Chris - November 2018
I absolutely love this interview with this month’s Featured Fit Dad, Chris.
As you’ll read in his answers, Chris discovered that becoming a father was not the end of being able to pay attention to his health and fitness, he simply needed some guidance and direction to get started.
I also enjoyed Chris’ journey to discovering the power of total-body workouts, which I am really into lately. Way to go, Chris!
Here is Chris’ story:
When did you first get into fitness?
Right around the age of 13-14, many of my friends were working out regularly and (like most of us at that age) their bodies were changing and getting more lean and muscular. Meanwhile, I was still lumpy so I wanted to get into shape not only for my physical benefit but also because I had dreams of playing college baseball after high school.
Fitness and weightlifting continues to be a part of my life as I participated in a 5K, marathons, and still was playing in an adult baseball league.
However, my perception of fitness changed when I became a father because I thought I would lose all that I had worked for now that I had a child to care for. Luckily, I hired an online fitness coach after hearing him talk about the "Anti-dad bod" approach on a podcast and my lifestyle changed after that. I learned so much about nutrition and how to do quick and effective workouts that could be done at home after I put my son to bed. I also was given guidance on a gym routine that proved to be helpful as I continue to see gains there.
Since then, I've lost 20 pounds and I'm in the best shape of my life and look and feel better than I ever have.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I'm usually at the gym three times per week but I also enjoy going for a jog, walks with my family, home workouts, chasing my son around the yard, and an occasional 5K. I also still play in adult baseball league during the summer.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
What still gets me motivated is seeing the before-and-after photo of myself before I got serious about fitness and nutrition. That photo has been used several times on my coach's website and social media channels and it makes me proud and forces me to stay focused as I continue to strive to live the fit dad lifestyle.
What is your favorite workout?
I think like most people, upper body day is a favorite because of the instantly visual results. But as I get older and realize the importance of total-body strength, I am more into the movements that have lasting effects such as squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and core-strengthening exercises. So I guess I most enjoy full-body workouts that are fairly simple but challenging.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I want my son to see a father who cares first and foremost for his family, but also knows the importance of caring for himself as well. Beyond building muscle and strength, I hope he will see hard work as an important principle for being a man and a father. As fathers, we have enormous influence on our children and I want my influence as a fun, loving, caring, hardworking, and FIT dad to be my legacy.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Just start somewhere. I was certain that my health and fitness would take a backseat during my season of fatherhood but I started by simply tracking my nutrition, then working out in my living room at night, then gradually getting back to the gym. The days of spending two hours with your buddies in the weight room may be over but that does not mean you can't be strong and in shape through a variety of other ways such as working with an online coach like Michael.
Make your health and fitness a priority today so that you can be an active (literally) part of your children's lives for many years to come. That is my motivation to be a fit dad.