Featured Dads in 2015

The Featured Fit Dads of 2015

DAVID – SEPTEMBER 2015

It’s only fitting the first featured Fit Dad is my own father. Still pumping iron as he nears 60 years old, my dad is a great reminder that if you remain active, focus on your health and refuse to let age be an excuse, you can enjoy an active lifestyle far beyond your “prime years” as a man and father.

Even though it took me a while to get myself in the gym, I am happy that working out and getting stronger is now yet another bond between my dad and myself.

When did you first get into fitness? 

I always rode bikes, swam, and played sports as a kid. I began lifting in high school and got hooked on Bodybuilding and Powerlifting. I’ve been training ever since.

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

I still workout 5-6 days a week. I do elliptical as well. I run sprints on the football field, and I love to hike and play tennis.

What is your favorite fitness memory? 

Me and my brothers competing in the Mr. Kansas bodybuilding championships back in the 80’s in Wichita. Training at the rec center in college. Winning my last bodybuilding competition I ever entered. Always natural. Never Steroids.

What is your favorite workout?

As a young man it was always working out chest. I was a strong bench presser for my weight. I Alpha train now, which is quick, high-intensity bursts. I like it.

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

I think just the way I have always lived influenced my children. I stayed active and always was working out and staying fit and strong. I think they appreciated that their father wasn’t a couch potato.

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

Fitness is more than just doing a workout here and there. It’s a lifestyle. The hardest thing for most people is finding time. You have to make it a priority and stick with it long enough that it becomes part of who you are. Dedication and consistency can keep you fit and strong for years, well past 50. Also, find other healthy activities that interest you. Don’t allow yourself to get in a rut. Me, I love to hike, but find something that allows you to stay energized about maintaining your health.

SHAWN – OCTOBER 2015

I’ve known Shawn for just a few months now since moving to Colorado, but he is easily one of the more excitable and dedicated Fit Dads I’ve ever known. His passion for fitness is contagious since he made the decision to improve his healthShawn Reine. As the pastor of a church plant, he’s also involved in Fit Pastors, a health and fitness coaching organization for pastors and church leaders.

Here is Shawn’s story:

When did you first get into fitness? 

In 2007 my first son was born. I was out of shape and overweight. I am only 5’6” and I weighed 228 pounds with a size 40-inch waist. That was unacceptable…I knew things had to change. So in January of 2008 I decided to live the healthiest year of my life. Physically, Spiritually, Marriage, Emotionally. My goal was all-around health. I began running and working out and trying to eat better. I ran my first 5K and my first 10K that year. I was hooked!

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

Mainly I enjoy running. I run about 20-30 miles per week depending on training for a race.  In the past 5 years I have found a love for triathlons. That has become my new passion. Honestly I just enjoy the outdoors and living in Colorado. So I do long hikes, backpacking adventures, climb 14ers, take family hikes, mountain bike, road bike, and trying to keep up with my 8-year-old and 3-year-old boys!

What is your favorite fitness memory? 

One of my favorite memories was helping my wife summit her first 14,000-foot peak, Mt. Beirstadt. One of my most memorable was crossing the finish line of the New Orleans 70.3 Half Ironman and my dad cheering me on. But the most emotional finish was crossing my first marathon finish line and my son, Mason, hoped over the railing and crossed with me.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout would be this circuit training type thing I do. I do 8 minutes of all-out cardio, pushing to my max heart rate, then I do three different body weight exercises like mountain climbers, burpees, plank jacks, push ups, things like that. I do three sets of that and it is KILLER!!!!

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

I want them to see that fitness is a choice. Nothing comes without a process, and hard work and effort is the price for fitness. I want them to see their dad cross finish lines and climb mountains and hike so that they will be inspired to chase after their own summits and peaks and finish lines.

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

I would say to just be creative in how you introduce fitness to your kids. Do things that are fun for your kids and challenging as well. Nudge don’t push. Make it so attractive to them that they see the value in it. One of our favorite traditions is every Father’s Day we go out and do something active. We have been on tops of mountains, ridden long bike rides, went on long hikes. Just find ways to build family traditions and values around health and fitness.

