Give your Dad some serious strength this Father's Day. I mean, who really needs more socks??
It has been a tough year for so many, and we have seen just how much the world has valued having strength equipment at their fingertips. Dads are no exception. Whether your dad likes to lift, loves to box, or is rehabilitating and improving their strength, we have something for everyone.
In addition to a wide range of gym and fitness equipment, we have also created a Gym Gift Card Voucher, so if you are not sure what to buy your Dad, he can spend on whatever he needs to support his fitness goals.
We've seen some amazing fitness journey's over the years, and our favourites are always those that use fitness to bond and support each other. So, we've highlighted our favourite stories where you've been working out with Dad, as well as 'Dad and Lad' workouts.
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Steve McClory of Code Fitness in Newark, regularly trains with his Dad, who is, presently, battling cancer. Steve share's how he tailors his workouts, for his Dad and what it means to him to have this time together.
"We'll start with a few minutes on the rower then a brisk walk on the treadmills for 5 minutes before heading downstairs to the weights. We'll do a full body workout that will consist of some dumbbell work and machines.
A typical workout would be 3 sets of 12 reps on all exercise.
A. Incline Chest Press machine
B. Leg Extension.
C. Lat Pulldown
D. Seated Dumbbell shoulder Press
E. Lying Leg Curls F Standing Dumbell curls.
We might finish with a few minutes on the treadmill or what we prefer to do when the weather is dry is to walk around the outside area of the gym (which is a balancing pond) which makes for a great way to finish. It's the health benefits that are great for my Dad, along with getting him out of the house.
It's also a great chance to spend some time together. It means so much to both of us. He' always saying "I don't want to put you out" and "I know you're busy" because he can't drive, so I go and pick him up and drop him off, but it means as much to me as it does to him."
Josh's Dads N' Lads Workout
No stranger to the gym floor, Josh Costello, Regional Business Manager for JD Gyms, shares how he's been working out with his son, Alfie.
"During the past 12 months, being able to share my love for fitness with my son has brought us even closer. During the various lockdowns we have been on bike rides, walks in the woods and the occasional Joe Wicks. Alfie has always wanted to use the gym, however being 8 his options are limited. My partner recently started working for David Lloyd Chorley and informed me about the kids class offering they have available for their members. As soon as I told Alfie that we could do a class together his face lit up,
“So we can go to the gym together daddy?”
We booked on the “Battle Box Play” next available weekend class, this is based on their adult version but tailored to be inclusive to children 8+. I will never forget the look on Alfie’s face as the instructor Lyndsey demonstrated the class, he even helped her demonstrate some of the exercises after showing off before the rest of the participants arrived. Just before the class started Alfie turned to me and said “Daddy…… let’s make sure we win this “, I didn’t have the heart to tell him this wasn’t a competition.
We had 8 stations to complete with 60 seconds on each, 3 rounds and variations offered to ensure everyone could complete the round. In between rounds Lyndsey even threw in some kids Vs parents rounds, who could do the most burpees, star jumps and squats…anything to beat the adults. We completed 3 rounds and finished off with a kids Vs adults obstacle course, another opportunity for the kids to beat their parents. The whole class was focused around making it fun, but at the same time making sure the parents and children worked together. Lyndsey was a credit to David Lloyd, pushing both children and adults to ensure we all got a workout. As you can imagine all the children left smiling (adults dripping in sweat) and Alfie made me book onto the next course before even leaving the gym!"