Bodybuilding Coach Dave Kalick Has Reportedly Passed Away

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According to reports, IFBB Pro and NPC bodybuilding coach Dave Kalick has died

The Bodybuilding community mourns the loss of renowned coach Dave Kalick, whose passing has left a significant void in the community. The news was disclosed by IFBB Pro Dorian Haywood in an Instagram post on February 7, 2024.

David Kalick was celebrated for his rigorous training methodologies and fervent dedication to fitness, distinguishing him as a stalwart figure in the sport. Notably, Kalick played an instrumental role in guiding athletes through their off-seasons and honing their skills for competitions.

Though the cause of death has not been stated, bodybuilder Dorian Haywood shared the news and his condolences on Instagram. You can see his post below:

“RIP @davekalick Dave Kalick was my coach, brother, my best friend, my mentor, and much more. Dave was known for his love for bodybuilding, heavy metal music, dogs, his wife Victoria (Asian ????), & devotion to his clients. Dave is one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever met.

The way he would pour his heart and soul into helping clients and friends is of such high character that it’s a rarity in modern society. He had morals and values that shined through his tough muscular exterior to reveal a soul that’s pure and caring and spread positivity and happiness to those he cared for. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Dave for the past 8 years.

In that time I’ve gained much more than I could ever expect from a coach. I’m forever grateful for the way Dave believed in me, his generosity , his wisdom, his knowledge, and the mindset he helped instill in me. I know I would not be where I am today without Dave and I’m eternally grateful for this man. We will mourn. We will also celebrate the existence of Dave Kalick. His loss is a tragedy and to many he will be missed.

May god rest your soul my brother.”

IFBB Pro Coach Dave Kalick Career

Over the course of his illustrious career, Kalick mentored athletes across various bodybuilding categories, spanning Men’s Open, 212 Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Figure, and Women’s Physique. His guidance propelled numerous champions to triumph on esteemed platforms such as the Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia, cementing his legacy as a revered coach.

The bodybuilding community has been rattled by a series of untimely deaths recently, including the just revealed passing of Brazilian bodybuilder Cristhian Annes – who passed away on Monday just two months after being put on the list for a kidney transplant.

Generation Iron and its staff extend heartfelt condolences to family, friends, and fans of Dave Kalick, whose indelible contributions to bodybuilding will be cherished and remembered fondly.

This story is developing and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.