Name: Daniel Bailey
Home location: Uniontown Ohio
Profession and educational background: BS Physical Education MS Strength and Conditioning
Years in sport of any kind: 8+ years track and field, 6+ years CrossFit
Sports participated in: Football, Basketball, Track and Field CrossFit
Years in current sport: 6
What got you started: Somebody telling me I might be good at CrossFit, I did Grace in
Other personal information you would like to share:
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
Winning the Spirit of the Games award at the conclusion of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Work hard towards my goals and keep a positive mental attitude.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
Continue to improve the quality of life of those around me, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Winning the CrossFit Games would be pretty cool too.
How do you set your goals?
I set small goals that lead me towards the bigger goal that I want to achieve.
What is your diet like?
I dont weigh and measure my food but I try to stick to the CrossFit prescription in that can be found within,“Fitness in 100 words,” that says, “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat.” As an athlete I take exception to the “no sugar” recommendation but I have been more aware of my sugar intake currently than any other time in my life.
What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your contemporaries who have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
I knew the type of life that I wanted to live and the type of impact that I wanted to have. I haven't let much of anything derail me from that including criticism, money, or others perceived view of my success or failures.
Do you have any recommended resources to share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)?
The Bailey Program is offered through Beyond the Whiteboard. It follows along with all of my training, and allows subscribers access to me for coaching tips, workout questions and auxiliary programs.
Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?
I experienced a break through in 2011, which was my first time getting to the Games. What led to it was a lot of hard work and patience. In my experience, success doesn't come all at once; it takes a lot of time working diligently towards whatever goals one might have.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
I lost the division 1 state championship 400m dash by hundredths of a second. Weeks after that race I was still devastated. My Father pulled me aside to straighten me out. He told me something to the effect of, “If I would have told you 6 months ago, you were going to be the division 1 Ohio State runner up while smashing your lifetime personal best in the process, do you think you would have been this disappointed.” It was a clear reminder to take the good with the bad and although I didn't reach my ultimate goal I had a lot to be proud of, and still had the chance to re-evaluate my goals and continue to improve.
In addition, a quote from a high school physics teacher has always stuck with me, “You may never get rewarded for living a righteous life, it is its own reward. If you lead a righteous life it makes joyous participation in an otherwise miserable endeavor possible” - Chad Spurgeon
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
I try to live my life as close to the teachings of Jesus Christ as I possibly can. Acts 20:24 says “I consider my life worth nothing to me, If I may only finish the task set before me, the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s grace.”
A focal point for me is whatever the obstacle, whatever the problem that is in front of you #ConsiderItNothing
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Same as above.
What is your 5 year vision? (where do you see yourself in 5 years, can be non sports related)
I don't have an exact 5 year vision. I have had many different opportunities come my way over the years that I never thought I would have. I work incredibly hard for the things that my heart desires. Usually the rest takes care of itself.
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