Check out this Fit Dad Spotlight

Max Muscle Nutrition Natomas, California customer Rodney Wilson, 35, is celebrating Father’s Day today with his wife of nine years, Sandra, and 3-year-old son named Gavin. As a Chief of Staff for the Office of Assemblymember Tom Daly, his work schedule is packed. But he always makes time for fitness because he knows it’s important, plus he wants to be a good role model for his son. We caught up with him for a Max Muscle Nutrition customer spotlight to ask him some questions about being a fit dad. Here is what he had to say:

MS&F: What are you doing for Father’s Day?
RW: I will go work out at “Team Ride” for an intense spin session. My second time at Team Ride this week. I like to switch up cardio by incorporating a workout here and there at Team Ride. Come back and prep to have the in-laws/family over for a Father’s Day BBQ. It will be well over 100 degrees outside so the only thing I will likely be doing outside is grilling.

MS&F: Can you give us an example workout regimen?
RW: I try to work out 7 days a week. This way if I miss a day here or there I can easily shift my routine and not skip a beat. HEre’s what a typical weekly schedule looks like:

Saturday: Shoulders
Sunday: Back (my fave)
Monday: Chest (least fave, which is weird for guys who seem to always hog up the weight bench)
Tuesday: Biceps and triceps
Wednesday: Extended cardio/core
Thursday: Extended cardio/ core
Friday: Legs

*For Cardio: I alternate between jump rump for 30-60min. Stair machine using proper form. No slouchhing on the stair machine!

MS&F: Have you always been in good shape or did you go through a spell of not being healthy or working out because you were busy raising a small child?
I was really skinny growing up. I think I weighed about 125 when I graduated high school. I started seriously working out when I was about 20 years old and have been addicted ever since.

MS&F: What does it mean to you to be a fit role model for your son?
RW: Children look up to their parents and take after them for better or worse. I’ve seen a lot of ways not to parent and try to stay away from them. I lead by example and demonstrate that fitness is a lifestyle and incorporate those principles into our everyday home life.

MS&F: How has becoming a dad changed your life?
RW: Becoming a dad has broadened my view of the world and enhanced my appreciation for life and its trials because at the end of the day I do it all for my son.

MS&F: What kinds of activities do you like to do with your family?
RW: Our son is a big fan of the outdoors, so we spend a lot of time in the backyard; Kicking the soccer ball around, amusement parks and zoo visits on the weekend. Typical family stuff.

MS&F: What does your nutrition regimen and workout schedule look like?
RW: The old saying is you are what you eat, so I try to keep all of my food intake limited to lean meats and green vegetables. I’ve never been big on sweets and I try to stay away from bad carbs. I’m a huge white rice fan, I’d eat rice with every meal if I could.

MS&F: How did you find out about Max Muscle and what do you like about it versus other nutrition/supplement companies?
RW: I stumbled upon Max Muscle years ago. I liked that their products actually gave me the results they said they would. Quality proteins that aren’t a bunch of sugar and fillers is definitely the product which defines their commitment to purity in what they do for the sports nutrition world. I’ve been at Max Muscle Natomas as a patron of Diane Carlos’ store for over a decade.

MS&F: What Max Muscle supplements do you take and which ones are your favorite (and why)?
RW: I use MaxPro Elite Protein, Max BCAAs, Max CLA, and Max LiquiCarn. I’d have to say my favorite supplement is the Peanut Butter Chocolate MaxPro Elite protein. It tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

MS&F: What is some advice for other dads out there who want to be in great shape like you but don’t feel they have the time or the knowledge to do it?
RW: I wake up at 4 a.m. on weekdays just to make sure I have enough time to work out before I start my day at the office. Not having time is the worst excuse and I hear it all the time from all parents. My gym time is sacred; I recommend dads make the time. Max Muscle’s Full Blown Extreme Pre-Workout will also help with the zero-dark-30 wake-up call!

MS&F: You did a photo shoot recently. What was your motivation?
RW: I saw the Father’s Day issue of Max Sports & Fitness last year and I saw other amateur fitness enthusiasts such as myself. I love fitness and I absolutely love being a dad so I made it a point to talk to Diane about working on this for this year. I do believe overall, I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I have plenty of room for improvement so that will continue to be my motivation.

MS&F: Anything else you’d like to share?
RW: I lead a very busy life. Early mornings and late nights are a regular thing for me. None of this happens overnight. You just have to keep at it! The results will come.