HERE’S TO THE FIT DADS CrossFit changed my feelings about Father’s Day for the better. That may sound like I’m overhyping the gym or the community for the sake of the holiday, but I mean this sincerely. Brace yourselves for some feels, because this article’s going to get a little heavy.
never thought I’d see him do — all because of his kids. He wanted to ensure that he would be there for them, and his dedication shows. In just three months, Joe went from 290 pounds to 230. He hasn’t been that fit since he met his wife several years ago!
My dad passed away when I was 15 years old. Some of my fondest and earliest memories are of playing catch with him in the front yard with my first mitt and baseball. He often came out to cheer for my Little League games. Without those moments, I may have never gotten into the sport I loved so much growing up. Losing my dad to cancer as a teenager was incredibly difficult. Because of that, I didn’t much care for Father’s Day. Some years, it was just another Sunday; for others, it was a bitter reminder of my loss. It wasn’t until adulthood that I began to see Father’s Day in a different light. And I have my friend Joe to thank for it.
“It wasn’t until adulthood that I began to see Father’s Day in a different light.”
And he didn’t do it alone. I’d like to give a huge shoutout to Upper Arlington CrossFit in Columbus for being so profoundly supportive of Joe. So many people avoid going to the gym because they’re worried they’ll be shamed for their bodies or are too out of shape. But UACF welcomed Joe in with open arms, showed him the ropes, and helped him get in shape for his family. UACF, you are part of what makes CrossFit a community, in every sense of the word. I’ve seen and heard stories just like Joe’s countless times. New fathers start CrossFit every day. Sometimes they become fathers after being CrossFitters. They dip out for a week to be with their newborn, and then they’re right back at it. My buddy Avonte crushed the fourth workout of the Open on four hours of sleep after just returning from the emergency room with his wife and newborn! Talk about dedication. (That was the only workout I beat him on.) So this Fathers’ Day, I’m raising a toast to Joe, Avonte, and all the dads of CrossFit. The pain, sweat, and effort you put into ensuring that you’re there for your kids later in life is inspiring beyond words. You embody what this community is all about.
Joe was a wild buddy of mine in college, and I mean wild . He was the kind of guy you’d send out to buy beer, and he’d come back with a pit bull —
that’s a true story. Good times. After graduating, Joe became a big- name alcohol brand rep, which, as
you can imagine, requires a lot of wining and dining. He began putting on weight in his post-grad years.
Then Joe became a father, and everything changed. He got his diet in check and started exercising regularly. Joe joined CrossFit — something I
Cheers, –Dave Colina Founder, O2
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