Women’s Physique trailblazer Dana Linn Bailey continues to make strides toward her latest body transformation. In a YouTube video, Bailey shared a physique update at 40 years old and offered fans a look into her post-workout shake and lunch.
“We’re doing a physique update because we just ended week three. We’re into week four of my challenge. I can’t say I’m happy. I’m not this happy. I’ve probably gained muscle if anything, so we’re going to do a little physique update,” DLB shared.
Within three years of starting her professional career, DLB became the inaugural Women’s Physique Olympia champion. She proved herself on the sport’s biggest stage with incredibly defined shoulders, a slim waist, and an equally balanced lower body.
Dana’s last Olympia show saw her take runner-up to Juliana Malacarne. And while she’s accepted life in retirement, she’s been tempted to come back and compete ever since. In a Cutler Cast Podcast, Dana opened up about her health issues and natural status. At the time, she made it clear to fans that she would undergo drug tests weekly if she in fact announced her comeback.
In June, Dana Linn Bailey decided to transform her physique, a challenge she has titled ‘Summer Shredded 4.0.’ DLB clarified that her challenge isn’t just a solution for weight loss but will also help with building muscle. This is her fourth workout challenge of this series.
Dana Linn Bailey Gives ‘Summer Shredded’ Physique Update at 40: “My Training Has Been Awesome”
Bailey explained that she’s had family in town so her weight loss isn’t where she’d like it to be. However, she plans to change that in the coming weeks.
“Honestly, I probably – my training has been awesome, haven’t missed a day of training but I have definitely missed cardio. We’ve had family in town for the last 10 days, we have you guys here and my day. Amazing.
So, I probably gained muscle, gained some, I didn’t lose any weight, let’s just say that. So, for the next five weeks, I’m going to focus, once these guys get out of here and my family leaves, I’m going to focus heavily on adding my cardio back in because I’ve only been doing it like once a week.”
Bailey moved on to a post-workout shake to fulfill her protein requirements.
“Just finished up shoulder day so, we’re actually training after this, you just won’t see this until a later day. Getting my protein in. I did about 8-10 ounces of water. One scoop of Vanilla Isotope from REDCON1,” Dana said. “I did a heaping tablespoon of the Nuts ‘n More cookie dough. My other favorite from them is Oreo, so good.”
“There’s only one gram of fat per two tablespoons. So, you get the taste of peanut butter without all the fat so I love it. You can get PB2, Nuts ‘n More happens to be the best. They have awesome flavors. And I also added a half a banana for some carbohydrates, gains,” said Bailey.
For lunch, Bailey had a bodybuilding staple: chicken and rice, but she jazzed it up with Japanese Barbecue Sauce.
“For lunch we have boring, not boring, it’s not boring at all, I actually grilled my chicken this time, it tastes amazing. Just some chicken and rice, and you’re like ‘What’s all that stuff on it?’ This [Japanese barbecue sauce], you might have seen this from another video, their hot and spicy happens to be fantastic.”
Despite stepping away from the sport, Dana’s commitment to working out is a top priority. She pushes herself through workouts with anyone and that includes bodybuilding royalty. Last July, Bailey and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler teamed up for a chest and triceps training session.
Months later, Dana Linn Bailey was led through an FST-7 workout by bodybuilding coach Hany Rambod. During the routine, Rambod emphasized the importance of controlling the eccentric motions in each repetition. Rambod is responsible for coaching a number of top-tier athletes, such as Derek Lunsford, Hadi Choopan, and Andrei Deiu.
Body transformations have become an immensely popular trend in fitness as of late. Cutler is currently in the middle of what he’s calling a ‘Fit-for-50’ challenge. He plans to get in the best shape possible since retiring 10 years ago. From training thoughts to workouts and nutrition, Cutler has been transparent with fans about his new goal.
Similar to Dana Linn Bailey, former seven-time 212 Olympia Flex Lewis is taking on a fitness challenge at 40 years old. He plans to collaborate with the best athletes from different sports. Flex shared that one of his biggest areas of focus will be cardiovascular health. Lewis’ first multi-sport workout video just went live, as he pushed the reigning World’s Strongest Man Mitchell Hooper through a brutal shoulders training session.
DLB’s physique is a testament to the time and effort she puts into healthy living and working out. Her plan for the future is to incorporate more cardio now that her schedule will allow for it.