Avoid these MISTAKES to get a dad bod

The self-improvement movement encourages men to better themselves – this is all wrong as we will never be happy because we will never reach our full potential.

This includes the negative expectation to stay physically healthy and go to the gym.  This is not good as it means we are trying to be someone that we are not.

Women have the fat acceptance movement, its time for men to react and be proud of their slobby ways too!

Image provided by fat shaming magazine – Men’s Health

Therefore in this article, I give some advice to avoid a number of mistakes and keep the dad bod alive.

Nutrition

From data I pulled from the first result of a Google search show that NEARLY half of children are obese, therefore if you set a bad example by eating healthy and exercising your child will think this is normal behaviour.

Round figures as illustrated in the diagram below illustrate that the less junk food your child eats the more likely they will be different and get picked on

Just ask yourself do you want to be an enabler of your own child’s bullying?  Then be aware to make special effort to keep them average. Continue reading “Avoid these MISTAKES to get a dad bod”

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120kg squat (Part 2)

Less than a week after I talked about my effort to do a  120kg squat, for one proper rep (i.e not cheating by quarter squatting)   I achieved it! It took months and much longer than expected but I did it!

Despite going to the gym for over 15 years it was one of those moments where I was tested and realised I still have much to learn.

120-squat

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Develop a Gorilla grip and conquer the monkey bars

Are you taking part in Tough Mudder, Spartan or another obstacle course race?

You are probably aware that a mainstay feature of these races is the monkey bars!  Some people do this effortlessly but if you are anything like me then you probably have found them a struggle!

Keep trying, keep failing:

I have put a lot of effort into trying to improve my upper body strength to conquer this pretty simple obstacle – I did pull-ups, lifted heavy weights and would even jump in play parks and use those monkey bars (when kids weren’t around of course) and yet it still was the most excruciating pain going across something that was a measly three metres at best.

It became something I always dreaded when I was obstacle racing as I knew I was bound to come off and have to do a penalty.

By luck, I was having a walk with the family around a local beauty spot where it had a ‘trim trail’ which I took great pleasure in showing off.  Then I got to the monkey bars.  I felt that old dread but as I was only messing around I thought I might as well give it a go.

Much to my surprise, I worked my way across the bars with ease first time.  I wasn’t warmed up and I was probably about two stone heavier than when I last went across the bars in the peak of my OCR career.

So how did I get the strength to conquer the bars with so little effort? Continue reading “Develop a Gorilla grip and conquer the monkey bars”

The fit father

Prior to the birth of my little girl, I spoke to a work colleague how I would fit my gym routine around my soon to be changing life.

“Oh you won’t have time for all that anymore,” they said in an almost self-satisfied manner.

The gym has been part of my life for over 15 years and to say its something I wouldn’t be doing anymore was like saying I wouldn’t be doing any breathing anymore – it just was not an option – I wasn’t going to sit back with TV, comfort eating and a dadbod (vomit..) Continue reading “The fit father”

120kg squat

Around the beginning of November last year I set myself the objective to be squat 120kg one rep max by the end of January 2018.

120-squat

My one rep max at the time was 105kg, which I would say I performed with a “faltering” form.  The pressure of my weight pushed my back and shoulders too far forward when squatting that I imagine if I had upped the weight it would have looked like I was doing a good morning.

Video of a good morning weight exercise.

Because I underestimated the difficulty to maintain good form (even for what seems like a measly extra 15kg) and remembering that I was running the No Ego Challenge in March, I failed to achieve my January objective. Continue reading “120kg squat”

No ego, No quit, No hate

Recently I had the pleasure of running the No Ego Challenge, a delightful five mile trail race that starts at 6.30pm.  Because of this noticeable caveat, it is pitch black, therefore a head torch is not a luxury, but a must to run.

As it was my first race in almost two years, No Ego was a new challenge, where I couldn’t predict how I would perform.

The darkness was a unique challenge making it difficult to see what was underfoot and I had fresh concerns about old injuries wondering if my plantar fasciitis coming back to bite me in the… foot.

The good news is I am writing this post, so I returned and am not still wondering about Dalby Forest lost.  No Ego was a race where I learned about the importance of mental grit. Continue reading “No ego, No quit, No hate”

10 Great Punk Workout songs

Updated after being originally published in February 2014

I really punk rock.  But one of the problems I find when I Google ‘Best Workout Songs’ most of these lists have lots of hip-hop, rock, dance, but lack a bit of Punk.  So I decided to put together a list of some of the songs that I really like.

With its short songs, fast beats per minute, catchy guitar and motivational lyrics I am surprised that more punk songs are not recommended.

If you have any suggestions to these 10 great workout songs, please leave a comment below.

Here are ten of my recommendations to start a punk rock training playlist.
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First achievement of the day

What has been the first thing that you achieved today?

Not sure?

This morning I started the day by getting up and cycling down to the gym. Upon checking my stop-watch I realised I had shaved some time off my cycle.  I thought

“Great my first achievement of the day!”

achievement

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Fat Shaming – Smoking Shaming: A Comparison

I wrote a post a while ago about the danger of fat acceptance.

Right up to publishing the post I debated in my head whether I should pull it and post something a bit less opinionated.

I felt mean, like I was fat shaming – but cooler heads prevailed and I decided to post.

Continue reading “Fat Shaming – Smoking Shaming: A Comparison”

Focus on routine

If you want to see improvement in your life, the most essential thing that you need to do is ensure you stick to a regular routine

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine”

Mike Murdock

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