Dan Bailey is a professional CrossFit athlete hailing from the United States of America. He began competing in CrossFit in 2010, and has since gone on to become a five-time CF Games veteran and social media star.
But it hasn’t been an easy journey – Dan had to face numerous challenges on his road towards success. These included moving to another city, as well as facing a serious chest injury which put his CrossFit career on hold.
This is his story:
Full Name: Dan Bailey Weight Height Age Date of Birth 175 - 185lbs (79.4 - 83.9kg) 5'7" (170cm) 36 April 9, 1984 Nationality Profession Era American CrossFit Athlete 2010 Weight 175 - 185lbs (79.4 - 83.9kg) Height 5'7" (170cm) Age 36 Date of Birth April 9, 1984 Nationality American Profession CrossFit Athlete Era 2010
- Back Squat – 405 lbs
- Clean and Jerk – 305 lbs
- Snatch – 265 lbs
- Deadlift – 540 lbs
- Fight Gone Bad – 457
- Fran – 2:17
- Sprint 400m – 0:47
- Run 5k – 19:00
|YEAR||DIVISION||OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE)||RANK (BY REGION)||OVERALL RANK (BY STATE)||OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)|
|2018||Men||85491st||4728th Central East||1504th Ohio||43676th|
|2017||Men||54th||8th Central East||3rd Ohio||30th United States|
|2016||Individual Men||71st||5th Southern California||6th California||43rd United States|
|2015||Individual Men||12th||4th Southern California||4th California||12th United States|
|2014||Individual Men||4th||1st Southern California||—||—|
|2013||Individual Men||20th||4th Central East||—||—|
|2012||Individual Men||4th||2nd Central East||—||—|
|YEAR||OVERALL RANK||DIVISION||REGIONAL NAME|
|2016||7th||Individual Men||California Regional|
|2015||1st||Individual Men||California Regional|
|2014||3rd||Individual Men||Southern California|
|2013||3rd||Individual Men||Central East|
|2012||2nd||Individual Men||Central East|
|YEAR||OVERALL RANK||TEAM NAME||MEMBERS|
|2016||2nd||Rogue Red||Graham Holmberg, Margaux Alvarez, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet|
|2015||2nd||Rogue Red||Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Graham Holmberg, Annie Thorisdottir|
|2014||2nd||Rogue Fitness Red||Lauren Fisher, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet|
Early Involvement in Sports
Dan Bailey has led an athletic lifestyle since his early days. Growing up, he was always competitive and showed a desire to be the best in every sport.
This desire for success led Dan to become a standout track and field athlete at the University of Ohio. After graduation, he moved to the University of Akron to study for his master’s diploma.
It was during his time at the University of Akron when Dan discovered CrossFit. In a short space of time, he became passionate about the new competitive outlet he found.
Enthralled with what CrossFit offered, Dan soon became a regular competitor at the Central East Regional contests. Between 2011 and 2013, he qualified for these contests every time.
Taking Things a Step Further
In 2014, Dan decided to take his CrossFit career a step further by moving to San Diego.
There, he competed in some of the most prestigious CF contests. Such as the 2015 SoCal Regionals and California Regionals.
Coming Back From an Injury
While Dan kept improving his results over the coming years, an unfortunate injury to his pectoralis in 2017 forced him to stop competing for a while.
However, Dan didn’t let the injury get the better of him. After the recovery, he came back strong to continue setting new milestones in CrossFit – becoming a five-time CF Games veteran and idol for the upcoming generations of CrossFitters.
Dan Bailey Workout Routine
Dan Bailey works out multiple times per day, up to six days per week. Typically, he’ll do some cardio in the morning, compound lifts in the early afternoon, strength work in the later afternoon, and HIIT in the evening.
Needless to say, Dan’s workout routine is extremely demanding. However, he also places emphasis on rest and recovery. He’ll take a day off whenever he feels his body can’t catch up with the challenges.
Here’s Dan’s training routine for CF Games;
- AM: running, rowing or biking
- Mid-morning: Barbell work/technique (snatch, clean and jerk, deadliest, muscle ups, kettlebells, etc..)
- Noon: Strength session (squat, deadlift, press)
- PM: interval work – 3 min on, 1 min off of varying movements
Diet for CrossFit Games
Breakfast is Dan’s most important meal of the day. As he says; “Breakfast to me is essential, as it’s what gets me started in the morning and I eat every morning.”
On a rare occasion where he doesn’t have time to cook in the morning, he’ll opt for a protein shake with oats or greek yogurt.
Dan’s fat content comes from whole milk, eggs, bacon, and peanut butter. Along with some heart-healthy Omega-3 fats in the form of fish oil capsules. For carbs, Dan likes to eat oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and potatoes.
Daily Meal and Supplementation Plan
Here’s how Dan Bailey’s meal and supplement plan looks;
- 3 eggs
- 3 pieces of bacon
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 8oz of whole milk
- 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 servings of Omega+ Fish Oil
- Pre-workout supplement
- Muscle Recovery Shake
- Whey Protein Shake
- 4-10 oz of chicken or beef
- 0.5lb sweet potato casserole
- 8 oz cole slaw
- Recovery Shake
- 8 oz of whole milk or water
- 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 4-5 oz spinach or kale
- Pre-workout supplement
- 8-10oz of water
- Muscle Recovery shake
- 4-8 oz ground beef
- 1 serving of ketchup
- 3 oz of kale or spinach leaves
- 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 1 serving of Cocoon with water
What we can learn from Dan Bailey
Dan’s story has taught us that sometimes, in order to reach success, you’ll have to overcome difficult obstacles and be forced to make certain sacrifices.
Dan had to move to San Diego in order to progress in his CrossFit career. It wasn’t an easy transition, but Dan knew he had to do it if he wanted to realize his goals. He also had to face a serious pectoralis injury which put his CrossFit career on hold.
Despite the difficulties, Dan came out on top and became a world-renowned athlete. With the same mindset and ‘thirst’ for success, you too overcome anything that’s thrown at you, and realize your goals in the process.