Health Reboot: How Fit Father David Got His Health Back on Track

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

health reboot

Has your fitness fallen flat? Is your nutrition more like ‘no-trition? Then it's time for a health reboot!

Don't think you can do it? Think you've fallen too far behind? Think again!

Just look at Fit Father David, who has been a member of our programs since July 2020, but joined our Transformation Contest in January 2021 and made significant changes to his physique.

David was always athletic. Whether that was football in high school, running marathons, or competing in triathlons and Ironman, he was always interested in staying physically active and staying competitive in his races.

However, after losing motivation, especially during the COVID pandemic, David’s health and fitness took a downwards turn, leaving him disliking the way he felt and the way he looked.

After seeing the amazing transformation that one of his former fraternity brothers had made on our programs, David joined the FFP and dove in head first!

Listen to David's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

Active, But Not Focused On Nutrition

Growing up, David was always active and athletic.

However, he did not focus much on nutrition.

“I was scarfing down pizzas and things like that.”

Once he got to college, his activity reduced.

He stopped playing football and was focused on pursuing a career.

Even though he continued to work out at the gym, he had put on weight by the time he graduated from college.

David's increased weight was a warning sign for him because his family had a history of diabetes. 

“My sister had been a diabetic probably since she was in the fifth grade. Also, my dad had adult-onset diabetes, and it kind of really hit me after a close call with my sister that I could be next.”

That's when David knew he had to fix his nutrition.

At age 20, he joined the Body of Life program, which provided him with balanced nutrition plans and workout schedules. 

By his late 30s, he was as fit as a fiddle.

He was running half marathons, full marathons, triathlons, and more. He even crushed the Ironman.

A couple of years later, David reduced his activity.

“Roughly a couple of years after I completed the Ironman, my training dropped off quite a bit. I wasn't doing much physical activity, and the pounds started creeping back on.”

Moreover, a picture taken by his wife on a hike further became an eye-opener for David.

“She posted the picture on Facebook. I looked at that picture and did not feel right. I wouldn't say I liked how I looked. This was right around July 23rd. Kind of during the heart of COVID when everything was getting shut down.”

That's when David decided to get in touch with Lee, another Fit Father.

David knew Lee's experience with the Fit Father Project and how it helped him become healthy and fit, and he wanted similar results.

David talks about getting back into shape after a long time and getting his health back on track.

David's Health Reboot

David started his Fit Father Project journey in the middle of the pandemic lockdown. 

“When I went through that first workout, I was like, all right, this is good stuff, for real. And with the meal plan, we were eating great things.”

Soon after, David began working out regularly per the program's schedule and following a good diet.

He and his wife were also going for post-dinner walks.

It became a husband-wife team fitness regime!

David started FF30X in July 2020 and completed the program's three phases by January 2021.

At the end of the program, he had lost 50 pounds (from 250 to 200 pounds).

Per David, the COVID-19 lockdown gave him a chance to fix his health and fitness.

“I feel like COVID allowed us to see and become successful in building good habits.”

After losing body fat and getting rid of his extra weight, David started the Old School Muscle (OSM) program

This time he focused on tracking the weights and his progress.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to track, especially on Old School Muscle. I probably didn't keep as much track of the weights that I was using. Apex 10, 11, the Great Destroyer, and all those things. But with Old School Muscle, it's critical because you can really see your progress.”

Overall, the Fit Father Project has positively impacted David's life in several ways.

He feels more energetic and has even become an assistant principal and athletic director at a high school.

He coaches students in cross-country and swimming, and is happy that he can now set an example for them.

He's become a role model. 

So what would David say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

“I had a couple of setbacks during my journey with the Fit Father Project. For example, once, I strained a muscle, and the Fit Father project team was very helpful in guiding me. There were so many modifications and alternatives that were recommended by members of the Fit Father Project community. Therefore, there will be great days and not-so-great days. But on those bad days, reach out to the Fit Father team and ask for advice because they are there to help.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From David's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from David’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Plan Well

Instead of being reactive and starting straight away, plan your workouts and nutrition for the week.

Look ahead.

Slot your workouts and meals at the correct times.

A clear plan acts as a ‘roadmap' that thoroughly identifies the steps you need to take to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Lesson 2: The Right Nutrition Is Extremely Vital

Proper nutrition is critical to maximizing athletic performance.

Without enough carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, you may feel tired and sluggish during a workout.

You may also end up eating too much or too less.

Lesson 3: Physical Activity Has No Age

There is no age limit when it comes to physical activity.

The older a person gets, the more critical it is to remain as physically active as possible.

Also, age is just a number.

You must be determined to achieve your goals to stay fit and healthy.

David is a perfect example.

At 42, he's healthier and fitter than in his school and college days!

What is FF30X?

FF30X is a simple, sustainable, and specific weight loss program that is designed especially for busy men over 40.

With short metabolic training workouts, an easy-to-follow meal plan, and an accountability team that is there for you at every step, FF30X can help you lose 30, 40, or even 50+ lbs — even if you’ve never picked up a weight in your life. 

Click here to see what you get when you join the FF30X program today!

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on a health reboot.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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