Drew - March 2019

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This month’s Featured Fit Dad is my buddy, Drew, whom I connected with last year (in 2018) and have had a chance to watch him through social media dedicate himself to the gym with everything he’s got.

It’s been so awesome to watch his progress while also seeing him support and cheer on other dads who are trying to do the same. Drew is a sponge for learning and trying new things, and he’s setting a great example of what it means to be a Fit Dad.

Here is Drew’s story:

When did you first get into fitness?

Not until my last semester of college in 2005, on and off since then, with a revived and reenergized interest starting Summer 2018.

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

Running was my gateway drug, but once I overcame my aversion to public places of exercise the daily workout quickly had me hooked. Living close to the mountains has offered plenty of hiking and exploring opportunities in the warmer months, and generally chasing around three kids age 5 and under helps too.

What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?

Running: Completing my first (and — so far — only) half marathon in Summer 2015, in under my goal time

General fitness: Finally achieving that elusive six-pack in time for the honeymoon in 2009

What is your favorite workout?

Running will always be my first love, but cardio aside I have really started to appreciate working legs. It's actually not my favorite day (heyo, shoulders) but I neglected or was lax about working them for so long thinking that running covered it (nope) that I missed out on some real potential in developing foundational strength. I didn't even do a single squat until I started working out again last summer, and though they immediately became my nemesis I'm slowly but surely dominating them.

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

I wasn't very athletic as a kid (not for my dad's lack of trying, I just wasn't into sports) and it made some things a lot harder for me in school and with my peers. I hope that as my kids observe me trying to stay healthy and fit they will develop an interest in some kind, any kind of physical activity as they grow older. I hope they see that if you prioritize and make changes and maybe a few sacrifices you can set, meet, and exceed your goals, health-related or otherwise.

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

I would say just get out there and do something. There's strength in you even if you don't feel it yet or if people have led you to believe there isn't. You might feel intimidated or out of place at the gym or even exercising in general, but you learn as you go and progress is motivating.

Do your research, find a plan and stick to it. Be careful but not obsessive about what you eat — control portion size and number. Make concrete goals and when you meet them set new ones. Be humble and willing to learn from people who have been where you are and made changes.

But most importantly always try to keep perspective and remember WHY as a dad you're trying to get or stay in shape. It's easy to lose sight of the why when you're really into it. Sure, it's definitely nice to look and feel good, but you have responsibilities as a man and as a parent and you need to take care of yourself with the end goal of best taking care of those who rely on you. Work hard, run fast, and lift heavy, but remember what’s really important and where your time and attention should really be focused.