Fit Father Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots

Fatherhood has been amazing to me so far and I look forward to raising my child and strengthening the family bond. From Fit Father and husband responsibilities to playing on the field for the Patriots I have always approached every task with top leadership qualities. It’s been a joy watching my little girl grow and shine in just this first month. I’m eagerly anticipating my obligations along the way while showing her how to be a great and honorable individual.

Damon Redmond on Fatherhood

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Being a father is one thing, but living the lifestyle of a Fit Father means so much more when it comes to raising energetic and healthy children. We are proud to be a part of the Fit Fathers movement which empowers dads of all nationalities and ages to take part in healthier living. Spearheaded by Kimatni Rawlins, the fatherhood platform keeps me accountable in relation to my family and I exercising and making positive choices.

Fit-Fathers-Damon-Redmond-FatherhoodI teach my children the importance of knowledge of self, honesty, building strong connections with family and close friends and living a nourishing and productive lifestyle. Life is not just about working and taking vacations. There comes a point when we have to realize what our priorities are and the impact they have on everything else important to us.

As I mature and witness my son and daughter develop and grow, it has become central to pay close attention to my eating and exercise habits so that I will be around longer to enjoy quality time with them and friends alike.

Fit Fathers is the beginning of something much greater than what it is today and I am personally excited to be a part of the journey.

Stay Active My Friends!!

Meet John Engler: From Smoker to Runner

Fit_Fathers_John_EnglerWelcome to the newfound health promoting world of John Engler, an Austin, Texas father of two who recently quit smoking and took up running after his son Jack asked for help in learning how to run. John obliged and in the process of striding with Jack they collectively learned to love the energizing fitness activity. Pretty soon up to 12 neighborhood kids and two other dads became involved for evening runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. Way to go John, and please do keep us posted on this amazing group.

Question for readers: Have you ever thought about organizing a group like this in your neighborhood? Well, as Nike would say, just do it. You just might be surprised at how many individuals will want to get out and kick it with you! Remember, stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life!

Words by fit father Chris Anderson

2016 Ghost Kato X 27.5 Mountain Bike

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Now available at REI — the exclusive U.S. retailer for this German engineered line of mountain bikes —  Ghost has entered 2016 with a cadre of lighter, stiffer and cooler rides. Plus the 27.5″ wheels offer greater cornering control than the 29ers but still continue to eat up ground as your pedal your heart out.

Much like the Tacana X, it’s the frame that makes the difference. Shorter, more agile geometry, a high-end frame finish, and an optional dropper seat post will give you that extra confidence when the terrain becomes exciting. Factor in the light weight and you will find yourself taking time out of your training buddies which is precisely what you want in a mountain bike. A step up from the standard Kato hardtail line, it’s perfect if you’re looking to upgrade from your first bike. Starts at $1,699.00.

Details:

  • Hydroformed aluminum frame is stiff and strong; slack head tube angle allows good control on descents; steep seat tube angle creates an efficient riding position for climbs
  • 27.5-in. wheels offer an optimal mix of control, speed and maneuverability
  • Rock Shox Reba RL, Solo Air fork features 120mm of travel to smooth uneven terrain, remote lockout for climbing, and QR 15 axel for stiffness and guaranteed wheel alignment
  • Shimano Deore double crankset is paired with a 10-speed, 11-36t cassette for a wide gear range capable of the steepest climbs and descents
  • Shimano Deore SL shifters and Deore XT plus rear derailleur work together to transition quickly and smoothly through the gear range
  • Shimano Deore XT Plus rear derailleur reduces chain slap and increases shifting accuracy over the roughest of terrain
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and 180mm rotors provide powerful one-finger braking and exceptional modulation
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron 27.5 x 2.25 tires excel in the toughest of trail conditions, including mud, hard-packed, rocky and loamy environments

Family & Friends Social Workout

Group_Fitness_The_Social_Workout....014What do you do when family comes in town? Well, we certainly hope you do not sit around eating cake all day. How about fruit smoothies and “social workouts” at the local high school field along with a few friends and their families? That’s exactly what we did this weekend. Sprints, football drills, stadium stairs, hill work and more was the formula for the 75-minute metabolic workout with every man, woman and child that participated. Everyone is feeling refreshed and energized we’re told!

So please continue to encourage your loved ones and close buddies to join you for a fun and exciting workout with the kids. Then refresh with your favorite fruit smoothie such as the Tango Mango featuring apple juice, mangos, berries, bananas and flaxseeds.

Meet Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

Kimatni_Rawlins_White_House_Fit_FathersThe proud father of two young girls, Kimatni D. Rawlins founded Fit Fathers to inspire other men to lead the charge in prioritizing healthier eating and exercise to enhance the lives of themselves and their families. Despite a deeply athletic background that included playing running back for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Rawlins, like so many others, had succumbed to an increasingly inactive lifestyle and after getting back on track created the educational website, www.FitFathers.com, to help other dads do the same.

Today Rawlins leads an extremely active lifestyle that includes competing in track meets, marathons, 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and urbanathlons in addition to training private clients looking to make similar positive life changes. Incorporating strength training, plyometrics, running, sprinting, boxing and yoga into his own daily workouts and opting for such family activities as cycling, hiking and swimming, Rawlins, who is also a clean vegan, believes that fitness and nutrition fuel positive health habits for himself and his family and thrives on the motto: “Eat well, stay active and energize your life!”

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Rawlins received his B.S. in Business from Georgia Tech and is also the president and publisher of the lifestyle automotive media and marketing portal, Automotive Rhythms.

News and Interviews with Kimatni Rawlins

WUSA 9 Great Day Washington: Healthy Lifestyle Tips for FathersGood Morning America’s Top Diets for 2017 – US News & World Report: Eat & Run – NY Times  – Viva La Vegan!: Interview with Kimatni D Rawlins: Vegan Exercise Enthusiast – Vegan World Radio – New York Daily News – Five Healthy Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day – Kimatni Rawlins’ secret sauce for ‘Fit Fathers’ – Industry Rules – The Reggae Marathon Meatless Monday Bloggers on Board , Healthy Man of the Month – Black Men’s Health – Ready to Run a Marathon Powered by Plants?From College Football Player to Inactive Life, Now a Fit Father!, Meatless Monday: Men’s Health Month Hero: Kimatni D. Rawlins of Fit Fathers, Fit Mom Diet: Dadspiration, KWYS The Fam, WUSA9 Father’s Day Special, Fox 5 DC – Fit Fathers Day, News Channel 8: Let’s Talk LiveDr. Yashima Talks with the Men of Fit Fathers Foundation

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