Dana Linn Bailey

First Women’s Physique Pro in NPC/IFBB

Competition is what I live and breathe every day. It’s my way of thinking in life. And I think that is what motivates me day in and day out in the gym everyday! I thank my parents for my competitive discipline. My parents always pushed for me to be involved in as many sports as possible and to excel in all of them. I started swim team at age 5, and went on to play soccer, basketball, field hockey, softball, and ran track. As some points of the year, because I was involved in travel teams, I would be involved in 2-3 different sports at one time, going from one practice to another and balancing my academics on top of that! I was recruited to play soccer for West Chester University, as a starting defender and help lead my team to NCAA’s and playoffs. It wasn’t until my 4 years of college soccer came to a sad end, when I started to get into lifting. I was so used to having practices to go to and games to prepare for, that when it ended I had all this free time on my hands that I didn’t know what to do with. So, I started going to the gym with Rob, who was my boyfriend at that time, and just lifting exactly like he did. I easily became very addicted to lifting. I always wanted to see how much I could max out at and always trying to go heavier and heavier. It was like my own competition I had with myself everyday!!

I then entered my first figure competition in 2006 at the Lehigh Valley Championships and competed in figure up until 2010. My goal was to become an IFBB pro; however, I didn’t always do as well in figure. My heavy training and constant desire to put on muscle didn’t always place me very high. I continued to compete, because I enjoyed the competition and prepping and training for shows. It gave me something to work towards and I enjoyed watching how I could transform my body. Nationals of 2010, Atlanta, was my very last figure show before they came out with the new Women’s Physique division, which is step above figure. Since I was always told I was a little too big, too muscular, and too hard for figure, the new physique division sounded like it was made for girls like me!! Girls who loved to lift heavy and like putting some muscle. I decided to do the very FIRST Physique show, which was 2011, JR. USA’s in Charleston, SC. I not only won my class, but I won the OVERALL, received my IFBB pro card, and became the very FIRST WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE PRO in the NPC/IFBB history!!!! I conquered my IFBB pro dream and also became a history first!!

I am living my dream every single day!

It took me a lot of years and a lot of hard work to get to where I am at today as an IFBB professional athlete, a business owner, a sponsored athlete, and also as an inspirational role model to so many people across the world!!! Thank you to all of my fans for all your support that you have shown me. You are what motivate me every single day in the gym and in my life!! I hope I can continue to motivate and inspire you to always strive to be your best and conquer all your goals! I hope to open up eyes and show people its okay to look a little different as long as you are happy and confident with yourself. Confidence is the most beautiful and rewarding asset that anyone can ever poses. So live life, be happy, and be confident with who you are and where you are going!

Competition History

2011 Jr. USA’s – 1st place and Overall (earned pro card)
2012 Desert Muscle Classic – 4th place
2012 NY Pro – 16th
2013 Tampa Pro – 2nd place
2013 Dallas Europa – 1st place (Olympia qualification!!)
2013 Olympia – 1st place
2014 Olympia – 2nd place

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