Dan Bailey

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:


 

Dan Bailey sitting shirtless in a CrossFit training room, looking strong and muscular

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Dan Bailey
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
175 - 185lbs (79.4 - 83.9kg)5'7" (170cm)35April 9, 1984
NationalityProfessionEra
AmericanCrossFit Athlete2010
Weight175 - 185lbs (79.4 - 83.9kg)
Height5'7" (170cm)
Age35
Date of BirthApril 9, 1984
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionCrossFit Athlete
Era2010


 

Dan Bailey climbing up the ladder during CrossFit training

Accomplishments

Benchmark Statistics

  • 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

 

Dan Bailey standing shirtless outdoors in the sun, looking strong and lean


CrossFit Competitions

Open
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
Regionals
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
Games
YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION
2015 4th Individual Men
2014 10th Individual Men
2013 8th Individual Men
2012 6th Individual Men
Team Series
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

 

Dan Bailey performing ring exercises while being shirtless

Biography

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.


 

Dan Bailey performing pull ups shirtless, looking ripped


Discovering CrossFit

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.


 

Dan Bailey lifting a heavy bag during crossfit workouts


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 lifting a heavy overhead press while being shirtless during a CrossFit competition

Training

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

 

Dan Bailey performing cable rows while being shirtless

Nutrition

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.


 

Dan Bailey doing an overhead exercise


Daily Meal and Supplementation Plan

Here’s how Dan Bailey’s meal and supplement plan looks;

Breakfast 

  • 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

  • Pre-workout supplement

Post-Workout

  • Muscle Recovery Shake
  • Whey Protein Shake

Lunch

  • 4-10 oz of chicken or beef
  • 0.5lb sweet potato casserole
  • 8 oz cole slaw

Post-Workout

  • Recovery Shake
  • 8 oz of whole milk or water

Snack

  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 4-5 oz spinach or kale

Pre-Workout

  • Pre-workout supplement

Post-Workout

  • 8-10oz of water
  • Muscle Recovery shake

Dinner 

  • 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

 

Dan Bailey exercising shirtless on a bench


 

Dan Bailey being shirtless during a CossFit session, looking ripped and muscular

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.

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One comment

  1. Olygator

    January 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    What’s he up to these days? I saw where Bridges said dan “had a job that wasn’t rogue.”

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