It never ceases to amaze me the ways people use fitness and working out to help them overcome some pretty huge obstacles in their lives.
Take this month’s Featured Fit Dad, Steven. He’s an EAS sponsored athlete and a spokesmodel for BodyBuilding.com, and a father to four beautiful children. Not to mention he serves daily as an active duty member of the Coast Guard.
This dude is legit, and he’s got a pretty fantastic life going for him.
But it almost ended way too soon.
In 2005, Steven was injured in a motorcycle accident that almost cost him his life. Read on to find out what the doctors’ prognosis was at the time, but know this: Steven has defied the odds.
Here is Steven’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
A little over 11 years ago.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
Weightlifting, cardio and time with the family.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
Competing on stage for my first competition and placing 2nd after doctors told me after my motorcycle accident that my right arm would keep me from weightlifting heavy and building muscle.
What is your favorite workout?
Legs. The feeling you get after a tough leg workout is priceless and you feel accomplished.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
Proving to them that no matter what adversity they may face ANYTHING is possible. Showing them that being active and eating healthy is the way to longevity and healthy living. Teaching them discipline through daily routines and explaining how being fit has many positive benefits.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Being a Dad is already a full-time and tough job. You have to analyze your daily routine and make being healthy a priority. I won’t lie and say it’s easy; however, it is possible. If it means waking up early morning to exercise while the family sleeps then so be it. Create that habit that develops into a routine that will eventually lead to loving a healthy lifestyle. Make the change today so you can one day see your kids grow up and be around to witness them teaching their own kids what you’ve taught them. Respect to all the fit dads out there trying to make a positive change.