KYLE – NOVEMBER 2015

Kyle and his wife, Brandi, are two of the more passionate people I know when it comes to fitness, and even more so when it comes to raising their two young boys. Kyle serves in the United States Army and is also the co-author (along with IMG_5664Brandi) of the patrioticFounders Force children’s book series.

Here is Kyle’s story:

When did you first get into fitness? 

During high school I was very active in athletics but it wasn’t really a passion. I liked the idea of being fit and looking my best but my desire to do other things usually out weighed my fitness goals. I like to compete in different things and after getting into my “adult life” I need something to physically compete at. So about 5 years ago I married up my running ability and competitive nature and started competing in 5k and 10k races.

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

It depends on what my goals are at the moment. I love to run, so I trained for and competed in the Kansas City marathon. It was a great accomplishment and I was 10 minutes away from qualifying for the Boston marathon. After that my wife competed in a figure competition, it looked fun, so I decided to do the same. I plan on doing a figure competition in May 2016. Shifting my body from a running form to a lifting form has been hard but I lift 4-5 times a week and still try to sneak a run in every now and then.

What is your favorite fitness memory? 

Prior to deciding to run a marathon, I ran a lot of half marathons. I finished second in a bigger race in El Paso, the Flying Horse Half marathon, with a 1:26. That’s a 6:35 pace! It just never seemed attainable, so I was really excited to run that fast.

What is your favorite workout?

Since I am adding muscle right now, it has to be legs. There is something about leg day that excites me. A good round of squats, leg press, leg extensions, leg curls, lunges and calf raises makes my day. Throwing those into super sets just makes it that much better.

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

My kids look up to me. I need to be the example. Everyone has the ability to do something physical, I just hope to influence them to find what they are good at and go through with it. I don’t care what it is…just do something!

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

Do something! It is easy to go to the gym or go for a run. That means it is easy to not go to the gym or not go for a run. There has to be something more than just a mundane gym experience. Pick a goal then tell your wife and kids about the goal. That way when you get tired or discouraged your family is there to keep you motivated. It’s like your own personal cheering squad. No one wants to let their family down or do this fitness venture alone.

TOMMY – DECEMBER 2015

In many ways, my wife and I consider Tommy and his wife, Kristen, as major inspiration for our own dedication to living a healthy lifestyle, and not just in the gym hitting the weights. From eating right to proper supplementation, Tommy – who also served our country in the Army – is as committed to his Fit Dad lifestyle as anyone.Tommy

Clearly, Tommy is a beast in the gym (look at those guns!), setting a great example for his two children on how to take care of your body.

Here is Tommy’s story:

When did you first get into fitness? 

I played sports growing up and throughout high school. I played football and lacrosse. After high school, I really got into weight training. I have been in the gym ever since. It’s a lifestyle for me.

What activities do you do to keep fit and active?

I go to the gym 5, sometimes 6 days a week for 2 hours each time. I do about 90% weight training and 10% cardio, mainly stair master. Each day I do a different body group. One day arms, next legs, etc. I lift heavy and keep reps low mostly. I also play golf and occasionally run or play football.

What is your favorite fitness memory? 

My biggest fitness achievement is getting a perfect score on my PT test while I was in the military.

What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout is super setting arms.

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

My wife and I take staying healthy and in shape seriously. Our house only has healthy clean foods in it. I want to be a good example of how and what to eat. I don’t want them addicted to sugar and processed foods as children. It’s unfair to them and setting them up to struggle later in life. I work 60 hours a week and I still find time to make it to the gym. I want my kids to see that I take my health seriously. I hope they see my dedication, hard work, and commitment and will use those qualities in their own lives. If I just let myself go, I wouldn’t have the energy or stamina to keep up with them. I want to be able to play sports with my son when he gets older. I owe it to my kids to stay healthy. I take pride in myself and want my kids to do the same.

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

It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are in now, you can still make goals and reach them. It has taken me years to get where I am now. It truly is a lifestyle. There are no secret diets. I don’t do steroids. I just chose to make it a priority to hit the gym and eat healthy food. Each small change you make in your daily routine, will make a difference. Remember your kids are looking up to you. Find a lifting partner or get your wife involved. The more people you have around you supporting your choices, the easier it is.

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