I first heard about Justin Andrews from what quickly became my favorite podcast, Mind Pump. The podcast is a lot of fun and feels like you are just hanging out with some friends shooting the breeze. What sets the podcast apart, and really appealed to me was that it is a heavy dose of science along with their personal and professional experiences that destroy a lot of the myths the fitness world try to perpetuate.
When I found out Justin was a father, I knew I had to get him for our feature. He is a creative and dedicated guy with an immense amount of passion for everything his does, especially being a father. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you all Justin Andrews.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I’m Justin, I’m a Self Employed Fitness Trainer, Podcast Host, Author, Inventor, and Co-Founder of an innovative fitness company. I’m passionate about creating things from scratch, I throw away instructions to everything, and I have trust issues with authority. Lol! But that’s not what drives me by any means. I love my wife, Courteney, and two kids, Ethan and Everett passionately, and work every day to be the example they’ll someday appreciate.
So where is the balance? Well, that is a great question and something I’ve learned to gauge based off of my wife’s facial expressions. I know I’m running too hard in the paint when her eyes get real squinty. Unfortunately, being an entrepreneur means bringing your work home with you everyday, weekends included. It’s very tough to separate the two. I just try to do my best and play with my kids as much as I can because I know it won’t last forever.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a modern day dad means facing different challenges our parents never had to encounter. For example, sedentary habits from technology, people who are offended by everything, and horrible music in general.
I feel that being an old school dad is a dying breed. I want to make sure I pass on important core values that were modeled from my Dad before me. I feel it’s also very important to determine what had the most and least impact in my own life experience in order to be as real as I possibly can with my children. My ultimate goal is to prepare them to become self-sufficient, hard working, successful, empathetic human beings.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Becoming a father changed me in a lot of ways. It immediately gave me this insatiable drive to achieve more. It also made me appreciate my parents more. What I didn’t anticipate was how being a father would help me improve the way I communicate with other people. Kids are sponges and will mimic every little word and mannerism to the T!
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Reliving and enjoying each new phase of life through my boys. I’m a huge Star Wars and Lego enthusiast and my oldest son, Ethan, is almost more into Star Wars than I ever was; which is awesome! They both have very different personalities and it is amazing to see how their little brains develop.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
My parents were on vacation and skyped us to let us know how their travels went so far. My 3 year old finally decided it was time to hang up the diapers. He was so proud of his new accomplishment that he wanted to show them his new found skill. He took the phone with him into the bathroom, pulled off his pants, and took a monstrous dump live over the internet. It was a very proud dad moment for me for sure!
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Find people in your life you think are doing it right and ask questions. Do not become a helicopter parent, for the love of GOD! Let your kids get dirty and acquire some bumps, bruises and scars. Finally, teach them through modeling not through words.
Thanks so much man! Really appreciate you taking the time to chat with us. I look forward to hearing more from you on MIND PUMP and watch you continue to rule at being a Dad!
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