Shawn – October 2015

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I’ve known Shawn for just a few months now since moving to Colorado, but he is easily one of the more excitable and dedicated Fit Dads I’ve ever known. His passion for fitness is contagious since he made the decision to improve his health. As the pastor of a church plant, he’s also involved in Fit Pastors, a health and fitness coaching organization for pastors and church leaders.

Here is Shawn’s story:

When did you first get into fitness? 

In 2007 my first son was born. I was out of shape and overweight. I am only 5’6” and I weighed 228 pounds with a size 40-inch waist. That was unacceptable…I knew things had to change. So in January of 2008 I decided to live the healthiest year of my life. Physically, Spiritually, Marriage, Emotionally. My goal was all-around health. I began running and working out and trying to eat better. I ran my first 5K and my first 10K that year. I was hooked!

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

Mainly I enjoy running. I run about 20-30 miles per week depending on training for a race.  In the past 5 years I have found a love for triathlons. That has become my new passion. Honestly I just enjoy the outdoors and living in Colorado. So I do long hikes, backpacking adventures, climb 14ers, take family hikes, mountain bike, road bike, and trying to keep up with my 8-year-old and 3-year-old boys!

What is your favorite fitness memory? 

One of my favorite memories was helping my wife summit her first 14,000-foot peak, Mt. Beirstadt. One of my most memorable was crossing the finish line of the New Orleans 70.3 Half Ironman and my dad cheering me on. But the most emotional finish was crossing my first marathon finish line and my son, Mason, hoped over the railing and crossed with me.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout would be this circuit training type thing I do. I do 8 minutes of all-out cardio, pushing to my max heart rate, then I do three different body weight exercises like mountain climbers, burpees, plank jacks, push ups, things like that. I do three sets of that and it is KILLER!!!!

In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?

I want them to see that fitness is a choice. Nothing comes without a process, and hard work and effort is the price for fitness. I want them to see their dad cross finish lines and climb mountains and hike so that they will be inspired to chase after their own summits and peaks and finish lines.

What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?

I would say to just be creative in how you introduce fitness to your kids. Do things that are fun for your kids and challenging as well. Nudge don’t push. Make it so attractive to them that they see the value in it. One of our favorite traditions is every Father’s Day we go out and do something active. We have been on tops of mountains, ridden long bike rides, went on long hikes. Just find ways to build family traditions and values around health and fitness.