When I finally decided to get healthier for myself and my family, I looked for advice anywhere I could get it. The problem was, I couldn’t relate to the people giving the advice. They didn’t look like me, or even look human! Their advice was “buy this, buy that”, “go to the gym here”, and “eat a lot of these processed supplements that I endorse”. It was a sales pitch, not a workout plan, and my common sense wouldn’t let me believe that fancy gym equipment and supplementing was the only answer to get a healthy and fit body. Heck, I just wanted to be able to swing across the monkey bars with my daughter, not pose in front of the mirror, greased up in a pair of bikini briefs.
I had all but given up until I came across Danny Kavadlo’s YouTube channel. Here was a guy I could relate to. He looked like he was having fun, he was fit and he was doing pullups at the playground! It was exactly what I needed to see to keep me motivated. After reading more about him, I found that he promoted real food, and wasn’t counting calories or bulking up with processed garbage, powders or pills. His gym looked like my local playground, and he was doing real workouts wherever he pleased. I felt like I finally found a face I could trust.
As I read more, I found that Danny Kavadlo, world renowned Personal Trainer, has the experience to back up what he promotes. In addition to his fitness credentials, he is a dedicated and hard working father and husband that is able to find balance between his work and his family. He has a passion for what he does, and it is obvious that he truly wants to help people get fit. I was lucky enough to get a hold of Danny and he was delighted to participate in our “Rad Dad Feature”. I was totally honored to get to know more about the guy who unbeknownst to him (maybe even until now) inspired me to press on in my fitness journey, and maintain a life where staying fit has helped me become a better father, and person all around. I know you will find Danny to be as motivating as I have, enjoy the feature.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Danny Kavadlo. I’m a father, husband, author and fitness trainer. I promote an uncluttered approach to working out, nutrition and life. Getting fit has become a chore for many people and I believe it shouldn’t be. We were built for running fast and eating from the vine, not for sitting down all day. In my job, simply put, movement is medicine. My minimalist philosophies pertain as much to fatherhood as much as they do to working out. Attend to the task at hand.
As for balance, there’s no denying that my career places an occasional strain. This is true with any career or situation. Part of the formula for success is finding ways to “make it work” in each of our respective lives, whatever the circumstances. No excuses. Sometimes I don’t see my son Wilson for days at a time, but there are also times when I get to walk him to school five days a week. It’s a very broad spectrum, but there is definitely a balance. Thankfully my wife is a super-mom who thrives on extremes as much as I do. We don’t like being bored!
Our lifestyle also helps to facilitate a lot of fun. We have a backyard pull-up bar and we take lots of trips. We share life experience. Our family may be unconventional, but to us it’s completely natural. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
We live in a world where kids are told to play fewer video games, while us parents text away all day. Grown-ups wait in line for gourmet cupcakes, then tell their kids to avoid sugar. Things are confusing for children. It’s hard to sift through the madness.To me, being a modern-day dad means keeping it real in spite of the overwhelming amount of conflicting information around us. The buck stops with us, the parents. You and only you can take accountability for your child’s upbringing. Walk the talk.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Many people do not know this, but becoming a father was my biggest motivation to switch to personal training in the first place. I wanted to be a better example to my son. I recount the story in my book, Everybody Needs Training. In fact, my wife Jennifer and I were married less than a year when we both switched careers. In life, you take risks.Wilson was the spark that ignited transformation in so many ways. Fatherhood literally changed every aspect of my life forever.
4. What’s the greatest part about being a dad?
It’s very rare in that adults get to experience a brand new emotion, but that’s exactly what happened when I met my son. The day he was born, I held him in my hands and looked into his face. I was overcome with feelings I’ve never felt before. I instantly loved him in a way I never could have imagined.I feel a renewed life. Beginner’s mind. Purity. I also love his mom in a way I could never have imagined. When Wilson was first born, Jen and I would constantly look at each other and say, “I can’t believe it! We did this… we made this kid together! Wow!” That’s another new emotion.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
In 2007, when my I was hustling non-stop for business, the best decision for our family was to put Wilson in day care. Like most parents, after surveying many establishments, we enrolled him in the one we felt was best.Everything was going smoothly until a few weeks before Wilson’s 2nd birthday, at which point we were told of a “policy” that children ages 2-and-
up must all wear neckties! Now, as a man who does not wear a tie to work, I’d feel like a hypocrite instilling that value in my son. His mom and I don’t believe in it. I mean, look at me!
My wife began the search for day care yet again, only this time, with even greater urgency. However, she still liked our current place best. We were running out of options, but this seemingly trivial tie business was important to us. The tension had been surmounting for weeks, growing exponentially with each passing moment. There was no alternative but to confront the situation at hand. I made the call.I explained to the day care’s owner that I not only consider ties useless, but also inappropriate and uncomfortable for two-year-olds and everyone else in the world. I was on fire. I went on about how we love her establishment and value our relationship, but our position was 100% non-negotiable. An executive decision had been made. “We have no choice,” I said, “but to withdraw Wilson.”To which she replied, “Wilson doesn’t have to wear a tie.”
Another choice. Problem solved. It was a good lesson for all of us. Sometimes you have to simply state what you want.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Eliminate expectations. Be in the present. Handle the situation in front of you not a hypothetical version of what you thought it might be. Every child is different and therefore does things at a different pace. Of course I believe in celebrating milestones (walking, talking, reading, etc.) but if one kid holds a crayon a week before another, or someone else took their training wheels off a month later doesn’t really matter. Parenthood appears to be getting more goal-oriented and less life-oriented. I believe in focusing on the process. Enjoy the ride.
Thanks so much Danny. I really appreciate you taking the time to share more about yourself and for the motivation you’ve given to me, and are now sharing with our readers. You are an awesome guy and we wish you all the success in the world!
More about Danny: Danny Kavadlo is a world renowned Personal Trainer, as well as a Co-founder & Master Instructor of the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC). He is the author of Everybody Needs Training: Proven Success Secrets For The Professional Fitness Trainer. Danny has been featured in the New York Times and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com. . To learn more about Danny, go to DannyTheTrainer.com.
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