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“Rad Dad Feature: Don Giafardino”

Don Giafardino is a rare breed. He is hard-working man that puts his dedication and passion into everything he does. Committed to the fitness industry and unconventional training, he created the Adex club. The Adex club, aside from being one of my favorite piece of equipment, is a six in one club that can give you a full body workout while helping to rehabilitate any shoulder issues you might have. A father of now adult daughters, not only can he offer advice on fine-tuning your club swinging and physical fitness regimen, but he also has years of wisdom to share on being a parent. It is my pleasure to introduce to you my friend Don.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

In this phase of my life, my daughters are grown, in their mid 20’s, but live close by, so Dad time now is usually on the weekends and holidays with the occasional call for some advice. That’s how you know that you somehow had gotten through to them, when they are older and look to you for guidance.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

Having the common sense, courage, and understanding to listen to your children’s problems and dreams, and not discard any of their feelings.

Most old time Dads ruled with an iron fist, and that wasn’t a perfect environment for most kids. Now it is a delicate balancing act between ruling over them and actually hearing what they are saying. Being a modern Dad is blending both authority and empathy so that your child will be free to share their experiences but they have the expectation that there is consequences for bad behavior.

3.How did becoming a father change your life?

I think it was about 6 months after my first daughter was born, I woke up one morning and sat on the edge of my bed thinking”Holy shit, I have this little person, this little being that I am completely responsible for. She knows nothing and will learn mostly from watching me. I really got to get my shit together.” I began taking care of all the little things that I had neglected around the house, made sure everything was always in order, the cars, the garage, the yard etc. I also began taking on more responsibility at work, to make more money though that came with some regret. I cleaned up my act, quit smoking, didn’t drink as much, reduced the cursing and tried to take my kids everywhere that I went.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

The greatest part of being a Dad? I don’t know because there are so many great parts. I am still amazed at the things my daughters do now, I don’t think that it ever ends. But holding my first daughter was one of the greatest experiences that could only be rivaled by holding my second daughter.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

The first time, the very first time that I went to get diapers was in the middle of the night, and I didn’t know what to get. I looked at the package and read 6-8lbs and thought, yeah she craps that much…so I bought them.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

Somehow, the family life that I envisioned turned into 90 hour work weeks, which I would never recommend to anyone. You Dads need to be at home as much as you can with your kids, they’ll only be that age once. That little bit of extra money isn’t worth missing birthday parties, scraped knees, and laughing until your face hurts. You’ll have plenty of time to make the dough once they become teenagers and don’t want to hang around you as much.

Thanks a lot man. It was a pleasure getting to know you and an honor to be able to train with your club!

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