COAST MEN TRAIN­ING TO BE BET­TER FA­THERS

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - EMILY HALLORAN emily.halloran@news.com.au

A GOLD Coast fit­ness trainer is help­ing dads on the Coast to be the men they want to be for their part­ners and chil­dren.

More than 70 Gold Coast dads have joined the ma­le­only boot­camp called Le­gen­daddy – which is all about im­prov­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal health for dads so they can be bet­ter phys­i­cally and men­tally for their fam­i­lies.

Pim­pama res­i­dent Doug Kirby started the fit­ness group in July as he wanted to be a bet­ter fa­ther to his three chil­dren.

“It’s re­ally helped me be­come a bet­ter fa­ther for my kids and ben­e­fited my wife as I’m a lot bet­ter phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

“My kids love it. I’ve been get­ting out more and hav­ing fun with them. They’ve al­ways had a dad, but dad’s just got a lit­tle bet­ter.”

Since start­ing the pro­gram in July, Mr Kirby said he’s lost 21kg.

“I was 160kg and was re­ally un­happy. I was mak­ing jokes about my weight and just not tak­ing time for my­self.”

Le­gen­daddy trainer Mitch Lowe, 23, said he started the men’s train­ing group af­ter notic­ing there wasn’t re­ally any men’s groups for dads.

“I work with guys who want to be bet­ter fa­thers and hus­bands,” Mr Lowe said.

“A lot of them are work­ing so hard for the peo­ple they care about in their lives they for­get to care about them­selves.”

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Brett Craw­ford, Doug Kirby, Paul Mul­der (do­ing push-ups) and Rishi Dadhe at SNAP Fit­ness.

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