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daniel pope dpt, ocs, cscs, cf-l1

Owner, Fitness Pain Free



- Rutgers University - BS Exercise Science

- NCAA D1 Pole Vaulter

-2009 175lb. National Champion Strongman

-2009 200lb NJ State Champion Strongman

- 2010 CrossFit Individual Regionals Competitor

- 2014 CrossFit Team (CF Verve) Regionals Competitor.



- Doctor of Physical Therapy

- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)

- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

- Crossfit L1 Certified (coached 7 yrs)


- Programs launched in 2010

-5,000,000+ page views

-450+ articles & blog posts

1,000's of courses/programs sold



-Physical Therapist at Champion Physical Therapy & Performance

-Power Monkey Fitness Coach working with Olympic Level coaches and Professional Athletes from around the world

-National & International Speaker on Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Daniel Pope, developed a passion for fitness at a very early age, gravitating towards weightlifting and nutrition studies. Not one to shy away from a challenge, he’s even attempted some of the more outlandish diet (who remembers salmon shakes?) and strength (double sessions of 10 sets of 10 German Volume Training) fads. Luckily, he put the shakes down and picked up a few more books at Rutgers University, where he majored in Exercise Science.

After college, he worked as a personal trainer and performance coach. When he came across a client who was dealing with pain, he was unable to fully understand their injuries and wasn’t able to communicate between the athlete and the Physical Therapist treating the issue. This led him to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He wanted to be able to help clients and patients so he could address injuries with them directly.

What he found when he started practicing was there was a lot of misinformation when it came to rehabilitation for people who like to train hard. The most common advice to rehab an injury was to simply rest and stop doing whatever movement may have caused the injury in the first place. Dan knew this couldn’t be the only advice for those clients who still wanted or needed to continue training....


Using his 15 years of experience as an athlete, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach, Dan started developing training programs to help clients who were suffering from pain (knee, low back, shoulder, hip) and get them back to training. Since the launch of Fitness Pain Free, Dan has created programs focusing on getting weekend warriors, fitness enthusiasts, athletes and professional sports players out of pain and back to training. He then focused on mobility programs, and most recently launched the Fitness Pain Free Certification Course and the Insiders Library, nicknamed "Netflix for Coaches and Physical Therapists"

“The biggest take-away I want to share with you is that I'm on your side.  I still train like an animal every day of the week and understand your goals as an athlete.”

Dan Pope // Owner, Fitness Pain Free


"I go back a long, long time with Dan Pope. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve personally reached out as a resource for my athletes keeping folks pain free. Keeping folks healthy and functional so they can have a better quality of life and we can get strong at the same time. Invaluable. Absolutely need him in my life."

 - Cheryl Haworth

3x Olympian in Olympic Weightlifting Olympic Bronze Medalist

Weightlifting Coach


"Fitness Pain Free and Dan Pope have been a resource the last 7 years. Coming from competitive weightlifting and then transitioning to a coach, I’ve been able to use all of his methods and products to supplement and complement my programming and coaching to focus first on athlete’s health, their longevity and movement in sport and then maximizing on all that healthy movement to increase their potential in whatever their goal is."

 -Mike Cerbus

3x National Championship Medalist 

5x American Open Championships in Olympic Weightlifting 

Olympic Qualification Teams in 2012