Jesse - July 2019
Being well-rounded when it comes to fitness and health is the focus for this month’s Featured Fit Dad, Jesse.
Whether he’s in the gym throwing around some weight or on the mat practicing various forms of martial arts, Jesse’s approach to fitness is simply to work hard in what you’re doing and test yourself in different ways, which is the perfect example to set for his 3-year-old daughter, Victoria.
Here is Jesse’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I first got into fitness around 5 years old. I remember my mother used to work out at home and It looked like fun so I started to exercise with her (in my own silly 5-year-old way)! Ever since those days I’ve done many sports such as football, basketball, track and field, weightlifting, and jiu jitsu.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
Today I do mostly weight training that is a mixture of bodybuilding and powerlifting. I find that a combination of these two really help me enjoy my training, which will keep you consistent. I also do Japanese jiu jitsu once or twice a week, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and muah Thai ever so often. Doing martial arts most definitely allows you to keep your flexibility as you lift more and more. Not to mention the practical self defense and self discipline you gain as well.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
My favorite fitness memory has got to be the first time I hit 315 lbs on bench press. I know, I know, total meat head answer, but it’s the truth. I worked very hard to go from very weak to strong, so that was big for me!
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite work out would have to be bodybuilding supersets of three separate lifts combined back-to-back with no rest in between. So a good example would be 10 reps flat bench/ 10 reps incline dumbbell press/ 25 push ups. Repeat 3 times after 45-second break. Training like this will push you hard, and you have to push your limits to improve. You definitely have to fall in love with the process.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I hope that my daughter (and any other possible children in the future) can learn at least this one thing from me that will not only influence their fitness, but every aspect of their lives: Work as hard as you possibly can. Always push yourself to be the best you can at whatever you choose to do. That way, when it’s all said and done, you can look back knowing that you did everything you could do to achieve your desired result. There will be no wondering, “What if I had done more, or tried harder?” Because you did everything you could, win or lose.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
For all you dads out there, I feel it is your responsibility to set an example for your children in all areas of life. You are who they will ultimately look to for how to be in this world, especially when they are young. As far as fitness goes the biggest excuse we all make is not enough time. That’s just not true. How much time do you spend on Facebook? Instagram? YouTube? Or T.V.? Hell, just sleep one hour less and there you go. So my advice would be make time for what is important, not only for you, but for your children! Get some!