Tommy - December 2015
In many ways, my wife and I consider Tommy and his wife, Kristen, as major inspiration for our own dedication to living a healthy lifestyle, and not just in the gym hitting the weights. From eating right to proper supplementation, Tommy – who also served our country in the Army – is as committed to his Fit Dad lifestyle as anyone.
Clearly, Tommy is a beast in the gym (look at those guns!), setting a great example for his two children on how to take care of your body.
Here is Tommy’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I played sports growing up and throughout high school. I played football and lacrosse. After high school, I really got into weight training. I have been in the gym ever since. It’s a lifestyle for me.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I go to the gym 5, sometimes 6 days a week for 2 hours each time. I do about 90% weight training and 10% cardio, mainly stair master. Each day I do a different body group. One day arms, next legs, etc. I lift heavy and keep reps low mostly. I also play golf and occasionally run or play football.
What is your favorite fitness memory?
My biggest fitness achievement is getting a perfect score on my PT test while I was in the military.
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is super setting arms.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
My wife and I take staying healthy and in shape seriously. Our house only has healthy clean foods in it. I want to be a good example of how and what to eat. I don’t want them addicted to sugar and processed foods as children. It’s unfair to them and setting them up to struggle later in life. I work 60 hours a week and I still find time to make it to the gym. I want my kids to see that I take my health seriously. I hope they see my dedication, hard work, and commitment and will use those qualities in their own lives. If I just let myself go, I wouldn’t have the energy or stamina to keep up with them. I want to be able to play sports with my son when he gets older. I owe it to my kids to stay healthy. I take pride in myself and want my kids to do the same.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are in now, you can still make goals and reach them. It has taken me years to get where I am now. It truly is a lifestyle. There are no secret diets. I don’t do steroids. I just chose to make it a priority to hit the gym and eat healthy food. Each small change you make in your daily routine, will make a difference. Remember your kids are looking up to you. Find a lifting partner or get your wife involved. The more people you have around you supporting your choices, the easier it is.