Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez

#AlphaDAD to 5 Amazing Kids, Husband, Coach, Entrepreneur, Minimalist. For more workout stuff, check out

TRAIN like an Athlete, LOOK like an Athlete

Let me clear something up.


Never was, don’t think I ever will be.

Even growing up in the booming bodybuilding culture of the mid to late 90s, it never interested me.

In fact, I always envisioned having the physique of an athlete – Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Karch Kiraly (volleyball player? pink hat? No?) – these are the guys who I idolized growing up.

But it wasn’t so much what they looked like that impressed me, it was WHAT THEY COULD DO. My goal was to be able to jump like Mike, run routes like Jerry and put a ball hard into the sand like Karch (Still doesn’t ring a bell?).

Because I grew up that way – training for performance as opposed to aesthetics – that influenced the way I train myself, train my clients and write my programs today. That interest in performance was why I went to school to study Human Kinetics.

It was always about what I could do to make myself or others perform better.

Training was about supporting my active lifestyle NOT a means of giving me one.

Having 6-Pack Abs, a well defined torso and what some referred to as “horse legs” was just a bi-product of training to be a better athlete.

Therefore, I will never write a bodybuilding based program. I don’t even think I know how.

The FitAndBusyDad Lifestyle isn’t about bodybuliding or getting massive guns and delts the size of bowling balls.

It’s about being able to hold your own with the 20-year-olds at a pick-up game.

It’s about loading 5 more rocks onto that wheel barrow that you need cart out of the backyard.

It’s about still being able to throw your 10-year-old into the air and catch her without breaking your back.

It’s about being able to carry your wife over the threshold even after 5, 10 or 25 years.

I build athletes that can perform…

…and if you push a lawn mower

or carry your kids from the car into bed after a late night

or put them on your shoulders while you’re going from Merry-Go-Round to roller coaster at Six Flags…

…Then you’re an athlete too! And you should be training like an athlete.

As busy dads involved in our kids lives, we have NO CHOICE but to be ATHLETIC. We have to be able to keep up with our kids. We want to be the STRONGEST dad on the block.

So stop doing bicep curls and do chin-ups instead.

Stop doing seated calf raises and do Siff squats.

Stop doing crunches and do some dead lifts.

Because as much as we won’t admit it, we want to hear our kid say to his best friend, “My dad can kick your dad’s a$$!”

Chris Lopez
-The FitAndBusyDad

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4 thoughts on “TRAIN like an Athlete, LOOK like an Athlete”

  1. Chris I couldn’t agree more with your post here. I too have never aspired to be completely “yoked”. I’ve always considered myself an athlete and I’m very competitive. Bit muscular guys I can usually blow right by and often can’t hang for the whole game . . .whatever the game is. Just my thoughts.

    BTW: your links aren’t working on your post, they take you to a generic page.

  2. Chris-

    Great site!

    I agree – Function over Form.

    I was originally inspired to get in shape because I was out of breath trying to do all the things I enjoyed doing: surfing, hiking, basketball, etc.

    Taking some time each week to work on my fitness and watching what I eat, now I happen to look better than ever.

    So, actually, form follows function.

    Thanks for your post,



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