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A few weeks ago, we began our annual Ripped Dads program.

It’s one of my favorites, and brings back a lot of memories.

Anyhow, this time around, I am reading a few books on being a man and a father in conjunction with some of the guys and they are speaking loud and clear to me.

One of the things that I learned in 2014 from my first exposure to Mind Mapping was concept of definitions or recipes.

For example, many people don’t take time to develop their own definitions for things like health. So, what happens is that they take on societies’ definition and start chasing those paper tigers.

That means looking a certain way or hitting a certain number on the scale, both external measures.

When I developed my personal definition in 2014 for health, in conjunction with getting ready for my bodybuilding shows, it helped me greatly from falling back into the trap of confusing my body image with my self-image.

Anyhizzle, dads, take some time to develop your definition of being a man and a dad.

On our recent drive down to Florida, I was chatting with Devon as my sounding board about this and here’s I personally came up with. Feel free to use or tweak or come up with your own.

A dad/man should be proficient in these areas:

-Fitness and health

-Handyman work, craftsmanship

-Self defense

-Reading and writing

-Hunting and gathering

-Provide financially

I am sure there are many other things you can think of, but I tried to come up with my personal definition in which anything else could fit into one of these buckets.

Now, once you do this, you need to do an honest self assessment of where you are at in each part of the recipe. No man that I know of is an A student in all of these areas, that’s not the point.

The point is to bring up your weak areas and to be proficient in all areas. Some areas will come naturally to you.

For me, a big focus is on the handyman/craftsmanship ingredient as well as the hunting and gathering.

It’s okay to admit where you are weak. Once you do so, just ask someone you know for guidance or if you can learn from them.

I will say that as Devon and I were having that conversation, I realized that the men I most admire in my life are the ones that seem to tick all the boxes, some more than others, but at least they are always working and growing in the other areas.

Those are the men I want to be around and the type dad that I am aiming to be with my kids.

Give it some thought.

-Kyle Newell

P.S-If you’d like to get a FREE copy of our Ripped Dad’s Fasting Manual as well as a 10-minute video guide to help you put together your own home workout, go to: www.newellstrength.com/ripped