Happy Father’s Day!

How many of you are fathers out there?

I did a survey of my readers and I was pleasantly surprised to see that 60% of my readers are men aged 40-50. I think it’s cool that I seem to resonate with dudes that are about my age. (It hasn’t helped the dating situation, although it’s probably unrealistic to have Mr. Right fall from the sky and onto my front step since I”m not really looking at the moment, more on that on another day…;))

I wanted to give a shout out to my dad today cuz he’s a super cool guy and I really haven’t given him his due.

pull up workouts
I got my abs from my Dad 😉

My dad has always been my biggest supporter. He’s sort of old school and doesn’t voice how he feels much, although he’s such a softie I think he’s a little afraid to say too much cuz he’ll shed a tear. Real men can’t do that in front of their daughters you know…

I was always a pretty easy kid in many ways so I made it easier on my pops than my siblings. When I say ‘easy’, I mean I didn’t get into trouble, but that was the only easy part about raising me. Given that I was a driven kid (read: anal), I had to be at every workout, event, competition, meeting, whatever was held at whatever venue at whatever cost, with the best of the best equipment that we could afford. My dad was always willing to step up. He was always up before me to drive me to pull up challenge5 am swim practice. He funded flights to swim meets across the country. He fund raised for ‘swim-a-thons’. He cheered the loudest for me and I know his friends probably got sick of him bragging about me.


We had some rough patches growing up, as is the case with all families, but now my dad and I are super cool. I don’t see him as much as I should. He’s had some health scares but I’m lucky to have a great step mom who seems to kick his a$$ into eating right and getting some exercise.

So I just want to publicly thank my dad for helping me through the years and for being there for me even still. I’ve learned so much from him and I know I’m a better parent from what he’s taught me.

pull up challenge

I hope you have a chance to acknowledge your dad today and every day.

pull up challenge

Here’s a cool workout for you with two of my favorite exercises:

1 pull up
2 burpees
3 Bodyweight squats (this is your active rest)

Add one rep each set to finally get to:
10 pull ups
20 burpees
30 bodyweight squats

Time yourself. Beat your time next time out…challenge your dad to this, or if you have kids, challenge your kids to do it with you.

Have a great day!

PS If you need help with your pull ups, here you go CLICK HERE