Sometimes, this fitness thing bites you so hard that it goes beyond a lifestyle and you end up making a career out of it.
This month’s Featured Fit Dad, Matt, did exactly that.
After Matt overcame his own weight issues as a teen (more on that below in his interview below), he went on to not only become a personal trainer, but he also founded PocJox, an Australian-based company that makes athletic shorts with a handy pocket for your phone.
As a businessman, fitness entrepreneur, father, and husband, Matt is a tireless worker, and it starts with making sure he’s taking care of himself for the sake of his family.
Here is Matt’s story:
When did you first get into fitness?
Not many would believe that I was, in fact, an obese teen.
I got to the point where I looked in the mirror one day, grabbed my stomach in two hands, and decided I needed to change. I then set out on daily runs, mostly at night so I couldn’t be seen. I also taught myself about food and diet, even working up my own calorie scoring system to keep track of what I ate. And every day, I set myself a new challenge and achieved another goal.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
As a personal trainer, I’m lucky enough to be able to jump in and train with some of my clients.
I’ve been training for 15 years now so I like to mix it up. I like to get down to Bondi Beach and run soft sand laps, train at different gyms, and throw in some boxing with my coach.
I’ve been running a monthly PocJox workout with a crew of 10-15 fitness types, which certainly pushes the limits.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
To be honest, my favourite fitness/sporting achievement was playing a season of rugby league in my hometown of Warwick with a great bunch of boys. We didn’t lose a game all year and created some great memories and formed life-long friendships.
What is your favorite workout?
I love the gym so a good, old-fashioned weights session followed by a finisher on the Ski Erg & Airdyne Bike would do the trick. But I like anything that makes me sweat and challenges me.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
I’d like my son to have an active upbringing. Having been through the struggles of being an obese teenager and being picked on, I’d like to educate my son of the importance of fitness and nutrition from a young age. I’d like to think the old saying ‘like father, like son’ rubs off on Rafa.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
What I’ve noticed in my two years of being a dad is that children are like sponges. They see everything we do and copy us. Why not set a good example for your children and get active? Plus, the healthier you are, the more chance you have of staying around longer to watch your children grow up.
Don’t make excuses.