Alex - August 2019
This month’s Featured Fit Dad is Alex, already a father to his young son with a second child arriving in the next month or so.
I absolutely love what Alex talks about in his interview below when it comes to keeping promises you make to yourself, and how to break every workout down to the micro level. Really good stuff!
Here is Alex’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
From 16-20 years old, I dabbled. In college, 20 years old and up, I was much more serious and motivated.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I work a very hectic schedule, so I keep a very condensed workout schedule. I go to the gym three times per week for 1-hour sessions. I focus mainly on full-body resistance training. For other activities, I go hiking a couple times per year and stay busy chasing my son around the house.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
I loved my college years of lifting, where I helped my buddies lose fat and gain muscle. Way back in 2010, I started a bodybuilding brigade at my college. We’d go to the gym four times per week and just train, eat and socialize. It was actually rewarding to see my friend surpass me in arm curls, because I could see how encouraging it was for him. We’d go to the local dining halls and eat chicken breast without the buns, then go to our campus corner store and clean house on the protein bars.
What is your favorite workout?
I’m a fan of hypertrophy type workouts where I focus on form, and squeezing the muscles to really develop that mind-muscle connection.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I hope fitness teaches my son how to build self-confidence. In my experience, confidence is built by keeping promises to ourselves, and the gym gives us the opportunity to do that. In fitness, we set big body transformation goals. Then we set micro goals with our workouts. Every time we workout, we’re keeping promises to ourselves. And if we work hard consistently, over time, we’ll hit our goals and build massive confidence.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Get started, keep it simple and stick to fundamentals, not fads. Remember, all progress takes place outside of the comfort zone.