Chad - October 2016
It's amazing how much of life's problems can be eased with a trip to the gym. There's something about working out the day's frustrations by throwing around some weight, or popping in some headphones and sweating your thoughts out.
For this month's Featured Fit Dad, Chad, the gym has been a place of therapy, helping him overcome some hurdles in his life while also providing a source of inspiration for himself, his two sons, and for many others on social media, including myself.
Chad, a power engineer, has dedicated himself to a healthy and fit lifestyle, and it is paying off for him in big ways.
Here is Chad's story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I've always been active playing sports my whole life. But as I got older and playing contact sports became less of an option I really started investing in my own health and feeling better about myself.
I always struggled with depression and anxiety growing up and still do. I found that the gym was a place of therapy for me. I was able to use it as a way to cope with my feelings. To be quite honest without the gym I'd be a wreck.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
Right now I am focused on body building and competing in my first show this spring. But I do also like to golf!
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
I was a part of several successful football teams but I think my proudest accomplishment has been the progress I have made over the last year. I decided to be 100% sober and dedicate my life to fitness and family. It has been an extremely rewarding decision.
What is your favorite workout?
I love shoulder day, especially working side delts!
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I hope to instill positive and healthy lifestyle choices. Not only that but showing that discipline and hard work pays off. That anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
It all starts with one step. Small or big it's still a step. Just always move forward and know that there will be good and bad days but that just means you are human like everyone else!