I’ve been wanting to do a post on this ever since I started this blog. It’s been eating at me day and night. What is this thing they call the “dad bod”? So I typed in to google: “define dad bod”. This is what I found:
The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, “I go to the gym occasionally but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.
Allow me to pick this apart for you. The dad bod is flabby and lacks any major definition. The dad bod says, “I go to the gym but I don’t really go hard or anything, I do enough to get by. I don’t watch what I eat because honestly I don’t care that much and how I look isn’t that bad or that important to me.”
I think there is a difference between those that are “dad bod” and those that are in the transitional stages of greatness. I have nothing against that. I don’t really care if you work out or not, it’s your body, do what you want (although I think the positive benefits far outweigh the negative). My main issue comes out of the belief that women prefer this. Really? Put a beer gut dude beside a guy that’s all chiseled and basking in absolute savagry and you tell me that women prefer the first choice? Maybe I’m delusional, but I would assume that a woman would like to see a guy who is fit. Not just because his body resembles that of a Greek God on his final stages of carb depletion, but because a fit body demonstrates much more than that. A fit body shows dedication. You don’t get a fit body overnight. To be fit is a lifestyle choice that shows you’re willing to sacrifice even though it’s difficult. A fit body shows hard work. You show me a guy who goes in to the gym giving half effort, yet still looks better than a guy who gives 100%, and I’ll show you an anomaly. Who makes it their life choice to go through life giving half effort anyway? A fit body shows pride. This isn’t vanity. This is being proud that you own your body, that you beat it into submission . Whether you are doing 5 sets 4 plates on the bench for 12 reps or you master Norms bucket brigade on the side of a ski slope, you are pushing yourself to the limits. You take pride in your body because you respect the work you put in to get it there.
To me, the dad bod is a cop out. The dad bod isn’t giving your all. The dad bad is being ok with mediocrity. The dad bod is being ok with being half of what you were meant to be. How do I know this? Because I was there. I was that guy. I weighed in at 195lb of flabbyness and unfit. But I decided to change. I decided that I wasn’t ok with that. I wasn’t ok with being mediocre.
To all you guys out there who bust your butt every single day and still can’t quite get that six pack. I’m not talking to you. To the guys who watch what they eat yet still find a striking resemblance to the dad bod despite carving time out of their days to workout. I’m not talking to you either. Im talking to all of those out there in internetland that are just OK with being mediocre. Don’t be ok with that. Be healthy. Have some pride in your body and your fitness. You’ll live longer, be happier, and hey, you might even sign a modeling contract at 31. Nothing is impossible. I’m proof. AROO!