Jason - April 2019
This month’s Featured Fit Dad is Jason, who is a great example that even when injuries or unforeseen circumstances arise that throw you off your fitness game, you can still make progress towards your goals.
Jason lost 80 pounds despite a year-long battle back from a wrist injury in his mid 20s, and now, he stronger than ever and setting an amazing example for his 3-year-old daughter. Once Jason established the right habits, bouncing back became second nature.
Here is Jason’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I was raised water skiing so I've always been active. Weightlifting specifically I got into in my early to mid 20's. I tore cartridge in my right wrist when I was 26, which took a year to recover from. During that time, all working out stopped and I did Weight Watchers with my wife at the time. I went from 225 lbs to 145 lbs purely on dieting (bought a Weight Watchers cook book and calculated my own points online). Around age 28, I got back into weight lifting and have been on that path to this day.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I work out five days a week, and the workouts are around 1.5-2.5 hours each. Think five-day split that is all weight training and calisthenics. I will also go out and ride my bike a bit when it is warmer out (the little child cart adds quite a bit of weight). I don't really do "cardio" sessions. I try to keep my heart rate up with shorter breaks between sets. I should do more cardio lol.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
Favorite fitness memory is probably finishing my first Spartan Race. Greatest achievement would be maintaining my five-day split for 60 weeks straight without missing a day. December 26, 2016 to February 26, 2018. The following week I gave myself my first semi-rest week for a long time. That dedication of never missing a day for over a year is my most proud fitness achievement.
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is probably back day. Core comes in at a close second. My current routine is: Mon: Chest/Triceps, Tuesday: Back, Wednesday: Legs, Thursday: Core, Friday: Shoulders/Forearms
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I hope my daughter and I build a strong bond related to being active and working out together, and having a fitness oriented lifestyle in general. She is very interested in gymnastics and soccer which I am very excited about! I want her to see me set goals and achieve them them through hard work, consistency in practicing and determination so she understands that she can do the same for herself as well.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Strive to make your workout part of your daily/weekly routine. Once the workout is a part of your routine, maintaining it becomes second nature, and missing a workout feels weird. You also don't need a gym or tons of expensive equipment to get a full-body workout. The diet is the hardest part but is easier when you diet with a spouse or girlfriend. You can achieve anything you want for yourself if you honestly dedicate time to it and work towards a goal.