Get Fit. Your Way.

If you’ve got six pack abs, a day job and a couple of kids, you don’t have to read this.  If you’re like the rest of the dad’s in the world including me, keep reading.  We’re in the same boat.  Likely over-worked, over-stressed, over weight and out of shape.

That described me 6-8 years ago before I made a commitment to becoming healthier.  I decided I wanted to be around for my kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  I wanted to be a good model for my family and for my kids to not go down the path I headed after high school playing days were over.

The easy part is saying you want to make a change.  I wanted to be healthy and in shape.  A good example for my family.  The hard part was figuring out how to get there.  It takes time and commitment.  You have to “keep chopping wood” to get that tree to fall.

There are tons of get in shape plans.  The internet is covered with health and fitness plans and coaches.  You can pay for programs customized for you.  Here’s the problem.  Finding the one that fits you.

For me, I knew I liked barbell lifts.  My days playing football in high school were not filled with a lot of lifting weights, but enough to know that I liked how I felt after lifting free weights.  I found something I liked and got to work.

Years after starting, I’m stronger than I have ever been, I’ve lost 50+ pounds and I’m fueling my body with nutrient filled foods.  I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but the point is I found what I liked to do and stuck with it.  I’ve been getting fit, my way.

Now it’s up to you to find your way.  Again, you’ve got tons of options out there that may fit your style.  Here are some suggestions:

Weight Lifting

– If want to get stronger, this is an option for you.  “The iron doesn’t lie.”  You measure your progression through the amount of weight you can lift.  Simple.

Cross Training

– If you’re into competition, this is your option.  Find a “Box” with good instructors.  Learn the lifts before you go all out and compete with others.  Measure your progress through timing and your competition with others.

Boot Camps

– These are popping up throughout America.  Grass roots groups that meet up at parks and high schools to go through workouts.  They pull from the group for leaders and use body weight and calisthenic exercises.   You’ll measure progress through how you feel and weight loss.


–  I’m not a runner, so you’ll need to find someone else to help you here.


–  Hit your local gym and find a personal trainer.  This may be what you need for accountability.  They will tailor a workout and nutrition to your needs.

Go out and find what fits for what you want to do and do it.  The point is to start and find out what works.  Run through these options and find one that works.  Go out and get fit, your way.

If this works for you, pass it on to others.