About The Fit Father Project – Our Founding Story
Growing up, I didn’t dream of becoming a doctor. I became one out of necessity. This is our story…
– Watch the video above to see The Fit Father Project Origin Story –
We are experts in helping you get back into incredible shape – at any age.
The Fit Father Project site is the culmination over 10,000 hours of research and “in-the-trenches” training to distil down the most effective eating, exercise, and motivation strategies to help busy fathers GET & STAY healthy for their families.
We have a ton of incredible resources like…
- Our Free 1-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan
- Our Free 24-Min Fat Burn Workout/li>
- Our Fit Father 30-Day Program
Yet, before we get to those strategies, I want to get to know each other better. This is the story of why I created The Fit Father Project…
The night my life completely fell apart…
It was the May of 1999 – a burning hot summer evening in Phoenix, Arizona. I woke up to blinding hospital lights in excruciating pain.
My arm was very broken, and the ER doctors told me I had to stay overnight for surgery.
Mom couldn’t stay at the hospital with me. She had to go home to take care of my little brother and my dying father. I understood though. Dad had been sick for as long as I could remember.
I remember lying alone in that hospital bed -9 years old – feeling completely terrified. I wasn’t terrified for myself or my upcoming surgery. I was terrified for my family.
Would Dad make it another day? Would our family survive if Dad passed? How was I going to tell Dad how much I loved him and how much I admired his strength as I watched him fight for his life and our family?
The next morning, Mom pulled up to the hospital in her white SUV to pick me up from surgery. The moment I saw the tears welling up in her eyes, I knew something was very, very wrong…
“Dad died last night, sweetheart…”
My lungs instantly collapsed inside my chest.
In a single moment, my superhero, my rock, my dad—all that was taken from me and my family. And even though Dad had battled brain cancer since I was a baby, I somehow always thought he’d live forever.
Growing up, I saw Dad work so hard to put food on the table for me, my mom, and little brother. In the process, I also saw Dad neglect his health, skip exercise, eat unhealthy food, and deal with way too much unnecessary stress.
I know Dad was just trying to do what he thought was best for our family. Yet, I still wish I had a time-machine to go back and teach him what I now know about eating, exercise, and healthy habits.
If I could go back in time, I’d show my Dad that it’s 100% possible to have it all – a productive career, a healthy energized body, a loving family, and consistent habits to stay healthy for both himself and us. I’d show Dad that he didn’t have to give up his health to provide for us.
But I was just 10 at the time. And I had far more questions than answers…
Why did God let this happen to my Dad?
Was I going to get sick like Dad did?
How was I going to take care of my mom and little brother?
Those questions weighed on my heart for 4 months, until I hit rock bottom at my 10th birthday party…
At my 10th birthday party, I made a promise that changed my life forever…
It was July 4th. My 10th birthday party. I remember staring at the 10 shining candles on my birthday cake feeling completely empty. I was exhausted with feeling so much emotional & spiritual pain since Dad’s death.
I was tired of crying. I was tired of feeling like a victim. I was tired of feeling so much anger towards God and my family’s circumstances.
As it was time to blow out my candles and make my birthday wish, something unexplainably special happened. I felt a cool wave of calm determination roll slowly through my body. And for the first time in months, I felt a moment of peace. I felt deep inner strength.
And I felt a deep knowing that there was a PURPOSE behind everything had happened to my Dad and my family – a reason that was bigger than me, my sadness, and my Dad’s death.
Instead of making a birthday wish, I felt compelled to make a sacred promise instead.
I promised Dad, God, and myself TWO (2) things…
#1: I would learn how to stay healthy to take care of my mom and little brother – no matter what.
#2: In time, I would figure out how to keep other Dads healthy too – so no other fathers and families would ever have to go through the pain, sickness, and fatigue I saw my Dad go through. Not on my watch.
As I blew the flickering candle light into darkness, the first day of my NEW life began.
The night “The Fit Father Mission” was born…
The promise I made on my 10th birthday ignited a lifelong mission to figure out how busy fathers get (and stay) healthy for their families.
I started studying everything I could get my hands on about exercise, nutrition. I even began my own personal health routine to begin strengthen my own mind & body.
Over the next year, health & fitness saved my life.
This picture on the right was taken 8 months after my Dad’s death. It was my very first “progress picture.” My younger brother and I took damn happy about the growth of my little pea shooters. We were genuinely happy in that moment – especially considering the circumstances.
I was happy because I had fallen in love with my mission of building a healthier life – both for myself and those I come in contact with.
Each night after mom would tuck me in for bed, I’d sneak my Dad’s old Dumbbells out from under my bed, drag them into the corner of my bedroom, and exercise until my little muscles gave out. I did curls, presses, pushups, and squats. I fell asleep on the carpet many night.
Mom would find me on the floor in the morning. I think she understood what I was trying to create at the time.
From a young age, I learned one of health’s most valuable lessons: Consistent results are not simply a byproduct of being on the “right meal plan or workout routine.” Consistent results are a by-product of having a deep knowing…
- WHY you need to be healthy
- WHO you need to make health changes for
My WHY is to stay strong to take care of my mom, little brother, and other Dads out there. My fire still burns and propels me forward today….
