Daniel Nyiri is an entrepreneur and the Owner, Founder and CEO of 4U Fitness with one goal: to revolutionize the fitness industry.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Daniel started his career as a professional hockey player, model and certified personal trainer. He moved to the United States in 2011 with $150 and a dream to change the world through improving the health of others one person at a time.
Understanding how much work and capital is needed to build a business, Daniel worked five jobs to generate income and develop the right relationships so he could begin his entrepreneurial career. He developed the American version of E-Fit, the full-body electrical muscle stimulation workout, with Dr. Janos Papp, which catapulted his success.
He worked diligently to save enough money to purchase a small fitness studio for $30,000. This studio would become 4U Fitness. Daniel soon found his next passion in life, Nina Tamez-Mendez. Now Nina Nyiri, Daniel considers her his other half and supportive partner for life. A Master-Trainer and Lifestyle Coach, Nina is now the Head of Trainer Education for 4U Fitness and is holds a key role in the company’s brand development. With Nina, E-Fit, and extensive knowledge within the topics of health and fitness, Daniel has built a client base of professional athletes, Olympians and celebrity models, turning a barely-making-it business into a $1 million enterprise within two years.
In 2014, Daniel obtained FDA 510(k) clearance for E-Fit making it the only full-body EMS machine with that status in the United States. This became the final element to complete his formula for guaranteed, proven results for the everyday person.
For Daniel, it isn’t about the money but about “building a real company that adds and contributes to this world, just as Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Henry Ford did.” Daniel believes that by creating a company that stands for something more, we are building a legacy that will reshape the future.
Today, 4U Fitness has been featured in various notable publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, Business Observer, Oxygen Magazine, and Men’s Journal.
Recently Daniel was featured in the Movie Generation Iron 2 which was in theaters in 2017 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and now its available on Netflix.
1. We all have a moment when we decide to actively take care of ourselves. When was yours?
After my injury during my training camp, Upstate New York. While I was still pursuing my dream to play professional hockey, I got injured pretty badly. Then, I was depressed and lost tons of weight. It took me about 8 months to finally realize I was being a victim of my life instead of creating it. And just like that everything changed!
2. What’s your approach to fitness?
In-and-out, as fast as possible! That is why we developed a high tech invention that allows you to get a 3 hour workout in just 20 minutes. So you don’t have to spend countless hours in the gym daily. Just 2 x 20 minutes per week. The truth is people are set in their own ways until someone fixes the problem that nobody knew it needed fixing. Just like Uber. Before Uber, you would stand in front of traffic and yell for a Cab, after Uber, that just seem stupid. Same here.
3. You founded 4UFitness. Please tell us more about it?
Actually the name itself as 4U Fitness came from another person who was running a tiny PT studio and worked in it as a trainer. I purchased it because I liked the name and it already had a small location and as an immigrant for me to rent something, or do anything is almost impossible so i found this loop-hole where I already built a trust relationship with the seller so we worked out a payment plan. I worked 5 jobs, no sleep, no friends, to able to get it. The landlord was furious that i took over the lease and they tried to fight it since I was just a 23 year old kid with no money, no credit , no nothing. Don’t picture some big sale and tons of money we are talking about $30.000. lol But its from a kid who had $150 to its name.
4. What has been your biggest struggle with your own journey and fitness?
At first, it was the language barrier and not understanding that I am a business owner and not a personal trainer. I was working in the business instead of on it. As far as for fitness, my back is always bothering me since the injury so i cant lift weights i mainly do our full body electric muscle stimulation workout.
5. What has been your biggest struggle with a client’s fitness?
I don’t have any clients as I run the business but when i used to be a trainer the biggest struggle was changing their mind set of eating/working out. And that they don’t need to spend countless hours in the gym.
6. Where do you see yourself and 4UFitness in the next ten years?
Next 10 years is far away so many things can change. We do have a plan, however, we have to make sure that we look at statistics /market and not ignore the brutal truth to make sure we adjust. I mean if you are in retail you might want to rethink that because of Amazon. In 5 years, we are going to reach 100 locations and at that point we are going to start planing on going public in the near future with a main goal of revolutionizing the fitness industry!
7. Please tell us more about your book, Fitbiz?
FitBiz is about my realization . What I have been through and all the headaches. So I wrote a book that is like a punch in the gut for a personal trainer to teach them what to do if they want to have their own business. But this book is not just for personal trainers it is for any person who would like to start a business.
8. What message do you have for people who are afraid to get back into a fitness regime or never have?
What do you have to lose by getting back to the fitness regime? Nothing! So just do it! It is your body. You only have one you must take care of it. Nothing to lose but everything to gain by getting fit and healthy. You will be happier, you will have more energy and you will feel great at all times not to mention your pants will fit better.
9. What would you tell your younger self before you became an entrepreneur?
Put in the work and be patient. It will happen just focus on helping others.
10. How can we reach and follow you on social media?
Follow Me Online Here: Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/danielznyiriInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielznyiri/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielNyiri/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielnyiri/Twitter: https://twitter.com/nyiridanielMy Book: http://www.fitbizbook.comMy Website: http://www.DanielNyiri.com4U Fitness: http://www.4U-Fitness.com
* You can find Fitbiz by Daniel Nyiri in the third link listed above.