Reclaim Your Health: How Fit Father Kevin Set Himself and His Family Up for a Bright and Healthy Future

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

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Want to reclaim your health? Don’t think you have time? Think life is too hectic? Think again!

You can regain your vitality with nutrition, exercise, and the right mindset.

Fit Father Kevin did it, and he’s a 51-year-old father of seven (and grandfather of two) who is no stranger to the challenges that come with a busy life, schedule, and family. 

Four of Kevin’s kids came after a reversed vasectomy in 2007 and, eventually, chasing around young kids and dealing with work and life led to exhaustion and burnout. 

Kevin was doing a lot of soul-searching … then his son was involved in a massive car accident.

Long days and nights spent at the hospital led Kevin down a path that would change his life forever.

Kevin’s optimism and positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity led him through tough times — and paid him back in the form of a healthy mind and body.

His story will inspire you in a thousand different ways and give you a fresh outlook on life!

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Mastering Life's Challenges

Kevin works a demanding job with long and trying hours.

Add in three kids, and life was more than hectic.

So, he had a vasectomy done in 2000, but he had it reversed in 2007 as his wife always wanted a bigger family. 

Following the vasectomy reversal, they had four more kids.

Kevin had tried to work out several times before and succeeded too, but nothing was sustainable.

He was going through a tough time with his physical and mental health as he approached 50. 

“When you get into your late 40s and are about to turn 50 years old, it's a whole different ball game. So I had got to a point where I was surviving on autopilot. I was working hard and tired. Many health problems, like low HDL levels, IBS issues, and autoimmune diseases, were also going on. But it was majorly my career that was burning me out. I was exhausted all the time. To add to that, I was sleep deprived because of my sleep apnea. My wife said I looked like a zombie. I was so tired mentally and physically. I was neglecting my health.”

Then, tragedy hit, and Kevin really started looking within and realized he needed a deeper life change.

“In July 2019, my oldest son, Hunter, who was in the army, had gotten out of the gym at five o'clock in the morning and got cut off by a minivan. He slammed his bike into the van and suffered such a massive injury that they had to airlift him. At that point, I was going through a lot of soul-searching. My son was fighting for his life; it was just a time of reflection. I knew I needed to make a change.”

Sitting in the hospital at his son's side, Kevin was contemplatively scrolling Facebook when he came across a friend's post about the Fit Father Project.

“I know many fitness programs and fads with all these gimmicks. But I was attracted to the Fit Father Project because I liked its approach. I liked the program’s videos and the way Dr. Anthony spoke from his heart. I could relate to his story that he was talking about with his dad. I was going through something like that with my son.”

The Fit Father Project was a wonderful surprise for Kevin, who thought there was nothing out there for men over 40.

So, he jumped in and gave the program a shot.

Kevin had a unique start to the program’s workout plan, showcasing his dedication and the right mindset for the program. 

“I was working out in the hospital room while Hunter was recovering. I had to wait until he fell asleep, which sometimes was in the middle of the day. So I put the ‘do not disturb' sign on the door, and I was working out in the hospital room bathroom, but I was enjoying it. I was getting stoked. The times when he was sleeping and the nurses were watching him, I took a walk. Then I started jogging. So Hunter and I were doing our life stuff together, which was amazing. So that was really where it all started.”

In a hospital setting, Kevin did not have resources like dumbells to meet his workout demands.

So, he built make-shift resources that could fulfill his workout needs. 

“I needed something to squat with. So I used a travel-size suitcase. When I needed to do my shoulders and the swings, I went to the library to fill up my suitcase with books and went back to the room to do my shoulder and Apex 10 with them. To do bent-over rows, I used the bed.”

Kevin was feeling the momentum and saw his muscles and vasculature getting stronger.

However, his progress stalled when he finally returned home from the hospital with Hunter.

“I went home in October and back to the life of work, kids, and stress. Within two and a half months, the progress I had made while I was with Hunter at the hospital hit the brakes. I had a 42-inch waist, and I weighed 192 pounds.”

Ready to reclaim your health? Listen to Kevin’s amazing story and how he set himself and his family up for a bright and healthy future!

Reclaim Your Health

Nevertheless, Kevin was determined to refocus and get back on track with deeper commitment. 

He got back on the program and lost 24 pounds

He improved his water intake, followed proper nutrition and weekly intermittent fasting, and he supplemented his diet with probiotics and multivitamins.

He started feeling like a superhero!

“People compliment my weight and build, asking me what I’m doing. Do you remember the scene in Spiderman when Peter Parker gets bit, wakes up, and all of his senses are on cue? He felt so different. That's the only way I could describe it to people. I said I feel like Spiderman.”

Soon, he hit another obstacle in his life.

A shoulder injury derailed Kevin from his fitness journey, but he got back on track and recommitted with a stronger zeal.

“I was getting ready to take my kids fishing. I thought I'd been working out and feeling so good, so I tried to lift a canoe, thinking I would squat it up on the top of the van. But then, I heard something in my right shoulder pop, which was not good. I knew it at the time; it hurt. After that, I couldn't even lift my 20-pound dumbbell past my waist. So I allowed that to derail me. But a few months ago, I told myself that you could do it again for you and your family. And so I just started again and rewound a bit.”

Kevin also cites the Brotherhood Facebook community for keeping him going. 

“The Brotherhood has been huge. Guys share their vulnerabilities here, and it's so raw. I've slipped up a little bit, but Brotherhood has motivated me to go back and read what other guys are doing. What are they experiencing? I love seeing guys represent their personal life and story and make conscious decisions. The community and camaraderie are amazing. The biggest message is that we're in this together and have that support.”

He strongly believes he has gained back his confidence, is sleeping better, and his journey has made a difference to his marriage and relationship with his kids, who also like to be a part of his workouts.

“They are proud of me, and I feel like I'm setting an example for them. My son is doing what I'm doing.”

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

“You may have tried different programs in the past, and they only worked temporarily. I was on that fence too. Take that first step. Just start. You've got to start somewhere. Is it going to feel good right away? No, but nothing is. If it's worth it, it will hurt at first and not even in a good way. You will be sore. But it's just a phase. Take your time to start, and dare to follow the program's directions. Embrace them without deviating. Allow yourself time to grow with the program. It's not going to happen overnight. And I guarantee that 30 days into this program, you will feel like a new man physically, mentally, and spiritually.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From Kevin's Journey

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

Lesson 1: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

One of the biggest lessons from Kevin's story is that he did not cave to life circumstances.

Instead, he turned adversities into the source of his strength.

He did not wait for “the right time and place” because that does not exist.

You can always figure out a way to make things happen.

When the intention is there, you can always create solutions no matter what the obstacles are.

Lesson 2: Life Will Not Always Happen According to Plan

Things aren't always going to be exactly how you plan, but you adapt and course correct. 

Life is all about how you deal with its constant challenges.

You may sometimes fall or trip up, but the key is to stay focused.

You have to stay prepared and open to adapting. 

Lesson 3: Remember Your Mission Statement Throughout Your Journey

A mission statement reminds you why you started the fitness journey in the first place.

It gives you a sense of purpose.

With it in place, you can naturally navigate through the days when you want to quit.

It helps you stay motivated and focused on your path so you can reclaim your health.

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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 how to reclaim your health.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

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

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