Dads Who Lift

Supporting Active Dads (and Moms)

About

“My intention is to supportĀ all people, especially fathers, in their endeavors to stay active and healthy for years to come by supplying them with the best information and supplements that can help them achieve their goals while maintaining a healthy familial relationship.”

During my high school years I was quite active. I moved around playing different things in PE, took a lifting class as a sophomore, basketball and wrestling during different years, and wrestling and gymnastics my senior year. Honestly though, none of them really did much for me. Lifting did stay with me a bit, at least in my brain, but I never gave it much active thought until a few years later.

Fast forward to age 21 and I was home for the summer living with my brother who was then a senior in high school. He convinced me to go the gym with him and lift because he loved doing it. I relented and began to lift. I wasn’t nearly as strong as I thought I had been and the barbell instilled some humility quickly. I had benched 245 once for 5 reps in high school during my senior year for fun, but 245 felt like too much, and I actually hurt myself attempting it. I had a hard time for a while, dealing with strained shoulders and wondering if I was completely wasting my time in the gym.

Something in me that day clicked and I decided that it was time to get serious about this whole gym thing, or give it up as a waster of time. Through college I made some increases in strength and was even able to lift 405 for the first time on bench press. The problem I had was I was never consistent with my training and diet and anything that was positive was by chance as many of the muscle magazines and other internet literature was full of broscience and other nonsense that really did nothing to help me. My diet was silly at times and about the only thing I did right was some pre workout protein before a lifting session.

Getting married added another dimension to going to the gym as a woman now demanded my time and soon thereafter children. What was a guy to do?

After I graduated from pharmacy school, I became more interested in nutrition and physiology rather than drugs and pharmacology. After learning how to better search and understand the literature, I started putting beliefs that I’d read over and over to the test. One by one they dropped and I realized that everything that people were saying was as true as the bible were completely false or misconstrued. Here is some of what I learned:

  • You don’t have to eat specific magic foods to lose weight, just less calories than you burn. Yes, calories remain king, despite what any diet guru may tell you.
  • Cardio is great for your heart, but not absolutely necessary for leaning or bulking up.
  • Body composition is dependent on macro nutrient ratios and calories
  • Most of the routines in magazines may help a newbie gain strength, but progressive overload of the muscle is needed to gain more strength (aka keep lifting heavier)
  • Fad diets are just that, FADS! and they don’t usually produce any long lasting habits
  • Creatine is useful and helpful not just for muscles but for your brain too!
  • People that claim to have a secret to gain 30lbs of muscle in 2 months are probably selling steroids or using themselves.
  • Women will never get bulky lifting unless they use anabolic drugs.

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    Try doing this without pushing some heavy weight.

I’ve learned many other things that can help you too. After lifting now for 10 years of marriage and with 5 kids, I’ve even learned a thing or two about the great need for balance that comes from staying active and keeping your family important and center where they should be. These are some of the things I want to share with you. Come take the journey with me!

Nathan