‘I can’t do it…yet’ with ninja warrior-style trainer Benoit Roure

This week’s Fit Dad Fitness Podcast guest is Benoit Roure, a man who has seemingly done a little bit of everything in his life. Growing up in the south of France, he was a basketball player, a volleyball player, and even got into fencing.

After moving to the United States to go to college and pursue his dream of playing in the NBA, life happens, as they say, and now, Benoit finds himself a fit dad of three living in Idaho and teaching ninja warrior-style fitness classes in his community.

Benoit was my Featured Fit Dad of the Month in March 2017 and his story is so cool I had to have him on the podcast to get into it a bit more. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed listening to Benoit’s unique perspective. He drops some awesome truth nuggets in this episode!

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A conversation with a fit dad, Ashley Kirk

I’m really excited to share this episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast with you, as this week, I interview fit dad Ashley Kirk. I consider Ashley to be an example of what a lot of us guys are — a man who works full-time, has a family at home that he loves and supports, and who cares about his health and fitness. In that respect, Ashley is perhaps as relatable a guest as I’ve had in my 25 episodes of this podcast.

This week’s episode is quite simply a conversation with a fit dad. Ashley and I get into everything from sports, to how he schedules his workouts, to his goals, to a recent injury that sidelined him for several weeks.

Be sure to listen to the end, because as the interview begins to wrap up, Ashley and I discuss something very profound, and it strikes to the core of why I started Fit Dad Fitness and this podcast. Ashley brings a new perspective that I greatly appreciate.

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The hardest worker in the room?

A guy walked into the gym this morning in the middle of my workout with a shirt on that said “Hardest Worker in the Room.”

It’s interesting where you’re motivation comes from sometimes.

I wasn’t comparing myself to this guy and what he was doing — he and I were doing very different workouts — but that shirt got to me. It challenged me. It ignited something in me.

I was having what I felt was a really good workout up to that point. I was sweating like crazy, and I was feeling strong. However, when I saw this guy and his shirt, I said to myself that I was not going to let this guy be the hardest worker in the room. That was going to be me. So I made sure of it. The intensity of my workout ramped up. I found a new gear.

He didn’t know it, but all of a sudden, he and I — and everyone else in that gym — were in competition.

Being the hardest worker in the room is relative to where you’re at in your fitness journey. I’ve been at this “fitness thing” for more than five years now, so what is hard for me looks very different from someone just starting out, and vice versa. In this respect, it’s silly to compare yourself to anyone else.

But you can control the energy and effort you put into your workout. No matter your workout, you can be the one working the hardest to achieve your goals.

The key takeaway is this: Go into every workout with this mentality — that no one else can match you or outwork you. Do this, and you’ll get results. The results that YOU want.

Because comparing effort is one thing. Trying to compare results is another. You cannot compare your results to someone else’s results. It’s not fair to yourself or to the other person.

But know this: If you wear a shirt that says “Hardest Worker in the Room,” you better be prepared to work for that title … especially if I’m in the gym.

If you have the ability, you have the responsibility

I recorded a podcast interview with an amazing guest yesterday (you’ll have to listen to the podcast in the coming weeks to find out who) and something he said really struck me.

This man was talking about his motivation for helping others get fit, healthy, and active, and he said his father always told him “if you have the ability, you have the responsibility.”

“If you have the ability, you have the responsibility.”

First off, if there’s any doubt the influence a father can have over his child’s life, know that the man I interviewed now lives his life by these words that his father spoke to him, even though his father has since passed away. His father’s words and legacy continue to live on through his son’s actions.

Secondly, I see this as a call to action for all men — not just fathers — to step up and put others before themselves. To be humble and grateful enough that you put others first and you use the means at your disposal to improve the lives of others.

If you are able to do good, you have a responsibility to act on that ability.

Likewise, with fitness, if you are able to move and you can rid yourself of B.S. excuses, you have a responsibility — to yourself and to your family — to take care of your body and your physical health. To rid yourself of your dad bod. To do whatever you can to positive affect your life, so that you may positively affect your childrens’ lives.

You have the ability. Live responsibly. Be involved.

Realistic nutrition with Cam from Fight The Dad Bod

Nutrition can be one of the most misunderstood aspects of creating a healthy and active lifestyle. How you fuel your body directly affects how you perform in the gym, on the court, on the track, or wherever you choose to be active.

Unfortunately, nutrition is so misunderstood because there are so many “diets” and “nutrition plans” out there that champion extremes.

On this week’s episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast, I welcome in Cam Hall from Fight The Dad Bod, where we talk about realistic, sustainable nutrition. Cam has a very straightforward and achievable approach to nutrition based on easy-to-follow concepts, which he explains in this interview. As dads, following some super strict and regimented diet isn’t always in our best interest … or our family’s bet interest. I think you’re going to appreciate Cam’s insight.

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Ways to find the time to workout

How do you have time to get to the gym every day? It’s the most common question I and most other fitness professionals get when speaking to someone about how to make a change in their life regarding their health and fitness.