Part of my job here at the Fit Father Project is to help you discover your inner fire and then EMPOWER YOU with the proven tools (meal plans, workouts, and accountability) to kickstart your complete health transformation.
Prioritizing my health has blessed my life in immeasurable ways..
Because I decided to make health a priority in my life…
I’ve had the opportunity to study and graduate from top Ivy League schools, keep my mom and little brother healthy & happy, compete on some of the world’s most competitive bodybuilding stages, publish research in prestigious medical journals, and be featured on some of the world’s largest TV shows…
I’m absolutely proud of the impact the Fit Father Project is having. Yet all that “flashy stuff” aside, I’m most proud that I’ve been able to help over 10,000 fathers lose over 75,000lbs of fat and finally get healthy for their families. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.
And I don’t think it’s an accident our paths have crossed today. Out of the millions of sites on the internet, you found this page. I find that absolutely amazing.
Because you’re here reading this, I believe we are kindred spirits with similar core values of family, health, and living a great life. I’m so excited to connect with you and help you improve your health & life.
On that note…
Let’s talk about you, your family, your motivation and your health for a second…
- Whether you’re 40+lbs overweight and ready to finally get the weight off…
- Whether you’ve been battling high blood pressure or pre-diabetes…
- Whether you’re feeling tired, achy, and “old” doing everyday activities…
- Whether you’re already in good shape and simply want FASTER results…
I need you to know that there are proven principles for eating, exercise, and motivation that work specifically for busy fathers – no matter how many fad diets or unsustainable workouts have failed you in the past.
Over the past 10 years of coaching men through successful health transformations that actually last, I’ve had the privilege of spotting some key patterns of success:
Success Fact #1: The most successful men – living healthy well into their 40s, 50s, 60s, & beyond – are following simple & sustainable nutrition and exercise programs designed to respect their aging body & schedule as a busy father.
Success Fact #2: The most successful men – who actually stay healthy LONG TERM – are also a part of a COMMUNITY of like-minded guys who are committed to living the best life possible and supporting each other in the journey.
We specialize in those two things here at the Fit Father Project.
We provide you with the proven tools (meal plans, workouts, and accountability) – designed specifically for you as a father. We then SUPPORT YOU with our community of mission-driven men who are transforming their lives for the better.
Our Fit Father Project team absolutely LOVES what we do. I know you will see that passion reflected in the quality of our articles, videos, free resources, and paid programs.
How can you get started with us at The Fit Father Project?
There are two ways for you to get started – depending on your level of commitment to your health in this moment.
Path #1: If you want the fastest results possible on a comprehensive & proven plan, I recommend you read the program overview letter for our Fit Father 30-Day Kickstart Program, which is where we recommend 99% of guys start.
This proven FF30X system will transform your body faster and easier than you ever thought possible in the next 30 days (see all the success stories here).
Path #2: Unlike most companies selling CRAP online, we actually like to build a trusting relationship with you by giving you some of our best stuff 100% FREE – to get you results before you ever buy anything from us. Our hope is that you’ll be so blown away be our free content that you’ll know you need to hop into our paid FF30X program after you see how well things are working for you.
Here are some of my best free guides & resources to get you started right away…
What’s most important to you right now? Pick ONE MAIN GOAL below.
If you need help eating healthier and losing weight, get our Free 1-Day Meal Plan below…
If you need help finding time to exercise, get our Free 24-Min Fat Burn Workout for busy fathers…
If you want a step-by-step weight loss program to get rid of your belly fat in the next 30-days, check out Fit Father 30X…
GETTING STARTED ADVICE: Pick ONE of these free resources and start applying it…
You may be thinking, “Anthony, I want to lose fat AND increase energy AND rebuild muscle – all at the same time. It’s hard to pick just one goal.” I totally get it. I feel the same way. Yet, I want to urge you to start with just one resource at a time.
If you need the most help with healthy eating, grab the “1-Day Meal Plan.” If you need the most help with exercise, grab the “3X Workout For Busy Fathers.”
It’s important that you focus on building one new habit at a time. Here’s why…
When it comes to getting healthy, the most successful guys pick ONE SPECIFIC FOCUS AREA (be that eating or exercise) and work on it for a few weeks to build the habits necessary for sustainable results. I’m interested in helping you achieve LASTING health changes – not quick “flash in the pan” results that you’ll eventually fall off track with. And that’s precisely what I’ve done with each of these 3 resources: I’ve built follow-up training to help you create lasting change in your life.
So, start with one of the resources above. Go through the free email training I’ll be sending you too.
I’m so happy you’re here at The Fit Father Project! Find me on social media and say hi…
If what we’re up to here at The Fit Father Project excites you, drop me a comment on our Fit Father Project Facebook Page or send me a private contact message here. I check these all the time, and would love to field your questions and hear YOUR story. Thanks for being here, my friend!
Yours in lifelong health,
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 22,000 fathers lose over 90,000lbs and rebuild lean muscle
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. This is a required legal disclaimer. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info.
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