Banishing the Dad-Bod: John Barry
25 Aug

Banishing the Dad-Bod: John Barry

Athletics have always been a big part of my life, I was a collegiate soccer player, turned to men’s leagues to stay in shape after college, and as time went on I started on a plan of the all too common “beach workouts” at the globo gym. Nothing really seemed to stick, and I started noticing the way I used to look and feel when I was an athlete slipping further away each year. Then life happened: I found myself at a job behind a desk, with two kids, and an over commitment to the “Dad-Bod” fad that was going around. I knew something needed to change and I just needed a push in the right direction. I reached out to Cody and Emily and they started me on my individualized nutrition and fitness programs. Cody and Emily were always there with their infectious smiles and words of encouragement. It has only been 10 months but I feel like a new person, I am 40 pounds lighter, have more energy, and a better lease on life. My family and I enjoy an active lifestyle and I am now passing on the enjoyment of the gym and what I have learned about living a healthier lifestyle from OPEX every day to my kids. As I make progress to meet the goals my coach and I set at the start of my journey, he is creating the challenge I need to encourage me to continue to come back to see what I can accomplish the next day. No two days are the same, and through the tracking of my workouts I can see my gains and progress from week to week. Gone are the days of the Dad-Bod, and I feel closer and closer to being in the best shape of my life, and feeling how I used to feel when I was an college athlete!! Lastly, the collective tribe at OPEX Upper Main Line is something that makes me look forward to coming back every day.  Everyone is friendly, and welcoming, and focused on their journey and what it takes to make progress. No one is judgmental, no one sets unachievable expectations and I don't have to worry about ego getting in the way of what I need to do. Most importantly, I feel like "one of the guy's" when I am in the gym because of the camaraderie that comes with working in a team atmosphere each day trying to push further towards growth and success. There's really no other place like it!  I would highly recommend anyone looking to improve their current fitness goals to OPEX Upper Main Line. It can change the course of your life; and banish the Dad-Bod for good! 


-John Barry (On-Site Coaching Client) 

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