Damien Barling


Damien was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. His life long passions were sports and music. As a freshman in high school he enrolled in the school’s radio program. The school had a student run radio station that allowed the students to work as program directors, music directors, and promotion coordinators as well as on air DJ’s.

After graduating from high school, his love for radio stayed strong. In Sept 2001 he began an internship with Sacramento flagship radio station KSFM 102.5. By the middle of 2002 he adopted the radio name D-Lo and began working weekend shifts and filling in various day parts. Over the next 14 months he was able to establish a following strong enough to lead to the biggest break of his career.

In October of 2003 a shake up in the radio station line up occurred. The morning show host was gone and the program director needed someone to fill in. D-Lo got his chance and spent the rest of the year in an audition for that coveted morning drive slot. The audition proved to be a success and in January of 2004, he began a successful run as part of a morning show that ranked at the top of the ratings leader board.

It was at KSFM that Damien and Kara met. Following the 2005 WNBA Finals for Kara and the Sacramento Monarchs, the two struck up a friendship. It was at this time the two began discussing fitness and various types of nutrition plans. Both having a passion for health and overall wellness. The friendship turned into a relationship and the couple decided to marry in April of 2008.

Following their trip to Beijing that summer in which Kara won an Olympic gold medal with the USA Basketball team, the difficult decision to end Damien’s radio career was made to enter the next phase of their lives.

When the Sacramento Monarchs ceased operations following the 2009 season, Damien began working as Kara’s basketball agent and full time manager. The two recently formed their own company, Number Twenty, LLC.

In November of 2011, in an effort to honor Kara’s college coach at the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt, Damien & Kara began working with the Alzheimer’s Association. Early that summer Coach Summitt announced she had early on-set dementia Alzheimer’s type. An opportunity presented itself and Damien decided to hit the streets of New York to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness. Damien would run in the New York City Marathon. Through the support of friends, fans, colleagues, and people affected by the disease, they raised nearly $18,000 in just over four weeks.

Since then, Damien has competed in the Goofy Challenge at Disney World (a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon the following day) with plans to run in a least one more marathon during 2012.

Since arriving in Connecticut he’s incorporated a martial arts style of training into his daily routine. Damien and his favorite training partner and best friend Heather, who he met studying the martial arts in 2010, run a high intensity cardio and strength building training session 5-days a week. The two have developed many amazing recipes and run countless miles together.

With a great commitment to fitness and health, Damien has spent the better part of the last decade learning how to train and counsel different types of people. He’s worked with athletes, children, and anyone looking to get into better shape and live a healthier lifestyle.

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