We’ve been training both men and women for years, but only now have we started up a specialized challenge just for the dad’s and we’re excited to bring it to you, but it’s not for the reason you might think.
Sure, we want to see amazing results from these guys, but more than that, our reason for running this contest may seem a bit selfish.
You see, Coach Anthony and I are both dad’s ourselves. We both have 3 kids. Anthony has 1 boy and 2 girls, and I have 2 boys and 1 girl.
And when we got talking about what this challenge means to us regarding “life lessons” we’ve picked up along the way and how fitness and staying in shape (despite the obstacles) has been a HUGE part of our relationship with our children, we both concurred that getting and staying fit and healthy for ourselves has been one of the best, if not THE best, gift we’ve ever been able to give our kids.
…and this gift of health has rippled out in so many ways…not just the surface stuff.
A few of the big benefits of living a fitness lifestyle as it relates to our kids are:
1) Having the energy to put into my kids, even after a long days work. This one, to me, is by far the most important one. I never wanted to be one of those dads that just sat around drinking beer and watching TV after work. I wanted to have the energy to spend time with them, to wrestle around with them, to ask them how there day went, to be a part of their lives.
Fitness and staying in shape has been the cornerstone of allowing me to have the ENERGY to keep up with my kids and to be present for them. Someone once told me that kids spell the word LOVE this way: T – I – M – E. Having more energy means having more QUALITY time and thereby my kids feel loved.
2) My kids see me working out AND eating right, and they follow my lead. I mean, we’re not trying to be perfect…we have ice cream and pizza every once in a while, just like everyone else. But I must say, it’s been great to have my kids active and rooted in a fitness lifestyle where most of the time they are eating fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and healthy fats and they stay active.
They love to swim, bike, run, dance, skateboard, play football. We have our Way of Life KIDS program at our Way Of Life Boot Camp in Oceanside Monday – Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm and it’s awesome to see how excited my kids are to go in and train! Push-ups, burpees, kettle bells, mountain climbers…all the things I do to stay in shape, they do, too!
When, as parents, we lead by example, it’s so much more powerful then simply giving our kids “lip service”. Kids are watching our every move and soaking things up like a sponge. Your attitude towards health and fitness will be passed down to your kids. How do you want them to view fitness as they grow up? And yes, they are watching us RIGHT NOW!
3) My kids and I train and work out together! Talk about quality time! And working out is something you can do ANYWHERE! Recently I’ve started a martial art called Capoeira and I’m doing it twice per week with my 2 older kids and I’ve got to be honest…I LOVE IT! And so do they!
Being able to do this together has really brought us closer these last few weeks and I’m absolutely thrilled that my 37-year-old body can keep up with the physically demanding movements this amazing, Afro-Brazilian martian art requires!
So these are just a few of the many benefits Coach Anthony and I have gotten out of being in shape for ourselves. It brings our kids closer to us. It brings our wives closer to us. We feel better about ourselves…and trust me, Coach Anthony and I weren’t always in great shape. We’ve fought inner battles to get to where we are today…but that’s why we’re so passionate about coaching. You can find out more about me, Coach Forrest, and my story here>>>COACH FORREST’S STORY.
And you can find out more about Coach Anthony here>>>COACH ANTHONY’S STORY.
So this is why I said in the beginning that we are selfish in why we are running this NEW program for dad’s we call the RIPPED DAD’S CHALLENGE. This is everything Coach Anthony and I wish we had when we first started out. Guidance, a “done-for-you-don’t-have-to-even-think-about-it-just-show-up” program, a group that will keep you accountable, Coaches that want your success just as bad as you do, mindset training (cuz we all have are bad days), nutrition in an easy to follow plan, supplement advice (we make a confusing topic simple), and a proven track record (we’ve helped our communities we’ve served lose over 6,000 lbs of fat in the last few years).