This interview was originally written for Fit Dad Fitness.
When I first connected with this month's Featured Fit Dad, Kevin, he was a full-time civil engineer at land/site development company in Houston. As he and I discussed on his episode of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast, his goal was to leave his desk job and cubicle behind and focus on fitness and training full-time.
Less than two full months into 2018, and Kevin has done just that. At the time of this feature being published, Kevin was just beginning his first week as a fitness entrepreneur.
And Kevin has a full plate. He is the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Paradigm Training Center (a local MMA gym), co-host of the Saved By The Barbell Podcast, STACK.com expert contributor, personal trainer, and online coach.
His final words of wisdom from his interview below exemplify this Fit Dad's outlook on his health and fitness and his career — You owe you.
Here is Kevin's story:
When did you first get into fitness?
I've always been an athlete. Growing up, I played nearly every sport- baseball, basketball, football, golf, etc. My junior year of high school, I came across a little website called Bodybuilding.com and fell in love with the weight room. I started lifting daily and trying every nutrition plan under the sun, but I was only scratching the surface.
My freshman year at The University of Texas at Austin, I got the opportunity to become the school's mascot (yep, the dude running around in a furry suit). Being the mascot technically classified me as a UT athlete, granting me access to the elite training facility and world-class coaches. There, I learned from the best what it really meant to be an athlete. I spent countless hours in the gym, training like a madman and soaking up every bit of knowledge I could. That year is when fitness went from merely an interest to a passion.
What activities do you do to keep fit and active?
My training regimen has always been dominated by bodybuilding-style lifting. I love throwing weight on the bar and chasing a pump. Recently, I began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and will be competing for the first time in February 2018 at the IBJJF Houston Open. In addition to my structured training, I also enjoy playing basketball, going on walks with the family, and trying different workout classes like boxing and yoga.
What is your favorite fitness memory or achievement?
In July 2017, I competed in my first NPC Men's Physique competition and got 3rd place, earning a national qualification. It was the first major achievement of my fitness career, and was without-a-doubt the hardest I ever worked toward something.
What is your favorite workout?
Man, it's hard to narrow it down to just one. My favorite STYLE of workout is using supersets. Alternating between opposing muscle groups (chest/back, biceps/triceps, quads/hamstrings) is one of my go-to methods, and is a staple of the programming for myself and my clients. Supersets are a great way to get a lot of work done in a short period of time.
In what ways do you hope to influence your children through fitness?
There are so many important life lessons that can be taught through fitness. The value of hard work, delayed gratification, and consistency- just to name a few. But I hope to show my kids that fitness isn't a chore or a burden, it's a lifestyle. I never want my children to look at working out as something the HAVE to do, but rather something they GET to do.
What words of encouragement would you have for other dads out there who want to be healthy and fit?
You owe you. Don't make your fitness goals about proving somebody wrong, or looking good for someone else, or even about your kids. Make it about you. Living a healthy lifestyle insures that you are the best YOU that you can be, which then allows you to show up best for others. You can't pour from an empty glass, so before helping others, you have to help yourself.