a passion for coaching and helping people. He creates a safe space to be open and vulnerable and at the same time helps you take action in areas... you want to focus on. He goes above and beyond of what you would expect from someone. After training with David for over a year and being a husband, new father, now executive his training has helped be me a better person in all areas of my life. With more on my plate he has helped me deal better with issues, resolve them faster and feel less stressed in the process.I'm forever grateful for David's work, guidance, support and would HIGHLY recommend David to anyone looking to make a difference in any area or stage of their life!read more
15:21 21 May 19
Highly recommend the In The Wild Experience! What caught my eye about Cliffhanger Academy was David's approach to fitness. His background in psychology and extreme sports has given him a unique perspective on how the mind and body works together as a whole. He understands that health and fitness is not all about building muscles (although that is part of it) but also about focus, balance, and establishing comfort in the discomfort. Working with David has built strength and adaptability in... every single aspect of my life from scaling a rock face to running my company.read more