I’ve always said one of the most important things for a coach or trainer to recognize – regardless of how long they’ve been “in the trenches” – is that they have two eyes, two ears, and one mouth, and that they should use them in that order.

What I really respect most about Dan – other than being a top rate coach and someone whom I have a lot of respect for – is that he’s constantly learning and open to learning from other people.  He’s always observing, listening to others, and honing his craft.  Always.

What’s more, not only does Dan talk the talk, but he walks it.  He’s one of the most well-rounded and passionate trainers I’ve ever met, and he’s dedicated to his clients.

Even more important, Dan is just an awesome human being, which is pretty much the best compliment you can give someone. And he undoubtedly deserves it.

- Tony Gentilcore, CSCS

Dan Trink has proven himself to be one of the elite trainers in the fitness industry. He displays a keen understanding of the science of exercise, and as such has proven capable of helping anyone and everyone achieve optimal fitness regardless of their goals. Dan also has been a mentor to many of my exercise science students, improving their knowledge and skills as fitness professionals. His passion to share and disseminate information sets him apart from the vast majority of trainers. If you are looking for a top fitness pro, Dan is your man.

- Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year

Fitness editors are always looking out for the next great strength coach.

So what makes a personal trainer or strength coach “great?” Is it knowledge? The ability to write solid programs? Hands-on experience training clients? Professionalism and integrity? Being a good communicator and problem solver?

It’s all those things and a lot more, and there’s no better example than Dan Trink. Plus, he’s got big arms.

- Bryan Krahn - Editor, T-Nation

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dan for over 4 years both professionally and as a friend. Dan is one of the best trainers I’ve met, his knowledge, passion and affable personality are just some of the reasons he is as successful as he is. A big man, over 6 feet and weighing in over 200 lbs, can make Dan a little intimidating to some, but his honest, genuine and funny personality wins over the crowd every time. Keep an eye on this rising star in the training world…he will be one to follow!

- Brett HoebelHoebel Fitness, founder – Trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Season 11

When it comes to strength training, weight loss, and helping people make sustainable improvements to all areas of their lives, I consider Dan Trink one of the top authorities in the game. Through his hard-nosed training, thought-provoking writing, and kind, humble demeanor, Dan is someone who earns your trust quickly — and never takes that trust for granted. —

- Jordan Shakeshaft - Fitness Editor, Greatist.com

Dan Trink is hands down one of the best trainers that I know. His approach to strength and conditioning is a unique combination of the deliberate application of cutting edge exercise science and experience based on hundreds of hours of face-time training clients. Being a strength coach is an interesting profession as you need to understand to the science of training but without having put in the hands on time coaching, applying those principles you wouldn’t be able to apply the training nuances that allow your clients to get the extra 10-15% changes in their bodies that they couldn’t get elsewhere. Dan personifies the ability to do this and lives the template of an ideal coach that all trainers should strive for. I always look forward to my conversations with Dan as they are always intellectually charged interactions which leave me with a list of ideas to explore and implement, making me a better nutritionist.

- Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD.


I am a 28 year old female and a very busy sales professional. I am also a former college athlete with serious lingering injuries and as a result, until recently, I have had inconsistent and generally poor training habits. I started training with Dan two years ago, prioritizing body composition, stress management and nutrition. Dan has an excellent knowledge base and was able to quickly identify and plan a regimen that enhances my strengths as well as overcoming those specific injury-related weaknesses that previously caused me to go off track. His program is well suited to improve my overall body composition, incorporating a tailored but sensible nutrition plan into my life. Dan is a true professional and is the most talented trainer I have encountered at any level. I consider myself very lucky to be a client of his.

- Sarah B.

I have worked with Dan Trink for the past two and a half years and have seen incredible results. I have lost weight and fat. I have also gained lean muscle mass, slimmed down, and improved my posture. What makes Dan so unique to me is that not only does he help me strength train properly, but he helps me with my nutrition as well. He is very patient and always available by email if I have questions. I am 42 years old and am in the best shape of my life thanks to Dan.

- Jaime C.

I am a 42 year old male; a working professional and former college athlete. Like most men my age, my diet has changed (for the worse), my lifestyle is far more sedentary than I would like and my time available for training is limited. Needless to say, a casual trip to the gym has limited effectiveness and frankly it’s hard to keep up with the intensity required to make a difference. I have worked with Dan for close to three years now and the results have quite simply been nothing short of extraordinary. He is focused on improvement; he will push your limits but understands where they are so you do not suffer undue setbacks. His methods are not driven by fads but based on well-researched and proven routines. He is instructive in all elements of your training: from the workouts, to diet to proper recovery. If you follow his instructions and put in the time you will get results with Dan.

- Michael H. - IPA New York State Masters Powerlifting Record Holder

The best thing about Dan is that he is genuinely passionate about his work.  He’s not using training to pay the bills while he works on his acting career.  He really loves what he does, training and helping clients reach their goals no matter what they are, and that sincerity and knowledge comes through in workout sessions and his writing.  I‘ve made more progress training with him than with any other trainer I’ve worked with and definitely more than years trying to hack it on my own.

- Rishi P.

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I really enjoyed the program, extremely challenging and I saw immediate results, weight went up and my legs definitely got bigger. I leaned out during the 4 weeks.

- Gianlucca B.

Quite honestly I found it the best program I have ever done! In such a short space of time my strength, size and work capacity have all improved significantly after being stuck in a plateau for ages! At first I was sceptical about maybe not having enough recovery for legs, but I think the training volume/frequency and recovery was spot on! The program was pretty brutal at times, but I loved every minute

- Lauren M.

I definitely got some serious results by training with you. You really know how to tune up a human body just like an auto mechanic would do to a car.

- Haris A.

I was actually meaning to let you know how impressed how i was with the program last week, especially chest/back. I’ve never really been good at benching…I was extremely surprised by how quickly my strength has been increasing. I’ve also noticed the added strength on exercises such as chin-ups…the week before last when i played i was once again surprised with my level of explosiveness…I’m extremely happy with the results so far, and as always will keep you updated

- Issaka M.

This 11% body fat is  the best result I’ve ever had. Thank you Dan!!!

Can’t wait for this week’s program….

- Emanuele G.

I was a 6ft 3 – 13 stone 22 year old who had tried lots of methods of training to try to gain weight and increase my muscle mass, from 5/3/1, to german volume training, to body part splits, to upper lower/push pull splits and nothing seemed to have worked before.

I have just completed your 4 weeks to big arms program and while on the programmy arm size increased by an inch, along with an overall bodyweight increase of 8lbs, with very little fat added!

Obviously the impact of a program depends totally upon the nutrition, however i have kept the nutrition exactly the same, eating the same meals for the past 2 years, with around 4000 calories a day. Therefore, it is clear to me that your program has been the most effective for me in terms of increasing lean muscle mass, and just overall looking a little better!! So for that i must thank you.

- Jamie W.

Hey Dan, I’ve been a personal trainer/strength coach for 16 years, and I’m on my last week of “4 weeks to bigger arms” and I’m astonished. I’m a huge believer in deadlifts/squats/presses and i haven’t ever been much of an arm trainer (except when i was a young/uneducated trainer). I cant thank you enough for writing that article for T Nation, it’s workin great! I get to keep my strength and heavy lifts, and my arms are swelling, ha ha… Im a 36 year old man, and my arms look as good as they ever have, thanks again! Focusing on a goal, no matter what it is, and stickin to it… great stuff!

- Darren S.