Time is our most valuable resource, and we all want to feel as though we are using our time wisely and efficiently. However, until working out becomes something you enjoy and look forward to — and you will get there if you remain dedicated — it can feel like a time suck or a waste of time.

On this week’s solo episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast, I want to give you actionable ways you can make time in your life to begin working out, starting today. These are the tactics that have helped me on my journey to becoming a fit dad.

I hope this episode provides you some motivation to implement these measures into your own daily routine. I’d also love to hear what has worked for you when it comes to making time to workout while still paying attention to the other important areas of your life.

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Adapting to life’s changes with intensity and focus with fit dad Brian Mazza

In the span of less than two weeks earlier this summer, this week’s Fit Dad Fitness Podcast guest, Brian Mazza, suffered a debilitating injury that literally knocked him off his feet and he became a father for the first time.

Needless to say, Brian — the President of the Paige Hospitality Group in NYC — had some major adjustments to make, as his world was rocked with change.

But if you’ve followed Brian at all on social media, you’ve seen just how intensely dedicated he’s been in coming back from his injury and to being a dad to his son, Leo. It’s inspiration to the highest degree, and he details his willingness to adapt to life’s changes in this week’s episode.

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Why men need hard work with Ryan Michler of Order of Man

Are men today too soft? Do we shy away from hard work? Do we tell ourselves lies to make ourselves feel better about not doing the things that make us uncomfortable?

This week’s Fit Dad Fitness Podcast episode is one I’ve been looking forward to releasing for a while now. This week, I welcome Ryan Michler, the creator of Order of Man, to discuss the idea of hard work, and why men need to seek out challenge rather than comfort.

Ryan and I dive into several areas of our lives where this applicable – from men raising boys to be men, to fitness, to how we form the habits that make us successful. Ryan brings so much wisdom and insight in this week’s episode, along with some practical action steps we can take to become better men.

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Fight off the dad bod with this awesome park workout

My family and I are fortunate enough to live in a community with tons of great parks all around us, many of which are within a 10-minute walk from our house.

Parks are obviously a great way to get kids up and out of the house and moving, but they can also be a huge benefit to the dad who wants to fend off the dad bod, or reverse this look if you’ve already got it going on.

Instead of planting yourself on a park bench and watching your kids run, jump and slide around (essentially getting their exercise in), do your body a favor and use your time at the park to exercise as well.

Here’s a great circuit workout you can do at the park – or really anywhere – to fight off the dad bod look. Do these exercises back-to-back, with no rest in between moves until you complete all five exercises one time through. That’s one round. Do three to five rounds for a great total-body workout.

Pushups – As Many Reps As Possibled6ff5bdd-08af-4975-8b31-6438542b3ad0-1

The king of the bodyweight exercises. When done properly, pushups work your chest, triceps, and core.

Keep a flat, straight back. Don’t let your hips sag. Your hands should be placed slightly wider than shoulder width. As you lower your body into the move, keep your bodyweight forward and your elbows tucked in – don’t let them flare out.

Single-Leg Squat Touchdowns – 10 reps each leg525018e4-5312-4203-b963-06d3409769fa

Stand upright on one leg. Use your leg that’s off the ground for balance. Slowly lower your body  to the ground with your arms down and fingers extended. Go as low as is comfortable, with a goal of being able to touch the ground.

To come up out of the move, push up through your heel and your glutes. That’s one rep.

Mountain Climbers – 20 reps8845fe58-e35f-461b-81e7-799054495afc

Another great core-blasting move, mountain climbers begin in a similar plank hold like a pushup. In a quick yet controlled movement, bring one knee up to your chest and back down again. Repeat for the other side. That’s one rep.

High-Knees – 20 reps2c2df05e-1760-4ecb-8664-d142a5dd0e9e

We all did it in elementary school P.E. class – run in place. This is just like that, except you’re exaggerating the move by bringing your knees up higher. Lean slightly backward to keep all the movement in your legs and lower core. Be light on your toes.

Hungarian Split Squats – 10 reps each leg3ae8c7c9-93f0-4d82-b962-00c2e69caa2d

​Find a park bench or something of similar height. Stand about a foot to a foot and a half in front of the bench facing away from it. Bring one foot backwards and place it on the bench. This foot will be for balance and stability, but all of the work for the move should be with your leg on the ground.

Lower your body towards the ground, bringing the thigh of your leg that’s on the ground to parallel. Be care to not let your knee extend out past your toes. If it does, your stance is not long enough.

Push up and out of the squat through your heels, butt and quads. That’s one rep.

Being a man of action and gratitude with Efren Pelayo of The Dad Lift

Be a man of action. Be a man of gratitude.

This week’s podcast guest has a profound perspective on what those words mean. As a police officer and SWAT team member, Efren Pelayo knows that taking action can be the difference between life and death, and that because of this, he is grateful for every day that he gets to spend with his family.

Efren also runs the website, TheDadLift.com, so this fit dad has taken it a step further in showing other dads how to take action when it comes to their health and fitness.

You won’t regret listening to this episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast. Efren drops so many truths in this episode, and he also details the most intense situation he’s been a part of as a SWAT team member. He’ll absolutely be a repeat guest on the show.

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