Dan has worked within the fitness industry for 18 years. After school, he studied Leisure and Tourism and then worked at Ufford Park and then at Stoke by Nayland Club for 15 years as a fitness instructor. Following a spell on the management side, he joined the Fire Service, where he has been for 10 years. The shift system allows Dan to train himself and still work within the industry.
He has qualified as a personal trainer, a boot bamp instructor, and a circuit trainer. He leads the physical training at Clacton Firestation, where he also gives trauma training for the service personnel. This year he took part in a body building competition for the first time, and intends to compete again next year. His section of the Fire Service was picked to take part in Ashley Banjo's "Secret Street Crew". After four weeks of training in secret, two or three times a week, they did the performance at Clacton Town Hall, which was disguised as a quiz night, on Sky 1.