There aren’t very many jobs I can think of where it would be harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle and be an involved family man than a commercial airline pilot.
Unless you are steadfast in your commitment to eating right, exercising, and being present with your family when you are home, I have to imagine that the constant churn of being away from home could wreck you.
But this month’s Featured Fit Dad, Billy, has found a way to make it work.
Billy is a pilot for Southwest Airlines, a husband, a father of three, an Air Force veteran and a former D-I football player. If you follow him on Instagram (@flywithbilly48), you see how Billy balances his on-the-go profession with a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to his family.
It makes the “I don’t have time” excuse pretty lame, as Billy is not only an involved dad and husband, but he also keeps fit enough to participate in triathlons and bodybuilding competitions. It’s inspiring stuff.
Here is Billy’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I have played sports since I was a child — football primarily. I played D-I football for the Air Force Academy.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
I bike ride, lift weights, swim occasionally, play pickup basketball. I NEVER run (except when required for training). I do 100 pushups/sit-ups twice daily. In addition to 30 pull-ups (minimum), regardless of my workout for the day.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
Competing in my first triathlon and first bodybuilding competition, both within six months of each other. I trained for four months continuously, as I did not know how to swim. This made it a very special accomplishment.
My first triathlon was in open water. I can proudly say I finished without drowning!
Thereafter I started a transformation program that led to me entering a muscle competition. Although I did not win, I gained a new sense of accomplishment and courage I had not had before, especially having gotten up on stage in front of hundreds of people.
What is your favorite workout?
Lately, I have discovered a total-body routine that I like to do before I do my main lifts for that day. It is 10 reps of a clean and press maneuver with a straight barbell, then I bear crawl for 10 yards down and back, then 10 pull-ups. Do three rounds of that, and the sweat will be flowing pretty good. That can be most peoples’ main workout.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
Involving my kids with fitness means a lot to me. I want them to see the drive and the dedication that I have an ope they can use that in ANY way in their life, whether it be fitness, work, life, relationships, education.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
Diet is everything! As a father of three whose job requires me to be on the road consistently, I quickly learned the value of food prep and adjusting for social gatherings that normally consist of large amounts of fast food and dining out. It is OK to eat a small salad and have a glass of wine while still being social without being awkward.
A small bit of dedication goes a long way, so wake up early, hit the treadmill, do those pushups and burpees in your room.