Author Archives: Frederick J. Goodall
The six pack. It’s a symbol of fitness, dedication and attractiveness. Men have spent countless hours doing planks, crunches, and sit-ups in pursuit of a flat belly. Because of the six pack’s allure, many young boys are doing the same thing.
Before I had children, I’d spend my time working out in the gym. While the gym provided all of the latest exercise equipment, it felt sterile and cold. I’d do some stretches, lift some weights, and run a few miles on the treadmill, but I felt as if I was simply going through the motions.
I’ll admit it. Summer makes me lazy. Given the choice between running a 5K in the blazing Texas heat and lounging in my air-conditioned living room with a glass of cold, iced tea, I’ll pick the latter 99.9% of the time. Sure, I could exercise indoors, but I’ll have to refer you back to my laziness.
“Do you think I’m fat?” This question strikes fear in the hearts of men. Answering this question is fraught with danger. It’s also a bit heartbreaking when the person asking is your 12-year old daughter.
One day, my stepfather came over for a visit. As I walked outside to greet him, I noticed his unloading gardening tools from his pickup truck. “Um, what are you doing?” I asked. “I’m about to plant a tomato garden for you,” he said as he breezed past me towards the backyard. Before I could stop him, he was digging holes in my lawn and planting seeds. “You’re wasting your effort,” I said trying to dissuade him. “I’m not a gardener. Those plants are going to die.” He ignored my pleas and continued planting.
If I hadn’t answered the phone, my evening would have been perfect. I had just finished putting the kids to bed and I was headed downstairs to watch a movie with my wife.
I’ve been a fan of post workout smoothies ever since my workout partner introduced me to them in 1993. During this period, we would lift weights and do cardio for two hours after work. We pushed each other hard and tested our bodies’ limits.
Learning to shave is a rite of passage that every young man is eager to experience. Their curiosity starts when they first notice their fathers’ faces covered with shaving cream.
In my previous career, I traveled at least two weeks out of every month. My travel schedule made it difficult to maintain any semblance of routine because I could be asked to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. However, I always tried to keep up my fitness routine even when I was thousands of miles away from home.
Fathers don’t always receive the best gifts. One year my daughter bought me a “Chico and the Man” DVD from the dollar store. I don’t know what made her select that particular gift. Perhaps it was my uncanny resemblance to Freddie Prinze. Regardless of her reasoning, I had to pretend that the DVD was the best gift I’ve ever received.