Like I’ve said many times before on this site, once this fitness “thing” gets a hold of you, there’s a good chance you’ll be hooked for life. What starts out as new thing to try quickly becomes your passion – far more than just a hobby.
Such is the case for this month’s Featured Fit Dad, Jared, the final FFD of 2016. When he began working out more than a decade ago at the age of 17, his goal was to perform better on the athletic field and look better. Now, at age 28 and the father of two boys, Jared – who has since been on the competition stage – is becoming a personal trainer and coach, further deepening his passion for fitness.
Here is Jared’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
When I was 17, I started playing football and lifting weights. I got into fitness and gym work to get stronger so I could be a better rugby player, plus, I always wanted to have a good-looking, athletic body.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
Mainly weights training but I also do some cardio – LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio and cycle classes.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
Competing at WBFF Worlds in Las Vegas was probably my favorite memory. Competing at Worlds was amazing. The whole show was incredible and meeting/hanging out with world-class athletes inspired me to take it further. I placed 5th there. It was special to me being the first time on an international stage and my wife was there with me too.
What is your favorite workout?
Legs – I love the feeling of complete exhaustion at the end.
I like doing different workouts depending on where I am competition-wise, but the usual favorite leg workout is the following:
- Heavy weight
- Leg press
- Walking DB/BB lunges
- Stiff leg dead lifts
Then I like to finish by drop-setting until failure, this could mean up to 300 reps:
- Lying leg curls
- Seated leg extensions
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I want to teach them that they can achieve what they set their mind to. I want them to live a healthy life and understand the importance of exercise and nutrition. I also want them to know that discipline and hard work will get you where you need to go.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Stop putting it off and making excuses because you’re busy. Find a trainer, speak to a nutritionist, find motivation. Start with something small and build up and stay consistent. Consistency and persistence is key!