Train like you mean it.

Because you do. Performance Sport Care is not just another gym where you can sit on a machine staring at your cell phone. We’re going to challenge you. We’re going to push. And we’re going to celebrate with you as you transform your body and your life.

So the only question is: how serious are you?

Reach your fitness goals.

Fitness isn’t easy. It takes commitment: to your goals, to yourself, and to the work. But the rewards are great. Contact us today to experience the Science of Becoming Strong.

Expert guidance to get you there.

Our experts will partner with you to help you achieve your fitness goals. We don’t meet with you just once or twice then send you on your way. We’re with you every step of the way, to help you get the body you want.

More than just working out.

Performance Sport Care takes a complete approach to fitness, to help you draw up and execute a plan that includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

When you change everything… you can change everything.

Clean, safe, and experienced personal training in Walnut Creek, CA


When you’re serious about fitness training, the available options are pretty thin.

You could go work out at one of the big chain gyms with blaring music and tv’s, locker rooms that would make a truck stop blush, and crowds of people, many of whom don’t wipe down the equipment when they’re finished or are there to strut, judge, and posture. The on-site “trainers” (if there are any) work with you once and move on. They may sometimes offer group sessions on a schedule that works for them, not you. It’s a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness, and it’s not good enough.

And it’s not just about working out. We’ve all heard the saying,“you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.” But with all the fad diets, and supplements, and meal replacements, and books, and programs, and so on, where do you even begin? How do you find a meal plan that fits with your lifestyle, fitness needs, and physiology?

Our team of experts include a highly regarded a healthcare provider with over 30 years of experience in diagnosing and successfully treating sports and accident related injuries. This allows us to custom design a program consisting of exercise, nutrition, stretching, and other activities that will enable you to achieve your goals more quickly and with fewer risk of injury than you will find elsewhere.


Performance Sport Care is your complete solution for personal training in Walnut Creek.

We are a small, clean, private facility with a complete array of state-of-the-art training equipment to help you develop your body and achieve your goals, whether you’re just starting out, or competing to be a world champion.

  • Need rehab after an injury?
  • Training for an upcoming event?
  • Working to improve fitness, strength, and flexibility?
  • Want to transform your body.

Our facility has what you need.


Equipment & diet are only as good as the expertise behind them.

If you’re looking for expert personal training in Walnut Creek, you’ll have a hard time finding a better option than Performance Sport Care. You will get private one-on-one attention from our expert coaches. We start with a thorough review of your medical and injury history so we can tailor a program to fit your unique needs. Along the way, we keep notes on your workout to ensure continuity and monitor your progress. We treat your fitness as a partnership, providing the personalized guidance and tools to help you reach your goals safely and efficiently.


Dana K McDaniel-Cancel

Dana’s training expertise came the hard way: when she started out, she followed the advice she read online, and heard at the gym. But she was unable to get the results she wanted, until she worked out a plan specifically tailored to her needs with Dr. Cancel. Today, Dana is a high-ranking world-class Women’s Physique competitor.

Dana is all about dedication and persistence. She takes fitness and training personally and is completely invested in the success of her clients. She is proud to bring her experience and passion to providing expert personal training in Walnut Creek.


Douglas F. Cancel, DC 

Dr. Douglas Cancel leads a healthy lifestyle centered on strenuous exercise and strict nutrition. He maintains his own physical conditioning by incorporating strength training and cardiovascular exercise twice each day. Read more…

