David – September 2015
It’s only fitting the first featured Fit Dad is my own father. Still pumping iron as he nears 60 years old, my dad is a great reminder that if you remain active, focus on your health and refuse to let age be an excuse, you can enjoy an active lifestyle far beyond your “prime years” as a man and father.
Even though it took me a while to get myself in the gym, I am happy that working out and getting stronger is now yet another bond between my dad and myself.
When did you first get into fitness?
I always rode bikes, swam, and played sports as a kid. I began lifting in high school and got hooked on Bodybuilding and Powerlifting. I’ve been training ever since.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I still workout 5-6 days a week. I do elliptical as well. I run sprints on the football field, and I love to hike and play tennis.
What is your favorite fitness memory?
Me and my brothers competing in the Mr. Kansas bodybuilding championships back in the 80’s in Wichita. Training at the rec center in college. Winning my last bodybuilding competition I ever entered. Always natural. Never Steroids.
What is your favorite workout?
As a young man it was always working out chest. I was a strong bench presser for my weight. I Alpha train now, which is quick, high-intensity bursts. I like it.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I think just the way I have always lived influenced my children. I stayed active and always was working out and staying fit and strong. I think they appreciated that their father wasn’t a couch potato.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Fitness is more than just doing a workout here and there. It’s a lifestyle. The hardest thing for most people is finding time. You have to make it a priority and stick with it long enough that it becomes part of who you are. Dedication and consistency can keep you fit and strong for years, well past 50. Also, find other healthy activities that interest you. Don’t allow yourself to get in a rut. Me, I love to hike, but find something that allows you to stay energized about maintaining your health.