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The Daily Dish Vanderpump Rules

What Does Ariana Madix's Boyfriend Daniel Wai Do for a Living?

Find out how Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix's better half builds his net worth while living in NYC. 

By Jamontae Hickman

Throughout Season 11 of Vanderpump Rules, viewers got to know Ariana Madix’s boyfriend Daniel Wai a little better via Facetime calls and the frequent conversations she would have about him with her friends. In Episode 15 of the series, Daniel even joined the cast's trip to San Francisco, where Lala Kent grilled him about his life and wanting to know more about what Daniel does for a living.

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"I train seven days a week and I bartend Friday and I do double shifts on Saturday," he explained to Lala about his career. By the end of their conversation, Lala deemed Daniel a “champ” for handling her “interrogation” process. And now we're taking a deeper dive into how Daniel earns a living in New York City, where he resides.

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What is Daniel Wai Fitness?

Daniel is a personal trainer and fitness coach based in the Big Apple. If you don’t live in NYC, Daniel has online training courses available on his website, Daniel Wai Fitness. According to his site, Daniel offers clients “a unique approach to fitness that blends intelligence, nutrition, and technology to maximize results.”

The 41-year-old frequently shares free workout tips and healthy recipes for meal prep on his Instagram account. He also owns a gym, DW Fitness, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 

Daniel Wai also works as a bartender

On the Season 11 premiere of Vanderpump Rules, Ariana revealed that her boyfriend is a bartender. Daniel’s side gig became a topic of discussion again on the Season 11 finale when Lala asked if his “main focus” was fitness or if he preferred to bartend. 

As for Daniel’s response, he clarified that his personal training career is his main job. 


Ariana Madix wears a silver mesh dress with her arm around Daniel Wai while at a Beyonce Renaissance Tour Pre-Party.

What did Daniel Wai do before his fitness career?

According to his LinkedIn, Daniel received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and a secondary degree in business with a minor in math from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2005.

After college, Daniel began working as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies while pursuing his passion for fitness by earning his National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer credential, as revealed on his website.

He worked as both a consultant and a personal trainer for a year before quitting his consultant career to work full-time as a trainer, while also earning his NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification and later studying for his National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists certification.

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