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🌟 Attention Fitness Enthusiasts and Athletes in Walnut Creek! 🌟Are you pushing your limits but feeling stuck in your progress? It's time to talk about a common hurdle in fitness and sports training: Overtraining. 🏋️‍♂️🚴‍♀️At Performance Sport-Care, Dr. Douglas Cancel has seen it all. From athletes striving for peak performance to fitness lovers aiming for personal bests, the journey to excellence is often marred by the pitfalls of overtraining. This sneaky setback can manifest as stagnation in muscle gains, persistent fatigue, and even injury. But fear not, we're here to guide you through it!🔍 **Understanding Overtraining**: It's not just about working hard; it's about working smart. Overtraining occurs when your body doesn't get enough time to recover between workouts, leading to decreased performance and increased risk of injury.👨‍⚕️ **How We Can Help**: Dr. Cancel specializes in identifying and addressing overtraining. With a blend of manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, and nutritional guidance, we tailor a plan that balances your training with adequate recovery.🏃‍♂️ **Personalized Training Programs**: Our supervised strength training programs are designed to optimize your efforts and prevent overtraining. We focus on proper form, appropriate intensity, and strategic rest periods to ensure you're on the right track to achieving your goals.🥗 **Nutritional Support**: Nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery. We offer expert guidance to ensure your diet supports your training and recovery needs, helping you to maintain energy levels and muscle growth.📈 **Progress Monitoring**: Regular check-ins and adjustments to your program ensure you're progressing without overstepping into overtraining territory.Remember, more isn't always better. It's about finding the right balance for YOUR body. Let Dr. Douglas Cancel and the team at Performance Sport-Care in Walnut Creek be your partners in achieving sustainable, injury-free progress.📞 Ready to train smarter? Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards balanced, effective training!#performancesportcare #trainsmart #overtrainingawareness #walnutcreekfitness #sportschiropractic #fitnessjourney #healthyliving #strengthtraining #sportsrehab ... See MoreSee Less
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Avoiding Common Training Mistakes for Optimal Performance: Insights from Dr. Douglas Cancel of Performance Sport-Care Welcome to Performance Sport-Care, your trusted sports chiropractic and rehabilitative training hub in Walnut Creek. Led by Dr. Douglas Cancel, our focus is on guiding athletes and fitness enthusiasts through the complexities of training, emphasizing the importance of avoiding common mistakes for optimal performance and health.I - Common Training Pitfalls in Bodybuilding and SportsIn the realm of bodybuilding, fitness, and sports training, certain mistakes are frequently made, impacting progress and health. These include:> Poor Exercise Form: Compromising on form can lead to injuries and ineffective workouts.> Excessive Weight Use: Lifting too much can strain muscles and joints.> Insufficient Training Intensity: Not pushing yourself enough can stall progress.> Long Rest Periods and Distractions: Inefficient workouts due to prolonged breaks or distractions like cell phones.II - The Overtraining ConundrumA critical issue in the fitness world is overtraining. Many believe that more exercise equates to better results, but this is a misconception. The body has limits, and exceeding them can hinder muscle growth and strength.A) Types of Overtraining:1. Functional Overreaching: This involves increasing training frequency temporarily, beneficial for advanced athletes but risky for beginners.2. Nonfunctional Overreaching: Characterized by continuous overtraining, leading to a plateau in muscle and strength gains.3. Overtraining Syndrome (OTS): A severe form, resulting in prolonged recovery times, halted muscle gains and other physical symptoms.III - Causes and Solutions for OvertrainingOvertraining can stem from various factors, including:> Biological Theories: Such as cytokine, hypothalamic, and glycogen hypotheses.> Lifestyle Factors: Including monotonous training, excessive competitions, sleep disturbances, and personal stress.** Diagnosis and Treatment: At Performance Sport-Care, we diagnose overtraining by ruling out other conditions and observing performance. Our treatment approach includes adjusting training frequency/volume, modifying routines, and ensuring proper rest and nutrition.IV - Preventing OvertrainingPrevention strategies are key to maintaining a healthy training regimen:> Periodization: Varying training intensity to avoid stress and injury.> Tapering Before Competitions: Reducing intensity to prepare for events.> Training Adjustments: Based on mood and energy levels.> Nutritional Balance: Ensuring adequate calorie and fluid intake, especially carbohydrates.> Regular Breaks: To prevent sudden spikes in training intensity.V - Additional ConsiderationsUnderstanding the role of oxidative stress, personal response to training, and the balance between training intensity, volume, and frequency is crucial for optimal results.VI - ConclusionAt Performance Sport-Care, under the expert guidance of Dr. Douglas Cancel, we emphasize the importance of a balanced approach to training. This includes well-planned regimens, adequate recovery, and proper nutrition to avoid overtraining and maximize fitness and muscle development. Whether you're preparing for a competition or looking to enhance your fitness journey, our team in Walnut Creek is here to support your goals with expert manual therapy, pain relief strategies, and comprehensive sports rehabilitation services.**Contact us today to embark on a balanced and effective training journey with Dr. Douglas Cancel at Performance Sport-Care.** ... See MoreSee Less
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🏋️‍♂️ **Maximize Your Muscle Building Potential with Dr. Douglas Cancel of Performance Sport-Care!** 🏋️‍♂️Ever wondered if you've hit your peak in muscle building? Think you can't pack on more muscle? Think again!A patient of mine recently related to me that a fitness trainer once told her that after a couple of years of training, you've reached your muscle-building limit. But is this really true?🚫 **Myth Busted!** 🚫This idea is not only misleading but also uninformed. Yes, there's something called a "genetic ceiling" in muscle growth, but reaching it isn't as straightforward as you might think.🤔 **How Do You Know If You've Hit Your Limit?** 🤔The truth is, you can't be sure. Your training routine's effectiveness is the real indicator. If you're not seeing growth, it might be time to switch up your strategy. The possibilities in program design are endless!🔬 **Science Behind Muscle Adaptation** 🔬Your muscles grow as a survival response to physical stress. The key to continued growth is introducing new, challenging stimuli. If your routine becomes too familiar, your muscles won't feel the need to adapt and grow.🏆 **Breaking Through the Ceiling** 🏆Even seasoned athletes can make gains with the right approach. Research, including a study on off-season pro bodybuilders, shows significant muscle growth with new training stimuli.📈 **Taking a Scientific Approach** 📈As you approach your genetic potential, a scientific approach to training and nutrition becomes crucial. This includes manipulating resistance exercise variables and employing strategies like progressive overload, varying loading zones, and increasing (or decreasing) training volume.🌟 **The Bottom Line** 🌟Don't let anyone tell you that you're done building muscle. With the right approach and mindset, you can continue to make gains and reach your full potential.👨‍⚕️ **Dr. Douglas Cancel** and the team at Performance Sport-Care in Walnut Creek are here to guide you on your journey to surpassing your muscle-building goals. Whether it's through manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, nutritional guidance, or supervised strength training, we're dedicated to helping you achieve your best self.🔥 **Ready to defy your limits? Contact us today!** 🔥#PerformanceSportCare #MuscleBuilding #FitnessMyths #StrengthTraining #WalnutCreek #SportsChiropractor #NutritionalGuidance #MaximizePotential ... See MoreSee Less
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