Daniel Mcdonald

Professional Bodybuilder

Daniel Mcdonald is an accomplished IFBB Pro bodybuilder from Daytona Beach, Florida. Having won his Pro Card in 2009, at the NPC Europa Show of Champions, Daniel has seen his career grow tremendously since he started his professional bodybuilding journey.

With his hard work and sacrifice, Daniel has established himself as a respected fitness icon; being admired for his fabulous physique.


Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Daniel Mcdonald
205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)5'9" (175cm)AmericanProfessional Bodybuilder
2010, 2000
Weight205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)
Height5'9" (175cm)
ProfessionProfessional Bodybuilder
Era2010, 2000






Mind-Muscle Connection

As a believer in ‘form over weight’, Daniel trains with high intensity, making each rep count. This means the ‘mind-muscle connection’ plays a key role in his workouts, especially when training shoulders – his favorite body part.

However, he’ll add in a couple of heavy sets in his workout from time to time, just to ‘shock’ the muscles, and force them into a new growth – this is especially important for someone as experienced as Daniel, as his muscles are used to years of ‘hardcore’ training.

Shoulder Workout

Although Daniel changes his workout routines often, he usually has a standard shoulder workout which he loves doing the most, it looks like this;

  • Barbell or Dumbbell Shoulder Press (Preferably alternating every week), 5 sets of 6-12 reps (Pyramid)
  • Lateral Raises, 3 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Shoulder Press Machine, 3 sets of 8-10 reps, last set drop set
  • Rear Delt Flys, 5 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Plate Raises, 3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Upright Rows, 3 sets of 10 reps



Strict Dieting

Like most other professional bodybuilders, Daniel has an extremely strict diet when he’s preparing for a contest. However, once he’s in the off-season, his diet becomes a lot more relaxed.

But, even in the off-season, there is one aspect of Daniel’s diet which he never overlooks – his protein intake. He makes sure to consume enough of this macronutrient throughout the day by eating foods such as steak, chicken breast, egg whites, and fish.

For carbohydrates, Daniel consumes sweet potatoes and brown rice; these two are his favorites. Nuts, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and avocados all play a key part of Daniel’s daily fat intake.

All in all, Daniel’s diet is quite straightforward. He eats all the foods that are essential for muscle growth, but also gives himself a ‘mental break’ from time to time, and eats whatever he desires. This way, he stays satisfied throughout the entire year, without ever feeling the need to go on an “eating binge”.


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