This month’s Featured Fit Dad is Ashley.
Ashley lives in the U.K. and works in finance and accounting, and this former footballer is rocking it at this Fit Dad life.
With one child already and another on the way, Ashley has found balance in being active and health while also spending time with his growing family.
He recently suffered a setback in the gym, which he alludes to in his interview this month, but he’s come back and is crushing the gym with a newfound appreciation of being active and moving.
One side note, look for an in-depth interview with Ashley in a future episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast.
Here is Ashley’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I have always played football, or as you would call it, soccer. I played until I was 24 or 25 and then I started picking up injuries so I moved more into the gym.
I have been going to the gym since I was 20 but never followed a training program or had a healthy diet — basically I just enjoyed working out and having a sociable time with a few friends whilst there.
Now it is completely different due to family and work commitments. I now have 1 hour to fit as much in as I can. I follow a training program and eat healthily (without macro counting). The weights I now lift have surpassed anything I thought I was personally capable of.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I fit three gym sessions in a week, swimming lessons with my daughter on the weekend, and generally try and walk around the country park on my lunch break — but with work commitments this is not always possible.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
My biggest fitness achievement to date was in 2013. I did a charity bike ride from London to Paris over three days. This is approximately 400KM and on the final day we had torrential rain and strong winds for approximately 100KM!
It really did push me to my physical limit, especially as I am not really a fan of cardio.
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout has to be a pull session. Anything that incorporates using my back muscles I really enjoy. The T-bar row is my favorite exercise and I like to do 4-5 sets and on the final set do a drop set until I only have a 10KG plate left on the bar!
By the time it gets down to a 10KG weight it feels like 100KG.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
My daughter really is the source of my motivation, I feel a huge responsibility to teach my daughter how to make the right exercise and diet choices throughout her life.
I want my daughter to look up to and be proud of me — I want her to never be the child with the obese Daddy who cannot partake in Sports Days.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Do not count the days, make the days count! We all live extremely busy lives and we can all make excuses of why we cannot workout BUT that’s what makes US different.
We will create hours in the day which others are not, we sacrifice time to ensure we look after not only our bodies but also our mental state.
My recent knee surgery has taught me never to take good health for granted and to make the most of every session and NEVER become complacent, always trying to push on to the next goal.