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Dan Bailey: CrossFit, Being A Professional Athlete, and Steroids


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Have you wondered what it’s like to be a professional CrossFit athlete?

Do you wonder what it would be like to compete at the CrossFit Games?

To learn more about what it takes to consistently perform at the high level, the Barbell Shrugged crew traveled to CrossFit Mayhem in Cookeville, TN to interview the “beast of the Central East” Dan Bailey for this episode of the Barbell Shrugged podcast.

You’ll learn why CrossFit is a full-time job when you compete at the elite level.

You’ll also learn what Dan thinks about the use of steroids in CrossFit.

Accused Steroid Use, Band Drugs (2:13) Training Multiple Times a Day (7:18) Degrees (8:35) Dan Opening A Gym (9:32) University Level Strength & Conditioning (10:02) Dan’s Fulltime Training, Volume & Time Off (11:40) Dan’s Biggest Weakness (16:20) Reps & Assistance Work (18:40) Dan’s Other Weakness (19:35) Progenex Commercial (21:33) Technique WOD (22:03) Crossfit Mayhem (30:44) Dan & Rouge Customer Service (32:37) Dan’s Small Apartment & Wives (35:03) Degrees VS. Experience & Certifications (36:29) Dan Teaching Middle Schoolers, Keeping Up with Kids (40:00) Dan’s Plan For After The Games (44:04) Looks Easier Than It Is (44:26)


Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?

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