BodySpace Physique Of The Month: Dan Gilliland!

From sickly kid, to the United States Powerlifting Federation American Masters deadlift record holder at 507 pounds, sums up very quickly the fitness journey of Dan Gilliland. Find out why Dan is the BodySpace Physique Of The Month!

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From sickly kid, to the United States Powerlifting Federation American Masters deadlift record holder at 507 pounds, sums up very quickly the fitness journey of Dan Gilliland!

Dan Gilliland Is The United States Powerlifting Federation American Masters Deadlift Record Holder
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Dan Gilliland Is The United States Powerlifting
Federation American Masters Deadlift Record Holder.

As a kid, Dan was picked up by bullies and plagued by over 70 different allergies. "Weight training saved my life. If I wouldn't have started weighttraining I would be the sickly underweight guy I was." says Dan who also went on to wrestling even though he started out at only 121 pounds.

Weight Training Saved My Life.
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Weight Training Saved My Life.

The other thing that saved his life from the misery of his allergies was the task of learning and research that he embraced. The University of California San Diego Medical Library became a home for him. And as he learned about his allergies, he learned about how to mitigate them with the right foods, vitamin C in huge amounts, Chinese herbs, and yoga.

The Other Thing That Saved His Life From The Misery Of His Allergies Was The Task Of Learning And Research That He Embraced.
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The Other Thing That Saved His Life From The Misery Of
His Allergies Was The Task Of Learning And Research That He Embraced.

It was back in 1984 that Dan discovered Powerlifting but he dropped out for about 12 years. He had been spending his time in the gym but also alternating with his yoga and mountain biking.

It Was Back In 1984 That Dan Discovered Powerlifting.
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It Was Back In 1984 That Dan Discovered Powerlifting.

But Dan got back into heavy lifting and excelled in it so much that now he has been setting records and then turning around and being the one to break those records! Next he says is the squat record; "My new goal is to improve my strength at the bottom of my squat. I haven't been training deep enough."

He Has Been Setting Records And Then Turning Around And Being The One To Break Those Records!
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He Has Been Setting Records And Then Turning
Around And Being The One To Break Those Records!

Dan's workout schedule includes his yoga, bicycling and lifting for a total of 5 or 6 days per week. He keeps his diet low in carbs and high in protein at about 200 grams per day supplementing with whey protein about 4 times per day. He also takes Glucosamine/Chondrotin, MSM, a Tribulus blend and Lipoic acid for balancing his blood sugars.

Dan's Workout Schedule Includes His Yoga, Bicycling And Lifting For A Total Of 5 Or 6 Days Per Week.
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Dan's Workout Schedule Includes His Yoga, Bicycling And
Lifting For A Total Of 5 Or 6 Days Per Week.

And where does Dan get his information and do his research now? Bodybuilding.com and BodySpace...

"People are able to review experiences with supplements and get real answers. I originally joined BodySpace because other social networks were more about finding where the nearest party is. People on BodySpace are more active and responsive. The people of BodySpace have actually sent me notes of encourancement for my effort in the gym. BodySpace is now my Social Network home for life."

BodySpace Is Now My Social Network Home For Life.
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BodySpace Is Now My Social Network Home For Life.

And now Dan has his sights also set on being a strength trainer for MMA fighters! Now that is a long way from once being a sickly kid. Go visit Dan at his BodySpace and be a part of BodySpace as your health and fitness "Social Network home for life"!

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